My Gear

Through the years I’ve worked with a number of set ups and gadgets.  Through it all I have settled on what I prefer the most.  I’m continually adding to my collection so check back regularly to see what’s New! Amazon prices subject to change.

Camera and Lens

Cannon T4i

Amazon ~ $699.00

I absolutely love this camera.  The Rebel series is a great place to start with lots of function and features.  These camera’s pack a lot of punch in them.  Don’t think because it’s a lower end model that you can’t take professional pictures.  I’ve shot weddings, engagements, proposals, family portraits and so much more.

Cannon 5D Mark III

Cannon 5D Mark III
Canon EOS 5D Mark III 22.3 MP Full Frame CMOS with 1080p Full-HD Video Mode Digital SLR Camera (Body)

Amazon ~ $2,499.00 (Body Only)

This Cannon is a huge step up for me going from a crop sensor to a full frame.  This baby backs a huge punch and a needed camera for any professional photographer.

Cannon EF-S 18-135 F/3.5-5.6

Amazon ~ $479.00

This lens I’ve paired with my Cannon T4i and couldn’t be happier.  Buy quality and your photos will show it.  This lens is great to get up close and still be able to back off when needed.  The glass is crisp and sharp.  This lens has never failed me and is my typical lens I go to often.

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8

Amazon ~ $110.00

Don’t be fooled by how inexpensive this lens is.  For portrait photography this is the bomb.  It takes some getting used to if you are accustom to a zoom lens, but the glass is crystal clear, your images will be tact sharp.  The bokah is stunning on this lens.  Add this to your gear and you won’t be disappointed.

Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L

Amazon ~ $1,049.00

I added this little baby to my gear list and LOVE it!  The L series lens are incredible.  A bit expensive but so worth it if you can get yourself into them.  This wide angle lens takes stunning landscape pictures as well as large group photography when you need things a little bit wider.  I’ve never had trouble with this lens.  Love, love it!

Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L

Amazon ~ $999.00

This baby I’ve paired with the Cannon 5D mark III.  I so love a little bit of zoom, and the L Series lens’ are wonderful that this combination is Ah-Ma-ZING!  This lens is considered the stock lens for the Cannon 5D mark III, regardless there is nothing “stock” about it.  Tack sharp images, vibrant colors, beautiful bokah, it’s a perfect lens.

Lighting and Equipment

Yongnuo YN560-III-USA Speedlite Flash

Amazon ~ $64.00

These Speedlite Flashes are the best for the money. I own multiple and couldn’t live without them for my off camera flash needs. They have held up through travel and thousands of flashes.

Yongnuo Upgrade RF-603 II C1 Flash Trigger

Amazon ~ $30.00

These Flash Triggers are heaven sent. I have a newer and older Yongnuo Speedlite Flash where one has the built in transceiver and the other does not. Using this on my Cannon T4i allows me to set up multiple off camera flashes. Love it!

CowboyStudio Set of Two 7 feet Photography Light Stands with Cases

Amazon ~ $26.06

CowboyStudio is where I started with my photography gear. They are great for the price if you are just getting into the game. These are lightweight stands but do the job well. Only recently did I have one finally give out after 3 years of use. Excellent price for a 2 pack.

Impact Air-Cushioned Heavy Duty Light Stand

Amazon ~ $54.32

I recently upgraded from the CowboyStudio light stand which have served me well for sure. This light stand is heavy duty and so much more stable. It’s also heavy but has a very nice feel to it. Pair it with a light stand bracket and a translucent white umbrella and you are ready to go with your off camera flash needs.

Flash Bracket Swivel Bracket Umbrella Holder Studio

Amazon ~ $4.78

These work great to hold your translucent umbrella as well as speedlight with one stand. I have multiple of these. One for each lightstand that I own. I’ve never had a problem with them breaking. Nice inexpensive equipment.

Neewer 33||/84cm White Translucent Photo Studio Umbrella

Amazon ~ $8.99

Pick up a couple of these translucent white umbrellas. The hold up fairly well, but when one goes down, it’s nice to just have a spare on hand. You can use them on your light stands with the attached bracket to hold the umbrella and shoot through it to your subjects. The translucent white gives that same soft box feel to portrait photography.

Neewer® 24x24 inch Photo Studio Diffusion Soft Box

Amazon ~ $19.99

I don’t know where I would be without the soft box light box when I’m shooting Product Photography. It’s amazing what this does for lighting small items. Gorgeous lighting for sure.

Neewer 43-inch 5-in-1 Collapsible Multi-Disc Light Reflector with Bag

Amazon ~ $18.50

I learned early on that diffusing light on your subjects is vital along with bouncing light where you need it. This light reflector kit is amazing and does it all. It easily collapsible into a carry bag. Use the white to diffuse hard light on your subjects and shade those squinting eyes. Ah-Ma-Zing!

Rogue Photographic Design FlashBender

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If you must use a flash on camera, then the Rogue Flashbender is ideal to soften the light, snoot it, bounce it, you name it. It does the job and does it very well. It’s a staple in my gear that I go to often.

Hardware and Software

Apple MacBook Pro 15.4-Inch Laptop with Retina Display (512 GB)

Macbook Pro

Amazon ~ $2,289.00

Meet my baby.  This robust machine is ideal for what I need.  The retina display is amazing and so easy on the eyes after hours of edit work.  The extra RAM and storage are needed for all the photo’s I take and capture.  Honestly, a Macbook Pro is the ideal way to go. 

WD My Cloud EX4 Diskless: High-performance NAS

Amazon ~ $427.99 (Diskless)

The Western Digital EX4 NAS is wonderful for your storage needs.  The cloud is accessible when you need and is also locked down for security.  This is a needed item for any small business to backup data and files to keep them secure.

WD Red 3TB NAS Hard Disk Drive

Amazon ~ $104.93

The Western Digital Red 3TB NAS is wonderful.  I’ve added 4 of these drives to my WD EX4 NAS for all my storage needs.  Western Digital has excellent Customer Service to help any small business in setting up the NAS unit.

Adobe Creative Cloud

Adobe Create Cloud is where it’s at!  Oh how I love instant updates to the program and new features as Adobe develops more.  The creative Cloud gives me access to the entire Adobe products including my favorite, the Design Suite of Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign which I use regularly.  The monthly membership fee is small in comparison to what is offered.  Utilize the Creative Cloud today.  Your designs, photography, and creative workflows will thank you. 

WD My Passport 1TB Portable External Hard Drive

Amazon ~ $110.00

Oh how I love the WD Passport 1TB external hard drives. These have saved me over and over. As I work with photos that I need to make sure I don’t lose, I keep a hard copy on my WD NAS as well as my external Hard Drive that I work from. I’ve never had one fail on me yet. Great Job Western Digital. I love it!

PNY 32GB Professional

PNY 32GB Professional
PNY 32 GB SDHC Flash Memory Card P-SDH32G10-EFS2

Amazon ~ $39.99

I’ve really enjoyed the professional series of PNY. It’s speed keeps up when I need it shooting frames. It’s never failed me. How can you go wrong with that!

Gear Bags

Lowepro Slingshot 202 DSLR Sling Camera Bag

Amazon ~ $59.95

This is my newest favorite camera bag. It’s a sling back so it doesn’t pull on your shoulders and neck like a regular backpack would, plus it fits everything for an on the go photo shoot or just a good day sightseeing. Love it!

Lowepro Fastpack 350 DSLR Camera Backpack

Amazon ~ $89.99

This is a beast of a gear bag. It holds EVERYTHING you could ever need! I’ve traveled with this holding my camera, multiple lens, and my Macbook Pro with ease. The compartments protect well, and there is enough pockets to keep things organized. Just a great backpack! I’ve loved using this bag for many Photo Trips.

Mac Sports Folding Utility Wagon

Amazon ~ $74.99

This wagon sure comes in handy on a shoot that isn’t close to the car. This wagon holds it all and with the big wheels can travel through grass, dirt, and whatever I put it through. It folds down for easy storage as well.

Cell Phone Accessories

GorillaPod Video Tripod

Amazon ~ $22.99

This GorillaPod Video Triopod for your cell phone is wonderful with fully adjustable legs to position your phone anywhere you need to capture the video needed. It comes with the bonus clip to hold your cellphone snug.

Demetory Ring Fill Light

Amazon ~ $39.99

Shooting with a ringlight is loads of fun. This is a fun little gadget to use when taking selfies, portraits, etc You can adjust the brightness of the light and the charge lasts for hours. When taken well you will see the “ring” in the pupil of the eyes in your portraits. Super cool effect!

Kiwii Bluetooth Selfie Stick with built-in Remote Shutter

Amazon ~ $8.99

Selfie Sticks are so handy in so many circumstances. I enjoy this Selfie Stick with bluetooth and built in remote shutter. It works without fail

QuikPic Bluetooth Remote Shutter Release for Smartphones

Amazon ~ $9.99

I’ve paired this with my iPhone when I’m recording video using the Gorilla Tripod. It allows me to not have to touch the phone and leave it be, but yet control when I’m recording.

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