I get lots of emails wanting to know what kind of equipment I use. "Keep it simple" is my motto when it comes to my photo gear. If I ever need something I don't own, I can rent it. Most major cities have rental houses geared to professional shooters. Most important, you must prep your camera bag before every shoot. Especially if you're traveling to a location, be it is across town or across the country. It is never fun to forget something crucial. I once had to hire an assistant just to bring something another assistant forgot to pack.
I am heading back to Cali later this week for a shoot and above is everything I will pack for this gig. 1. Lens Cleaning Tissues 2. Promo Cards 3. 24-70 L series Lens 4. extra Camera Body (a 10D) 5. Sandisk Card Reader 6. Lacie Portable Hardrive 7. 50 L series Lens (my favorite) 8. Canon G10 point & shoot 9. Facial Blotters (for shiny/sweaty skin) 10. Holder for my cards (see 17) 11. chargers and extra battery 12. Canon 5D 13. Extra pair of glasses 14. Lensbaby Composer lens 15. Sharpie & ballpoint 15. clamps 17. Sandisk Memory Cards
I pack all of that into this Tamrac camera bag, a good investment I bought a few years back. Plenty of storage, durable and best of all, it has wheels! The downside... high priced (I actually saved by finding mine on eBay) but not high on style. I would love to work with a company to design a bag that meets ALL my needs and is also great looking. Believe me, I have looked! Still, I like it a lot, except for the fact that I have moved on to a larger laptop which doesn't fit in this case's laptop slot. So I use this smart Trixie bag as my second carry-on. Along with a 15 inch laptop it will hold my wallet, cell, kindle and other purse-ish essentials.
The only "lighting" equipment I will bring with me is a large reflector that folds down into a smaller disk. This helps pop light in, you can see my assistant Steph above, holding it to bounce light into her face, as she stands in for the subject. I almost always use natural light when working on location.
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