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I started my photography journey with a Canon Rebel. At the time, it was cheaper than Nikon, their lens lineup was less confusing, and the two main photographers I looked up to shot with Canon. It was an easy decision, but I was never fully satisfied with Canon. I felt like my images were always soft even if I nailed focus. I’ve used almost every major Canon body (7D, 5D, 5Dmkii, 5Dmkiii) and the only one that was consistently sharp was the original 5D that I bought used. Finally, I became frustrated enough to start considering other options.
Enter the Nikon D750. People called me crazy for jumping off the Canon bandwagon, but I have never looked back. The D750 blows Canon out of the water. Images are tack sharp, the continous focus mode is incredible, and Nikon’s dynamic range is truly unbelievable. Check out this review and this review. I was sold after reading those two articles. It took a bit to figure out a new button layout and menu system, but I have come to love many of the features Nikon has placed on this camera. I will never go back to Canon.
Sigma Art 50mm f/1.4 – My go-to lens. Useful in most situations, beautiful for portraits, crazy sharp.
Sigma Art 35mm f/1.4 – Great for photojournalistic style photos, can also be a great portrait lens in the right situations.
Nikon 105mm f/2.8 Macro – Perfect for detail photos of wedding rings, also an incredible portrait lens!
Tokina 16-28mm f/2.8 – A super-wide angle lens for dramatic landscape shots and great for dance floor photos at receptions.
Sandisk Extreme Pro 128GB Card (2) – The Nikon D750 has a dual SD card slot. The dual slot enables you to write an image to both cards simultaneously, creating an instant backup copy. Because of this, I shoot with two 128GB memory cards in the camera so I never have to worry about switching memory cards during an important moment!
Nikon SB-700 Speedlight – This gets used on- and off-camera depending on the situation. A great wedding day flash if you are only using it indoors and don’t need a ton of power.
Yongnuo YN560 Flash – This is a super cheap third-party flash that gets the job done. It does not have TTL metering, so it can be used on any hotshoe in manual mode, but I use these flashes for off-camera and save my Nikon flashes (that DO have TTL) for on the camera. If you’re looking to dip your feet into off-camera flash, this is an inexpensive way to experiment!
AlienBee B800 Strobe – I use this strobe for family formals in church sanctuary for the quick recycle time, as well as outdoors if I need more flash power than a speedlight. A lot of photographers use these lights in studios as well.
Opteka Wrist Strap – I adore this strap. I don’t often use shoulder straps as they tend to get in the way, so this gives me a bit of security as well as taking some of the strain off my hand. You can read more about why I love this strap so much here.
ExpoDisc – This little tool is super handy for shooting in custom white balance. Custom WB speeds things up during editing, so I use either the ExpoDisc or Kelvin mode. You can read more about the ExpoDisc in this post from 2012.
Kelly Moore Pilot Backpack – I’ve loved Kelly Moore bags since I started photography. It’s nice to have a non-manly bag! Most of her bags are either shoulder bags or cross body though, and after three years of shooting weddings with a cross body, I was done. My back and shoulders have been SO appreciative of this backpack camera back, and I can carry more gear with less pain. Always a win! (Plus it looks amazing!)
Tenba Roadie II Hybrid Rolling Bag – This bag is a workhorse. All of my gear and backup gear fits in this for the travel between home and wedding. I love that it rolls so I don’t have to carry it – lots of gear means it gets heavy! This also meets international carry-on regulations, but I haven’t actually flown anywhere with it.
Fuji X100s / X100T – I fell in love with this camera a few years ago. It is the perfect daily companion and an amazing vacation buddy. The image quality is so much better than my iPhone. I also use this camera to make “home videos” of trips and fun events in our lives, which it does a pretty good job (I especially like the continuous focus mode). Check out all of my Fuji X100s related photos here.
Fuji Instax Mini 8 – This is a fun little camera! I first saw it at my BFF’s wedding – her photographer pulled it out at the reception and started passing out little polaroid-type prints to people. I was so impressed that I ordered one for myself a couple days later! I really want to go on a trip and use only this camera to document it! PS: film can be purchased here.
Fuji Instax Printer – This thing has been a game changer. It connects with your iPhone and prints digital photos on the same film that the instant camera uses! I take this puppy to weddings and am able to give the couple a few prints from the day to take home that night. Also, when we were home for Christmas with our newborn, it was awesome to leave a few photos from the weekend with my mom when we left. I’m telling you, printed pictures are so magical compared to looking at them on a screen!