What’s in my bag?

What’s in my bag?

–Camera bodies: Canon 5D mark iv and Canon 70D (I used my Rebel T3i for the first several years of my business)


  • Normal prime lens: Canon 50mm f/1.4 (most used in general – interviews & details)
  • Wide angle prime lens: Canon 35mm f/1.4 (most used with families)
  • Zoom lens: Canon 24-105mm f/4 (most used at weddings and homecomings)
  • Wide angle zoom lens: Canon 16-35mm f/2.8 (most used with landscape or large family shots)
  • Macro zoom lens: Canon 70-200mm f/2.8

–Bags: large backpack (Incase), small backpack (Lowepro), large satchel (Canon Rebel kit bag), small satchel (ONA)

–Tripod/head: Manfrotto 290 xtra

–Stabilizer: Glidecam HD-2000

–Slider: Konova K1 Series 18.9”

–Quick Release Plates: Giottos MH621

–Film Light: Fotodiox LED-312DS

–Photo Light: Canon speedlight 430EX II & Gary Font light diffuser


–GoPro: Hero4 Silver (waterproof case & attachments/accessories)

–Drone: Diji Mavic Pro

–Audio: Rode VideoMic with windbuster (shotgun, hot shoe mic) & Rode smartLav+ Lavalier Mics (clipon, with iPhone/iPod app)

–SD cards: high-quality 16GBs

–Extra batteries & chargers

–Camera protection: waterproof camera & bag covers (cheap plastic ones on Amazon) and cleaning kit

–Props (chairs, props)

–Attention-grabbers for kids & stubborn dads 🙂 jk! (fruit snacks, bell, lens animal scrunchy)

–Hard Drives: Synology Bay Disk Station 4-Bay Diskless Network Attached Storage (DS416j) with 4TB sticks (16TB total) and Western Digital (WD) My Passport Ultra 4TB Portable External Hard Drive

–Fire Safe to keep one HD backup in at all times

–Laptop: 2015 MacBook Pro (2.5 GHz Intel Core i7 processor – 16GB memory – retina screen)

–Film Editing Program: Final Cut Pro (I used iMovie for the longest time and it was great (and free with Macs) too)

–Photo Editing Program: Adobe Bridge or Lightroom & iPhoto (B&Ws)

–Disc Burning Program: Toast DVD

–DVDs: DVD-R (or +R (they’re basically the same), but I was always told you’d run into less problems with DVD-R since they’ve been around longer, plus they’re typically cheaper!) & Disc labels & Jewel Cases (both generic)

–Electronic Transferring/Sharing Program: Wetransfer.com (can send up to 2GB for free) or Google Drive (email can only send up to 25MB at a given time)


Just starting out?

I shoot with Canon, so I’m not very familiar when it comes to the other brands (Nikon, Sony, etc.), but I know that I’ve loved Canon since the start and if you’re wanting to invest in a camera body, I’d start out with the Canon Rebel series. I started with the T3i and used it for the longest time, even while shooting professionally. The T3i was one of the first to have video so there’s no custom settings in the video setting, but any later model would probably fit you great. I suggest looking on KSL or ‘Utah Camera Gear for Sale’ Facebook page for used ones. Then, I’d invest in good quality lenses before re-investing in a better camera body–you’ll recognize a HUGE difference with updating the lenses than updating the body. I listed the lenses I have here in the order I’d invest in them. Contact me for more questions!