I know you guys are all DYING to know what all is in that gigantic, beautiful rose gold bag that I carry to all of my portrait photography sessions. Well wonder no more Mama’s, I am going to share with you exactly what I have in there. First off – you need to know that I am obsessed with handbags AND rose gold. So naturally, I needed to have this amazing rose gold camera bag from House of Flynn! It is SO PRETTY and functional too! Although, I think all of the pockets are turning me into a hoarder…..I cant even with some of the stuff I found in there!
So portrait photography doesn’t require a ton of equipment but I do carry 2 cameras with me (a canon mk iii and a canon mk iv). My primary body is the MK IV because it is amazing, but the MK III is my backup. Always prepared right?!?! I will usually have 3 lenses with me a Sigma art 35, Canon 85L and my Canon 50L. And then I have tons of memory cards, and extra batteries, because again, I need to be prepared for anything!
I also carry a stack of my super cute business cards!
Okay, so I am going to admit, that even I was surprised when I found all of this STUFF in my bag that does not have anything to do with portrait photography! I mean lipstick???? Why on earth would I need lipstick at a photo shoot? I guess you never know! Maybe Bradley Cooper will make an appearance and I will need that lipstick!
There was hand sanitizer, tissues, 2 hair brushes (WHY?!?!?!), and a rather large assortment of mints. Fresh breath will NEVER be an issue given the amount of mints I found tucked a way in various pockets! I also found random hair ties and barrettes (you guys, I do not even wear barrettes!). And don’t judge me, but I also found deodorant……I don’t remember EVER putting that in there. I found mittens and a hat too. Which isn’t really surprising as I HATE to be cold. Gosh, I do sound like a hoarder. I promise I am not!
My PERMITS. Seriously, many of you do not know this, but most of those amazing locations we shoot at require permits. Ok- here is a funny now but super embarrassing then, story about permits……Picture this – new client, never met them before but they signed up for maternity and newborn photos with me. We are meeting in the parking lot for the maternity portrait photography session. I knew as soon as I saw them that they were going to be awesome and the shoot was going to be amazing. Enter the park ranger……..I wasn’t at all concerned as I ALWAYS HAVE MY PERMITS! I think you know where this is going……The nice Ranger asked for my permit and I went to reach for it, and it was not there! YOU GUYS! I WAS MORTIFIED! Talk about embarrassing. Lucky for me the Ranger was awesome and only gave me a warning but still, not the way I wanted to start off a session with brand new clients! So now I check about a hundred times to make sure I have my permits!
I would love to chat with you and get you set up for a completely custom portrait photography session! I will remember my permit I promise! If you ask nice, I may even share my mints with you!
You can view my complete portrait photography portfolio here.
Me too — I can’t wait to start creating YOUR perfect EJP portrait experience!
Wife, soccer mom, coffee-addict, and photographer. I help new mamas celebrate simple, sweet moments amidst the chaos of #momlife — welcome!