We can always use help saving a little bit of money here and there right?? After all, with being a photographer, a business based on electronics can add up. With Amazon Prime Day upon us, I thought I would share with you some of my favorites! I hope the sale helps you save while adding new tools to help your business or every day use. If the item isn’t on sale-forgive me, but I only share the items I have experience with that I know would get the most for your dollar!!
WHAT’S IN MY BAG
I of course always choose the Influencer Camera Bag as your high end option, I love how it’s on my hip and easy to access my lenses and can convert to a backpack while we are out in the field shooting but I will always share budget friendly options as well that I have listed. Here is another Camera Back Pack option on Sale for Prime Day.
Another camera bag option is this backpack. It has a lot of different spaces for lenses. I usually carry around two main lenses on shoots, and leave my suitcase full of other gear at the office. Here is a great rolling camera/lens case on MAJOR Sale! It can store all of your options and carry them for your bigger shoots like weddings & studio. It is also flight-friendly.
Camera Straps-you will often find that I don’t use a camera strap, as many hours of shooting can cause severe aches in my neck and shoulders. When carrying a crossbody bag, I found myself getting tangled up. However, when photographing a wedding or long event, my assistant usually carries my bag, and I recommend the Holdfast Money Maker. Sizes vary, so make sure you pick the right size. However, as my colleagues and I have discussed, over time it becomes heavy.
I am a Nikon shooter, but I love Canon & Sony as well. Nikon is just the path I went and gear I have invested in. I have linked a few other brand options that I feel are Great Cameras for all photographers. Nikon D850, pair this Camera with several options of lenses! Here are three of my favorites. Nikon AF-S FX 24-70 mm f/2.8 , Nikon 50mm 1.4, Nikon 35mm 1.4 .
Let’s talk about cards. I use 64 GB SD CARDS. These SD Cards are large & fast enough for sessions. I save each SD card and use it as back up until the client’s gallery is delivered. I also use an SD/Memory Card Holder so they are organized and together. Along with saving the SD cards I use external hard drives to store all of my imagery. I have listed a few options on your hard drive needs. These are a few I have used with great price points and price range according to the amount of storage you may need. Seagate Backup Plus 2 TB External Hard Drive and another popular choice but a little higher in price is the LaCie Rugged Mini 2TB It is also made by Seagate.
If you’re like me and you shoot alone on many occasions, sometimes you need a little more light on your subject. I love handheld reflectors for this reason. A large reflector isn’t ideal as it’s not easy to maneuver. These are perfect to handle on your own.
I often shoot on the go at different locations. I never know where I am going to be sometimes and if I find myself in a lifestyle situation. (For example Coffee Shop, Book Store, Grocery Store.) I want to be able to put out enough light that is not too harsh or direct on my subject so I will connect my Flash Bender to my Camera Speed Light the Nikon S-5000 AF Speedlight.
I have the smaller MacBook Pro. I love it because it also fits in my Camera Bag. I also linked to Beautiful Marble Hard Case & Keyboard Cover HERE! The Hard Case Covers are under $15, great for Gifts for your Clients or Office Pals! I don’t always put it in my camera bag but when traveling with my camera gear it’s perfect to save save space! This is great for office tasks. I do some editing and it’s great when on the FLY but when I am pumping out the sessions my iMac Pro is where the magic happens! I absolutely love it and it’s The main Key to operating smoothly & swiftly! I also have an iPad to quickly show a gallery to a client. The Apple iPad 32GB is a Best Seller and UNDER $250! When I want to drown out any distraction I work with my AirPods & I love them! On the New Macs you may need to get an SD Card Reader as well as a USB port TYP C for Mac Accessory I leave mine in my Laptop Tote Bag.
MOMTOGRAPHERS/ Or Small Businesses
Looking for a Great Camera on a budget!! I get asked what camera is best for every day use all the time. I bet at least once a month. If you need a camera for every day pictures of family & friends that is a little more budget friendly, here is a great bundle option at a GREAT PRICE! Nikon D3500 DSLR Camera with Two Lens Options & MORE!! All Under $500! Also, add this little guy to your camera and get your kiddos attention! Shutter Huggers are so cute!
Items I Travel With In My Car When I Shoot
I love having my watch with me so when I m working if my next client is trying to contact me I can simply look down and read the message on my Apple Watch linked HERE. PRIME DAY DEAL ON THEM IT’S A HUGE SAVINGS!!
Here are some great Apple Watch Bands for under $11, the leopard one is my fav!!
My Favorite Shoes To Wear When Working
My Favorite Type of Clothes to Wear When Shooting
Your office and home should be a place of motivation. It’s where I spend most of my time, so I find if its decorated and designed how I like it, then I work better!
Cell Phone Accessories for Enhanced Pics
HP Sprocket Portable Printer! PRINT YOUR PHOTOS STRAIGHT FROM YOUR PHONE UNDER $100
#1 Best Selling iPhone Lens this lens is compatible with several other Phones as well! For improving your Social Media Game & Quick photos this lens is a must!
Another great lighting option that you can use not only with your Cell Phone but on Location at your photography session or even in studio this Best Seller Ring Light Kit is a MUST HAVE!! This can help with your video tutorials and more.
All though I do not have one in my collection a Drone is on my list to get! Although it’s not a Huge Demand in my Niche of Photography I have used a drone to ring a fun look into my business and I would love to provide and add that extra eye grabbing element of video and imagery for my clients. SAVE $250 on The DJI Phantom 4 Quadcopter Drone!
In The Studio
When it comes to Constant Lighting I find myself going to the cheaper ones, as I move locations every day and if one breaks or is over worked I am not out thousands of dollars for an every day mishap. Click here to snag these lights for under $80!! If you have a Studio that is your every day location where the lights are stationary and you do not pack your lights a lot I would definitely recommend purchasing your higher quality Lighting like these by WestScott.
I find for photographing products or headshots that a durable backdrop stand is a quick and easy way to assist you in capturing the best images. I have had my two stands for 5 Plus years and still use them! I will set up mine to the closest window or use Constant Lighting with my favorite colors of Seamless paper when I am on the go. If I am looking for a Stationary Backdrop Wall Mount this is the perfect choice that holds 4 Rolls Of Paper without sag and easy access ! You can get seamless paper in all colors sizes and it’s great to use for a backdrop for headshots, products, Flat Lays & more!
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