It’s been a couple years since my latest family and newborn photography session gear update post – so it is about time for an update:
Nikon D750 camera body
The D750 camera body combined with the 35mm and 24mm 1.4 lenses are my favorite for low-light situations like dark rooms, non-bright indoor lights and births – as well as tight spaces. I’m still loving how fast the auto-focus is – always helpful with FAST kids!
I used to bring two D750 bodies to every shoot before 2017, so I could switch between two different lenses quickly. This way one camera functions as a backup incase the other one stops working, too. But – that was a heavy load to carry, not to mention hold onto for Day In The Life sessions. Which brings me to the…
This little thing has a fixed 28mm 1.7 lens, and is SO LIGHT! So I decided to replace one of my heavy Nikon cameras with this nifty thing, which has been amazing especially during long sessions. It also has macro capability, which is awesome for baby toes and other details you wish to document.
But – my main issue with this camera has been that it’s not weather sealed, and I’ve been nervous to bring it to outdoor adventures with families – or my dog. Which prompted me to start shopping around at the end of 2018 for a…
As with the Leica Q, this one is super light, has an option for a silent shutter – and it’s weather-sealed! The colors that it produces are beautiful as long as there is good light – and I say that as a mostly black-and-white photographer. Even though it’s not performing as well as the Nikon in low light, I prefer the colors and look of the grain of the Fuji to the Leica.
I like working with prime lenses (lenses that don’t have a zoom), because that forces me to move my body closer or further instead of fiddling around with a zoom. I’m not big on zooming, because I feel like the closer I am to the action the more the pictures will feel like they’re taken right in the middle of the action, instead of by observing from further away. I have a 24, 35 and 50mm (or equivalent) for both cameras – but I only use the 50mm for portrait sessions that aren’t documentary.
Sigma 35mm 1.4 / Fujifilm 23mm
This is by far my favorite lens – it might as well be glued onto one of my cameras. It distorts the scene a bit more than the 50mm since it tires to include more environment into the picture, but that’s also why it gives you a feeling of being right there.
Sigma 24mm 1.4 | Fujifilm 16mm
This wide lens is a really handy tool for small spaces! However, it distorts images a lot more than the 35mm and the 50mm, getting closer to a fish-eye effect than the other lenses.
What else is in my camera bag?
A padded leather messenger bag by FeatherTouch – it fits my two camera bodies and my fave lenses.
I prefer wide straps (2+ inches), so that they’ll even out the weight of the cameras on my shoulder.
Spare batteries, lots of memory cards (64Gb Lexar ones), lens cleaning supplies, a notebook with scribbles about the family I’m meeting, snacks and a good luck charm I got at a photography conference I attended a few years ago.
Do you have any questions about my gear? Leave a comment below!