Camera Gear – 2019 Guide

* This post contains Amazon affiliate links. Y’all ask me questions about camera gear ALL. THE. TIME. and I love talking about it with you!…

* This post contains Amazon affiliate links.

Y’all ask me questions about camera gear ALL. THE. TIME. and I love talking about it with you! But it finally occurred to me that (duh!!!) I should just do a post about my gear, so I could refer people to one place instead of typing out the same answers over and over. You know, that whole “work smarter not harder” thing?! So here we go – I’m going to share what’s currently in my camera bag plus my favorite camera for beginners! There was a day when I owned tons of gear, basically two of everything as a back-up just in case any of my equipment suddenly decided to quit working. Anderson and I were also shooting weddings together at that time, so we really did need a lot of stuff! But now I shoot in controlled environments and have a much more laid-back approach to the way I work. (Not shooting weddings anymore definitely helps in that area!) I don’t need a ton of camera gear and have mostly scaled back to my absolute favorites.

I’ve also gathered a bunch of my favorite gear and put it in an Amazon store. It’s easier for me to update products there and makes it simple for you to shop in one place!

camera gear

You’ll notice that I shoot with all Canon gear. I’ve always been partial to Canon, because I think their lenses are the best! 🙂

Canon 5D MarkIV – I just upgraded to this model a few months ago. Before that I shot with a Mark II for years and loved it. The biggest reasons I upgraded were because I just felt like it was time for newer gear. The older model probably would have easily latest a few more years, but I didn’t want to take the chance. And the Mark IV makes it easy to wirelessly transfer from my camera to my phone (something the older model didn’t do). This is such a fun feature, especially for when we’re traveling!

Canon 50mm f/1.4 – Hands-down the one lens I use the most. It’s versatile, relatively affordable, and the clarify of the images produced by this lens consistently impresses me. (And I’m hard to impress when it comes to gear!) If you want a good portrait lens to start out with, get this one! I need to replace mine soon, because it’s starting to focus a little slower than it should. But I’ll just replace it with a newer version of the same lens!

Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 – This is the ONLY other lens I bring along with me to shoots. If I’m in a tight space (someone’s home) or just want to get a really wide shot, I’ll switch out my 50mm for this one. And I also enjoy using it when we’re traveling, because I can shoot just about anything with it. I always prefer fixed lenses over zooms, because they produce clearer/crisper images, but I’ve been really happy with this one and totally recommend it.

Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 – I use this lens very infrequently. It’s technically Anderson’s. 🙂 It’s definitely superior to my others when I’m shooting far away in low light. So when I shoot baptisms or services for our church I always use this lens. The image quality/clarity is amazing! It’s perfect for shooting events, sports, concerts – anything where you can’t get as close to your subject as you’d like.

Shootsac Lens Bag – Oh, the camera bag! I bought my Shootsac bag almost 10 years ago, and then later decided I wanted something more “my style.” So I got a bright yellow leather bag from Epiphane. It was definitely more fun than boring ‘ole basic black, but unfortunately, the Epiphane bag didn’t hold up well at all. The leather started peeling, and it looks terrible. So I shopped around for a new bag but couldn’t find one I loved more than my Shootsac and ended up just pulling it out again! It’s definitely the best camera gear bag I’ve ever owned. The material is neoprene (like a wet suit), and it doesn’t look worn or aged at all. Super impressive for a bag I’ve had for almost a decade!

LensPen Cleaning Kit – If you have a camera, you need a LensPen! That’s all.

Canon Speedlite 600EX – I actually have the 580EX (older model) and pull it out very rarely. It’s useful for shooting inside if the lighting is awful or anytime it’s dark. I bought this back when I shot weddings and used it a ton at receptions. Even though I don’t use it much now, it’s good to have on hand just in case!

Embroidered Camera Strap – Since my camera bag is basic black, I like having a fun camera strap! Anderson got this one for me last year, and I love the embroidered design. It’s holding up really well too!

Canon Wireless Remote – If you want to play around with taking your own family pictures (or maybe some fun selfies) invest in a wireless remote and tripod. A lot of the pictures on my Instagram are taken that way! This remote is not the cheapest one out there. You can get a generic model for around $10. But I’ve done that several times, and they never last. Just get this one, and you won’t have to keep replacing it!

60-inch Tripod – Some tripods are big and clunky, but not this one! It’s lightweight and folds up easily, so I keep it in the trunk of my car and always have it on-hand when I need it.

My Guide to Taking Better Pictures – Last year I worte a guide for taking better pictures! It’s specifically targeted at curating an awesome Instagram feed, but it’s really a helpful guide for anyone. In my “How to Take Better Pictures for Instagram” guide, I’m sharing 10 helpful tools for taking and posting awesome pictures. And I’m also telling you exactly how I edit my images for Instagram! This guide is for anyone who wants to improve your photography skills – if you’re using Instagram for your side hustle or just really want to take better pics of your kids, this guide will help you create images you’ll be proud to share!

And my absolute favorite camera for anyone who wants to get into photography:

Canon Rebel – If you’re looking for a great beginner camera, this is it! I started out on a Canon Rebel many years ago and used it for a long time before feeling the need to upgrade. The reason I love this one for anyone just starting out with a DSLR camera is because it’s simple to learn (you can even start out using the automatic mode), but when you’re ready to grow your skills, you can still shoot with this camera. And you can use most Canon lenses and accessories with it. So even when you do want to upgrade camera models in the future, you don’t have to buy all new lenses and accessories! I recommend buying this camera body and investing in a good lens (like the 50mm 1.4) instead of buying a kit that includes the camera body and a lens. They almost always include cheap lenses with the kits, and you don’t want a cheap lens!

camera gear

That’s all the camera gear I’m shooting with right now! I’ll update this list as anything changes. Make sure you check out my Amazon store here to shop all of these products in one place. I’ve also included some fun gifts ideas for the photo lovers in your life. 🙂


  1. Thank you for your whole labor on this site. My mother loves getting into investigation and it’s really easy to see why. Most people know all relating to the lively medium you give both useful and interesting solutions through this blog and therefore cause response from some other people about this issue and our own simple princess is now learning a whole lot. Have fun with the remaining portion of the new year. You are always conducting a really great job.

  2. I just wanted to construct a quick message to be able to express gratitude to you for those awesome concepts you are giving out at this site. My time intensive internet look up has at the end of the day been rewarded with extremely good suggestions to share with my companions. I would declare that most of us visitors actually are very much blessed to live in a remarkable site with many special people with good tricks. I feel very lucky to have come across your entire web site and look forward to many more awesome times reading here. Thanks again for everything.

  3. I’m writing to let you be aware of what a fine discovery my wife’s daughter obtained reading your web page. She mastered a lot of things, most notably how it is like to have a wonderful giving mindset to get many people with no trouble thoroughly grasp specified extremely tough subject areas. You really exceeded my desires. Many thanks for coming up with those valuable, trusted, edifying not to mention cool guidance on that topic to Gloria.

  4. Thank you so much for providing individuals with an extremely nice chance to read in detail from here. It can be very amazing plus packed with a great time for me and my office colleagues to visit your web site a minimum of 3 times in 7 days to study the newest secrets you will have. Of course, we’re at all times impressed considering the exceptional hints you serve. Certain 2 ideas in this post are in truth the simplest I have had.

  5. I truly wanted to post a brief word in order to thank you for those great steps you are sharing here. My prolonged internet research has now been paid with good quality facts and techniques to go over with my good friends. I would express that we site visitors are very much endowed to exist in a wonderful place with very many wonderful individuals with beneficial ideas. I feel somewhat blessed to have come across your web site and look forward to some more thrilling minutes reading here. Thanks once more for a lot of things.

  6. I simply wanted to construct a simple word so as to thank you for all the wonderful tactics you are giving out at this site. My extended internet look up has now been compensated with really good content to share with my family members. I would assert that we visitors are quite blessed to dwell in a fabulous network with many marvellous professionals with insightful points. I feel truly privileged to have come across your entire weblog and look forward to some more entertaining minutes reading here. Thanks once again for all the details.

  7. My husband and i got really fulfilled that Albert could do his inquiry from your precious recommendations he discovered through your blog. It is now and again perplexing to simply happen to be giving for free strategies people might have been trying to sell. We really fully grasp we’ve got the website owner to appreciate because of that. Those explanations you’ve made, the easy blog navigation, the friendships your site help to create – it’s got many fantastic, and it’s letting our son in addition to us recognize that that matter is thrilling, which is certainly especially important. Thank you for the whole lot!

  8. I needed to draft you one little observation just to thank you as before regarding the remarkable things you’ve featured on this website. It has been really strangely open-handed of you in giving extensively what many people might have sold as an ebook to generate some bucks on their own, notably given that you could possibly have tried it in the event you considered necessary. These things additionally served as the good way to realize that some people have the same desire like mine to know a whole lot more on the topic of this condition. I know there are numerous more fun situations up front for those who looked over your blog.

  9. I simply had to appreciate you once more. I’m not certain what I would’ve undertaken without those ideas shared by you concerning this area of interest. Completely was a frightful dilemma for me, however , being able to view the specialized way you handled the issue forced me to weep with gladness. I’m just happier for your guidance and then hope that you find out what a great job your are carrying out teaching people today thru your blog. Most probably you haven’t got to know any of us.

  10. I’m also commenting to let you be aware of of the perfect encounter my friend’s princess gained viewing yuor web blog. She came to find several details, with the inclusion of what it’s like to have a very effective coaching nature to get others very easily fully understand some problematic subject areas. You actually exceeded people’s expectations. Thanks for coming up with the insightful, healthy, explanatory as well as unique guidance on your topic to Gloria.

  11. I together with my pals were following the good tactics from the blog while the sudden came up with a terrible suspicion I never thanked the blog owner for those tips. These young boys came for this reason glad to read them and now have in actuality been taking pleasure in these things. I appreciate you for really being considerably kind and then for getting these kinds of fabulous issues millions of individuals are really desirous to discover. Our own sincere apologies for not expressing gratitude to sooner.

  12. Thank you so much for providing individuals with an extremely splendid possiblity to read from this website. It is always so useful and as well , stuffed with a lot of fun for me and my office friends to search your blog really three times a week to study the fresh items you have. And definitely, I’m at all times contented with all the very good concepts you give. Certain 1 ideas in this posting are easily the most effective we have ever had.

  13. I precisely desired to say thanks all over again. I do not know the things that I might have gone through in the absence of those solutions documented by you directly on such question. It truly was a real fearsome problem in my circumstances, nevertheless considering the very specialized manner you treated it forced me to leap with gladness. I’m grateful for this work and in addition sincerely hope you recognize what a powerful job you have been putting in instructing others all through your site. Most likely you have never met any of us.

  14. I wish to express my thanks to the writer for bailing me out of this type of trouble. Just after looking out throughout the internet and seeing notions that were not helpful, I was thinking my entire life was gone. Being alive minus the solutions to the difficulties you’ve fixed all through your main posting is a crucial case, as well as those which could have negatively affected my entire career if I hadn’t come across your website. The knowledge and kindness in maneuvering all things was priceless. I’m not sure what I would have done if I hadn’t come across such a step like this. I am able to at this point relish my future. Thanks a lot so much for the reliable and result oriented guide. I won’t be reluctant to suggest the blog to any person who ought to have guidance on this issue.

  15. Thanks so much for giving everyone remarkably breathtaking chance to read from this website. It’s always so ideal and as well , stuffed with a great time for me personally and my office colleagues to search the blog on the least 3 times in a week to read through the new guides you will have. And definitely, I’m so usually satisfied with all the gorgeous points you give. Some 1 tips in this article are essentially the most suitable we have ever had.

  16. My wife and i were really more than happy when Louis managed to finish off his investigations through the precious recommendations he grabbed from your very own web site. It’s not at all simplistic just to continually be releasing tips which many others may have been selling. We fully grasp we need the writer to thank for this. The main illustrations you’ve made, the straightforward website menu, the friendships you can give support to instill – it’s most terrific, and it’s leading our son and the family recognize that this theme is fun, and that’s really fundamental. Thanks for the whole lot!

  17. I simply had to thank you very much yet again. I do not know the things I could possibly have handled in the absence of those points documented by you over my subject. It previously was an absolute terrifying case for me personally, however , being able to view your specialized technique you managed it forced me to leap over joy. I’m just happier for the help and then have high hopes you comprehend what a great job you’re accomplishing training others all through your webpage. I’m certain you haven’t met all of us.

  18. I simply needed to thank you so much again. I am not sure what I would have achieved without the type of ways shared by you directly on my industry. It became an absolute daunting dilemma in my view, however , understanding your expert manner you dealt with that made me to cry for joy. I will be grateful for this information and then expect you recognize what a great job you happen to be providing instructing most people using a web site. Most likely you have never encountered any of us.

  19. I wish to show thanks to this writer for rescuing me from this challenge. As a result of browsing throughout the internet and obtaining concepts which are not powerful, I thought my entire life was over. Being alive without the approaches to the issues you have resolved as a result of the review is a crucial case, as well as the kind which could have in a wrong way damaged my entire career if I hadn’t come across your site. Your primary knowledge and kindness in dealing with the whole lot was excellent. I don’t know what I would’ve done if I had not encountered such a thing like this. I can at this time relish my future. Thanks so much for your reliable and result oriented guide. I will not hesitate to propose the sites to any person who requires direction about this situation.

  20. I definitely wanted to write down a message in order to thank you for some of the precious guidelines you are showing on this website. My extensive internet research has finally been recognized with wonderful content to exchange with my guests. I ‘d say that most of us website visitors are quite endowed to exist in a useful network with so many lovely people with valuable points. I feel really grateful to have discovered the website and look forward to so many more brilliant times reading here. Thank you again for everything.

  21. I am just commenting to make you be aware of what a really good encounter my friend’s princess obtained going through your web page. She mastered too many issues, including how it is like to possess a marvelous giving character to let many others easily comprehend a variety of grueling issues. You really did more than readers’ desires. Thank you for distributing such great, safe, educational and cool guidance on that topic to Tanya.

  22. Thank you a lot for providing individuals with a very brilliant chance to read articles and blog posts from this website. It can be so enjoyable plus jam-packed with fun for me and my office fellow workers to visit your web site minimum thrice in a week to learn the newest guides you have got. And definitely, I’m also usually satisfied concerning the attractive tricks served by you. Certain 2 ideas on this page are surely the finest we have ever had.

  23. I am typically to running a blog and i actually recognize your content. The article has really peaks my interest. I am going to bookmark your website and keep checking for new information.

  24. I have to express my thanks to this writer for rescuing me from this type of problem. Just after exploring through the online world and coming across tricks that were not pleasant, I was thinking my life was done. Being alive without the strategies to the problems you’ve sorted out by means of your good website is a serious case, and ones which could have badly damaged my entire career if I hadn’t noticed your blog. Your personal talents and kindness in playing with the whole thing was precious. I’m not sure what I would’ve done if I hadn’t encountered such a subject like this. I can also at this moment relish my future. Thanks a lot so much for the reliable and amazing guide. I will not be reluctant to recommend the blog to anybody who will need counselling on this matter.

  25. My spouse and i were absolutely joyous Michael could finish off his reports using the ideas he had when using the weblog. It is now and again perplexing just to find yourself giving for free methods that some others might have been selling. So we already know we now have the writer to appreciate for this. The most important explanations you made, the easy site menu, the relationships your site help to create – it’s got most powerful, and it is making our son and our family reason why this matter is satisfying, which is certainly unbelievably fundamental. Many thanks for the whole thing!

  26. My wife and i ended up being very relieved when Michael could complete his homework through your precious recommendations he gained out of the web page. It is now and again perplexing just to find yourself offering techniques that many some other people have been selling. And we also understand we have got the blog owner to give thanks to because of that. The most important illustrations you made, the easy website menu, the friendships you can help create – it’s all spectacular, and it’s really making our son and our family reason why the situation is enjoyable, and that’s seriously essential. Thank you for the whole lot!

  27. Thank you so much for providing individuals with an exceptionally brilliant chance to read from here. It is usually so ideal plus jam-packed with a good time for me personally and my office mates to search your site no less than three times every week to find out the fresh guides you will have. Of course, I’m just certainly satisfied with the cool opinions served by you. Certain two facts in this posting are basically the most suitable we have had.

  28. My husband and i ended up being now thankful when Emmanuel managed to do his homework by way of the ideas he obtained from your own web page. It is now and again perplexing just to continually be releasing guidance others might have been trying to sell. Therefore we grasp we have got the writer to appreciate for that. The main explanations you’ve made, the straightforward web site navigation, the relationships you help to promote – it is many overwhelming, and it’s letting our son and our family consider that this theme is satisfying, and that’s incredibly mandatory. Many thanks for the whole thing!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *