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I am a huge proponent of moms being able to beautifully capture the every day moments in their children’s lives.  Of course I adore the yearly images we have taken as a family but I probably love my every day snap shots more. They tell the story of who my children really are.

So today I am sharing with you the photography gear that should be on every mom’s wishlist. So that, you too, can capture the moments that make up childhood.

Camera Gear for Moms

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many of our mamarazzi students come into the workshop with the kit lens on their digital SLR camera and they quickly realize their limitations because of the small amount of light being let into the sensor (which causes blurry or dark images). a lot of this may seem like a foreign language if you don’t know much about photography. but all the more reason why you should sign up for our mamarazzi mailing list to get an opportunity to attend one of our workshops.

the article may be a bit hard to read as is. if you’d like to read the full version (found via clickin’ moms) i’d be happy to email it to you. jennycollierphoto@gmail.com.

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I’m often asked what kind of camera and lenses I use so today I’m sharing.

My camera body is the Canon 5d Mark II.  I love it!  Especially the full frame sensor, high ISO, and the fact that it takes gorgeous videos (something I’m trying to learn more about). 

 

Battery Grip for the Mark ii.  I truly only use this when I’m shooting a party or a wedding.

 

50mm 1.2L lens.  I love this especially in low light situations.

24-70mm 2.8L lens.  This zoom lens is on my camera 99% of the time.  I love it because I’m able to zoom out and not be in my kid’s faces.

 

430 ex ii flash.  I’m not a fan of flash…but sometimes you just need a little extra help when it comes to light.  This may see the light of day only a few times a year but when I’m in a bind I become very thankful that I have it.

 

Gary Fong Lightsphere.  This goes over my flash and acts as a diffuser those times that I must use flash.  Helps reduce that deer in headlights look as I lovingly refer to it.

Pocketwizard iii Transformer.  I took a speedlight workshop last year but honestly haven’t played with off camera flash very much.

Kingston Elite Pro 16g Compact Flash cards.  I highly recommend keeping a handful of these and changing them out often.  CF cards crash from time to time and you never want all of images (dating from 2006 on one card) – calling my mother-in-law out on this one. :)

Think Tank Pixel Pocket RocketI used to have CF cards scattered everywhere (in purses, camera bags, in my desk drawers until my hubby put this card holder in my stocking last year.  Love having them stored all in one place.

 

And what do I carry all of this stuff in?

The Shootsac Lens Bag is perfect for photoshoots.  It doesn’t, however, fit my camera body.  So it’s not a bag that I use when I’m not shooting clients.

The Shootsac Tote & Shoot is a bag that I highly recommend.  I can store my camera safely in the front pocket, add a flash on the side, and still have room for my iPad, snacks and toys for my kiddos, and other random things.  It’s perfect for traveling or when we’re out and about.

The ONA Camera Bag Insert is a great option for the mom that tosses her camera in her diaper bag or purse.  Love this option for when I don’t want to carry a big bag and the padding keeps it protected.



we get so many emails about what is the best (and most affordable) digital SLR for parents wanting to take better pictures of their children.

we recommend starting out with a canon rebel (the newest version is the t4i) save yourself $60 and purchase the body only.  then invest that money into a better lens.  one that we suggest is the 50mm 1.8.  at around $100 it can’t be beat.  yes, it’s a “fixed” lens meaning YOU are the zoom.

 

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kit lenses (the ones that generally come with the camera) are not our favorite.  the reason being that the aperture only stops down to a 3.5.  with a lower aperture (such as that of the 50mm 1.8 lens) is that you are able to take photos in lower light settings.  also, the aperture helps to create that pretty blur that we all know and love.

keep in mind there is a learning curve with a digital SLR.  and if you’re going to make the investment shouldn’t you know all there is to know about shooting in different settings?

this is the reason we started mamarazzi of tulsa.  we saw so many moms with great cameras who didn’t know how to use them.  don’t live in the tulsa area?  consider buying our workbook that contains everything that we teach in our 4 hour workshop.