As a photographer, there are many different things you might need. Obviously you're going to need your camera and a lens. Today I'm going to share my top 8 gear essentials I love to shoot portraits with . 

  1. Nikon D810 or full frame camera of your choice 
  2. 85mm 1.4 lens 
  3. 35mm 1.4 lens
  4. 24-70 2.8 lens 
  5. 6 in 1 Reflector 
  6. Speed light TTL flash
  7. Backup batteries and SD/CF cards
  8. A positive and curious attitude! 

When shooting, you never know what obstacles and opportunities may arise which is why I always carry backup batteries and memory cards. I love to shoot using prime lenses because it forces you to compose your shots more critically than if you were to use a zoom lens. On the other hand, I love to carry a zoom with me because it gives me more options when shooting video & hard to reach spots. That said, a flash and reflector are used to bounce and fill light onto a subject when you want to get rid of shadows. Lastly, entering a shoot with a bad attitude will affect the success of your photographs. You should begin by getting your client to feel comfortable with you so you can capture glimpses of who they are in your photographs! If you have any questions about gear, free to contact me! 

Happy shooting!

Gabrielle Robinson