So you want to know what is in my camera bag? I am honored. No really, I love being able to share what I have learned along the way and what I do to make magic happen. Well, my type of magic anyway. When I first started out, I used to go straight to the post from a photographer I followed, to see what type of gear they had. I wanted to know, "How do they do it?"
I enjoyed the fact that these photographers out there were so open about what they knew. I am wanting to do the same. The thing is, I want to do more than just tell you about my gear. I want to share with you the heart of what makes things happen. The part which sets my work apart from everyone elses'.
This is my go-to heart gear. There was a time when I found it hard to be positive, not going to lie. I am able to fully appreciate this way of thinking because of those days when I didn't practice a positive perspective. Since exercising that part of my mind I have been able to take more risks creatively and also see beauty in less than ideal situations. Life isn't picture perfect. It's not supposed to be. Anticipating good things makes it easier to capture good things. No?
This is at the core of my heart gear. Without self-worth, I wouldn't have the courage to work with my clients. I would be worrying about what others think of me and whether I am even skilled. It is what brings individuality to what I do and makes it easier for my clients to be themselves and relax. I don't want my clients to fit a certain mold in front of my camera. I want their personality and happiness to shine through!
This is the icing on the cake gear. You want magic? Tinsel? That extra spark that gets your heart excited? You need to have a passion for what you do. Let's be real though. There have been days where I didn't feel like I had a passion for this. What made me realize that taking photographs was more than just a quick love was that I couldn't give it up. Even when taking pictures happened few and far between, I couldn't let it go. Despite wanting to try new things, it was always there in my heart. When I did begin to find true excitement in it again, I dove in. Like I was starving for it.
The exciting thing about these 3 points is that everyone can have them! Even though we all can have the same "heart gear" no two artist's style will look the same. When we fully understand who we are and what is beautiful to US, it creates something new and different! Something everyone can enjoy!
Investing in quality gear was definitely one of my best decisions, yet it wasn't what made me. Gear is only really awesome when you fully understand what it can do and how it can impact your style. I encourage you to understand what your style is and research gear. Don't just buy everything in sight or assume what looks good from another photographer, will fit with you. If you have any other questions about gear, definitely let me know in the comments!