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Nikon D750 – the camera I use for almost all my work (plus a backup body in case of emergencies)
Nikon 105 mm Macro Lens – My go to lens for product photography and beauty photography. You can see why here.
Nikon 50 mm Lens – A lens I mainly use for portraiture, lifestyle, or travel.
SanDisk Extreme Pro SD Cards – These keep up with me when shooting with fast moving models or objects.
Profoto B10 – These lights were so worth the investment. Small as a lens, easy to pack and move, and I can charge them into the wall while I’m shooting, which means I never have to worry about batteries dying. You can read more about why I love these lights here.
Profoto Air Remote – Conveniently control my light settings from the touch of a button. These remotes are also very durable and reliable.
C-Stand – Sturdy and reliable. My lighting is expensive and important and it’s my top priority to take good care of it. These stands are very difficult to tip over, especially with a sand bag. You can also use them to hang props or products, or even as a tripod for flat lay images.
Beauty Dish – This is one of my favorite lighting modifiers for beauty portraits.
Octabox – This lighting modifier creates beautiful, soft light. I use it mainly for portraiture, or when I want a very soft lighting look.
Seamless Paper – These are perfect for beauty or portrait backgrounds. For products, I use seamless paper, poster boards, or particle boards. Weekend Creative has a great tutorial on how to use particle boards on their blog.
Backdrop Stands – These stands are sturdy and hold up 9 foot seamless paper rolls reliably.
Tripod (with 3 Way Head for Flatlays) – Again, I invested in a nice tripod. It doesn’t make sense to buy an expensive camera, and then put it on a flimsy tripod that tips over easily. This tripod is sturdy, and can also be used to shoot flat lays. (Get 15% off your purchase through this link).
Tether Pro – I have both the cord and the wireless setup. I love the wireless set up for product photography. Product photography is a bit slower paced, so although the images load a bit slower, it works out fine. When I’m shooting with models, I prefer to use the cord since the connection is faster.
Adobe Creative Cloud – $10 a month for everything you need to get started (basically Photoshop, Lightroom, and Bridge).
Capture One – Amazing editing and tethering software for commercial photographers.
WEBSITE + MARKETING/CLIENT MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE
Flothemes – By far my favorite website templates to use. I’ve used them for 4 years now. They have a variety of website options available that are beautifully designed and keep the focus on your imagery. They are easy to use and customize. They also have fantastic customer service.
SiteGround – This is where I host my website. Their customer service is top notch.
Dubsado – This is what I use for contracts, proposals, invoices, etc. Get 20% off your first month or year through this link.
Flodesk – This email marketing service is skyrocketing in popularity because of it’s ease of use and beautiful designs. I got in early, and use this software to pitch to clients, and keep in touch with people like you! This software makes sending emails easy and beautiful. Grab 50% off your subscription through this link.
I typically buy props at places like Anthropologie, West Elm, Target, Amazon, AFloral, and thrift stores. There is also a new prop company I love called Moodelier who sells high end, beautiful stands.
I’ve been learning from a few of these photographers for years. I have a BA in Photography and learned much of what I learned from my professors and mentors. However these online courses and instructors have been very beneficial to me.
Abigail Bobo – Abigail offers a course on Commercial Photography that helped me understand how to break into and work in the industry. Her course is very personalized and comprehensive, with over 14 hours of personal coaching with Abigail and other industry experts.
Weekend Creative – One of the most fun photography duos I’ve come across. They have helpful tutorials on their blog, in their Patreon memberships, and have a hilarious podcast on the adventures and unique challenges of being a freelancer.
The Goal Digger Podcast – This is a resource filled to the brim with business tips and stories from women entrepreneurs.
Kayleigh June – An Australian beauty photographer and retoucher who has amazing retouching tutorials on Youtube.
Zoe Noble – Zoe has great tutorials and shows BTS of her lighting setups on Instagram.
A QUICK NOTE
Keep in mind that when you’re starting out, you don’t need all this equipment to start out. All you need is a camera (heck, even your iPhone will do) and your creativity. As you grow your business, adding useful tools and programs will help you save time and make your life easier, but don’t feel overwhelmed by this huge list! If all you have right now is your camera, you’ve still got this.