This post is long overdue, but better late than never right! Today we are breaking down what’s in my camera bag, via blog post and video! I kid you not when I say having a fully loaded bag can help you accomplish a successful shoot day. I mean, you know how they say success is when preparation and opportunity meet, well it’s actually true; a lot of the time our blog shoot’s success comes down to simply being prepared and anticipating any situation whether that be rain, shine or 100-degree temperatures. Now, since I know a lot of you run blogs and business yourselves, I hope this post is helpful in some way and gets you motivated to make the most of your content creation days.
Tessa, our TCC photographer/videographer, and I shoot once every one to two weeks, for two days straight. Now, each blogger is unique in their content creation schedule, in fact I know a few bloggers that shoot every day, but our TCC Crew finds it useful to block a few days in a row to solely focus on creative content, which often includes travel, hotel stays and lots and lots of planning. By setting aside two full days to capture content, we usually get five to seven blog posts completed which really helps us, stay on top of our editorial calendar and create consistent content for you all. However, while we plan out our blog content way in advance, almost all of our collaborations are last moment posts, which means we need our camera bag to be packed, prepared and on standby at all times.
Which, brings me to my point, for me photo shoot days can be stressful, exhilarating, sometimes awkward, but always active; so it’s not only essential to pack your bag for your photographer but also for the blogger you’re shooting with. Below you’ll see exactly what we include in our camera bag, and how Tessa and I both pack for any situation in mind.
Camera Bag Check-List:
→ Camera Bag: First and foremost, invest in a camera bag, Tessa and I have had this bag for a little over a year and love it! In fact, we love it so much we are thinking about buying an additional for video equipment, for Matt to carry on an upcoming trip, but shhh we haven’t told him about that just yet.
→ Camera: Obviously the first thing you’ll want to make sure you have packed and fully charged is your camera! Tessa loves shooting with her Canon EOS 70D DSLR camera. Oh and don’t forget to pack extra batteries!
→ Lens: Personally, if you’re looking to invest, I suggest investing in a quality lens. Over my five years of blogging, I’ve invested in two lenses, a 50mm lens for portraits and a 24-70mm lens, which I use for 99% of our shoots.
→ Beauty Bag: I’ve been blogging for a long time guys, and if you are planning on shooting more than one outfit at a time, having a beauty bag on hand is essential! I often fill it with touch up products just in case mayhem strikes, like lipstick, concealer, beauty blender, makeup wipes, hair ties, setting powder and mascara.
→ Secret Clinical Strength Deodorant: This is by far one of my favorite beauty items of all time. From shooting in Texas to Costa Rica, the sweat is real guys and there is nothing worse than having to change in and out of designer pieces covered in sweat, which is where Secret Clinical Strength Deodorant comes in. You can feel confident all day, simply use Secret Clinical Strength Invisible Solid just once for all-day strong wetness protection. I mean, it doesn’t get easier than that, and having a stick in my backpack at all times makes me feel way more confident especially on those last minute rushed shoots. In fact, I can vividly remember shooting a fall layered outfit in 110-degree heat, in a pumpkin patch, in the middle of a mild Texas October last year; and thanking my past self for including this item in my camera bag! It truly is a lifesaver, and you can grab a Secret Clinical Strength Deodorant to try out for yourself at your local CVS Pharmacy.
→ Earring Travel Case: I’m horrible at remembering accessories for shoots, so this storage case literally saves my butt each and every time. Whether I’m traveling far or just heading down the street on a shoot day, this travel case is always in our camera bag just in case my outfit needs an extra sparkle.
→ Cleaning Kit: I mean, keeping your camera clean is another key part in having crisp clean photos. When we decided to invest in bigger lenses we also purchased this camera cleaning kit and it’s saved us on numerous occasions.
→ Vlog Camera: Now that we have our Youtube channel running at full speed, with two new videos a week, it’s important for us to keep our vlogging camera charged and accessible at all times.
→ Extra Batteries and SD Cards: Trust me nothing is worse than being on a shoot and running out of room on a memory card, it’s LITERALLY the worst. So, we always have backup memory cards empty and ready to go.
→ Mophie: On photo shoot days we are usually traveling all over New England so it’s really important to have our phones charged and ready to go. Which is why I always keep this mophie in my bag.
→ Seagate Drive: Everyone needs one of these in their lives. Whether you’re a photographer, blogger or just heading on an upcoming trip; nothing is worse than losing all your images and I’m speaking from personal experience here. So back it ALL up with one of Seagate’s drives, this is the one I have.
Okay, that’s it! I hope you’ve enjoyed this post and make sure to subscribe to our YOUTUBE CHANNEL to see new videos every Wednesday and vlogs every Saturday. Also, leave a comment down below sharing what’s in your camera bag, I’d love to hear of any additional items we need to add to our checklist. You guys know, I love hearing your suggestions. xx Aubrey
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+Thank you, Secret Clinical Strength Deodorant for collaborating with and sponsoring this post! As always all opinions are my own