photography101 : what's in my camera bag?

photography101Happy April!

Today we're kicking off with the first post in the new blog series: photography101!  This is a year-long, weekly series where we'll be discussing YOUR hot topics in photography.  We'll be talking about things like how to get the most out of your camera, step by step lessons on how to "graduate" from the "P" to the "M" settings, what lenses are the best for your projects, how to achieve shallow depth of field and so much more.   The topics are submitted by YOU!  So after each photography101 post, feel free to leave your questions and ideas in the comments!

Today's topic: WHAT'S IN MY CAMERA BAG?

First, I have to start by giving a nod to my camera bag itself.  I use Kelly Moore 2 Sue's - I'm obsessed.  Let me tell you why.

Kelly Moore Bag Two Sue's(image from Kelly Moore website)

1) THERE ARE SO MANY POCKETS.  And all my "stuff" fits.  This is probably the most important feature of all…since I like to be super prepared for any situation.  There is even a zip-pouch with compartments specifically sized for memory cards.  LOTS of memory cards.

2) There are two straps!!!  This is exciting.  Trust me.  I can carry it over my shoulder, cutesy purse-style - which I do for my portrait sessions like families and newborns.  OR I can carry it cross-body - which I do for weddings because, hello! hands free!

3) On the topic of purses - THE GEAR DIVIDER IS REMOVABLE.  Yes.  You heard me right.  Have a break from shooting and need a cute bag to go to lunch with?  Good.  Done.  I just have to take out the "bucket" divider and throw my wallet in.  Voila!

4) It's purple inside.  End of story.

But seriously.  If you are even casually daydreaming of a new bag, check out Kelly Moore Bags!

Now.  What's inside?

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Camera Bodies: Canon 7D, Canon 5D Mark II, Canon AE-1 35mm

Lenses: 50mm 1.2L, 50mm 1.8, 85mm 1.8, 17-85mm 4.0, 28-200 5.6, 50mm 1.4D, 28mm 1.8D

Flash: Nissin Di622

Each camera is loaded with two batteries in the grip, and I carry four extras with two chargers in my main bag, in addition to carrying extra AA batteries for the flash.

That incredible beautiful lace camera strap on the Mark II is by Bloom Theory.  Obsessed.

And yeah, that's Revlon's Bitten lip stain in there, too.  Touch ups happen.

Also, not pictured, a slew of memory cards 8G - 32G.

And there you have it!  My camera bag in all its messy glory.

Keep checking back for more from the photography101 series - and don't forget to submit your topics!!