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My 7 Favorite Photography Products & Accessories

May 12, 2021

I always say a great photography business isn’t just about having the right camera. It’s also owning your story, connecting meaningfully with clients, and understanding your “why”—the thing that motivates you to create and succeed. If those are the core foundation of your business, you’ll be set up for success! But I will say, I […]

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I always say a great photography business isn’t just about having the right camera. It’s also owning your story, connecting meaningfully with clients, and understanding your “why”—the thing that motivates you to create and succeed. If those are the core foundation of your business, you’ll be set up for success! But I will say, I do have a few favorite photography products and accessories that make sessions so much smoother, from start to finish.

I’ve gone through a few cameras and played with tons of photography goodies and gadgets throughout the years, so I’ve really tested out a lot of what’s available and popular. These items I’m sharing today are my tried-and-true, absolute favorite photography products after years of experimenting with it all. From cameras and lenses to the best camera bag and camera strap, these products will help you reach your A-game for every session!

My favorite photography products & accessories

1. This DSLR camera ($2,500)

Okay, before you freak out at the price tag, just remember you can make back your investment in just a few photo sessions! Honestly, the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV DSLR Camera is worth every penny, in my honest opinion. It is pretty easy to learn, it’s lightweight, and it takes the most gorgeous, clear, crisp images. If you don’t want to drop $2k+, try searching your local Craigslist or looking on Ebay for a used one!

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2. This mirrorless digital camera ($3,900)

I know! I know. This one is another investment piece, but I wouldn’t lead you guys astray. The  Canon EOS R5 Mirrorless Digital Camera is a digital camera that can capture super clean images without a ton of effort on your part. (Score?!) It’s what I recommend to any photographer who’s been in business for a while and wants to take their photography to the next level. Again, Craigslist or Ebay are your friend, so keep an eye out there or you can wait and see if there’s a sale for Black Friday or another holiday!

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3. The best camera bag/backpack ($150-$200)

I have gone through probably ten camera bags throughout my photography career, and Kamrette backpacks are far and away the BEST. They’re not only made from high-quality, durable materials, but they also hold everything you need, hold up for a long time, and… look really cute. (Hey, it’s important!) Like, they don’t look like clunky camera bags, which may be the best part of all.

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4. These leather camera straps/harnesses (prices vary)

In case you couldn’t tell, I LOVE a piece with some character and that I know is going to last. I’m constantly running around from shoots to shuttling kids from school to activities, so I need products that can survive the daily whirlwind of my life. These real leather camera straps and harnesses hold up, and I love that they look rustic and chic at the same time. They’re an investment piece, but for good reason. They’ll last you a lifetime!

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5. The best everyday lens ($700)

You guys… I think I’m in love with a lens?! (Sorry, hubs.) But really… the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Canon EF is perfection in a lens, in that it captures clear images quickly in even challenging lighting situations. Its fast-acting and low-flare capabilities ensure that you get super bright, crisp images no matter what. I also love that it’s a wide-angle lens for more of a cinematic view. 

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6. A fancy-shmance (but super high-tech) lens ($2,100)

This lens is for someone wanting to take their photography game to the next level. Again, it’s an investment piece, but totally worth the price if you ask me. The Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM Lens is extremely versatile and captures perfect, clear images whether it’s a portrait or a sports shot. It’s also weather-sealed (in case you get caught in a storm) and has auto-focus technology, which is just the best.

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7. Finally, the best editing tools for photographers (try for free)

Ahhhh, you guys probably already use these tools because they’re simply THE BEST in the business. I love Adobe’s photography suite, from Lightroom to Photoshop. It makes editing seamless and intuitive—and most importantly—fast. Plus, you can create and save your edit preferences in Lightroom as presets to use in a snap on several images. There’s nothing better!

That’s about it! I know these pieces can be pricey, but remember that they are investments, not just money you’re throwing down the drain! Each of these photography products and accessories has upped my photo game and client experience in one way or another, and I know they’ll improve yours, too. Plus, I firmly believe that when we invest in our businesses—whether it’s quality products, important tools, or furthering our education—we tend to attract more of our ideal clients and grow our businesses to greater heights! Way to go!


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