RESOURCES AND GEAR

 

RECOMMENDED READING


Hillman Curtis: On Creating Short Films for the Web

I stumbled across a few short films by Hillman Curtis online a few years ago that completely blew me away. He was a master of storytelling. Sadly he passed away several years ago, but he left a legacy of knowledge. One of my all time favorite books about filmmaking, especially for anyone struggling with how to come up with new creative ideas or how to evoke emotion through video.

Within the Frame: Journey of Photographic Vision

This recommendation actually came from my husband who also loves photography. The author does such a great job explaining what camera settings he used to achieve each and every picture. Each photo includes the exact aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. Reading through gives you an amazing sense of how these factors can control the outcome for your photos. Highly recommend for anyone just getting into shooting with DSLR cameras.

MY FAVORITE GEAR


Canon 1DX Mark II

In case you’re curious, this is the camera that I use on a daily basis. My husband spoiled me with it this past Christmas and I have been loving it ever since. Obviously the price tag is not for entry level users, but if you are shooting photos or video for a career, then this may be one worth considering.

Fujifilm X-T3

Another solid choice for those looking to shoot with something a little more affordable, compact, and yet still great quality. My husband shoots with this camera, so I can say with confidence that it’s awesome. It shoots 4k video, handles low light well, and incredibly fast for a mirrorless camera. The size is also really nice - much smaller than a typical DSLR, so it is a great choice for traveling and on the go shoots.

Canon 7D Mark II

An excellent choice for entry level DSLR video and photography. This was the camera I started with and used for years, even for commercial gigs. Highly recommend as a solid entry level choice.

Canon 5D Mark IV

This is the camera I used in between owning the 7D and my current 1DX. Perhaps the most popular choice out there among lifestyle photographers, this camera handles both video and photo exceptionally well. It’s a good mid-range price point that is still affordable for professionals or serious hobbyists. Can’t go wrong with this one.

 

Canon 40mm Lens (Best Gift Idea)

I LOVE this lens. This is my everyday, go-to choice, especially if we are out and about. It’s also my favorite for trips and vacations. Because my camera body is so stinking big, this lens helps me manage the space and size when we are traveling. And for the size and price of this lens, it is super sharp and fast. I highly recommend adding this to your main kit. Great gift idea since the price is so affordable.

Canon 24-70mm

Another must have for a full kit. This lens is a bit bulky, but it is such a great lens that I still choose to bring it on trips with me. If you had to pick just one lens to buy and keep on your camera at all times, this would be it. Since it’s a zoom lens, you can capture a variety of angles without changing lenses. Close-ups, wide shots, portraits, landscapes, you name it.

Canon 35mm

Fastest lens for low light scenarios and the best for capturing that airy, dreamy look. Because the aperture is so wide, you can do a lot with this lens. It’s my go to for indoor newborn shoots, as well as shots of my littles around the house. 35mm most mimics what your eye sees, so it’s great for that real-life, documentary feeling.

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