Professional photographers reveal their top six tools of the trade they couldn’t shoot without This seasoned family photographer explains why Thomas the Tank or Peppa Pig trivia might be almost as important as the kit you carry in your bag
Six must-have tools of the trade from family photographer, Helen Bartlett
Telling a story of the families I photograph is important to me
ihave been a Canon shooter my entire career. Over that time, I’ve built up a large collection of lenses that see me through all the different situations that arise when taking pictures of families. I love that there’s always a lens perfect for the job at hand. I shoot with two cameras because I like the security of knowing I have a backup. It also allows me to work with prime lenses and not need to worry about changing them all the time.
My usual combination is the Canon EF 85mm f/1.4l IS and the Canon EF 35mm f/1.4l II; both are quite new lenses and both are spectacular. The Canon EF 50mm f/1.2l would be the third lens on hand, while the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8l Macro is regularly packed when photographing babies. I’ll use a long zoom, such as a Canon 70-200mm f/2.8l, when I’m photographing on the beach.
I love to talk to the children as we take pictures, and enjoy in-depth discussions about Thomas the Tank or Peppa Pig, playing games and having fun! This always results in better pictures.
I’m a huge fan of the Think Tank belt system, as I don’t want to be carrying a big bag with me – that would slow me down during a game of tag! There needs to be a shout-out to Light Blue Software also. This handy management system keeps my administration in order, and drives my business forward. It enables me to go out and take the pictures that I love and not drown in Excel spreadsheets and Post-it notes.