My Kit

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

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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.

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