Gear alone does not make a photographer, but having quality gear that works well definitely helps you in your photography journey. Building up a set of gear that you like takes time and is something that you will constantly find yourself changing and upgrading. Our gear list is changing as we upgrade things when the new gear comes out, but this is what is currently in our camera bags.
Disclaimer: This blog post uses affiliate links, meaning that if you purchase via the links in this article, I make a small commission on it at no additional cost to you. Affiliate links are a minor source of my income and how I can do what I do. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or you can read about my affiliate policy here. Thank you so much for your support.
This camera has been with us for a while now and is a true workhorse. The Canon 5D Mark IV was first released in September 2016 so it is far from being the newest model out there. Despite its age though, it is still an excellent camera and gets the job done. The weather sealing on it is one of the main reasons we keep using it. This camera has been through all kinds of weather in our hands and has never had an issue.
This is our go-to wide-angle lens. This lens is excellent for shooting wide landscapes, interior spaces, and the night sky. Many of the expansive landscape shots that you see from us were taken on this lens. We also use this lens for all of our underwater photos as we got housing specifically to fit this lens. All in all, the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III is a lens we would highly recommend for any landscape/nature-focused photographers.
This lens is a classic first lens. With the 24-70 range you can shoot such a variety of subjects with this lens. From night skies and vast landscapes to portraits and detailed shots, this lens can capture it all. If we had to only have one lens in our bag, this would be the lens we would choose. However, since we’ve added all the other more specialized lenses to your bag, we find ourselves using this lens less and less. It does all things good, but it just doesn’t shoot as wide as the 16-35 or as zoomed in as the 70-200 or produce as sharp images with bokeh like the prime lenses.
Any zoomed-in-looking photos that you’ve seen from us were probably shot on this lens. We constantly use this lens to get tighter shots of mountain layers, shoot wildlife, and compress our subjects against a background. There is a lighter f/4 version of this lens that is just as good in many ways and easier to carry around, but for us, often shooting pre-sunrise and post-sunset, having the ability to go down to f/2.8 was a must.
This was our first prime lens and is an excellent portrait lens. We don’t use it as much as we used to but still use it when we want to compress a subject a little.
We bought this lens shortly before a job with an airline where we knew we would be taking lots of photos in tight spaces and dim light. The lens worked perfectly for the job and has continued to work in situations where we wanted the widest shot possible. It has been amazing to use in the van and most of our van content is shot on this lens.
This is the newest addition to our bag and our new favorite lens. We wanted something a bit wider than the 50mm but still wanted that nice separation from the background that you get at f/1.4 so we got this lens and have been super happy with it since. We use it mostly for environmental portraits where we want to capture the subject but also show a good amount of the background.
This is our current drone that we have been using for a few years now. It is remarkably small for the quality of images and videos it produces. The biggest downside is the lack of shooting vertically for Instagram. But overall it has been an amazing little drone for us over the years.
This has been Michael’s tripod for many years now. Lightweight and compact, this tripod is excellent for travel and has held up over the years of rugged travel.
For our underwater photography, we use Ikelite housing for our Canon 5D Mark IV and 16-35mm lens. This setup has been amazing so far and has captured everything we’ve needed it to.
Book a zoom meeting with my husband and me and ask your questions. We provide a detailed list of the topics we chatted about in the call after, along with helpful links to guide you forward.
In 2017, I quit my job and dropped out of school to set out on a path less traveled. Since then, I have ventured across the world, built a van and created a life that both scares me and fulfills me at the same time. And I’ve never looked back.