Most of my photos are taken by me, especially all the landscape photos, wildlife photos, and portraits of my daughter. Some of the photos of me are taken with the help of a tripod and remote or timer. Some are taken by my husband or travel buddies. On the rare occasion, I put my photographic trust in an absolute stranger.
All in Lightroom. Very rarely, I’ll edit it Photoshop. I create my own presets in Lightroom to make editing easier. You can check out some of my Presets here.
When it comes to gear, desired end result will always be key. I am a lifestyle, portrait, and landscape photographer which means sometimes my needs are very specific. In general, I’ll usually bring 2-3 lens and 1-2 camera bodies with me on most trips.
For camera bodies, I’m a Nikon fan. I’ve been using Nikons since I first learned how to develop my own film. Of course, now I mainly shoot digital. My main cameras are the Nikon D750, D850, Z6 and Z7ii. The D750 is my main landscape and astrophotography camera. The D850 is my main wildlife camera. The Z6 is my all purpose and lifestyle camera. The Z7ii is my preferred portrait and macro camera. That being said, if I had to use one camera for everything, it would probably be the D750. It’s the most versatile.
For underwater, I love my GoPro Hero10. It’s just a great little camera. I will also use the Olympus Tough TG-6 Waterproof camera on occasion, as well. I don’t currently have an underwater housing for my pro cameras since I don’t focus enough on underwater photography, but I’d like to change that.
For video, the Nikon Z6 is really amazing for video recording. I also love the Insta360 One X2 for a fun 360 recording experience. Especially when doing a lot of outdoor adventuring.
Lens use will definitely depend on the type of photography I’m doing. While I focus of lifestyle, portrait, and landscape photography, I really love to explore many different types of photography. I tend to travel with 2-3 lenses depending on the photography I’m hoping to achieve, and also how much cross-functionality I can find with the lenses I’m bringing without reducing the quality of the image.
Here are the lenses I use depending on the situation:
- Landscape: My Tamron 15-30 is my go to for landscape photography. Crisp, rich, and color accurate images with a small bit of focal flexibility. Primarily on my Nikon D750.
- Lifestyle: The Sigma Art 35mm is my most commonly used lens for lifestyle photography. It almost never leaves my Nikon Z6.
- Portrait: The Sigma Art 50mm is probably one of the best all-around lenses out there and produces stunning portraits. I also have a Nikkor 105mm that is a bit of a beast but takes amazing portrait photographs. The Nikon Z7ii or D750 are my go to camera bodies depending on the lens. My 105mm lens doesn’t work on my Z7ii.
- Astrophotography: My Tamron 15-30mm will often be a go to since I use that for landscape photography, too, so it is dual purpose, but that being said, the Sigma Art 24mm is also a stellar astro lens. Primarily used on my Nikon D750.
- Wildlife: Depending on the terrain and the wildlife, I’ll either use my Sigma 150-600mm or my Nikkon 70-200mm. Both are super quick and produce beautiful photos. The biggest difference is really proximity. The D850 is a great camera body for wildlife photography.
- All-Purpose: Depending on the shooting circumstances, I’ll either use my Nikkor 24-200mm or my Nikkor 70-200mm. If I’m looking for landscape, portrait, lifestyle and some wildlife, the 24-200mm is great as long as I have good light conditions and relatively stationary or slower moving subjects. If I’m focusing more on portraits, lifestyle, and faster moving wildlife, the 70-200mm is king. Nikon Z6 is a favorite to use for all-purpose because it is the lightest camera I own.
As of right now (June 2022), I use the Samsung S22 Ultra. I am a big fan on Samsung phones. I feel they offer the best combination of phone functionality, organizational efficiency, photography and videography.
Most of my Instagram stories and some of my feed posts are photos taken with my phone and edited via Lightroom Mobile using my presets.
Truth be told, I don’t really vlog much at all. I want to, but it’s really a bandwidth thing. That being said, the Nikon Z6 is an excellent mirrorless camera to use for video recording. And truly, so many people just use their phones. Start vlogging, figure out your rhythm and what you want to accomplish and then you can determine if you need an equipment upgrade. Thinking about buying everything you need at once can be overwhelming. Start with the basics and then add to your kit as needed.
So, yes, we do use a drone when we travel, but only when we’re authorized to use it. We use the DJI Mini 2 because it is less than 249g which means we’re allowed to use it in more places.