Getting ready for SEMA

It’s been a crazy couple of weeks with moving my home and studio and everything. I still don’t have my studio put together but I’ve been blessed with some fun projects.

I’ve been working on some photos for a company here in southern Utah, Flog Industries,  they make some amazing bumpers for Jeeps. We did a fun photo shoot with lots fog machines and some crazy lighting situations to deal with. Those fog machines are fun but they can fill up a fairly big area in a hurry. Its hard to get the right balance between smoke and visibility!!!!

Flog Industries has a booth at the SEMA show in Las Vegas, NV next week. We’ve been rushing to get some last minute pics for some of their marketing materials. I’m looking forward to attending SEMA again this year.

Here’s a sneak peek of one of the jeeps we shot.

Flog jeep
Flog jeep

What do I use to carry my gear? 

I have had a lot of people ask what I use to carry my photography equipment… It depends on what I am shooting. If I’m traveling (road trip) I always use a Pelican roller case. Then I don’t have to panic if I hear the ice chest tip or cringe when someone tosses something on my camera bag. It may be bulky but I love that it’s completely sealed and waterproof/ dust proof! My Pelican cases are where I store almost all of my equipment. I have pelican cases for my main camera gear, for my speed lights and for my big strobes.

If I’m hiking I use a Clik Elite Bottle Rocket Backpack, which I love. It’s very comfortable. ( I have a review of it on this blog.) It has two side pockets for lenses so I can change a lens on the go without stopping to remove the backpack.

If I’m flying I tend to use a Think Tank Urban Disguise carry on. It fits a ton of stuff in a small space. It also fits easily into the overhead storage or under the seat.

When I’m hanging out with my kids it’s a Shoot Sac Tote n Shoot. It fits my camera with a 70-200 2.8 lens plus there’s plenty of room for all of the stuff a mom needs to haul (wallet, keys, phone, water bottles, snacks, wipes, sunscreen, glasses, hat, etc.). It doesn’t look or feel like a camera bag so it’s perfect for casual occasions and for keeping my camera inconspicuous.

Back when I specialized in weddings I really loved my Shoot Sac Lens Bag. It is comfortable and fits nicely against my body. It has changeable covers to match my outfits. The lens bag offers fast access to a lens or two and a flash, memory cards & extra batteries . I still use it when shooting events. It’s funny because each time I take it out and use it I remember why I loved it so much…I don’t know why I don’t use it more often.

This last item isn’t a storage case and doesn’t protect my gear but I have to say I use my Spider Pro Holster almost all of the time! I was in an auto accident 1 1/2 years ago and have not been able to handle the weight of a camera hanging on my neck or shoulders since the accident. The Spider holster is great!!! It puts the weight on my hips. I may look funny (my kids call me “Yosemite Sam” because they think I look like I’m ready for a shoot out) but I can work for hours with it on while carrying two pro bodies with big lenses. You would be surprised how much my cameras weigh! I am a practical lady so comfort tends to win out over fashion. My poor teens will just have to put up with a mom that looks like a “dork”. 😉

Mules ears at Coral Pink Sand Dunes

The mules ears ( bright yellow, sunflower like flower) are in full bloom at Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park. If you want to see them get out there now! With temperatures in the 100’s they are fading fast!

My son taking photos 6/28/14

New Location! St. George, Utah

As of May 15, 2014, we should have our new studio located at 348 N. Bluff St., #206, St. George, Utah; open for business. Please stop on in and check out our new location! We are looking forward to serving the Saint George community.
Our mission is to use our vision, skill & creativity to help businesses communicate THEIR message with images that bring attention to and reflect the true value of their products or services.

Coming soon…pics!