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”. 😉