What's In My Photo Bag?

For a typical photo session, what are the things I'm packing with me? When I decided to make a full list of things I need to pack for engagement or portraits sessions, I had to ask myself the same question. Sure, I'd back my gear, but on the trip back home my stomach would be yelling at me "you forgot the snack bars!". Sure, I had my wedding bag routine down, but what about all those other sessions? What was I forgetting? 

After sitting down, I came up with the list below. Unless the session is different from my usuals, this is the list of things I made sure to bring & to do before the session. It's helped tremendously with organization and has created more consistency in my workflow! 

Night Before Checklist:

  • Check Gas Tank & Refill
  • Charge Batteries
  • Set Out Camera Bags & Gear
  • Purchase Healthy Snacks For Before & After Session

Day Of Checklist:

  • Pre-Load Film & Film Backs
  • Check Traffic Time to Location
  • Load Car with Gear, Snacks, and Water
  • Arrive On Location Early for Detail Shots

Things I'm Packing:

  • Mamiya 645 Pro TL Medium Format Film Camera with 80mm Lens
  • Canon 5D Mark III Digital Camera with 50mm Lens
  • Olympus OM-G 35mm Film Camera with 50mm Lens
  • External Light Meter
  • One Pack of 120mm Fuji 400H Pro Film
  • One to Two Boxes 35mm Fuji 400H Pro Film
  • Backup Batteries for: Film Cameras, Digital Camera, & Light Meter
  • Backup SD or CF Card
  • Holdfast MoneyMaker Leather Dual Camera Straps
  • Sunglasses 
  • Gum, Water, & Snacks
  • My iPhone for Sneak Peeks

I hope you've found this helpful and informative! If you have any questions on what I pack or are seeking advice on what you should pack yourself! Shoot me an email through the contact page or at katie@katiedessinphotography.com