Oct 29, 2015

What’s in Her Bag: Jaye McLaughlin of The Life In Your Years Photography

WIHB_JayeMcLaughlin

Tell us a little about what’s inside.
My well-loved, well-worn bag for sessions is the Kelly Moore Libby in lavender. I always pack it up the night before a session so that the pre-session jitters are less likely to keep me up at night or, worse, cause me to have crazy stress dreams. In go both camera bodies with batteries and 32G memory cards checked, all my lenses, my Hold Fast Moneymaker strap, the client folder (which contains the questionnaire they’ve completed beforehand) and my little bag of tricks.

jaye.jpgWIHB

Bodies: Two Canon 5D Mark IIIs
Lenses: Canon 35 1.4
Canon 50 1.2
Canon 24-70 2.8
Canon 70-200 2.8
Strap: Hold Fast Moneymaker
Extras: My wallet holds money and credit cards, my phone, a lipstick, a pen, a hair-tie and a stack of business cards. My bag of tricks contains tissues, lens cloths, small toys, party horns and multiple snack bags holding a few mini marshmallows each. The other pockets of the bag hold lens pens, extra memory cards and my notebook.

jaye.mclaughlin1

(Not pictured in the overhead shot are the second body and the 24-70, which I used to take the photo.)

Which lens is your go-to?
The Hold Fast Moneymaker strap makes answering this question unnecessary! (Perfect for this indecisive girl). I always shoot with two bodies, and the lenses I choose depends on whether I’m inside (usually the 35 and the 24-70) or outside (usually the 50 and the 70-200). I’ve always said that my 35 mm is my favorite, but lately it’s been ousted by the 24-70 — the color’s not as good and it’s probably not quite as sharp, but you just can’t beat the versatility for families with little kids.

jaye.mclaughlin.bag-2

Most used item in your bag?
I love my little notebook. Scribbling ideas before each session and recording lessons learned at each session afterward are my way of solidifying what would otherwise be fleeting thoughts. Spending the time before and after each session to reflect and review is my way of making sure that I’m constantly growing as a photographer.

Least used item in your bag?
Probably that little mermaid and the other little toys in my bag of tricks. I’ve found that while these things sometimes work initially to grab a little kid’s interest, pulling them out often backfires as the kiddo insists on having the toy — and it ends up being in the photos. Much better to keep kiddos engaged and on their toes are the super-festive party horns (how can you not laugh?) and a few mini marshmallows (“Everybody lie on the floor together — let’s see if you can catch this when I drop it!”).

 

Thank you, Jaye, for showing us what’s in your bag! We may have to ‘steal’ your marshmallow idea.

share this post:

TweetShare on FacebookEmail

About the Contributor: The fun and the love shine through The Life in Your Years Photographys photos, because that's what a session with LYYP is all about. Jaye McLaughlin is a mother of four and a family lifestyle photographer in Westchester NY, NYC and Connecticut.

 

comment on this post

Leave comment

No comments have been added yet

liked this post? img you might also like...
  • Times Square billboard of Photographer of the Year Tracy Sweeney
    NAPCP Announces Photographer of the Year: 2018!
    We are thrilled to announce our 2018 Photographer of the Year, Tracy Sweeney of Elan Studio. One of Tracy’s winning images was featured on a digital billboard in New York City’s immense, brilliant, and monumental Times Square. In addition to being one of the highest recipients of wins and medallions in both NAPCP’s digital and […]
  • January Inspired Magazine cover NAPCP with image by Tracy Sweeney
    January 2019 Inspired Magazine: Featuring Tracy Sweeney!
    Our all-new Inspired is HERE and we’re celebrating! We LOVE this magazine, and we’re so, so excited to share what we’ve been working hard on these past few months! Brand new features, a special Black and White issue, and alllll the do’s for sharing your gifts and giving back to the community you love! You’re […]
  • We’re Loving This Newborn Session with an Older Baby
    Though most newborn photographers subscribe to the 7-10 day ideal for posed newborn photography, some of my best and most successful newborn sessions take place when the baby is closer to 2 weeks old. A few days isn’t going to make a huge difference in the sleepiness or flexibility factors, but those extra days can […]
  • Inspired magazine November 2018 cover
    December 2018 Inspired Magazine: Featuring Megan Gonzalez!
    NAPCP’s December 2018 issue of Inspired magazine features Megan Gonzalez of Upon Waves, a feature article by newborn photographer Jessica Lynch, information about the 2019 Educational Summit and more! Snuggle up with a warm blanket and dive right in! Print your copy of Inspired straight from MagCloud! Share your favorite pieces with friends, family and […]
img find a photographer
in your area
img

We are so delighted that you are here. The National Association of Professional Child Photographers is an association whose mission is to promote and support the artistry and integrity of professional child photographers. To accomplish this mission, NAPCP provides the most comprehensive resources for its members, bringing together a community of passionate artists committed to growth in their skills, their artistry, and their businesses.

NAPCP.com (formally pronounced "NAP-C-P") is a place where professional child photographers can come and connect, learn, teach, aspire and grow. It is also a valuable resource for parents who are looking for a professional child photographer in their area, and want to be inspired and educated about our specialized industry.

img award winning photos click here to view

img most recent issue
img vendors we love
napcp supporters

 
img helpful articles napcp resources
  • January Inspired Magazine cover NAPCP with image by Tracy Sweeney
    January 2019 Inspired Magazine: Featuring Tracy Sweeney!

    Our all-new Inspired is HERE and we’re celebrating! We LOVE this magazine, and we’re so, so excited to share what we’ve been working hard on these past few months! Brand new features, a special Black and White issue, and alllll the do’s for sharing your gifts and giving back to the community you love! You’re […]

  • Inspired magazine November 2018 cover
    December 2018 Inspired Magazine: Featuring Megan Gonzalez!

    NAPCP’s December 2018 issue of Inspired magazine features Megan Gonzalez of Upon Waves, a feature article by newborn photographer Jessica Lynch, information about the 2019 Educational Summit and more! Snuggle up with a warm blanket and dive right in! Print your copy of Inspired straight from MagCloud! Share your favorite pieces with friends, family and […]

  • Inspired magazine November 2018 cover
    November 2018 Inspired Magazine: Featuring Pamela Salai!

    NAPCP’s November 2018 issue of Inspired magazine features Pamela Salai of Pamela Salai Photography, holiday NAPCP Gatherings, details on the 2019 Educational Summit, child portrait session tips, 4 Myths About School Photography, and more! Grab a cup of coffee and dive in! Print your copy of Inspired straight from MagCloud! Share your favorite pieces with […]

  • Educational Summit 2019 speaker lineup presented by NAPCP
    Registration is NOW OPEN!! NAPCP Educational Summit

    Hey, NAPCP! We hope you’re feeling refreshed and energized. We hopped right outta bed this morning because we’ve been looking forward to this day all weekend! Join us and our 6 amazing speakers, in Atlanta, Georgia, for the NAPCP Educational Summit! January 23, 2019 In one day you’ll learn about how being “discovered” is the […]

Categories