What’s in Her Bag: Jody Crane of J.A.C. Photography
Tell us a little about what’s inside your Kelly Moore 2 Sues bag.
Going through my bag for this post I found some things I probably shouldn’t have! Old pens, even older biz cards, candy smushed at the bottom … I bought a brand new bag this week because my current bag is so well loved, it’s seen better days! I got the exact same bag again! I found a steal of a deal and I love the original so much, I figured I should stick to what I love!
Inside I ALWAYS carry wet wipes for sticky faces, teeny tiny toys that can fit in the palm of a timid toddler, lens cleaning cloth, lots of memory cards (I’m paranoid that one will break or go missing), bandages for blisters (on me), lip gloss, and of course my equipment arsenal!
For family sessions, sometimes I bring along my ExpoDisc, but I’ve gotten pretty good at knowing what I need my WB (white balance) to be at, so I’m pretty lazy with the disc. VERY rarely do I ever bring my flash and Gary Fong diffuser, but I do always bring along a big ol’ reflector. I also have treat bags for the end of sessions for kiddos, and it’s come in handy — even a year later, when I do another session, they STILL remember the goodies they get to take home! I usually let them have a sneak peek into my bag, and make it a secret between us that they will get to take it home if mom gets the pics she wants.
Which lens is your go-to?
For maternity and most family portraits, it’s my Canon 85mm 1.2 … I love everything about this lens; it’s so dreamy. For newborns it’s my Sigma Art 35mm … no more standing on stools or tiptoes when shooting from above (my fave way to pose).
Most used item in your bag?
When I’m at home it’s my PhotoVision target; I use it to set proper exposure and white balance with studio lighting.
Least used item in your bag?
My speed flash and … business cards! I never ever hand them out! I do have them on hand if anyone asks for one, but when I’m on a shoot, I’m either in my own studio space, or running around in some remote park area, so I rarely do anything with them.
2. Squeaky key chains that I pull out for extra fussy kiddos — when the key chains make a noise, the kids stop in their tracks!
3. Bubbles and teeny toys
4. Baby brush (for making mohawks on those lucky babes that have hair!)
6. White noise app for newborns, and songs for toddlers
7. Weights for wobbly buckets and chair
8. Heartbeat sound and the Baby Shusher (I only use the Shusher when I’m desperate, haha!)
9. Memory cards galore!
10. Batteries, batteries, batteries
11. Good ol’ duct tape (for backdrop issues)
13. Hair clips (clip the back of hats or additional backdrop support)
15. Lint brush
16. Baby lotion
17. PhotoVision target
A few more things I’m never without in studio:
1. Receiving blankets
2. Socks, for that extra bit of lift
3. Space heater
Thanks for giving us a look into your camera bag, Jody!
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