When I’m considering what bag to bring out on a shoot there are many factors that come into play. The most important, of course, is what I am shooting and what gear I need to bring. Beyond that, I need a bag that performs. When shooting portrait photography, fumbling for gear or wasting time looking for something in front of a client is not an option. I also need a solution that is discreet and doesn’t scream camera bag. I was recently hired for a senior portrait session in Sonoma County, CA. For portraits, I lean heavily on the 70-200 2.8 lens as the compression really makes for compelling photos. I also like to have a wide angle lens to capture my subjects surrounding as well as a 50mm 1.4 which seems to be the best of both worlds. All of this gear fits nicely into my Pro Messenger 200 AW and the padded shoulder strap takes the weight and distributes it nicely, allowing me to work all day comfortably.
This particular shoot was late in the afternoon, but not as late in the day as I would have liked. In situations like this, I also like to bring my Pocket Wizard remote triggers and use my 580 EX II off camera. I position my subject in the shade and use the flash to really make him/her pop.
Here is a list of gear that I carried in my Pro Messenger 200 AW for this shoot.
- Canon 5D Mark III
- 24-105mm L
- 70-200 f 2.8
- 580 EX II Flash
- 50mm 1.4
- Pocket Wizard Mini TT1 & Flex TT5
- Polarizing Filter
- Wescott 42″ White Shoot Through Umbrella