what's in your bag | holly awwad??

I get questions almost daily about what gear I shoot with and how I shoot. So today I’m happy to give you a peek inside my camera bag! But before I tell you what’s inside, let’s talk about the bag itself.

The Bag

  Kelly Moore Libby Bag

Kelly Moore Libby Bag

I am a confessed, non-reformed purse-a-holic. Specifically Coach purses. I have stacks of them in my closet all packed neatly in their original boxes for safekeeping. I have one to match everything, which is ironic because I am SO not a fashionista. I can’t put an outfit together to save my life, unless it’s already put together on a mannequin in the store. But bags speak to me. Probably because I like to be prepared and have random things with me at ALL times. It’s what moms do, right?! We carry band-aids and bubble gum. Tweezers and tampons. Snacks and drinks. So when it was time to shop for my camera bag (which I use even more than my actual purse) I knew I had to look for something both stylish and functional. I chose a Kelly Moore 2 Sues Bag in gray with a purple lining (because purple is my favorite color).

I purchased my bag several years ago, so they no longer carry this exact design. However, they do carry the 2 Sues 2.0! So you too, can get your very own Kelly Moore 2 Sues Bag

These bags are cute, high quality, durable, and most importantly can be used as camera bag and a purse at the same time (because as much as my kids like to think I am, this mama is no pack mule).

Inside the Bag

Now that you’ve seen the actual bag, let’s take a look inside. My gear isn’t fancy. I enjoy switching up my lenses from time to time, but I don’t have a large arsenal. I have what I need and I work it hard.

 from left to right: Sigma Art 35mm 1.4 (on the camera), Sigma Art 24mm 1.4, Nikon 85mm 1.8, Vintage Nikkor 50mm (used only for freelensing and reverse macro)

from left to right: Sigma Art 35mm 1.4 (on the camera), Sigma Art 24mm 1.4, Nikon 85mm 1.8, Vintage Nikkor 50mm (used only for freelensing and reverse macro)

I shoot with a Nikon D610 body, and use three main lenses. I also have a vintage lens I use for freelensing and reverse macro shots. The lens I use most is my 85mm. I live on acreage and have lots of room to explore. I like to have distance between myself and my subjects so I can capture more natural moments where they don’t necessarily realize there’s a camera pointed at them. It’s my favorite portrait lens as well because the 85mm is a flattering focal length for portraits. It’s also my favorite lens to freelens with because it’s the lightest of all my lenses and it’s the easiest lens for me to grab a crisp slice of focus.

A close second would be my Sigma Art 35mm. This lens is TACK sharp and allows me to shoot beautiful images indoors where I don’t have enough space to use my 85mm. It’s also a fantastic lens to use for storytelling images. I love my Sigma Art 24 as well, however in images with a lot of lines there is noticeable distortion.

Sigma Art 35: 

 35mm close

35mm close

 35mm far

35mm far

Sigma Art 24: 

 24mm close

24mm close

 24mm far

24mm far

85mm 1.8: 

 85mm close

85mm close

 85mm far

85mm far

50mm: 

 50mm (freelensed)

50mm (freelensed)

 50mm (freelensed)

50mm (freelensed)

Wish List

As I said before, my current gear isn’t fancy, but it does the job. I would love to upgrade my camera body in the near future to a Nikon D850. On my wish list for lenses is the Sigma Art 85mm 1.4, Nikon 15mm fisheye, and a Nikon 105mm Macro.

Fun Stuff

I carry a bunch of fun nonsense with me to help me get creative with my shots. If I’m in a rut, grabbing one of these accessories can help me shake things up and get back in my groove artistically.

 fun accessories

fun accessories

My random gear from left to right:

  • Triangular Prism

  • Fairy Lights

  • Copper Pipe

  • Circular Prism

  • 52mm Reverse Macro Ring Adapter

  • Plastic Sandwich Bag

Here are images shot with each of these items to show the effect each can give.

 triangular prism

triangular prism

 fairy lights

fairy lights

 copper pipe

copper pipe

 plastic bag

plastic bag

 reverse macro

reverse macro

Other Must Haves In My Bag

There are several other things I always carry with me. Most have to do with keeping my camera and lenses clean, which is important because I freelens often.

 must haves!!!

must haves!!!

From left to right:

  • Rocket Air Blower

  • Lens cleaning pen

  • Remote shutter release

  • Extra fully charged batteries

  • Lens cleaning wipes

That’s the ins & outs of my bag and what I shoot with and use to create my images. If you have any questions, I’d be happy to help!

xoxo, Holly @hollynicoletimekeeper