camera bag

What's in my Bag?

Here's a little behind-the-scenes for those who are curious! What does Cassie bring on a Wet Nose shoot? Well, let me give you a little peek into my camera bag...

Starting at the top left:

1) My sling strap. This handy strap allows my camera to hang at my side if I should need my hands free (to pet puppies and the like) and then easily swing it back up to my eye when I'm ready to capture the shot.

2) This one may stump many of you. But I know some will understand! Take a guess for now, and I'll give you the answer later in this post...

3) This bright green guy is a Cuz squeaker. He makes a great attention-getting squeak, plus he's bright green so he can get some pups' attention visually as well. Waving him around in the air while doing a silly dance is a great way to get a deaf pup to look in my direction. My amazing assistant, Wendy, usually gets this task ;)

4) My main camera body: the Canon 7D Mark II. I've had this body for about 6 months now and we're getting to be better and better friends with every shoot!

5) This is my 70-200mm zoom lens, which can allow me to hang back and give space to nervous dogs while still getting some great portraits, and it can also help me turn an otherwise boring background into a beautiful blend of colours by compressing and throwing the background out of focus. Here's an example!


6) My second lens is a 30mm by Sigma and it's perfect for pups who aren't afraid to let me get nice and close for a portrait! It also has a wider aperture, which means it's handy when the sun begins to set and we start losing light at the end of the session.

7) Those are my Blundstones! I finally got a pair in the fall and I've worn them nearly every day since I got them. They're perfect for rain, mud, snow... all the things a dog photographer ends up walking through! I love 'em. So comfy.

8) Back over on the left is my business card with Great Dane Sully featured on the front. What a handsome boy. I always have a few cards on me in case someone notices us during our session and is interested in chatting with me and booking their own!

9) That little clear object is a squeaker that I got from inside one of Ruby's toys before she broke it! It's handy for getting a pup's attention and is really easy to hold in my hand while I'm shooting. If my assistant isn't with me, I need to do the squeaking myself while also keeping both hands on my camera. It's tricky, but I've got a little system to get the job done.

10) Below that is my spare camera battery, so that I've got plenty of battery power to last me through multiple sessions if needed.

11) Next is my Canon Speedlite, or flash. I use this in combination with the wireless triggers below it to fire my flash remotely. I can have it on a lightstand or in my assistant's hand wherever I need it, and it doesn't have to be connected to my camera to fire.

12) That big black rectangle is my trusty kneepad, which keeps my knees protected from the hard ground, and also keeps my pants dry if the ground is wet or muddy. I use it all year long, in both the mud and the snow!

13) Back on the left again there is my notebook, where I keep notes about sessions and clients to make sure I know exactly what each client wants out of their session and how I'm going to create those final products for them. Every session is customized to my clients' needs.

14) Finally I have my 32GB and 16GB SD cards, where all my images are saved while I'm shooting. I always have multiple backup cards in my bag in case of any malfunctions, or even filling up the card (unlikely with those sizes, but just in case)!

And for those who are curious about item #2 ... well, admittedly I'm a bit of a geek. This here is a "sonic screwdriver" because you just never know when you'll get into some wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey shenanigans. #DoctorWho