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