Must Have Equipment List for Traveling | What's in our bag? | Orlando Professional Photography

Want to pack like a pro? We've been professional photographers for the past 10 years. Our job take us all over the planet and we've developed a way to travel with the essentials for photo and video without too much sacrificing! We'll go over all the essentials - less really is more when you're traveling about the world.

First, Choose a Great Camera Backpack

This one below is the Lowepro Fastpack BP 250 AW II. It's a great one to start with if you're traveling, plus it's affordable. It's compact enough to take in hand luggage, because let's face it, who wants their precious gear going in the hold to only find out when you get to your destination it's been damaged? Another tip help choose a great camera bag is the top handle. Make sure it's sturdy. We found this out the hard way - spend a little extra on your bag if you need to, it's got a lot of expensive things in it. You're traveling light, but camera equipment is heavy and you'll be picking it up by that handle the entire way through the airport.  Other great features of this bag are: there is room for a 15'' laptop, it has hiking backpack like hip support to redistribute the weight, and loads of pockets for other essential traveling stuff like your passport, candy, and a great magazine to inspire you. I'm a big fan of Wired or  National Geographic Adventures.

Next, Let's Pack. What's in our bag?

That's all great, now what do you put in your bag? Below is a picture of what we took to a job we had in New York City shooting a large fancy gala with a concert. We're shooting both photography and video so there is a little more here than there would be if we were just shooting photography only. Also, please remember, there are two of us on the team, so we each have our own backpack. We made an equipment list below with a photo of our gear all laid out.

Equipment List

Everyone has their own favorite brands of professional photography and videography gear. We started with Canon's so we just kept going with it since we already had all the lenses. I am sure these days the debate over which camera company has quieted a bit with the technology advancing so much. Let's face it, there are a lot of great options for amazing quality footage at a decent price. The three main ones are Canon, Nikon and the newly in the game over the recent years is Sony making huge strides in mirror-less cameras. The equipment list below of the brands we use and trust on a regular basis with links to check them out.

BlackRapid Camera Strap

Eggsnow Universal Camera Waist Belt Holster

(2) Manfrotto Video Monopod

(3) Canon 5D Mark III bodies

(2) Canon 580EXII's

(3) Yongnuo YN-622C Wireless ETTL Flash Trigger Receiver Transmitter Transceiver's 

(2) 24-70mm 2.8/f Lenses

(1) 70mm-200mm 2.8/f Lens

(2) Canon Battery Charger's and batteries

GoPro Waterproof Camera

NEEWER 160 LED CN-160 Dimmable Ultra High Power Panel Digital Camera

SanDisk Extreme PRO 128GB SD Cards (not shown)

Don't Forget to Have Fun

There are lots of stresses when traveling for a job, so don't forget to enjoy yourself a little. Mix some work and play. Build in some time so you don't end up just traveling to a city to do a job and never getting a chance to explore it. Give yourself at least 1 day to explore. You wouldn't want to miss out on a major landmark or amazing meal you can't get anywhere else just because you were too busy to check it out.

Rhiannon Giddens + Son Little | SummerStage NYC | Concert Photography and Videography

We're in New York City shooting concert and event photography and videography in conjunction with The City Parks Foundation at SummerStage. Saturday night was the first of 2 great events we are working, stay tuned to hear more about Monday's amazing artist which will not only be performing but also receiving an award for being so awesome.

City Parks Foundation created SummerStage in the middle of Central Park, it is New York’s largest free outdoor concert venue.  Can you believe it? It's actually free. What a great foundation and a great way to be introduced to new music.  One of their many goals is to find the best lesser known artists, bring them to the stage and show people the talent that's out there.

We loved listening to Son Little and Rhiannon Giddens, we had not heard them before and were blown away by their performances.  Video to come!  We've been shooting photo and video for a lot of concerts and huge events this summer, it's fantastic..... such a great atmosphere to work in.  Check out some images from Ludacris last week!

Here are some more images of all the awesome fun we had on Saturday! Stay tuned, for Monday's event cpverage is going to rock your face off.

Private Event Photography | Ludacris Concert | House of Blues, Orlando, FL

Orlando is the #1 destination for private corporate events and expos in the United States. Why? The weather is one great reason! Everyone likes to whip out their board shorts and flip flops every now and again.  There's also a number of awesome venues all over the city, one of which is The House of Blues at Downtown Disney. Recently our blog has been filled with some pretty fun event photography in Orlando

Last week we were asked to shoot private event photography for a Ludacris concert put on by the IT company Cohesity. They were in Orlando for the Cisco Live Conference at the Orange County Convention Center, and wanted to create a great night out for everyone that attended.  

Ludacris is a great guy, so nice and really down to earth.  In the middle of his performance we were on stage and he asked for specific pictures, its pretty rare to see someone so well known be so excited about getting a cool image of them doing what they do best...especially in the middle of a set.  We sent the images over to him and his team and we were so happy when the words "Thanks, phenomenal photography" was their response.  Life as an event photographer is pretty darn exciting, especially when you are around people like this who are super laid back and up for anything.

Concert photography is actually how Kellie got her start as a professional event photographer in Central Florida. She was in college and wanted to see and photograph her favorite bands that came to Orlando. She worked her way up to working with newspaper outlets like the Orlando Sentinel and even being a stinger photographer for Getty Images.  We love the energy at concerts and big events. To have the opportunity to capture that story in a unique way is awesome, there's nothing quite like it.

At this particular event, there was a lot of fun things going on. First there was an exclusive VIP area where Ludacris mingled with guests and we shot some portraits on a step and repeat background for all the Cohesity VIPS. What a cool memory from an corporate event - a personal photo with Ludacris himself. We turned around the images in 24 hours so guests could receive a link to share and download immediately.  Cohesity had everything at this event: an ice sculpture, nitro ice cream and popcorn, a DJ, branded sunglasses, glow sticks, free drinks and plenty of delicious food and a concert by Ludacris. If you're interested in checking out more images of our events, check out our events portfolio page here.

We both had the opportunity to hang out with Ludacris and his team at the concert, as well as work with him on the stage. We've always heard if there isn't a picture, it never happened, so we made sure to get a couple of images of ourselves too ;)

Thanks again to Cohesity for such a great time! We can't wait to photograph your next event.

KBIS 2018 Trade Show Photography | Orange County Convention Center

The Kitchen and Bath Industy Show came to the Orange County Convention Center a few weeks ago and we were on hand to document LP Building Products super neat expo booth design. It looked like a house! The convention booth featured a beautifully shot video on a large screen inside that showed how durable their products are by going river rafting with it! How cool, it certainly got a lot of attention. We hope you enjoy checking out all the candid event coverage at the KBIS Expo.