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faq & how to: what camera bag do you use?

I recently bought a new camera bag and I’m swooning over it. Like, head over heels in love. Why? Well, let me show you…

wedding and portrait photography camera bag photo

wedding and portrait photography camera bag photo

Can I tell you a secret? I had never owned a “real” camera bag before. Not even one of the black canvas manufacturer-default ones that normally come with your camera (hello, eBay!). It was time for me to make a serious upgrade and after having tested it out (at a wedding I recently photographed— coming to the blog soon!) I can happily admit that I made the right choice for me– it’s stylish, functional, roomy enough and is a great price! It doesn’t hurt that the color is gorgeous, too ;). I will forever treasure this bag because she serves as a reminder of how far I’ve come in my photography journey. It’s always meaningful when you can invest in yourself, especially with things that help you do your job! =)

Starting with the exterior, here’s a close-up of the magnetic snap closure of the bag. I like these because they don’t look like they close magnetically, but they make it 1933830383384040x more convenient when you’re shooting and need to get in and out of your bag quickly.

wedding and portrait photography camera bag photo

wedding and portrait photography camera bag photo

The bag has a carrying handle at the top, as well as an adjustable shoulder strap. The strap is made of a seat-belt like material, so it’s durable and comfortable.

wedding and portrait photography camera bag photo

Here’s a few examples of what the bag looks like on me:

These two are more of a casual look,

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while this is what it looked like on me while I was working. Thanks so much to my second shooter Nicole for capturing this *awesome* shot of me. For some reason I had the bag turned to the front, but for most of the day I wore it to the side.
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Thanks to the great shoulder strap (and probably thanks to the weight of the items I had in the bag), I could wear the bag on one shoulder (and as a cross-body bag) without worrying about whether it would fall off of my shoulder. I had it pretty full on the wedding day (the images below don’t show what my bag looked like on a wedding day–it would have less empty space and more of the things I needed), but surprisingly it didn’t feel that heavy to me.

wedding and portrait photography camera bag photo

To finish off the exterior, there’s a pocket in the back that also snaps shut. (Fun!!)

wedding and portrait photography camera bag photo

wedding and portrait photography camera bag photo

The bag has an interior 3-section divider,  which is also removable. You can take it out completely or move of the two inner divider sections around, which reallocates space while still protecting the contents of your bag. While I used the bag I had space in front, behind, and to the sides of the divider for additional items.

wedding and portrait photography camera bag photo

When I had the 70-200 in the bag, it was difficult to snap that side of the bag shut, which was not an issue for me because I read the reviews of the bag before I bought it, so I knew that was a possibility. Also, the 70-200 is kind of a beast of a lens and is not something I carry around with me 100% of the time on a wedding day. (Also, the other side of the bag did close with the 70-200 in the bag. Just fyi.)

wedding and portrait photography camera bag photo

And lastly, here’s a close up of the two front pockets! I found these were a great place to store things like business cards and wedding day snacks.

wedding and portrait photography camera bag photo

wedding and portrait photography camera bag photo

I hope this post was useful to you!! Before you invest in any camera bag, be sure that it holds what you need it to hold so that it works for you! I am so excited to bring this bag along to all my future wedding and portrait sessions. You can purchase the bag here. If you have any questions or comments about this post, leave them below! I’d love to hear from you!

This post is part of a new series called “faq & how to!” You can find the first FAQ post here. If you’d like to see more of these posts, make sure you follow the blog or like the photography by paulina facebook page! And even more importantly, if you know someone who could benefit from learning about this camera bag, be sure to share this post with them! I’m sure they’ll appreciate your thoughtfulness (as will I). =)

photography by paulina | the love letter!!

Hi everyone! I now have a newsletter list for all my blog readers, facebook fans & twitter followers, and clients (aka you! lol)!

There you’ll be the first to hear about giveaways, and receive notification of new happenings in my business. It’s a love letter from me to you, delivered straight into your inbox!

If you’ve enjoyed reading my blog, there’s some great things coming your way via the newsletter list! =).

You can sign up here!

Thanks always for your support of my business!

xxoo

Paulina

(p.s…. there’s will be a giveaway happening soon >> make sure you’re on the list to be eligible to win!)

photography by paulina | the love letter!!

Hi everyone! I now have a newsletter list for all my blog readers, facebook fans & twitter followers, and clients (aka you! lol)!

There you’ll be the first to hear about giveaways, and receive notification of new happenings in my business. It’s a love letter from me to you, delivered straight into your inbox!

If you’ve enjoyed reading my blog, there’s some great things coming your way via the newsletter list! =).

You can sign up here!

Thanks always for your support of my business!

xxoo

Paulina

(p.s…. there’s will be a giveaway happening soon >> make sure you’re on the list to be eligible to win!)

3 steps to creating a beautiful photograph

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Many creative people keep a notebook of sorts to collect their ideas, but it wasn’t until I heard both Brooke Shaden & Aaron Nace talk about the importance of sketching their ideas that I decided to keep one specifically for my photography. I currently keep digital and analog scrapbooks of my thoughts & inspiration (ex. pinterest!), but had never set aside an entire notebook devoted solely to imagery. So, when I decided to try it out, of course I had to go all the way in! And what better way of feeling artistically inspired than by using a charcoal pencil to sketch your ideas? Legit. =) Charcoal may be a little messy, but isn’t the creative process itself? I think using charcoal makes drawing a little more exciting. Plus, it entices me to record my ideas as I have them. Win.

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Here are my three steps to creating a beautiful photograph, based on my experience:

1. Have a clear vision.

Bringing your beautiful little idea to fruition is much easier when you have a clear notion of what it is, exactly. This is definitely not to say you can’t leave room for spur-of-the-moment creative inspiration, but having a vision of what you desire gives you a starting point to work with. For me, sometimes I’m inspired by something I see on pinterest or something floating around on the interwebs, but often I’m inspired by a piece of writing, a song, a film, a movement, or a happening in my own life. These things aren’t necessarily already visual, which brings me to point number two…

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2. Record what you see.

This is the fun part, because it’s the first step in bringing your idea out of the confines of your mind and into life!  This is where the drawing comes in, and you pick up your pen (or in my case, charcoal pencil) and let your image flow across the page. You might want to record any emotions or colors you want to convey in the image on the page as well.

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As you can tell, my sketches aren’t all that detailed, but they still get the point of my idea across. (Plus, isn’t this little rubber eraser just so cute?!)

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3. Bring your image off the page.

The whole point of this process is to clearly record what inspires you so that you can capture it in camera! So in this step, work on recreating the image you formed in your mind in the space you have to work with. Even though my sketch is pretty basic, you can tell exactly where I wanted to do the shoot, which props I wanted to include (the pillow), where I wanted to sit, what pose I wanted to be in (legs crossed, chin near hands), how I wanted my hair, and the basic composition of the image (vertical, full body shot). Having all of these things not only already planned out, but also already visually depicted means that there’s less I have to think about on the day of the shoot. All I have to do is look at my sketch because I’ve already pretty much determined what I’m going to capture.

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I know it seems like a relatively simple process, but as artists its easy for us to have a brilliant idea and then forget about it sometime later (oh wait, just me? lol). Putting your ideas on paper not only helps you plan for a specific shoot you’d like to do, but also is nice to reference during a shoot when you want to stay true to your original idea. It’s already made a world of difference in my art and it’s a technique I will definitely be putting into practice from now on. I think having a specific plan for your shoots lets you be even more creative. And drawing it out yourself really helps you think about how to create the image.

p.s. This post is the first in a new series I’m starting on the blog called “faq & how to!” I’m super excited about it because it will enable me to share what I’ve learned on this wonderful journey of photography with you, and it’ll include some fun videos from yours truly! If you’d like to see more of these posts, make sure you follow the blog or like my facebook page! And even more importantly, if you know someone who could benefit from learning about this system for bringing their creative ideas to life, be sure to share this post with them! I’m sure they’ll appreciate your thoughtfulness (as will I). =)