My Favorite Gear & Services
I legally have to tell you that some of the links in this post are affiliate links, and I get a small kickback if you buy products from them. But I promise this page is way more about me recommending my favorite gear that I actually use in my own business than it is about me making money.
What’s in my camera bag?
For my first five years in business as a photographer, I was a loyal Canon photographer. Then on a cold winter location scouting hike in January 2018, I slipped on ice and dropped one of my Canon cameras into a creek. A cracked lens and frozen-from-the-inside-out body later, I decided that this was the sign I’d been looking for. Mirrorless cameras were just starting to become “a thing,” and I was intrigued by the smaller size and lighter weight.
I sold off the rest of my Canon gear, and bought a new Fuji mirrorless setup for the same price! While I started with two camera bodies (the old X-T2s) and three lenses, my gear bag has grown quite a bit since then. The gear below is everything that I own, and I hope to start reviewing some of my favorites soon. For now, I’m just going to leave you with this list.
Fujinon XF50-140mmF2.8 R LM OIS WR (amazon)
Fujinon XF90mmF2 R LM WR (amazon)
Fujinon XF56mmF1.2 R (amazon)
Fujinon XF50mmF2 R WR Lens (amazon)
Fujinon XF35mmF2 R WR (amazon)
Fujinon XF35mmF1.4 R (amazon)
Fujinon XF23mmF2 R WR (amazon)
Fujinon XF 23mm F1.4 R (amazon)
Fujinon XF16mmF1.4 R WR (amazon)
Fujinon XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR (amazon)
Flash & Flash Accessories
My husband Justin works in IT, and has helped me put together a pretty badass backup storage system. Watch this space for a post about how I backup my photos coming soon!
My Favorite Business Tools & Services
Táve is my CRM, but it’s so much more than a customer relationship management tool. I use Táve to send contracts and invoices, automated emails and questionnaires, keep track of my workflow, track my leads, and a hundred other things that help me save time in my business. If you sign up using my link, you’ll get a free 60 day trial instead of the regular 30 days.
Tailwind is the program I use to automate my Pinterest strategy, to where it drives over a thousand visitors a month directly to my website. You can sign up for free here, although I use their paid plan to get the best results.
Do you have a hard time getting calls scheduled with your leads? Would you like more structured business hours, and not missing dinner because you’re on a video call? You need Calendly.
Todoist runs my entire life. It’s a free web- and app-based to do list manager, that lets you split tasks into projects, add notes, set deadlines and reminders, and everything you need to stay on track.
There are hundreds of online vendor directories to choose from when it’s time to spend your advertising dollars, but Wandering Weddings is the only one that’s completely focused on elopements. I get more traffic and leads from WW than any other directory I’ve been a member of, including bigger websites like Junebug and Rocky Mountain Bride. If you want to sign up for a vendor listing with WW, you get 10% off your membership with coupon code LTXJUMYMQ3 if you join from my referral link.
Fuel Your Photos
The Fuel Your Photos course is the only SEO resource for photographers that I can wholeheartedly recommend without any reservation. I took their course myself about a year ago, and have seen my traffic (and leads!) skyrocket since. Read my full review here.
Green Chair Stories
Struggling with copywriting for your website? Feel like a robot every time you sit down to blog? No idea how to attract clients with your words? You need “The Photographer’s Guide to Write Your Site Right” from Green Chair Stories. Rachel’s guide has helped me a ton with sounding like me online.
As an elopement photographer, my gear bag consists of much more than just camera gear. Check out my favorite backpacks, headlamps, hiking boots, and adventure gear for more.