One of the most frequently asked questions I receive from fellow photographers (or those looking to get into photography) is “what’s in your bag?” I decided to finally write a series of blog posts detailing the current gear that I use because, when I was starting out, I knew how much it helped to know what gear those in the field found useful, because, let’s be honest – there is SO MUCH gear out there. How are you supposed to know what will work best for YOU and the type of photos you love to shoot?

So if you just so happen to be interested in the tools I use to create photos, you are in luck! Second up in the "What's in my Bag" series are my favorite lighting tools and modifiers!

These are probably some of the least expensive lighting products on the market, but I LOVE them. These Yongnuo speedlights and transceivers are SUPER easy to use, and have always been very reliable in terms of firing (for me). I usually have to replace these every one to two years, but they are so cheap that I don’t even mind!!


Lighting Equipment:

(3) Yongnuo Speedlight YN 560 III for Canon

These speedlights can be used on Canon cameras or off camera, using a receiver or transceiver (see below for more info on those!)

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

These transceivers are inexpensive and work with the above speedlights!

Light Modifiers & Stands:

(2) Westcott  43" White Shoot Through Umbrella

I love these white shoot through umbrellas for clean, evenly spread light, and typically use one or two of these with speedlights for family formals at weddings!

(1)  Westcott Rapid Box 26" Octa Softbox

In addition to having a few shoot through umbrellas, I love having at least one softbox I can bust out if need be! This softbox is incredibly easy to set up and is perfect for photographing portable, on the go sessions and events. In contrast to umbrellas, softboxes provide more concentrated light. I love using this one in particular for couples or individuals!

(3) Ravelli ALS Full 10' Air Cushioned Light Stand

These air cushioned light stands are my favorite for lighting receptions and dance floors! Their height allows me to place speedlights high above guest heads for less disruption during reception activities.