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Must Have Gear for Portrait Photographers

Must have Gear for Portrait Photographers - boudieshorts.comWhen it comes to photography gear for glamour, boudoir, fashion, head shots & other types of portrait photography I think a lot of photographers are over thinking it.

Over the years I’ve learned that you don’t need shelves upon shelves of gear. You need the essentials  & you need to learn how to use them well.

Something else to keep in mind is you will need backup gear. Having one camera when you’re a professional photographer isn’t enough. You need to have duplicates of almost everything in case something breaks while you’re in a shoot or right before it.

I’ve had instances of gear not working while I’ve been in shoots and I’m always so glad I have backups.

Just recently I was photographing a couples session and my lens stopped auto focusing. I finished the pose with manual focus and then switched to my backup lens. It could have been a lot worse had I not brought backup gear but thankfully it was as easy as changing lenses.

With that all said here’s the list I’ve compiled of the best portrait photography gear.

This list includes cameras, lenses, accessories, lighting, office supplies, clothing (oh I think you will appreciate the fanny pack recommendation lol) and more.

If you have any questions I’d encourage you to join our free FB group here. There are over ten thousand glamour & boudoir photographers in the group & we’re always talking trade secrets, strategies, best gear, etc.
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Best List of Portrait Photography Gear






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I created this list to be concise and include the portrait photography essentials. There are so many options out there for cameras, lenses, lighting, accessories, etc but I wanted to share what I believe to be the essentials in portrait photography.

I truly can’t stress enough how learning how to master the essentials is so important before you move onto other camera gear. Getting set up with your own photography business and/or studio doesn’t have to be super confusing and expensive. You can get the essentials, master them & be well on your way!

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Molly Keyser

Boudoir photographer and business coach, I am dedicated to changing the world with the power of a camera. Originally from Wisconsin, I'm now in Texas, but I help photographers around the world learn how to go full-time with boudoir photography.