I invited a few of my favorite birth photographers to join me in sharing what we take with us to births. I find the variations interesting!
Here’s what I bring, as of right now:
Maternal Focus Sandy, Utah
My main camera (Nikon D810)
My backup camera (Nikon D700)
- Nikon 24-70mm 2.8
- Nikon 50mm 1.4
- Nikon 85mm 1.8
- Sigma 35 1.4 (on my backup camera)
Nikon SB-900 flash
R-Strap – an absolute necessity for me!
2 32G Compact flash cards
2 32G SD cards
Full battery in each camera, plus 2 fully charged spares
Spare AA batteries for the flash
All in a Think Tank Rolling suitcase
Stuff for me:
Granola bars, dried fruit, instant oatmeal
Empty water bottle (fill with ice + water at the place of birth)
All the toiletries I would take for an overnight stay (because often, it IS an overnight stay…)
iPad + charger
Cell phone + charger
My thyroid meds, motrin, etc.
Sweater (It gets COLD in hospitals, even in August!)
Cash (about $20 in small bills and change. Once I only had a $20 bill and the vending machines wouldn’t take it…)
Stuff I keep in my car:
Spare change of clothes
Pillow + blanket
Carolyn Spranger Photography in Cheyenne Wyoming
Carolyn shares her “must takes” for shooting births:
For camera gear: I can fit everything I need into a ThinkTank Streetwalker Harddrive. I have 2 camera bodies, 3 lenses, my flash, batteries, extra camera batteries, the chargers, extra memory cards, diffuser, super small reflector/white balance card, and extra business cards and materials.
In my other bag I have a change of clothes, toiletry items, essential oils (I carry my doTerra oils everywhere, never know when you may need them!), a brush, gum, snacks, coconut water (also for mom if she needs it), my iPad and Kindle for if i get bored, phone charger, and a travel pillow (which is also nice to sit on if you find a corner in the room to hide out at). I usually keep a small step stool in the car just in case I would need it. It’s easier to run out to my car than to run home!
Laura Steele Eckert
New Creation Photography Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Laura shares what she brings:
The first one is the equipment I absolutely make sure I have before I walk out the door to a birth:
5Dmiii with 50mm 1.2
580ex (which I never use, but have with fresh batteries just in case)
2 extra camera batteries
3 – 8gb+ CF cards
My iPod for killing time and communicating with the outside word when needed. 🙂
The other one is all of that stuff, plus some extras, packed into my ThinkTank Airport TakeOff rolling bag which I love. The bag is also stocked with business cards, and usually gum, granola bars, and some Tylenol, just in case.