My Photography Essentials 

If you didn’t know, W&W is also my photography business! I’m still learning but have already came so far in just two years. While I’m not expert, I wanted to share my personal Photography Essentials.


There’s are just my go-tos, yours might be different! But I love seeing what others use in their business! Like I said I’m still new, so I’m slowly building up my props and gear! Feel free to tell me a few other things you think I might need!

I do newborn, maternity, fresh 48, senior, family, birth, etc. so I don’t always use the same gear but I am just going to share my base gear and essentials I use for almost all of my shoots. I will also link everything that is still available to buy in case you want to get yours as well! I hope you find this interesting, here we go! Also, ironically this isn’t sponsored by Amazon, even though most of this is from it-I just love it!

Nikon D3100 with kit lens 

I believe that this one is now discontinued because its fairly old, but it does me just fine. I currently only have the kit lens but I am looking to add another one here in a few months! I love this camera, I can work it well and I am even still learning all the things that it does.

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Neewer 32″ 5-in-1 collapsible disc reflector

This is a new purchase that I am still learning about, but it was extremely affordable and has been a huge help already. Amazon once again is my saving grace and had these for under $15. I know there are much better quality out there but for me, just learning how to use them, this was perfect. If you aren’t familiar with these, the picture is confusing. It is actually one disc with different outside coverings that you can turn inside out for other colors; perfect for travel! It is portable and collapsible and fits perfectly in my bag. It has gold, silver, translucent, white, and black-all you could need! 61xV+5KZUqL._SL1001_

Vera Bradly Campus Backpack as camera bag

This one is possibly controversial, ha! I know it isn’t a typical camera backpack but I love it. It can stay on my back so I don’t have to carry anything. I also bought some inserts so the camera would stay safe which I will mention next. It has inside pockets where I keep batteries and chargers. Honestly I bought it so on sale it was much cheaper than any of the camera bags I first saw. It also has a good outside pocket where I keep smaller props like onsies, ducks, confetti, etc.

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Camera travel protection insert

Honestly, this little bag is perfect! It can take any bag and make it into a camera bag. I sit this in the bottom of my backpack and the camera and lens fit perfectly into it. Amazon carries it for under $13 and eligible for prime. One of my favorite essentials! 91U+rEvG7NL._SL1500_

EN-EL14 travel charger

I am honestly ashamed by how many chargers I seem to lose. I will probably find about 5 if ever move houses because I seem to lose them right and left. But thanks to Amazon again, they have them really inexpensive. This is my favorite charger because it has both a plug in and a car charger adapter, perfect for if you are on the road and need to charge. But it is always good to have one at home and one in my camera bag as well. 71yZSCu3PlL._SL1500_

San Disk Memory Card 

While there are many different kinds of SD cards, I tend to buy San Disk. I had to buy them for a college class anyway and have just always liked this brand. I have never had any problems with them so far either. Right now I have a 32 and an 8 but am looking to add maybe a few 16’s just so I have enough and don’t have to constantly delete things off my 8.

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Fur rug from Ikea 

The link and picture isn’t the exact on I have but it is the closest I could find for you to get! I do a good amount of newborn and child shoots so this is so perfect! I picked it up at Ikea and it is amazing. It is a great size for little ones and mine is a light grey so goes with boy or girl! If you don’t have something like this, get ya one! I found a similar one at Hobby Lobby too.

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Three Step Ladder 

I’m honestly not sure that this is the exact same ladder as I have, but I linked it anyway. The ladder I use is my grandparents old one that they have had for years. As a 5’2 photographer, most of my clients are much taller than me; which proves for awful angles! I prefer shots from almost a little above them if its face on to provide my clients with the best angle. So in comes the ladder! Some might need only a step stool, but I prefer this on because it gives me some much needed support and a handle if I need to balance if I am doing flat-lay shots.

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I am currently looking for a newborn posing bag, so if you know anyone or place that sells them…let me know!! If you’re in Oklahoma, i’d love to be your photographer! For more info see my photography page.

What are YOUR photography essentials?? I’d love to hear!

Latest Lifestyle Photoshoot

My photography side business is really growing and I am excited about each new client and each returning client. I love the opportunity to capture such exciting and special moments in people’s lives.

Today, for Favorites Friday, I wanted to share some new photos I recently took of a handsome little dude. I had the chance to capture his first moments and his newborn shots as well.

I’ll tell ya, 3 month old’s are interesting to work with! They move and move and move!! Half of my pictures were just blurs of arms and legs, but we ended with some great shots.

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Which one was your favorite?? Isn’t he the cutest?? 

Favorite Photography Shots {So Far}

A picture is worth a thousand words right? Well here ya go! If you missed any of my photography sessions, here is a run down of all my favorites. edited-1dsc_0385DSC_0556DSC_0057 (2)edited3DSC_0861 (2)

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Welcoming Baby G! {Part 2}

Welcome back! Yesterday I shared labor and delivery pictures on “Welcoming Baby G! {Part 1}.” If you haven’t taken a look, I highly encourage you to! Pictures are honestly worth a thousand words and these are such incredible moments I was able to capture.

Today is all about the tiniest, cutest little guy and his newborn shots! Babies are so adorable and I love getting to snap pictures of them at any age, but newborns are the best! It is often a long process but oh so worth it.

Baby G was a perfect model and made ever shot such a great one! Here are my favorites, enjoy!

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Welcoming Baby G! {Part 1}

I have fallen in love with Labor & Delivery and newborn photography. Capturing details of such an important moment in life is a honor. I was thrilled to be able to photograph the coming of little Baby G!

He is the tiniest baby I have ever seen and perfect in every way! It was a joy and a pleasure to capture his arrival and his newborn shots. Today is all about sharing some of those special moments with ya’ll! I mean, who doesn’t enjoy pictures of adorable new babies??

Throughout this post I will just be sharing the images, because I think they speak for themselves.Today I will be sharing the posts of the arrival! Labor and delivery is such a beautiful thing and I can’t wait to share these with you.

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A glimpse of vacation // Colorado

If you follow me on any social media, you will have known that I was recently on a mini vacation to beautiful Colorado. My mom, sister, and I set out on a road-trip to attend a family friends wedding.

I had previously been to Colorado on a youth choir trip years ago but never got to really experience it. While we had limited time to really explore, we used every minute we could to take in all this beautiful mountainous state.

I, of course, had to share a few of my favorite shots with ya’ll. I love photography because I let to share a little glimpse of what I saw-what I enjoyed.

First off, I will never get tired of seeing the gorgeous mountains in the far-off skyline. God creates such spectacular things and I am so amazed that He created them just by speaking. adae

We visited cities such as: Parker, Denver, Idaho Springs, Littleton, and Aurora. By far, Idaho Springs was my absolute favorite. It is a tiny town in the mountains most known as a great spot for tourists. It is also home to Beau Jo’s which is a great pizza place that was featured on Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives.

The main street in Idaho Springs is an adorable old town feel with numerous local shops that you can pop into and buy a souvenir, homemade candy, or a good coffee. One thing that I LOVED was the fact that the local coffee shop had a new (for me) San Pellegrino flavor for me to try! It was grapefruit and it was delicious. aa-2

We stayed in Parker and on Sunday we stumbled upon a little farmers market. I jumped out of the car to see what I could find! Local honey, homemade jam, and a giant fresh pretzel were the things I purchased! Talk about stumbling upon a little piece of heaven. That pretzel was the best thing I’ve had in a while! 

Another thing I loved about Colorado was all the beautiful greenery, scenery, and the fact that we stayed at an Air BnB on a horse farm. There were brightly colored flowers every where I turned and the horses pen was literally out of our living room window.

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It had been forever since my mom, sister, and I had been away together. There is no one else I would rather go and explore with than these two. This was the best trip and I hated coming home-but all good things must come to a end. I might share a few more thoughts and glimpses of my trip at a later date, but for now, I hope you enjoyed so far.

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Maternity Session 9/4/16

Happy Favorites Friday!! ….on a Saturday! I mean hey, better late than never right? Today I wanted to share a few shots from a recent maternity session I did.

I really think that maternity sessions are some of my favorite things to shoot. I love capturing those moments with the mom and her baby bump: so beautiful!

Here are a few of my favorite shots from this shoot, enjoy!

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Which one is your favorite?? Let me know!