What's in Denise's Bag?! / by Denise McMahon

What's in my bag, you say? You will find...magic!! Just kidding but not really. I like to think I make beautiful memories with what's in my bag so that should count as magic right? :)

Would you believe me if I told you I'd been shooting with a Nikon D40X for the past 8 years until December 2016? It was an entry-level, crop-sensor body that's since been discontinued (that's how dated it was) but it served me VERY WELL for the 7+ years I had it. You see, working with a professional full-frame body is important but during those earlier years, having the right lenses (that worked on both crop-sensor and full frame) mattered more to me. I did a lot of research back them and spent my time gathering good prime lenses first. By the time I made the jump to the full-frame D750 on December 15, 2016 (game-changing day here guys!), I already had in my arsenal a few lenses that I didn't have to upgrade to work with a full-frame!

The 85mm 1.8 is my absolute favorite. Partly because I love shooting portraits with it (the bokeh is just UNREAL) and partly because it was gifted to me by my husband...5 years ago! Just thinking about it makes me teary (I bawled that Christmas). Even back then, he believed 100% in me and my photography, knew that I dreamed of becoming a photographer and supported it, even when I lacked the confidence. Can't believe it's been 5 years since then and here I am, going for it. I love him a latte.

And the newest family member to DVP....my already beloved 70-22mm 2.8 investment! I call it that because it is. I totally understand why it's called "the workhorse" and why it's incredible to have as a photographer. I actually got it back in November but with the hustle of fall portraits that month and December holidays, I never did share the news. Instead I immediately put it to use, ha!

So this is what I have in my (very Nikon) bag below! I have all the focal lengths I need for in-home and outdoor sessions and these lenses make me oh-so-happy! The next things to save up for are a good backup body and more OCF equipment.

Nikon D750
Nikon 35mm 1.8
Nikon 50mm 1.8
Nikon 85mm 1.8
Nikon 70-200mm 2.8