Camera Equipment Recs

Photography is expensive -- I’ll just say that flat out. Between investing in a camera body, lenses, lighting equipment, editing software, laptop, all adds up! I began my photography journey back in my high school yearbook class, but never had the money to invest in a camera. College went by and I snapped photos here and there but borrowed other people’s cameras or used my nifty iPhone. Then in July of 2016, my husband’s step dad gifted me a camera! And that’s where my journey began with this little bizz of mine.

If you’re thinking about investing in a camera, thinking about upgrading your camera, or purchasing a new lens, I’ve compiled some information [after extensive hours of research and reaching out to my fellow photographer friends] to help YOU start your journey!

By no means do you have to have the top of the line equipment to get stunning photos. I’ve seen phenomenal images produced from an entry level canon that look just as stunning as the top of the line cameras out there. 

The first camera I used when I first began my photography journey I shot with a Fujifilm X-e2  a mirrorless lens. I had zero idea what a mirrorless camera even was at the time and the difference between that and a DSLR camera. The short definition of a mirrorless camera just means that the light passes through the lens and specifically into the image sensor. By doing so, you’re able to capture a preview of the image to display on the rear screen.

I want to take a moment to briefly compare a mirrorless camera to the DSLR camera because both are great and initially it’s just up to you and what you will be using your camera for!

Mirrorless cameras are lightweight and smaller in comparison to DSLR camera - which is great if you’re on the go and traveling you can just throw it [gently] in your bag. Mirrorless cameras do not have the same auto focus abilities as DSLR cameras, meaning it’s harder to focus on your subject if it’s moving fast. However, if your subject is still (building or model isn’t moving), it is great! (If you’re still wanting to get movement photographs, you can tell your model to move around and simply tell them to hold the pose so you can get a clear shot if it.) Rumor has it that mirrorless cameras [depending on the one you purchase] are in fact better than some DSLR video quality. Mirrorless cameras have a higher capacity to shoot a lot of images at once (shutter speed) in comparison to DSLR cameras (excluding high end DSLR cameras) since the mirrorless has less complex mechanics.

I personally really love using my mirrorless camera. The fact that the image that shows up on the electronic viewfinder, is what you get makes me giddy because it helps me image how I’ll edit it and if I need to reshoot the photo and make some alterations. With my mirrorless camera, I was still able to create stunning sharp photos and loved that I was able to take it with me on the go without having a sore shoulder or back haha...but really, when I shoot weddings or have a long weekend of shoots my body hurts and my hands cramp from holding my hefty camera. #Confessions. I also really loved the challenge with shooting with a mirrorless camera because unlike the DSLR, it taught me to actually think about my images instead of just snapping a thousand and one pictures and hoping I got that one shot.

You should invest in a mirrorless camera if….

  • You’re always on the go

  • You’re wanting to do street photography

  • You have an interest for videography

  • You’re wanting to capture still images (not best for sports shots)

  • You’re wanting to capture fun photos with your friends

  • You’re wanting something that’s lightweight and compatible  

  • You’re wanting to blend in with the crowd

You should invest in a DSLR camera if…

  • You’re wanting to get action shots

  • You’re wanting to shoot weddings

  • You’re wanting to control your camera settings

  • You’re wanting to shoot for longer periods of time (has a longer lasting battery time)

Ah. The on going debate about which one is better. And there are plenty of other options out there too such a Sony, Pentax, However, I’m not here to tell you which one is better because it’s all on personal preference. I’m a canon gal, it’s what I shot in my sophomore yearbook class and fell in love with. So I guess you could say I’m biased. Here are some camera equipment that’s great for starting out or if you’re looking to upgrade your equipment!


  • Canon Rebel t6

  • Canon Rebel t7i

  • Canon 700D

  • Nikon D3400

  • Nikon D5600

  • Nikon D3300

Now let’s talk lenses. There are two types of lenses you can get: prime & zoom. Prime (also known as fixed) is a fixed focal length (as opposed to zoom lens), typically with a maximum aperture from f2.8 to f1.2. Fixed lenses usually cost less in comparison to zoom lens.


  • 50mm 1.8 (my favorite lens)

  • 35mm 1.4 (also my favorite lens)

  • 85 mm 1.4 (or 1.8)


  • 15-85mm

  • 24-70mm

  • 24-105mm


  • Canon 6D

  • Canon 6D Mark ii

  • Nikon D750

  • Nikon D810


I hope this blog was helpful for you! Best of luck to you on your photography journey and if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to reach out to me and I would be more than happy to share :)


Julia Mann