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Current Camera Gear:*

Canon EOS 5D Mark ii

Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens

Sigma 24-70 f/1.8 USM Lens

Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens


Additional Accessories:

Ultraviolet Lens Protection Filter 58mm (for each lens)

Transcend 400x – 32 GB Compact Flash Memory Card

Ravelli Professional 70″ Tripod w/ Adjustable Pistol Grip Head

Canon Rear Lens Cap for EF Lenses

AmazonBasics Wireless Remote for Canon

Floral Denim/Leather Neck Strap

Professional Cleaning Set for DSLRs

Fotodiox Pro 5-in-1 Collapsable Discs


Backdrops & Food Props

White Poster Foam Boards

Foam boards are absolutely essential for bouncing light and creating a clean backdrop. I use them 99% of the time I do a photoshoot.

Black Poster Foam Boards

French Marble Pastry Slab

Rustic Wooden Pallet Backdrops

I have so many of his wood pallets it’s ridiculous. I’m addicted but have to stop since I have limited storage space for props!

Slate Cheese Board

Round Marble Wood Cake Pedestal 

(More coming soon!)


Web Resources:

+ How To Start a Food Blog: Step by Step Guide

+ Food Photography School 130+ Video Lessons

+ Foodie Pro Flexible Genesis Child Theme

+ Food Blogger Pro Video & Tutorial Training

+ The Easy Way to do an Overhead Shot

+ How to Take Good Food Photos in Restaurants

+ The Best & Worst Colors for Photographing Food

+ The Best Camera Angles for Shooting Food

+ How to Work With Fabrics in your Shoots

+ Bloggers Best Food Photography Tips

+ Four Manual Settings You Need to Know for Shooting Food

+ Drizzle & Dip’s 10 Tips for Food Styling & Photography

+ The Bojon Gourmet “12 Things That Have Helped My Food Photography

+ Sweet Paul’s Food Photography Tips

+ How to Get Photos Accepted by Food Sites

+ Pinch of Yum’s 10 Tips for “The Pour Shot”

+ 150+ Links to Everything a Food Blogger Needs to Know


I’m going to be honest–when I first started out in the world of photography, I was a total Nikon believer. My first DSLR was a Nikon D50, and it got me by for some years. Then after I really started getting into photographing my baked goods, I saw that all the food photography pro’s were using Canon 5d Mark ii’s, and I loved the results. I eventually sold my beloved Nikon and went for a Canon and I haven’t looked back. I absolutely adore it. My first prime lens was the 50mm f/1.4 and it got the job done very well on its own. The extra .4 of a stop down from the 1.8 is worth the extra cash just incase you need to let a bit more light in if you’re in a dark setting. The Sigma 24-70 f/1.8 is great for when I need to zoom in or zoom out–it offers great flexibility and still creates a great bokeh effect for less than half the cost (and weight) of the Canon version, plus has a higher f-stop range. The Canon 85mm f/1.8 is my newest baby. I wanted a fixed medium telephoto that could zoom in for more macro shots, and it’s a wonderful, sharp lens great for portraits too. It’s also super light-weight, which is a huge plus.

As for other gear, I used to resist tripod usage with every excuse under the moon. I’ve never been able to stand being tethered to one and I like the freedom to roam around. That being said, there are moments when I want to capture a stream of steady shots and create a .gif to demonstrate something I’m doing (see example here–just scroll down a bit) and it saves my life. I love my wireless remote to help be my “third hand” so-to-speak. And it’s also great if you want to capture a series of things moving around in the photo ie. frosting a cake without moving the distance of the camera from the object (cake).

I strongly recommend UV lens filters for every lens for obvious reasons. Dust, dirt, food particles, etc. can easily cling onto your glass lens and 1. it’s not good to touch and 2. it isn’t always easy to remove. Having filters prolongs the life, quality and cleanliness of your lenses.

If you have any questions or comments, please let me know!

*Please note that some of the equipment links above lead to my Amazon affililate where I receive a small percentage of the sales at no extra charge to you. I only recommend products I love and trust. Your support is greatly appreciated.