Here’s a little behind the scenes look at my gear, how I use it in my maternity, newborn, baby and family photography work and my favourite settings when shooting. If you would like to ask me any questions, please leave a comment under this post and I’ll happily answer as best I can:)

Camera Body:

Nikon D800

The Nikon D800 is a fantastic camera. It’s super sturdy and feels great in my hands. The placement of the buttons are intuitive – I love how the settings for ISO and white balance are on top and can be easily changed, even whilst looking through the viewfinder. The camera is fast (4fps), which is handy when chasing after children or capturing a newborn yawn. It has amazing ISO capabilities, great for the unpredictability of shooting in natural light. I’m also a big fan of shooting videos and the D800 has great HD recording functionalities.

Prior to the D800, I loved my Nikon D7000 and D70 before that!


Nikon 50mm f/1.4

This is the lens you will find attached to my camera body most of the time. I use it for just about everything and love the soft, yet sharp images it produces. It is a fantastic portrait lens and I use it 90 percent of the time when shooting in my studio for my Newborn Photography Melbourne and Baby Photography Melbourne work. In the studio, you will find me predominately shooting at ISO 400 and f/2.

Nikon Micro 105mm f/2.8

I love this macro lens, especially when shooting delicate details for my Newborn Photography Melbourne sessions – from the tiny fingers and toes, eyelashes, milk blisters, brand new navels and profiles, this lens is wonderful. I will typically shoot using manual focus at ISO 800 and f/5.6 to bring in focus more of the detail and reduce the effects of camera shake.


Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8

This lens is my work horse when it comes to shooting on location for my Family Photography Melbourne work. However I also use it predominately when capturing my own kids at home, out-and-about or on vacation. It is my go-to lens when I need something versatile and want to carry just the one lens. It’s tack sharp and a great all-rounder. My ISO and f-stop will depend whether I’m indoors or outdoors, but you will usually find me at ISO 200 and f/2.8 during the golden hour at sunset – my favourite time of day to shoot outdoors!


Nikon 35mm f/2

I love prime lenses. And this one I use mainly for video work. I love making videos of my children, whether it’s documenting a particular adventure or catching snippets of our lives and putting it all together in a mini movie. When videoing with the 35mm lens, I shoot at 24fps, use manual focus, f/2.8 and adjust my ISO so that my shutter speed is faster than 1/125 sec.


Next Time

Thanks for making it this far! Be sure to check back again soon for my post about camera accessories! In the meantime, please leave me any questions in the comments below and I’ll do my best to answer them. Also don’t forget to check out photos of my studio.

Amanda x

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