Inside the camera bag of photographer Allison McSorley

  • Nikon lenses of photographer Allison McSorley

Inside the camera bag of photographer Allison McSorley

My photography gear with Allison McSorley

Nikon D700

1. Nikon D700: My one and only camera body, unless I count the D40 that I dusted off for this shot.

Nikon lenses of photographer Allison McSorley

2. Nikon 85mm 1.4G: I don’t use this lens often but when I do, I’m never disappointed with the results. It creates images with gorgeous color and clarity SOOC.

3. Nikon 28mm 1.8G: A wide angle lens is a “must have” in my tiny city apartment.

4. Nikon 50mm 1.4G: My first, and still my favorite, lens purchase. I use this portrait lens 90% of the time.

the camera bags of photographer Allison McSorely

5. Lowepro Slingshot: I use this cross-body backpack style camera bag when I take my camera into the city. It’s comfortable, secure and roomy enough for my camera body, a couple lenses and several personal items like my phone, wallet and sunglasses.

6. Ketti camera bag in Chevron: I love that this bag is pretty enough to be a purse but also versatile and sturdy enough to carry my camera.

tripod and ice light

7. Manfrotto Tripod and Manfrotto compact ball head: I love this quality tripod for self portrait and low light work.

8. Westcott Ice Light: It looks like a Star Wars light saber but acts like an LED daylight light source. I’ve only just begun scratching the surface of what is possible with this tool but I already love the dramatic shadows that can be achieved by using this light.

photographer accessories

9. House and car keys: Never leave home without them.

10. Alzo Digital Remote: Compact, inexpensive and works great.

11. Tiffany & Co. Zip Card Case: This zip card case is the perfect size to fit credit and ID cards as well as some cash when you’re on the go.

12. ExpoDisc: When I’m shooting indoors, I white balance using the Kelvin method but outdoors I rely on the precision of the ExpoDisc.

13. Bath & Body Works Summer Vanillas Berry lip gloss

14. Nikon LCD Cover: Sometimes I use this but more often than not, it stays in my bag.

15. iPhone 5

16. Nikon lens pen: With two small kids as my primary subjects, I’m always cleaning dust, dirt and fingerprints off my lenses.

17. Giottos Rocket Air Blaster: I use this nifty little accessory on a regular basis to blow dust off of my lenses and my camera’s sensor.

18. Dum Dums lollipops: I always keep a few of these in my bag to bribe the kids into behaving when we are out and about together.

19. Nikon battery charger

the desk area of photographer Allison McSorley

20. 27” iMac: I just upgraded from the 21” iMac earlier this year and the larger screen makes all the difference while editing.

21. Photos of my kids

22. Iomega 500GB external hard drive

Five Random Things About Me

  1. I am a south paw. I do everything with my left hand, except cutting with scissors.
  2. My husband and I met on just a little over a decade ago! We are one of the success stories!
  3. My daughter was born three days before Christmas. Best Christmas gift ever!
  4. I was born and raised not far from Boston, Massachusetts, and have been a die-hard Red Sox fan ever since I was little. I never thought I’d live to see them win a World Series until that amazing 2004 season. You can imagine how popular I am wearing my Red Sox hat on the streets of Brooklyn, New York, where I currently live.
  5. I get very seasick. It doesn’t matter if it’s a rowboat or a cruise ship. The most ironic part is that my husband grew up on boats and has made his living working on the water as a member of the U.S. Coast Guard. I met his parents for the first time on their sailboat, and I spent the entire trip getting sick over the side of the boat. Nothing like making a first impression!

About the Author:

Allison is a natural light photographer who specializes in dramatic light portraiture, with the bulk of her work demonstrating a strong emphasis on directional light and meaningful connections with the camera. She is passionate about creating artistic, meaningful and genuine images of her children, and teaching others to do the same. Visit Allison McSorley online.


  1. Danielle Dec 12 2013 at 1:01 pm - Reply

    Love your peek inside Allison! Thank you!

  2. Erica Dec 12 2013 at 2:03 pm - Reply

    Love your peek inside – hooray for, what a cool story! You’ve got me lusting over the imac, makes me wonder what I’m missing on my 13″ laptop!

  3. Sarah Vaughn Dec 12 2013 at 2:19 pm - Reply

    I loved reading more about you and seeing your lovely workspace!! You know I’m such a fan of yours. <3 I just got a 50mm 1.4 and it's my new favorite for indoors. LOVE it!

  4. Jodi Dec 12 2013 at 2:33 pm - Reply

    What a great story! I loved getting to read a little more about you here! I love my 50 too and use it pretty much 90% of the time also. <3

  5. Lisa Benemelis Dec 12 2013 at 4:23 pm - Reply

    I loved reading more about your and seeing your workspace, Allison! I also love my 50 and use it all the time. Thank you for sharing!

  6. Kristen Ryan Dec 12 2013 at 4:53 pm - Reply

    Loved reading your peek inside Allison 🙂

  7. Kristy Dec 12 2013 at 6:22 pm - Reply

    Loved reading more about you Allison! 🙂 And I adore that image on your monitor. 🙂

  8. Emilia Dec 12 2013 at 7:00 pm - Reply

    Thanks for sharing Allsion! Love the Lowepro Slingshot idea for trips to the city.

  9. Allison McSorley Dec 14 2013 at 10:28 am - Reply

    Thank you everyone!! <3

  10. Katrina Dec 15 2013 at 4:05 pm - Reply

    Loved this peek inside, Allison! Your workspace is so clean and gorgeous. I’ve been debating a Slingshot or something similar — good to know you love it! <3

  11. PenelopeNY Dec 18 2013 at 9:48 pm - Reply

    I get super sea sick too, and I have heard a lot of success stories from! Our last neighbors were the cutest couple and met that way 🙂

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