My photography gear with Sarah Vaugh

My bag and camera
a peek inside the camera bag, office space, and life of photographer Sarah Vaughn

I shoot with a Nikon D700 (and have a D200 backup that I used to take this image).

a peek inside the camera bag, office space, and life of photographer Sarah Vaughn

I love my Kelly Moore B-Hobo camera bag. I bought it to use as an everyday purse, so I could take my camera and a lens with me wherever I go. Perfect for a 365.

My lenses

a peek inside the camera bag, office space, and life of photographer Sarah Vaughn

Lenses listed from left to right:

1. The best-bokeh award goes to my Nikkor 135 mm 2.0 lens.

2. The Nikkor 105 mm 2.8

3. The Nikkor 35 mm 1.4 is my go-to lens when I have to shoot in cramped places or I need lots of negative space for outdoor environmental portraits.

4. The Nikkor 85 mm 1.4 is my work-horse. I use it for the majority of my outdoor images.

5. The Nikkor 20 mm 1.8 film lens. I inherited this lens from my brother twenty years ago. It works on my digital camera, but I can’t change the aperture, which is stuck on about f9. It often gets me out of a photographic rut.

6. Lensbaby Composer Pro Sweet 35

*I took this image with my 50 mm 1.8 lens.

In my bag

a peek inside the camera bag, office space, and life of photographer Sarah Vaughn

In addition to my camera and lenses, for a shoot I always carry:

1. My SB-900 Speedlight with LumiQuest mini softbox – a must have just in case.

2. ExpoDisc – This is new to my bag. I alternate between it and Kelvin for white balance.

3. A lens pen for keeping them clean. Love.

4. Extra memory cards16 GB

5. Small candy for bribing littles – the type varies, but they must be small and non-messy.

6. Chanel lipstick- My little splurge – they make the best lipstick and nail polish.

7. Bubbles – I only break out the bubbles in desperate measures.

8. A note pad – I like to jot down ideas and my session flow with posing ideas before a shoot. I often take a picture of the page so I don’t have to refer to the notepad.

My space

a peek inside the camera bag, office space, and life of photographer Sarah Vaughn

Prompted by the sweaty heat of our Mauritius summer, I turned our never-used playroom that had become a dumping ground for toys, into an air-conditioned office for me. Now, all my photography equipment, props and books are consolidated in one place, I can work in comfort and organization, and the kids like it too. Right now, I work on a 15-inch MacBook Pro. I’m a hobbyist, so editing on a laptop is enough, but one day soon I’ll be trading it in for a large-screen monitor where I can properly see what I’m editing. Oh – and the office has also become my dog, Daisy’s, favorite spot. I’m not sure what she loves more: being near me or the air conditioning.

a peek inside the camera bag, office space, and life of photographer Sarah Vaughn

a peek inside the camera bag, office space, and life of photographer Sarah Vaughn

Despite my good intentions, stacks of random items tend to magically appear on various surfaces.

1. iPad – I love reading my favorite books and magazines on my family’s iPad. Only problem is, I have to share it with the littles.

2. Mom Agenda makes the loveliest planners and organizers for busy moms.

3. Stationery – Pretty note cards and pens just make me happy.

4. To Do Lists – I write them all day long – on white boards, note pads, stickies,  everywhere. I don’t always do the things on the lists, but I like to write them anyway.

5. Prints – One of my 2013 resolutions is to print more pictures. So I set aside the desire for perfection and began printing my daily images on my Canon ip4840.

The Chair. Yes, it’s bright. But it was my 4-year-old daughter’s favorite and we both like flowers. My husband and son rolled their eyes when they saw it.

a peek inside the camera bag, office space, and life of photographer Sarah Vaughn

The kids color, play, and do homework here while I work.

A Room With a View

Even though I finally have a room of my own, old habits are hard to break and I still do a lot of my work elsewhere. I work in cafes, on my bed, on the couch while watching TV. But my two best working spots come with a view.

a peek inside the camera bag, office space, and life of photographer Sarah Vaughn

My favorite way to start my mornings is to wake before the children and sneak off to my little table by the sea. I take my notebook, laptop, and much-need coffee to get some writing and Clickin Moms me-time before the chaos of the day kicks in.

a peek inside the camera bag, office space, and life of photographer Sarah Vaughn

Unfortunately, a big bulk of my work comes once the kids are asleep. I often have to bribe myself with the promise of a glass of wine on my veranda to get me to turn that computer on.

5 random things about me

1. I currently live in Mauritius, an island in the Indian Ocean. And I grew up in Hawaii. But with all that island living, I don’t like fish or seafood except for canned tuna, which bizarrely, I like.

2. I grew up in a yellow house. The color makes me smile.

3. If Dancing Queen plays, I dance. No matter where or when (yep, dork alert).

4. I’m such a daydreamer. My latest is that one day I’ll live in a little garden cottage writing novels and taking pictures. All I need is that garden, a cottage, and 10 more hours in the day.

5. I’m terrified of heights, but last year I forced myself on a zip-line over a canyon. That bucket list item is now checked off and I won’t be repeating the experience. Ever.