With more than 25 years behind the camera, Bambi Cantrell is one of the most decorated wedding and portrait photographers in the industry. Her impressive list of accolades – and an even more impressive portfolio – has practically made her a household name. Bambi’s photos have been seen around the world and in dozens of publications, including Martha Stewart Weddings, Ebony, Today’s Bride, and Rangefinder.
To get a better idea of how Bambi captures those stunning photos, take a look at what she keeps in her gear bag.
These days, I photograph many families, children, and women wanting a beautiful portrait of themselves. When it comes to my gear, I keep it simple. Give me a great camera, a couple of perfect lenses, and simple lighting and I am good to go.
I’m a Nikon girl! I currently use the Nikon D850 which, in my opinion, is just about the most perfect camera ever made. I want large files and sharp-as-a-tack images, and I get that with the D850. With that said, I just got the new Nikon Z7 and am really feeling the love for it, too.
Why do I use what I do? The answer is simple. I need reliability and Nikon never lets me down. I absolutely love the large file size (the Z7 produces a 45.7 meg file!) and I need a quick focus that is accurate.
Nikon 105mm f/1.4E
Aperture Range: f/1.4 to f/16, Three Extra Low-Dispersion Elements
My all-time favorite lens is the Nikon 105 F/1.4. All I can say is WOW! As a portrait photographer, I want sharp eyes, and want the focus to be on my subject. I believe the Nikon 105 is the perfect choice for portraits of individuals.
Profoto B1X 500 AirTTL
Profoto B1X 500 AirTTL Flash Head with 500Ws adjustable in 1/10 f-stop increments over a 9 f-stop power range
Lighting is the foundation of everything, in my opinion. I prefer the Profoto B1 Kit. I just love the portability and reliability of the system. I need something that is going to do the job right when on assignment, and firmly believe that you get what you pay for.
I love Think Tank Photo bags, and especially love the Shape Shifter backpack for its portability.
Editing my images is a snap using Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop and plugins like Alien Skin. I offer a variety of albums for portraits and really find the Smart Album software a delight to use.
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