Oh friend, I completely get it- we are happiest with a camera in hand and seeing the world through the lens of possibility!
But pursuing a career in photography is not an easy road and I remember how paralyzing it was when I first started! There's so much to learn and I get questions every day from photographers living that hustle.
So here's hoping that my hindsight can be your foresight and help you out along the way!
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(2) Canon 5d Mark IV Bodies
(2) Canon 5d Mark III Bodies
Canon 50mm 1.2L
Canon 85mm 1.2L
Canon 35mm 1.4L
Canon 70-200mm 2.8L IS II USM
sd - sandisk 64gb extreme pro
cf - sandisk 64gb extreme pro
(2) Canon 600 ex-II rt speedlites
for weddings and sessions
for leisure and travelling
manfrotto MT055XPRO3-3W with pan tilt head
polaroid closeup lens filters
lowepro memory card wallet
giottos dust blaster
lexar pro dual-slot card reader
(4) seagate backup portable hard drives
macbook pro 13"
imac 27" (no link because mine is an older model, but works great for me!)
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