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The Best Photo Equipment for Creative Business Owners

When you start to learn photography for your business it can get super overwhelming trying to figure out what you actually need.  So I compiled a quick list of the best photo equipment for creative business owners and bloggers.

Best Photo Equipment for Creative Business Owners

This one’s a quick read.  If you’ve been following along with this series you know my other posts have been packed with beginner DSLR info!  


The first thing you need is a camera.  I know you know this but it really it is clutch!  Get a DSLR.

I’m not going to get into the debate between Nikon and Canon.  If I’m being really honest I chose Canon not because it’s a million times better than Nikon, but because my first digital camera was a Canon point and shoot.

Since I shoot Canon I share from that perspective.  I think the Canon TI series s a great intro level but the Nikon equivalent will work just as well!  My first DSLR was the Canon 60D.

The Best Starter Lens

Once you have an awesome camera the next best thing to have is a great lens.  I shoot mostly with prime lenses.  Prime lenses are great and tend to take a little bit sharper photos and make help me create great dreamy backgrounds when shooting with lower apertures. I also just love the look they give.

The Canon 50mm 1.4 is an excellent place to start.  It’s a manageable price, and takes awesome photos.  I still shoot with my 50mm 1.4.  The images I get are exactly the look and feel I want.

If you’re looking for an even more cost effective lens I have heard the Canon 50mm 1.8 is also awesome.  I haven’t ever shot with it, but I know anyone who has always says it’s amazing for the price point.


A great tripod can do so much to help you out!  There are two great reasons to use your tripod:  really slow shutter speeds, and weird camera angles.  

You can keep your shutter speed really low when shooting on a tripod which can be helpful depending on the situation.  The tripod will help keep your camera stable when using really slow shutter speeds.  

It’s also great for staying steady when at an odd angle.  When you’re trying to shoot from certain angles it can be difficult to stay steady.  This is exactly when I just pop my camera on a tripod!


Remotes are pretty awesome for several reasons.  They help when you have a camera set-up on a tripod.  You can easily trigger the camera to take a photo with remote.

 You can also use a remote to help you take photos when you’re in the shot for something like a self portrait.  Finally, having a remote allows your hands to be free to style a flat lay photo then use the remote to trigger the shutter.

Foam Boards

Foam boards make excellent backgrounds and are great when you need to create your own flat lay photos.

These are awesome because you can paint them, add contact paper, or use them as is.   If You do not have picture perfect areas in your house you can totally create your own using foam boards.  

All of these make great starter gear for your non-profesh photo kit ;)

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Ultimate Guide to Blog Photos with a DSLR for Bloggers and Creative Business Owners

I’m so excited to share this blog mini series.  I hope this Ultimate Guide to Blog Photos With a DSLR helps enhance your photo skills and helps your business and blog along the way.

The Ultimate Guide to Blog Photos with a DSLR


My Photo Story

I absolutely love photography.  I believe great photos only enhance your business.  

I’ve always been the kind of person who loved documenting my life.  I went every where with my point and shoot camera, and then transitioned to a big girl film SLR camera in college.  

Spending time developing film and photos felt like magic to me.

I became interested in photography as career when I was planning my wedding, but I didn’t start with my first DSLR until I had my kids.  Then I felt the strongest desire to document our world with photos in an authentic and beautiful way.  

Once I had my camera I knew I wanted to be able to do for work.  I photographed family and friends.  I realized documenting couples love for me was one of the most magical things I could do.  So I started my Photography business.

Branded Blog Photos

I found in my wedding photography career I love styling photos.  So I created my Palm Dreams Stock Photo.  There are so many reasons why I created it but ultimately it comes down to great photos only help your business.  

I’m hoping this series for will help you take on brand photos with DSLR.  Brand photos can help with so many parts of your business.

How the Guide to Blog Photos with a DSLR Will Help

I’ve already talked on the blog about what to do once you have stock photos.  This guide leads you step by step through everything you need to know for setting your blog up with awesome photos.  The series takes you through why using a DSLR will help you right through taking photos, editing them, and saving your images.  

You will have all the details you need to get your blog photo game on point.  Make sure to check in every week for the next post in the series.

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The Best Photo Equipment for Creative Business Owners

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