awhile back, someone asked me about storing camera gear when i am not using it and i figured it would make for an interesting post.  to be honest, my camera gear is very rarely tucked away all at once.  as i talk about in my eBook the everyday photograph, i am very passionate about leaving a camera out in the open for easy access to photograph those everyday moments.  however, i am also very passionate about storing camera gear well so that is stays safe and protected.  in the off chance that everything is all put in it’s place and not in my camera bag, here is a brief view at how i store my camera gear and what that camera gear is.

i believe in less is more, even with photography gear.  read why i sold all of my camera lenses, only keeping two.

this post contains affiliate links.  thank you in advance for supporting bethadilly photography.

Storing Camera Gear : A Peek Into My Camera Drawer

Storing Camera Gear : A Peek Into My Camera Drawer | Bethadilly Photography

i like to keep all of my gear in one place.  it’s just how my mind works; i like to see everything all at once.  much like the rest of my home, everything has a place and everything is in that place.  it simply makes it easy when i need to quickly grab something, knowing exactly where it is.  all of my camera gear fits into one drawer in my office (except my tripod and monopod; because of their size, they are placed in a separate drawer).  to organize my gear, i simply bought two kitchen utensil organizers from the kitchen department in ikea…they work like a charm.

Storing Camera Gear : A Peek Into My Camera Drawer | Bethadilly Photography

and since i haven’t done this for awhile, here is an update list of my photography gear that i use both personally and professionally.

  1. a shutter hugger : very helpful to bring as backup to a session for a shy child
  2. a battery grip : to help put extra support on my D600/D610 camera models
  3. nikon d610 : a backup camera for sessions
  4. nikon d750 : my primary camera
  5. sigma 50mm f/1.4 art lens : a great portrait lens
  6. sigma 24mm f/1.4 art lens : my go-to lens
  7. a gray card : for accurate white balance
  8. a ML-L3 wireless remote : very helpful for self portraits
  9. a microfiber cloth : my first choice for lens cleaning
  10. a lens pen : my second choice for lens cleaning
  11. iPhone lens accessories (lensbaby mobile kit + aukey lens set)
  12. battery chargers
  13. nikon d600 : my backup to my backup camera
  14. extra lens and body caps
  15. nikon f100 : a film camera
  16. portra 400 : film
  17. fujifilm insta max mini 8 : polaroid camera
  18. polaroids refill for polaroid camera

and it’s as simple as that.  i find storing camera gear to be really important and that is how i chose to store mine.  how do you store your camera gear?  be sure to share with us in the comment section below.  i love hearing about organization, so be sure to inspire me!

be sure to join my exclusive email list to receive my latest photography tips and tutorials.  it’s free!

need some photography tips + inspiration?  check out what posts are trending below!

no comments
Add a comment...

Your email is never published or shared. Required fields are marked *


i am a lover of photography projects, i think they are a fun way to bring purpose to your photography.  not that we don’t already have a purpose, but it brings a sense of encouragement to pick up our camera and photograph.  in the past i have completed a 365 photography project, a day in the life, and this year i am working my way through a project 52.  photographing projects are simply a fun way for me to focus my photography and get intentional about photographing.  two of my friends megan and courtney created a really beautiful photography project, portraits of me, that encourages photographers to get in their photos too.  this project is hosted on instagram, each monday.  i have found this photography project to be so beautifully encouraging and have really enjoyed the photographs i have taken because of it.

are you struggling with achieving a self portrait with your dslr?  check out my step-by-step guide for taking self portraits with a dslr.

this post contains affiliate links.  thank you in advance for supporting bethadilly photography.

Portraits of Me : A Beautiful Encouragement To Get In The Frame

Portraits of Me : A Beautiful Encouragement To Get In The Frame | Bethadilly Photography

being a new mom, i feel that it is more important than ever to get in the frame.  i want to document these days with my daughter to show her the happiness of our life and to show her what we both looked like during her baby days.  as all moms feel, the days are simply in fast forward mode lately.  i feel like the baby is growing at a rapid rate and the months are going by too quickly.  i love that portraits of me allow me to freeze some of these moments before she grows even more.

Portraits of Me : A Beautiful Encouragement To Get In The Frame | Bethadilly Photography

portraits of me allow me to appreciate myself.  i think we are too often hard on ourselves and pick ourselves apart.  i love that getting in the frame can help us see the beautiful people that we truly are.  that there is more to us than stress and comparison.  i love that this photography project encourages us to document ourselves and our lives, just as much as we document the world around us, with our cameras.

Portraits of Me : A Beautiful Encouragement To Get In The Frame | Bethadilly Photography

if you are someone who needs a prompt to help inspire your photograph, there is a weekly prompt that coincides with the portraits of me project on instagram that you can find by following either courtney or megan.  i honestly forget to check the prompt in my hurry to jump in the frame, but that’s okay.  the point is getting within the frame.  to participate in the portraits of me photography project, simply post your portrait on monday to instagram using the hashtag #portraitsofme.

Portraits of Me : A Beautiful Encouragement To Get In The Frame | Bethadilly Photography

if you need help simplifying the self portrait, be sure to read my tutorial on how to use a wireless remote to take self portraits with your dslr.  while i don’t use my wireless remote for every self portrait, it definitely helps me simplify the process when i do and i am thankful to have one.

Portraits of Me : A Beautiful Encouragement To Get In The Frame | Bethadilly Photography

if you are hesitant to get in the frame, i encourage you to try it just for a month.  yes, it takes a little extra work to step in front of the camera, but i promise you that the work is so very worth it.  i find that the moments captured are rich and so much more meaningful.  if you have children, get in the frame with them too.  it’s a beautiful way to document motherhood.

Portraits of Me : A Beautiful Encouragement To Get In The Frame | Bethadilly Photography

portraits of me is a wonderful and encouraging photography project that has helped me to create some meaningful images.  i love that, as a result of this project, i have taken more photographs of my daughter and i together.  not only does it help to document her small size and age within a photograph, but it helps to document what our daily life looks like at each stage.  and these photos contain so many memories.  for when i look at each one, i am taken back to the moment and am given the beautiful opportunity to relive and remember that time in our life.

be sure to join my exclusive email list to receive my latest photography tips and tutorials.  it’s free!

need some photography tips + inspiration?  check out what posts are trending below!

no comments
Add a comment...

Your email is never published or shared. Required fields are marked *


this year seems to be going by faster and faster, making it hard for me to believe we are in week 12 of the bethadilly 52, let alone entering spring.  for this week, our focus is on shadows.  when i first began photographing, shadows were something that terrified me.  i would do anything and everything to avoid them from only photographing during certain times of the day that had less shadows, to using reflectors to minimize shadows, to tirelessly editing out shadows in post processing.  as all photographers do, i have come a long way on my journey with photography and have learned that shadows are something that i now love.  i love the realism that they portray and i love what shadows do to one’s body, as they lighten up the skin and create depth.  with my light source directly off camera left, i got into the frame this week to play around with the concept of shadows.  i love the soft shadows that fall on my skin and how incorporating them within the frame depicts an entirely different, yet beautiful, tone to this self portrait.

to join in on The Bethadilly 52, where we take one photo a week using the hashtag #thebethadilly52 on instagram, check out the prompt list.

this post contains affiliate links.  thank you in advance for supporting bethadilly photography.

The Bethadilly 52 Week 12 – Shadows

The Bethadilly 52 Week 12 - Shadows | Bethadilly Photography

this photo was achieved using : nikon d750sigma art 24mm f/1.4 lens, and tripod.

my settings were : ISO 160 | f/2.8 | 1/40ss

 . . .

to learn more about shadows, be sure to read 5 reasons to embrace shadows in your photography.

be sure to join my exclusive email list to receive my latest photography tips and tutorials.  it’s free!

need some photography tips + inspiration?  check out what posts are trending below!

no comments
Add a comment...

Your email is never published or shared. Required fields are marked *


photographing your everyday can sometimes seem daunting.  it can sometimes seem like a lot of work.  not only work taking the pictures, but also in creating a surrounding in your home that is ready to be photographed.  but all of these things are just minor roadblocks and shouldn’t stop us from picking up our camera to photograph the beauty that occurs throughout our everyday.  as we live our lives, there will naturally be moments that jump out and beg to be photographed.  there will be other moments that are worthy of a photograph, but may not be immediately obvious.  as you begin to photograph the moments that make up your daily life, keep these 3 tips in mind for encouraging you to see photo opportunities.

want some help photographing your daily life.  check out the game changing secret to photographing your everyday.

this post contains affiliate links.  thank you in advance for supporting bethadilly photography.

Photographing Your Everyday : 3 Tips For Seeing Photo Opportunities

Photographing Your Everyday : 3 Tips For Seeing Photo Opportunities | Bethadilly Photography

1.  Let Natural Light In

i promise you, natural light will be a game changer in helping you to see everyday opportunities to pick up your camera.  when you open your window coverings and allow natural light to naturally fall within a room, you will begin to see ordinary things take on new life.  for example, this laundry basket.  a completely boring everyday object.  but through the use of light, it became so much more interesting and compelling.  never mind that outside of the frame my bed was unmade and there was additional laundry baskets full of clothes waiting to head to the laundry room.

2.  Read An Everyday Guide

if photographing your everyday feels hard for you, that’s okay!  it’s natural to feel uninspired with your everyday, especially if you are in a routine that makes your daily life look similar day in and day out.  be sure to check out the everyday photograph: the art of seeing beauty in everyday moments.  in this ebook, you will learn secrets for seeing everyday beauty, will be given a list of 100 photographs to take, and even learn how to make a list of photos that you really want to take, but aren’t sure how to achieve them just yet.  this eBook has inspired so many photographers to begin taking beautiful pictures of their everyday and will inspire you too.

3.  Look For Lines

lines are everywhere, you just have to look for them.  lines are one of those elements that really lend themselves to a compelling photograph.  whether you are using leading lines or you are incorporating lines as you frame your subject, be sure to give the natural lines of your everyday a chance.  as a challenge, look around the room or place in which you are sitting right now and count the lines you see.  i just tried and i already lost count; lines are everywhere.  pick up your camera and find fun ways to incorporate lines within your frame.

photographing your everyday doesn’t need to be a challenge if you just be mindful of how you use natural light, read the everyday photograph, and look to lines for inspiration.  out of all the things photography has taught me, learning how to see everyday beauty within ordinary moments of my everyday has been one of the best lessons.  it encourages me to pick up my camera often and enjoy the little things that make up my life.

be sure to join my exclusive email list to receive my latest photography tips and tutorials.  it’s free!

need some photography tips + inspiration?  check out what posts are trending below!

no comments
Add a comment...

Your email is never published or shared. Required fields are marked *


as we took the train to new york last winter, we found ourselves so excited to experience so many things.  and by the way, if you haven’t been to new york, you must.  ever since we took that trip, i’ve been begging my husband to take me back.  it’s phenomenal.  with an agenda packed full of things to see and do, i found myself ready to photograph in a new way, with my iPhone only.  truth be told, i did take my dslr, but it stayed in the hotel room the whole time.  why?  i was pregnant.  20 weeks to be exact, right at the halfway point. i was guilty of walking with a waddle and found that carrying my camera was either too heavy if it was in my camera bag or would keep bumping into my belly if i wore it around my neck.  plus, did i mention i was pregnant?  little patience for anything slowing me down when i already felt, slow.  instead of worrying about my heavy dslr, i opted to try out a lensbaby mobile kit.

do you enjoy taking pictures of your everyday?  be sure to check out my new ebook, the everyday photograph, to inspire your daily photography.

this post contains affiliate links.  thank you in advance for supporting bethadilly photography.

A Lensbaby Mobile Kit : Why I Only Used My iPhone To Photograph New York

A Lensbaby Mobile Kit : Why I Only Used My iPhone To Photograph New York | Bethadilly Photography

truth be told, i’d had a lensbaby mobile kit for a couple months before actually using it.  because, time.  getting away to new york seemed like the perfect opportunity to try it out, especially because i was purposefully not wanting to use my dslr.  from the moment i put the lens on my phone, i was hooked.  having had a lensbaby composer pro sweet 35 for my dslr, i already knew that i really liked the unique effect the lensbaby offers.  and before i knew it, people were literally asking me “what is that cool lens on your phone!?” everywhere we went.  and because i am really happy with this lens, i am happy to spread the word.

A Lensbaby Mobile Kit : Why I Only Used My iPhone To Photograph New York | Bethadilly Photography

while visiting one of the cathedrals of new york, i was really inspired.  because it was the week of christmas during our trip to new york, there were christmas trees everywhere and, paired with the beautiful stained glass windows, the scene was begging to be photographed.  i was happy to have a lensbaby mobile kit during this outing because it created a fun effect out of the repetition of the paper birds on the tree.  not to mention the stain glass and the sun flare; this is still one of my favorite images.

A Lensbaby Mobile Kit : Why I Only Used My iPhone To Photograph New York | Bethadilly Photography

for those of you who have visited new york city, you know that the scene is very busy and full of bold colors and words.  everywhere you go there is color and words, making it a compelling city to photograph.  i really loved using a lensbaby mobile kit for street photography because it way to create a defined focal point amongst all the visual clutter.  because there are so many visuals wherever you look, it can be hard to create an image with a focal point.  but using a lensbaby mobile kit really helped me achieve a focal point and drown out the remaining distracting elements with a beautiful creative blur.

A Lensbaby Mobile Kit : Why I Only Used My iPhone To Photograph New York | Bethadilly Photography

using a lensbaby mobile kit is a must in new york city, especially at night.  when the sun goes down, the city wakes up and there are the most beautiful lights everywhere you turn.  each night, my husband and i would simply stand in time square and just take in the lights.  it was stunning.  using a lensbaby mobile kit at night in new york city is a no brainer for creating stunning imagery.  it’s also a really easy way to create bokeh towards the edges of the frame with creative blur.

having a lensbaby mobile kit is so much fun and this trip to new york city made me realize how much fun photographing with an iphone can be.  if you are looking to take more interesting pictures with your iphone or if you are heading out for a vacation and want to pack light, you should definitely consider investing in a lensbaby mobile kit.  the pictures are like no other and you are bound to create some beautiful art…with a phone!

be sure to join my exclusive email list to receive my latest photography tips and tutorials.  it’s free!

need some photography tips + inspiration?  check out what posts are trending below!

no comments
Add a comment...

Your email is never published or shared. Required fields are marked *


Menu