Growing with Grace
To spare everybody the details, Grace and I are coworkers. This past weekend while working, she asked me a couple of questions about my photography journey and before I knew I went from not talking at all to OVER talking. At the end of the conversation I don't think I answer Grace main question "What is your advice on camera equipment for me to start off with?
After thinking about our conversation and remembering I needed to email Grace, I decided to take the time and write Grace on this platform.
I truly had fun talking to you about Photography and I wish you nothing but the best in the future. If you ever want some help or want to discuss anything, hit me up! lol
I don't know if I made sense on Saturday but whenever you are looking for equipment, always search B&H Photo. They have EVERYTHING. Sometimes they have deals, but I see B&H Photo as every photographers "starting point" when searching for equipment. Usually I start there, and then branch out for better deals (BestBuy, Paul C Buff, eBay- etc.).
New Camera: So I know you said you're looking for a new camera. Personally I would search BH Photo and determine your budget and base it on your interest and desire level. I've seen people buy the most expensive camera and don't know what to do but I've seen people use a starter basic cameras and create beautiful work. You could get a Canon 70D is around $1200 - a 7D is $1800 but the 5D is $3100. All of those cameras include a lens, once you start purchasing lenses you can upgrade your camera and just buy the camera body.
Lenses are a big key to photography. To me, lenses are just as important to photography as the camera. Check out this article "6 MUST HAVE LENSES FOR WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY" for a starter piece for lenses. (It is a wedding article, but dont worry, its all portrait work so it will work the same.) Remember check BH Photo then look around. A lot of camera company have eBay stores, use that as a reference.
THE ADVICE I WOULD TELL MYSELF
Like I said, I don't know how much you want to spend, but create a budget. You can spend almost $1000 to get started and work your way up or you can spend about $3000 and be in a great position. Personally I would get the Canon 7D, its what I use now, and purchase the Canon EF 85mm lens. Currently i'm saving for the Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM Lens). The 7D starts at $1000 (Body only) and you can get the Canon EF 85mm for $2,000. (Check out the 7D Mark II also).
After purchasing your camera and lens, look into learning more about Photography, The Light Factory in Charlotte is great, but check for places around your way. (You can always hit me up). After that, start looking for equipment, do your research though, dont but stuff 'just because'. lol.(My first purchase, I bought 2 Strobe lights with umbrellas and within 3 years I used them 3 times. They are coming in handy now, but they were a waste when I first bought them.)
If you have any questions or concerns, you know where to find me =) LETS WORK!