How I Got Rid of 50 Pounds Of Unnecessary Gear

You will often hear photographers debating what gear to take with them to a shoot: What lenses are necessary? Do I need a flash? Do I need multiple flashes? How many camera bodies?

Most of us don’t want to bring anything that is unnecessary. It weighs us down and if you are shooting a long day at a wedding you can find yourself totally beat when you get home. A couple years ago, I switched from a shoulder bag to a rolling bag for my gear because it was killing my back hauling all of that equipment around. Then, last year, I dedicated myself to getting rid of the ‘gear’ I knew I definitely didn’t need – the extra weight on my body!

Over the last 18 months, by watching what I eat and adding consistent exercise, I have lost over 50 pounds. What is the equivalent of that in camera equipment?


You’re probably thinking to yourself, “That’s a lot!” Yes, it is. And that gear only adds up to 25 pounds. Seriously. All of that is less than half of the weight I had ON MY BODY which is no longer there. You might be thinking, “I don’t need to lose 50 pounds.” How about 10 pounds? Want to see what the equivalent of 10 pounds is?


Yes, four DSLR camera bodies with battery packs and batteries is approximately ten pounds. Do you think you would feel better if you weren’t constantly carrying four of those around at all times? I also commonly hear photographers complaining about how heavy 70-200mm f/2.8 lenses are.


Three of them = ten pounds.

What’s the secret? For me, it was consistency. Eating better food (especially more vegetables) more often. Do I still have cake or cookies or ice cream some times? Sure. Do I have it every day? No. Not if I expect to lose weight and keep it off. It was also consistency in working out and getting more exercise. On the average wedding shoot, I walk about four miles, which is decent exercise. But what about the rest of the time? What about during the slow season when I am not shooting as often. You have to make a conscious decision to be more active. I go to the gym or do “Hip Hop Abs” (yes, it is amazing!) three times a week and two other days of the week I walk an additional two to three miles outside of my regular activity. Slow and steady wins the race. Whether you want to lose five pounds or fifty, you are only going to lose it and keep it off if you are consistent! If you are trying to lose weight and need some positive reinforcement, drop a comment below!


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