What’s Inside My Camera Bag: Lifestyle Photographer Caroline Tran’s Engagement Shoot Fundamentals

July 29, 2021

By Hailey Black

Photo © Caroline Tran

Lifestyle photographer Caroline Tran shares what's inside her camera bag.

What exactly does a lifestyle photographer carry on photo shoots? We recently asked one pro to give us a peek at what they carry in our current series, What’s Inside My Camera Bag 

This week, wedding and lifestyle portrait photographer Caroline Tran—a Rangefinder 30 Rising Star of Wedding Photography alumna and speaker at WPPI in August 2021—shares all the photo and video gear she carries for her engagement sessions. 

Caroline Tran is an internationally published wedding, portrait and commercial photographer. Her work can be seen on the cover of books and magazines, and in numerous print publications. She creates content for creatives, fitness, food and personal brands as well. Outside of her photography shoots, she also speaks, mentors and teaches, all while balancing being a mom to two young boys. At this year’s WPPI, she is leading a Summit session during The Wedding Workshop and teaching another session titled “Recession Proofing Your Business.”  

What’s inside Caroline’s camera bag? Let’s have a look. 

What's In My Camera Bag? Lifestyle photographer Caroline Tran answers.

Cameras and Lenses

Being a lifestyle photographer, Caroline likes to offer a range of formats for her clients including digital, film and video. She states, “Fujifilm GFX 50S (GF 110mm f/2 lens) is my staple. If I’m adding film, then I include my Contax 645 with my Zeiss 80mm f/2. If I’m also doing video, then I bring my Fujifilm X-T4 with my XF 50mm f/1.0.” 

When talking lenses, Caroline notes her preference for longer lenses, like the Fujifilm GF 110mm f/2 and XF 50mm f/1.0. 

What's In My Camera Bag? Lifestyle photographer Caroline Tran answers.


Lighting is more essential than one may think, and since we can’t always depend on Mother Nature to shine perfectly at the ideal moments, a photographer must always be equipped with proper lighting. When it comes to lighting, you can find the Profoto B10 in Caroline’s camera bag.  


Caroline also carries the following accessories with her on photo shoots: 

  • Tripod 
  • Light stand 
  • Profoto XL Umbrella 
  • Diffuser 
  • Reflector 
  • Tiffen ND Filter (for video, on my XF 50mm f/1) 
  • L Bracket 


As far as the miscellaneous items go, Caroline is ultra-practical in remembering to bring three essential items inside her camera bag: scissors, mosquito repellent and Band-Aids. 

What's In My Camera Bag? Lifestyle photographer Caroline Tran shows us in this Instagram Reel.

We hope you enjoyed our sixth installment of the What’s Inside My Camera Bag 2021 series featuring lifestyle photographer Caroline Tran. What’s inside your camera bag? Shoot us a tweet and let us know!