Hey there, my name is Caitlin Fullam and I’m a freelance photographer based in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, USA.
My personal work which you can find on Instagram (link below), is a world of dreamscapes and whimsical self portraits. I also take creative portraits, engagements, elopements, lifestyle and editorial work which you can find on my website (link below).
I first started playing around with disposables cameras and expired film in college, attracted to the dreamy, grainy, and unpredictable aesthetic of film. Since then, I taught myself the ropes on a beginner DSLR, how to shoot on manual and edit in Lightroom, and along the way I learned some things about what gear works for me.
I buy most of my gear secondhand and believe in waiting to upgrade until you really understand the limitations of your current equipment. In fact, I bought my camera body with a missing button, because it doesn’t impact its functionality.
Here’s my current set up:
Canon 6D: This is my one and only digital camera body and I love it! No complaints, does the job.
Canon Rebel 2000 film SLR: New to the family, I’m excited to see how my current roll turns out! I’m stoked that I can use my modern Canon glass with it. My other film camera I’ve been using before this one is a Canon A-1. Portra 400 and Portra 160 film are my go-to.
Sigma 35mm f/1.4: Holy moly this thing is like gold to me. I love it so much and it was the first real lens I ever bought. Right now I have it mounted on my Canon Rebel 2000 film camera, but I use this most frequently with my 6D for portraits.
Canon 24-70mm f/2.8: My go-to lens for its versatility. I love having the ability to shoot wide or zoomed in, while still being able to go down to a 2.8 aperture. I still prefer the crispiness of the Sigma 35, but if I could only take one lens on an adventure or international trip, I’d probably choose the Canon 24-70mm.
Canon 70-200mm f/2.8: I use this lens much more than I thought I would. I love bringing it along on road trips when space and weight aren’t an issue. It’s awesome at getting detail shots of mountain peaks and for catching my dog being cute from afar. I love how stable it is and haven’t had any issues with it focusing. I also love that I can take sharp handheld shots of the moon with this!
Zomei Aluminum Portable Tripod with Ball Head: Not particularly fancy, but I recently replaced a similar ’travel’ tripod with this slightly heftier one and I’m VERY pleased so far. The toggles and twists all do their job well and this one feels better designed and less cheap than comparable ones I’ve tried. I travel with it and keep it in my camera backpack at all times.
Pixel Intervalometer Wireless Shutter Release: This is my secret sauce for my self portraits. It’s a radio remote controlled device to trigger the shutter from far away. If someone finds one of these that actually works well, please let me know. I have tried a couple and find they are always finicky. This one does the job well enough for now, but I wouldn’t recommend it.
OCOOPA Rechargeable Hand Warmers: These things are absolute lifesavers and I tell everyone about them. They’re even useful in summer for those 14,000 foot sunrise self portrait sessions when it’s suddenly 30 degrees and windy.
Dress: Ah yes, I always bring a colourful dress or a vintage white chiffon nightgown for my self portraits. It’s my thing!
Inside Caitlin’s camera bag:
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