What’s in Boudoir Photographer Rachel Stephens’ Gear Bag?

Boudoir portrait courtesy Rachel Stephens.
Boudoir portrait courtesy Rachel Stephens.

Rachel Stephens believes in the strength and beauty of women’s bodies — and she’s built a lucrative, award-winning career capturing the beauty of female boudoir clients. According to a recent profile in PPA Magazine, Rachel books more than 500 private sessions every year, earning $350,000 annually from her boudoir photography alone.

“We transform [our clients] by drawing out their inner beauty, holding up that mirror to them, letting them see themselves in a new light, free from the harsh criticism they are stifled by in everyday life,” Rachel says. What kind of gear do you need to hold up that mirror? Here’s Rachel’s must-have gear — including the beauty kit she uses on all of her clients.

Camera Body
Canon EOS 5D Mark III 22.3 Megapixel DSLR

Canon EF 50mm f/1.2 L USM Lens
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro Lens
Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM Wide-Angle Lens

Lens Filter
Hoya 77mm DMC ND8 Multi-Coated Neutral Density Filter

Camera Bags & Equipment Storage
Vanguard Xcenior 48I Photographic Element Bags
Pelican 1740 Travel Vault Watertight Hand

Lighting Kit
Lowel LC88EX Rifa-Lite eX88 1000 Watt Softbox Light
Lowel Rifa LC-88eX1 eXchange-Lite 100 Watt 32×32 Collapsible Soft Light System w/ 1000w/120v FEL Lamp
Elinchrom D-Lite 200WS EL 20463 IT Strobe Head
Elinchrom EL 19349 Skyport ECO Wireless Flash Transmitter
Elinchrom EL 26179 Rotalux 39×39 Square Softbox with 2 Diffusers
Lowel 40×40 Fabric Egg Crate Grid for Rifa-Lite 88
California Sunbounce Micro Mini (2×3 Feet)

Boudoir Beauty Kit
HD High-Definition Super Palettes
Makeup For Ever HD Microfinish Powder HD
Ardell Fashion Lashes — Brown
Ardell Fashion Lashes — Demi
Ardell Lashgrip Adhesive
Graftobian HD Creme Foundation Super Palette
Graftobian Setting Spray

To see the rest of the products and resources Rachel uses, check out her resources page here.

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