SHOW YOUR GEAR – Kayla Snell

Who are you? Introduce yourself and tell us what kind of photography you are into!

My name is Kayla Snell and I am a photographer based in Austin, Texas! My love for all photography runs deep, but I’d say my favorite styles are portrait, lifestyle, and wedding photography. I am a sucker for any photo that captures human expressions and raw emotions, which is why I love all 3 styles and can’t choose just one! I also am fascinated by colors and patterns and am drawn to any photo that beautifully incorporates all of the above! 


Which Camera(s) do you use?

Canon 5D Mark II & my original love, the 35mm Canon AE-1.


What are your lenses? What do you like about them?

A Canon 35mm 1.4L & a Sigma 85mm f1.4 EX. I love the versatility of the Canon 35, definitely my favorite travel lens. The Sigma 85mm f1.4 EX is a beautiful beast that I find myself using almost more than my 35 these days. Its focus isn’t always spot on at F1.4, but when it is it creates such a sharp image with lovely bokeh! 


Which is your favorite lens and why?

Honestly that’s a really tough question…I feel like I am choosing between two children with different talents. I have to go with my oldest and tried-and-true, the 35mm 1.4L. It can be used for everything and rarely disappoints.

What do you use for carrying your Equipment? Bags, Straps tell us everything!

The F-Stop “Smokey Mountain” backpack. I originally bought it just for traveling with my camera, but i use it all the time. It is great for carrying around my small amount of equipment while still keeping it safe. I had a tough time finding a backpack that wasn’t super manly or bulky so when I came across the simple olive green backpack I was sold.

What´s your favorite “everyday” Camera?

The Canon AE-1 would be my favorite everyday camera if I could afford film/developing film, but I can’t, so my Mark II is my favorite.  


What are your Accessories? Tripod(s), Flash, Filter etc.?

Canon 580EX II Flash
Canon 600EX-RT Flash
Profoto Softbox
Neewer Reflector
Proline tripod
Impact Softbox
32GB Transcend CF card
16 GB Kingston CF card
– 2 Viltrox wireless triggers

Which Computer System do you use? Mac or PC? Why?

Mac all the way! I went to school for graphic design so it’s all I know. I wouldn’t even know what to do with a PC anymore.


Where do you edit? On your Desktop? On your couch while drinking beer? On the road?

I have a desktop that I sometimes edit at, but my couch is just so comfortable that I usually end up sitting on the couch. Plus my dog can cuddle up next to me while I’m on the couch so I take small breaks to hang with him.  


Which editing software do you use? Lightroom, PS, Capture One? Anything else?

I can’t imagine life without Lightroom. It is my go-to for editing! Sometimes after Lightroom I bring photos into Photoshop for skin retouching and other small edits.


Tablet or mouse for editing?

Trackpad on my Macbook Pro.

Favorite Music while editing?

It really depends on my mood. Some of my favorites are Shakey Graves, Leon Bridges, Kurt Vile, Mac Demarco, Johnny Flynn, and Courtney Barnett. Most of the time I find myself listening to the Spotify “discover weekly” playlist. 

What is on your whishlist?

I’d like to upgrade to the Mark III and I’ve been drooling over the Canon 50mm f1.2L.




This post is written by Sven Malojlo | Portrait- & Weddingphotographer

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