Camera Gear That Will Make You A Better Photographer

Karen Byker Professional Photographer Niagara Region of Ontario Canada

My camera recommendations for parents of little ones

Mamas are always asking me what camera I recommend so they can document their little ones at home as they grow. As a professional, I have to tell you that the lens is probably even more important than the body of the camera. However, I don't believe anyone needs to spend a fortune in order to capture moments of their children. If you're looking to purchasing a new DSLR camera, here's what I suggest.

Nikon D5600

I made the mistake of getting my first camera with the kit lens. I outgrew it quickly as it wasn't capable of getting the gorgeous portraits I was hoping to achieve. I couldn't figure out why my photos didn't look the way I felt they should, and I had constant focus issues. So, to avoid frustration, purchase the camera body on its own.

The Nikon D5600 camera offers beautiful photo and video capabilities. It will allow you to shoot in manual mode if you wish to start doing so, or full auto mode if you prefer that route! It also has many different modes in between. This camera has every function you’ll want and need, and it produces quality images! If you want to learn more about it, check out Ken Rockwell's review.

Nikon 50mm 1.8

It might seem weird the first time you try it, but prime lenses are amazing! They are smaller and more lightweight, so you're able to let more light into your camera. Some think it's a downside to have to move around instead of zooming in and out, but the images make it SO worth it. I believe that your lens choice matters even more than your camera body. The 50mm 1.4 is my favourite lens, and this Nikon 50mm 1.8 version for consumers is affordable for around $270.

You know how some of my photos have that gorgeous blurry background? This is the lens you want to help you achieve it too.


High quality SD cards and extra batteries are a must! You never know when those special moments are going to happen, so be prepared. It comes in super handy in the middle of birthday parties or when you're on vacation, trust me! You don't want to miss a single moment!

Karen’s Gear: Nikon D750 / Nikon 50mm 1.4 / Sigma 35mm 1.4 / Nikon 60mm 2.8 / Nikon 70-200mm 2.8 / Expodisc
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Hi there, I'm Karen Byker from Grimsby, Ontario, Canada. I'm absolutely obsessed with newborn babies, giggling kids and fancy flavoured tea.

I am so grateful to be able to call myself a mother of four amazing children. Therefore, I understand the overwhelm of the every day, but I've learned how to embrace and enjoy the beauty of it. I believe we should be able to enjoy this life we chose.

I've been a professional photographer since 2005. I've helped hundreds of mamas to slow down, pause and use photography as a reminder to take a breath.

I'd love to talk with you about documenting the beauty through your chaos. Let's chat!