• Nathaniel Crawford

My Gear for Food & Lifestyle Photography + Videography (Update 2022)

Updated: May 18

Before You Dive In!

In case you’ve want to get into photography/videography or blogging or creating an online brand, I curated this list of helpful resources that I have used to create everything you see on this website and on my Instagram/Tik Tok! But, before you venture any further, do know that this equipment and software list has changed vastly since I first started. I firmly believe in waiting to upgrade equipment until you’ve proven to yourself that you’ll stick with it. It kills me when people spend their hard-earned money on equipment thinking that equipment is the answer to building a successful business. Good equipment helps, but only if you’re going to use it. I started shooting video with my iPhone and a video editing app and that’s really all you need in the beginning. Start small, be patient, know that photography, videography and blogging are skills that take a good bit of time and personal passion to grow. But, if you love it and you stick with it, you’ll be amazed at what you can do!

Disclaimer: Please note that some of the links below are affiliate links and I will earn a commission if you purchase through those links. I use all the products listed below and recommend them because I believe in them. Please let me know if you have any questions about anything listed below!

**Last updated on May 18th, 2022**


When I started photography back in 2014, I was shooting everything on my IPhone 7. I bought my first point and shoot Canon camera about 6-8 months after beginning photography. In 2016, I upgraded to my first DSLR camera, the Canon Rebel T5i.

I currently shoot with the Canon R5. It’s a warhorse of a camera and I absolutely love it. Mirror-less and full frame truly changed the game for me when I upgraded. I previously shot with the Canon 6D.

Photo Lenses

The two lenses I use the absolute most in my work are the Canon 50mm f/1.4 lens and the Canon 24-70mm f/4.0 lens. The 24-70 is incredible for both flatlay images as well as lifestyle photos when I’m trying to get wider scenes.

I also have the Canon 85mm f/1.4 lens and the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 lens. If you are just starting out, the Canon 50mm f/1.8 is an AMAZING lens.


The Panasonic Lumix GH5 was recently recommended to me by a colleague, and it was love at first record. I LOVE this camera! The internal stabilizer is unreal and it’s what I use now for all my video.

The lenses I shoot video with are the Panasonic 12-35mm and the Panasonic 35-100mm lens.


I currently use artificial lighting for all of my photography and videography. I have three types of softboxes/umbrellas I use on the regular. I have the 53” Inch Umbrella, a 2x3 Rapid Switch and a Beauty Dish. Note that you will need the Switch Inserts (FJ400, Bowens for Godox and this one for Profoto), if you get the Godox lighting, to use the rapid switch and beauty dish.

For my lights, I use the Profoto B10X Plus Flash for all my photography and 3-4 of the Godox SLB60W continuous lights for all my video work. I have both the wireless batteries and the plug-in batteries for the Godox lights, which are a huge lifesaver. The wireless batteries are great for outside or on-location shooting.

Overhead Setup

I have two different overhead setups, one for in-studio and one for on-location shooting. The in-studio one is far sturdier but it’s several pieces and a hassle to bring onto a set. I’ve included links to both below!

In-Studio Set Up

(2) Light Stands

(1) 7ft Cooper Pipe (I bought mine at Ace Hardware and had them cut it to size)

(3) Avenger Grips

(1) Neewer ¼ to 3/8 spigot

(1) Ball Head

(2) Sandbags

On Location Set Up


Lateral Arm

Ball Head


Webhosting – WIX

Laptop – Apple MacBook Pro - 16 inches - 16 GB RAM

Monitor – Apple 27" iMac with Retina 5K Display

Diffusers (Small + Large)

Camera Bag

Phone Tripod Holder

Tethering Cord

Tether Table + Pad + Strap (you have to order all three separately)

Bookkeeping - QuickBooks Online

Client Management (CMS) – HoneyBook (get 20% off when you use the link!)

Storage - I use these different gigs of SanDisk cards including 32g, 64g, and 124g for shooting. I use these external hard-drives to back up my photos and videos.

Gallery Sharing for Photos – Cloudspot.io (get 20% off when you use the link!)

Gallery Sharing for Videos - Frame.io

Email Marketing - Flodesk (Get 50% off when you use this link)

Music Licensing – Artlist.io

Editing Software - Adobe Creative Suite -- Lightroom & Photoshop for Photography | Premiere Pro for Videography | Illustrator for Design

Sourcing Studio & Lifestyle Spaces - I use Peerspace to source all of the spaces I use for lifestyle photo and video!

Presets -- I use my collection of custom-made TK Presets for all my photography. From personal work found on my IG to client work. Presets here

Books on Food Photography - I recommend TWO incredible food photography books: 'Picture Perfect Food: Master the Art of Food Photography with 52 Bite-Sized Tutorials' by Joanie Simon and 'Food Photography: From Snapshots to Great Shots' by Nicole Young. Both have helped me immensely on my photography journey.

Props & Backdrops

I look to antique shops, thrift stores, Etsy shops, and good ol Facebook Marketplace for my props. But I also love:

Erickson Surfaces - Tabletops

Sugar Mountain Woodworks - Wooden Table

Bessie Bakes Backdrops