"It was hard being between photographs and not knowing when or how another image would reveal itself."
- William Albert Allard, "The Photographic Essay"
The conundrum? Where oh where to find a camera bag that is: a) built like a traditional camera bag on the inside; b) totally diva-fantabulous on the outside. Of course I Googled it. And though I only found one post, I hit pay dirt...
From a woman's point of view, camera bags are a...dissapointment. Especially if you need a large one. They're typically made of black or dark gray nylon and look like a drink cooler or a backpack. Boring boring boring! What's a Diva to do? I wrapped my camera and extra lens(es) in Coco's old sweaters and stuffed them into my pretty large(ish) purses.
But as I became more serious about my craft, carrying at least one camera with me at all times, this just would not do. Because, while the typical camera bag is oh so ugly on the outside, the interior perfectly fits a photographer's needs: a soft safe designated place for your camera and lenses and lots of pockets and compartments.
The conundrum? Where oh where to find a camera bag that is: a) built like a traditional camera bag on the inside; b) totally diva-fantabulous on the outside. Of course I Googled it. And though I only found one post, I hit pay dirt: "Stylish camera bags for women photographers". There are nearly 20 different companies/bags reviewed.
Paris, Coco, and Ginger = the perfect day!
After months of looking (at dozens of pictures), reading (reviews) and comparing (prices, style, interiors etc). I settled on my favorite - Epiphanie. Founder and owner, professional photographer Maile Wilson designs the most amazing camera purses!
"Ginger" ("Lyric" is in the background)
The interior of Ginger is hot hott Pink (love!)
This bag is gorgeous and the thick panels protect my camera and lenses beautifully, and gives me plenty of room for my essentials. But the real test was how Ginger performed in the field - she does and how. I sent a review to the ladies at Epiphanie and they posted it. So, for the lowdown see here.
While I love "Ginger," her only drawback is that she's too bulky for me to wear across my body - a must for when I'm running around a football field or through the streets of Paris; that's when I really need to have my hands free. Epiphanie's "Lyric" is perfect for that. She's not as roomy as "Ginger" but that's the point ;-)
Diva aspects (exterior): there are currently 7 different styles that come in high fashion colors (purple, turquoise, hot pink, and red) and neutral colors (soft gray, brown, black and lilac).
practical aspects (exterior): made of sturdy faux leather, water resistant, thick and comfortable straps (all Epiphanie bags come with a body strap), and lots of great outside pockets.
The interior (the best of both worlds): well padded throughout, brilliantly bright color interiors - I've never seen anything like it; super thick and soft moveable velcro panels (they don't move or scratch anything) - so you can configure and reconfigure your bag to your heart's content ;-)
The only downside is that these bags are pricy ($160 - $185) - but the quality, style and ease of use is amazing. And after all, you get what you pay for. An Epiphanie bag is worth every cent.
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