Bags, bags, bags

photo by Liz Ham

I love big bags. I like being able to carry all of my essentials and not have to worry about taking stuff out to make room. Plus my husband likes it too, he ends up stashing his wallet and cell phone in my purse too!

Lately I have been getting lots of questions from readers about what bag I use to carry my camera (and still stay style-ish). Unfortunately I do not have a great answer for you as I don’t use a camera bag, I usually just stick it into whatever handbag I’m carrying that day. I guess that’s another perk of carrying a big bag as my camera fits into it with room to spare. Sure, it makes it heavy, but on the days that I feel like taking my camera out with me, that’s my best solution (other than wearing it around my neck of course). I have basically given up on finding a true camera bag that is remotely stylish, so I am constantly looking at handbags to see if they can function as my camera bag. For the wedding we just shot, I used my Foley & Corinna City Tote, which is awesome because it’s big and I could sling it over my body (and it’s totally cute and could function as my regular purse as well) but that was just for carrying my lenses. I still don’t have a great solution for carrying my camera around.

Since my husband and I now have a combined total of 3 dSLR’s and quite a few lenses, we use a Crumpler bag for when we travel. We love it! It totally keeps our cameras safe and secure and is a lot easier to carry them all together rather than each one on it’s own. They have bags that can just carry one so you could look into those. Although they aren’t so pretty, sometimes function just wins.

I’ve promised everyone that has written me that I would let them know when I came up with a good solution, so will post if I find it. If anyone has a recommendation, let me know!

Update: I know I will get lots of comments about the Shootsac so wanted to put it out there as an option. It’s not what I’m looking for, as I want a bag that will just hold my camera, not any additional lenses. The Shootsac is for carrying your additional lenses and you wear your camera on your neck. When I bring my camera out on just a normal day, I only use one lens, I never change it. For example, all my New York pictures were shot with my 50mm f/1.2L lens. It makes much more sense as a wedding photographer to use the Shootsac as you are changing your lenses so much. That’s the difference that I’m looking for, an everyday vs. an event photography camera bag. It just seems that nobody makes a nice everyday camera bag that can double as a handbag as well. I swear I’m just going to start designing my own! 🙂

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  • janettaylor
    May 27, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    I adore huge bag, too!


  • freeteyme
    May 27, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    I love big bags too. I need big bags to carry my regular stuff plus school stuff too. I am just getting into liking bags now like I do shoes. The one she’s carrying int hat picture is gorgeous!

  • hellohoneyno
    May 27, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    Have you ever looked at Jessica Claire’s Shootsacs? The covers are interchangeable and come in many prints. I was thinking of getting one for my husband since he’s got a some camera equipment to lug around as well.

    Here’s the link to it:

  • tiffany2stylish
    May 27, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    hellohoneyno – yes, I know about the shootsac. It’s mainly only for shooting with (to carry your lenses) and not for carrying around your camera. Plus I’m not really a messenger bag kind of girl. I’m looking for somethimg more my style 🙂 Thanks though! I know a lot of people who use it and love it.

  • WendyB
    May 27, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    I have to worry about seriously upgrading my camera, then worry about a bag for it 🙂

  • At least I'm skinny
    May 27, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    I do the same thing with my camera. I refuse to wear it around my neck when I’m on vacation because I have this fear of looking like a cheesy hawaiian shirt and socks with sandals tourist.

  • kelly
    May 27, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    Tiffany you know i love my gucci diaper bag! You should definitely try it out. Its got 2 internal pockets to hold lenses and external for knick nacks…i.e J's cell phone & wallet! There's also a baby mat that comes with it and is a good padding for your camera. It comes in the softer canvas that is really versatile and easy to carry and it also comes with the harder material for extra protection. I have the black canvas one and its really easy to sling over my shoulder and do a shoot. Fashionable and functional! best of both worlds and you can actually use it as a diaper bag when that time comes … =)

  • steph
    May 27, 2009 at 6:49 pm

    Hey! I’m sure you already won this award like 100x, but I thought I’d show some love and awarded you One Lovely Blog Award! Holler! =)

  • EthidiumBromide
    May 27, 2009 at 7:02 pm

    I’ve been looking for the same thing for quite a while too — something that holds my CAMERA, maybe one extra lens at most, but also my other assorted daily stuff (at least my wallet, cell phone, etc.) so when I am out, it all just… fits. The best fit thus far that I’ve found is the Jill-E line, but I don’t love it.

    If you ever find a solution, pass it along!

  • Cupcakes and Cashmere
    May 27, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    i’m so with you! i’ve tried to carry smaller bags in the past, and i just end up stuffing them until they burst (literally in one case in particular). plus, i have the foley + corinna city tote and just adore its versatility.

  • Hanako66
    May 27, 2009 at 10:47 pm

    I love big bags too! you should totally design your own….I would buy one!

  • FuN and MakeUp
    May 27, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    i LOVE big bags tooo! i am actually using this huge ass bag from forever21 n my bf says its bigger than me! lol

  • Savvy Mode SG
    May 27, 2009 at 11:40 pm

    i am such a bag lady too!

  • candacerose
    May 28, 2009 at 2:33 am

    I love the Foley + Corinna City Tote…my birthday is next month, I think that’s on my wish list 🙂

    Oh and I think big bags on us little ladies is a must!!!

  • Leah
    May 28, 2009 at 11:24 am

    Oh you all have to check out jill.e camera bags. They are perfect. I have the small red leather one although I would LOVE to have the cream as well. It would be silly to buy another small one though. Having said that, small is still excellent for your camera and 1-3 lens depending on size.

    The jill.e site is good but doesnt really show just how god they look. For some better images I suggest typing jill.e or words to that effect into a flickr search.

  • Denise
    May 28, 2009 at 11:54 am

    i love big bags too. They’re like a house to me. Everything i need, it’s in there. hihih.

    have a great day!

  • Stu
    May 28, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    I have a jill-e camera bag, its pretty and it looks like a purse, it has enough room for my camera 2 lens, some other random things, and my personal items….and I have the small size

  • Couture Carrie
    May 28, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    Loooove this post ~ that photo is fabulous, as are HUGE bags!


  • captivateme
    May 28, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    i hear ya and completely agree! I need a pretty day bag for when I lug my camera around. Let us know if you find anything!
    *love that image* 🙂

  • Nicole Marie
    May 28, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    oh thank you for this post. i just got my first dslr camera and have been carrying it around with me just in my purse. i’m scared it will break with no real protection but hate carrying another bulky bag to put it in.

  • Little Bow Prep
    May 30, 2009 at 6:18 pm

    I’m a fan of big bags as well! I use them to carry all of my books to school!