Back in December I started obsessing over getting a new camera bag. I had one that was functional but it just wasn't really working how I wanted it too. It didn't serve as my regular purse just a camera bag, so this presented me with a dilemma. Every time I went on a photo shoot by myself I never wanted to bring my purse along because I didn't want to leave it in the car, but I also didn't want to lug it around with me.
What to do what to do?
Get a purse that also doubles as a camera bag. Duh. Or vice versa. Whatever. You know what I mean.
So I started researching camera bags that don't look like camera bags. Seriously, its a thing. Surprisingly, I am not the first person to think of this. There were many, many options to choose from.
After tireless research and stalking review after review, I narrowed it down to one designer and two bags.
Kelly Moore | 2 sues bag | B-Hobo bag (update: Kelly Moore sadly no longer offers either of these bags, but they might be available online for resale).
I went back and forth for a WHILE on this decision. There were things I liked about both bags but neither bag had ALL the things I liked.
I really liked the side pocket on the side of the B-Hobo, but I loved the Posey Pocket on the 2 Sues. I liked the look of the B-Hobo more, but I loved all the external pockets on the 2 Sues.
Each bag would hold the gear I wanted to carry around. Each bag had both a regular size carrying strap and a cross body strap which I am obsessed with. (Bags tend to slide off my shoulders easily, so cross body is really my preferred carrying style) Each bag came in a variety of colors, were similar in price and had various positive raves and reviews on line.
When Kelly Moore released a $30 off any bag coupon on New Year's Eve, I had to make a choice.
In the end I decided on the 2 Sues. I felt like it might be a little bigger overall and I did like the slouchy look. And SIX external pockets?! That is probably what sold me the most.
Since I am a lover of purple, I purchased the 2 Sues in eggplant. Love at first click.
The cross body strap is my absolute favorite thing about this bag. I love that I can keep both straps attached though because I can choose what I want to use in the moment. The color and feel are awesome. Its not real leather, but it is buttery and soft and PURPLE.
The pockets are great and I have various things in each one. Lippy, batteries, feminine products, lens caps, pens, lotion...you name it.
Inside the bag is a padded basket that keeps your camera and lenses all padded and safe so they won't break into a million pieces if you accidentally hit your bag against something.
And the great part is, you can just take the basket completely out of the bag and just use it as a regular purse too, sans camera.
I tend to keep the basket in all the time just because I like the organization of it.
I also love bags that have silver metal buckles because I always keep my keys on a carabiner that I can just clip on and off my bag as needed.
The posey pocket is great! I keep it stocked full of my business cards and my hubbys business cards. There are also many slots of CF or SD cards to keep on hand.
I love carrying this bag. It fits awesome on my body and is not too big or too small. Its very comfortable to wear during a photo shoot and gone are the days of worrying about my purse left in the car.
The construction of the bag seems great. I've had it almost three months and there are no problems that I have noticed. Hopefully that stays the same. I would absolutely consider another Kelly Moore bag in the future based on my needs. (Or wants!) =)