I am no stranger to Kelly Moore camera bags. I'm on number three!! My addictions to camera bags should surprise no one (especially Paul!) given my same addiction to handbags. The quest for the perfect bag will likely go on forever.
My first KM bag was the 2Sues bag in purple. I loved this bag and used it religiously for about a year. There were many things I loved about it, but in the end it was a better purse than a camera bag. I found myself using it every day but really NEVER using it on shoots.
My second KM bag was the Jude bag. This bag was purchased to hold ALL my gear at one time for use at events or weddings. My reviews of both bags are listed below.
I decided that I needed a bag that was easier to get my gear out of while shooting. I did a lot of research, looked for reviews online and settled happily on the KM Kelly Boy bag. While this bag is still gorgeous, its not as feminine as a lot of other Kelly Moore bags. However, at this point I am really looking more for functionality than fashion and I really feel like I made a good choice.
The bag has a shoulder strap, a cross body strap, five pockets on the front of the bag, one large pocket on the back of the bag and two smaller pockets on each side of the bag for smaller items.
I use the pockets on the side mostly to keep my phone and lip gloss. I do find that often times the straps/buckles/keys get in the way of the side pockets so they aren't quite as easily accessible as I had imagined.
The front pockets are very handy. I keep business cards, lotion, other keys, batteries, SD cards, cleaning cloths etc...I don't keep anything in the large zippered pocket on the front yet, but I'm sure something will end up in it eventually!
On the inside of the bag there is a very large padded basket that you can remove if you like and/or you can change around the dividers to make certain sections bigger. Very flexible and customizable. Most of the time I'm just carrying my wallet, pen purse, and my bag of random goodies and a checkbook. They all fit very nicely in here and are separated so things don't "fall to the bottom" or get lost.
When I go on a shoot the bag will nicely fit a body and three lenses plus my wallet. I also substituted in two flashes so you could see how that would fit as well. On most sessions I don't bring this many lenses, usually only two so this works out really well in case I feel I need to take more.
This bag is also designed to hold a laptop. I put my 13 inch MacBook air in the laptop space and it was snug as a bug in a rug. Usually I put my planner (or what is my substitute planner for now anyway) in that spot. I would probably only need the space for my laptop when I travel.
I've had this bag now for about a month and I am really liking it. With my other two bags I would keep both straps attached to the bag at all times, but with this bag I am finding I don't need to do that. The shoulder strap stays on my arm really well (most purses don't) so I was finding I was really never using the cross body strap just in day to day life. When shooting however, I put the cross body strap on to have my arms free.
Overall another big two thumbs up for Kelly Moore and her stylish and functional line of bags!
I was not compensated in any way for this post, all thoughts are my own and I paid my own hard earned cash for all of my bags. However, I would absolutely not be opposed to KM sending me as many bags to review as she would like! =)