diy fashionable camera purse?! {maryland photographer}

This weekend I’m heading up to New York to attend a wedding as a guest (actually already here in the hotel room!) and wanted to tote along my DSLR. The only thing I had to tote it in (that would fit my camera body and lenses) was one of those old school padded camera bags and I didn’t want to wheel around my pelican case. Which I think would totally clash with my outfit and make me look like an Asian tourist. I’ve been looking into a stylish camera bag for awhile now. I’ve been drooling over the Epiphanie bags and jill-e bags forever but wanted to save up for another camera lens. Then the thought hit me…why can’t I convert an everyday purse into a camera bag? I did it with my Kate Spade baby bag awhile back. I didn’t have any purses that were large enough or stylish enough to convert so I headed to the mall and found the perfect unique bag! I love it! At first I thought…can I pull this off? So I snapped a photo with my camera phone and sent it to my sister and waited for her review. I can always count on my sister for advice- I know she would be brutally honest with me. :)

Well take a look at my new (sister approved) fashionable camera bag! I had to stop at Joann Fabrics to pick up some foam and fabric for padding. I found a nice fabric pattern for the interior to match the bag. I don’t own a sewing machine but picked up some magic hem tape (love that stuff!). I also had a 50% coupon so the fabric + foam was $8.

The bag I got on sale at Macys- reg. $88, was 40% off AND I  had a 20% coupon! Bought the bag for $44!!!  It would have been a crime not to buy it!

I started photographing the bag in our hotel room. Dave said “Seriously? Your camera bag gets it’s own photoshoot now?” He found it funny how proud and happy the bag made me so ofcourse he had to poke fun. This is my husband modeling my new DIY Fashionista Camera Bag!

“Is it a purse? Is it a camera bag? Oh wait! It’s both! It’s a camera purse!!”

Here’s an interior shot-

Yes- it’s by Jessica Simpson!

So what do you think? Total cost was $52.

new diy camera bag {maryland photographer}

I never used to carry a purse until post college. I was used to just throwing things into my backpack. After college, toting keys, cash, and cell phone in my pockets was getting more and more difficult. I finally broke down and bought my first handbag (which was a Gucci knockoff and broke within a month of use!) Ever since then, I like to invest in quality bags so I got my first kate spade and then came coach…

Mixing handbags and sales can be dangerous. Case in point…I bought a kate spade diaper bag (great deal on it at the outlet). Only thing was…I didn’t have a baby. Not that you need one- they work just as well as messenger bags.

So after a year collecting dust in storage (with tags still attached) I decided to break the bad boy out and repurpose the diaper bag as a camera lens bag :)

It was so easy!! Just bought a Tenba insert and walla!! A new kate spade “shoot sac”. ;)