needed a new camera bag for engagement sessions for a LONG time. My old one worked but the edges were peeling up and the way it carried on my shoulder wasn’t ideal. I would sit it down and it would flop over, making it really easy for lenses to roll out. I was just really ready for something NEW. However, I have spent HUNDREDS and HUNDREDS on camera bags in the last 6 years and I wasn’t about to pour more money into something that was only going to last a little over a year. If I was going to spend upwards of $300 on a bag, it needed to be THE ONE!
Ladies, we all know what I’m talking about. You all have that favorite pair of pants that fit you no matter what day it is and you look killer in them. We also all have that go-to shirt that we’ll wear until the sleeves fall off because we adore it THAT much! I wanted that in a CAMERA BAG! I wanted something durable, classic, stylish and most of all, FUNCTIONAL. So even though I have needed a new bag for a long time, I didn’t buy one. I watched and I waited. I waited for TWO YEARS actually! I wanted to make the right decision and I wanted to purchase something that I knew I would be happy with.
ONA bags have been catching my eye ever since Jasmine Star blogged about them a long time ago! The Brooklyn was stunning and I almost invested in that one as soon as I saw it but I didn’t. I knew it was too small for me. I like to shoot engagement sessions with four different lenses and so I needed something larger. Eventually some of my girlfriends in the industry started investing in their own ONA Camera Bags and I asked their opinions. Even though they were all thrilled, I still waited. I wanted to see if these bags LASTED because in the past, that has been my downfall. I have had bags that have been functional, but they haven’t stood the test of TIME! They have all had about a 2 year lifespan and then they look junky and torn up. When you’re charging for high end wedding photography, I don’t think it’s the best presentation of our brand to have a camera bag that is falling to pieces!
So this fall, I took the plunge! After looking at our calendar for October and seeing that I was going to be shooting 12 Engagement shoots, I decided that it was time!! It was time to spoil myself with a new camera bag!!!! It’s amazing how much a bag can inspire you!! I ordered the THE CAPRI SHOULDER BAG in Antique Cognac and I’m obsessed!!! For those of you who are in the market for a new bag, here are some things that I love about it and my initial review of the bag:
WHAT I LOVE:
THINGS THAT MAY HINDER SOMEONE FROM PURCHASING:
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I’m so excited to share this final 2020 Wedding with you all!! It’s a special one! We photographed this beautiful wedding day on our own 10 year anniversary! Ten years ago on this day, we were celebrating in my parent’s backyard under a massive white tent too! This was my brother-in-law’s baby sister’s wedding day and celebrating with the Malizia family was such a treat! They are a family MADE for weddings!
Well, I realize this isn’t normal for KJ! I don’t shoot portraits these days but this session was my first non-wedding shoot with my new Canon R6 and I’m obsessed with how these images turned out! It was the most perfect evening for this early fall shoot and the light was incredible!
I’m so excited to share another addition of Student Spotlights from our KJ Education community! It’s so funny to us, but quite often, we find that our friends who know us in everyday life but aren’t in our industry really have no clue what we do! They think we shoot 10 weddings a year and that’s the extent of our work these days but oh… that couldn’t be further from the truth!
When we first decide if we’re a good fit with our potential KJ Couples, we’re looking for a few things…. one of those things is that this couple keeps joyful! We’ve found over the years that couples what take themselves super seriously aren’t always the best fit for us! We love it when couples let their guard down and allow us to get to know them during their engagement session.
For some photographers, bridal details seem like a fun part of the wedding day… but for many others, it’s stressful. It’s the part of the day that throws them off, makes them wonder if they’re actually artistic and leaves them feeling flustered and panicked because they never get everything done in the time they have allotted for detail shooting. In my opinion, this is a REALLY tough way to start a wedding day.
Oh, this wedding day!! What a beautiful Texan dream! I met Melanie when she attended one of our workshops years ago in our home. She had the sweetest spirit and such a kindness about her. I remember loving how she made personal marketing her own and did headshots in a pile of Skinny Pop!! I loved her creativity and her ability to envision what she wanted in her brand.