Why it’s so important for a girl to pick that perfect camera bag

Jun 14, 2017

Missy Mwac

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Why it’s so important for a girl to pick that perfect camera bag

Jun 14, 2017

Missy Mwac

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“It’s a camera bag, for God’s sake. Just pick one already.”

Therese was losing patience. We had been standing in the “Shoot and Sparkle” booth looking at camera bags for the past 20 minutes, jostled about like riders in a packed subway car. The camera bag booths at photography trade shows are always the busiest. Women packed shoulder to shoulder. You’d think it wouldn’t it would be that way, right? That vendors selling equipment and lighting and actual photography gear would be the most popular, because on the List of Things You Need to Succeed in Photography, a camera bag comes dead last, but you’d be wrong. Very wrong. Camera bags don’t require any particular knowledge; you don’t need a class or special instructions on how to use them properly. They are just pretty and come in lots of different colors and because of this, the camera bag booths attract female photographers like a graham cracker to a flock of seagulls. Put them out and the women come running, pushing and shoving their way to the bags. You need protective gear just to be in the booth. I might have thrown an elbow myself a time or two.

I have more camera bags than clients. This is not something I’m proud of or readily admit to most people. I buy them because I figure the more I have, the more likely I’ll be to actually get out there and put them to use. I buy them knowing I’ll feel guilty afterwards and the guilt will propel me into action. Kind of like eating a doughnut to lose weight.

With each new bag I think, “This. THIS is the bag that I will be holding when success finds me. THIS is the bag that will give me the confidence to finally forge ahead and do something with my business. I haven’t yet succeeded because I have been waiting for THIS bag. It hasn’t been my fault at all. I have just lacked confidence and now that I have THIS bag, it will all start happening. Yeah, it’s expensive, but I’m not spending $350 on a vinyl handbag from China, sewn together by the nimble fingers of a 12 year old in a factory; I’m buying confidence, dammit. And really, who can put a price on that? I’m not holding a camera bag; I’m holding my future.”

I have thought that over 30 times. I refuse to do the math on what I’ve spent. Or how many clients I don’t have. Denial is easier.

About the Author

Lynn Cartia (AKA Missy Mwac) is a photographer/eater of bacon/drinker of vodka and a guide through the murky waters of professional photography. You can follow her social media links here: Facebook, Tumblr. This article is a part of the book she’s currently writing.

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14 responses to “Why it’s so important for a girl to pick that perfect camera bag”

  1. Hector Macias Avatar
    Hector Macias

    Because they’re creatures of accessories. Slap an MK on an Amazon bag and charge $200 minimum and you got an instant best seller

  2. Rachel Avatar
    Rachel

    so what is a good camera bag that you would recommend, then?

  3. Karen Padilla Avatar
    Karen Padilla

    Really, because the bag makes the photographer better? Duh. Not even remotely.

  4. AsianReaper Avatar
    AsianReaper

    Jesus Christ , who is this person and would someone please take her keyboard away .

    1. Arthur_P_Dent Avatar
      Arthur_P_Dent

      It’s satire.

    2. Celine (peaceetc) Avatar
      Celine (peaceetc)

      The ‘about the author’ part should have clued you in, AR.

    3. MissyMwac Avatar
      MissyMwac

      Even that wouldn’t work, ’cause I still have a laptop. Oh, and a phone. I mean, I guess you could just take my laptop and phone away, too, but then, I’d just borrow someone else’s laptop or phone. Yeah, this idea won’t work. xoxo

      1. Bill Peary Avatar
        Bill Peary

        I didn’t know Jesus Christ had a Facebook page or that he could summon someone to take your keyboard.

        1. KevinNewsome Avatar
          KevinNewsome

          He’s on MySpace…. get it? “MY… “space””? :-)

          1. Bill Peary Avatar
            Bill Peary

            killing me..;0

    4. KevinNewsome Avatar
      KevinNewsome

      “keyboard?” What century are you from?

  5. Micelle Pamela Owens Avatar
    Micelle Pamela Owens

    Y’all know this is a comedy piece right?!? Making light of the obsession of camera bags?

  6. Micelle Pamela Owens Avatar
    Micelle Pamela Owens

    Also you should follow her she’s freaking amazing!

  7. TheInconvenientRuth Avatar
    TheInconvenientRuth

    I’ve always wondered why I’ve never won a Pultizer, now I think it’s becaause all my camera bags are black and functional…