These two already have the cutest little boy & now they’re adding TWINS to the mix! We met up in a downpour, straight up PNW style. And I love the results (:
This year has been busy & work is continuing to grow as spring blooms and sunshine moves in. With that being said, I’ve added some new products to my lineup including a Canon 5d Mark iii, the Audrey Lu camera bag from 3annies, and a new camera strap from Camera Straps Made with Love. This review is for camera bag and I’m in love! They recently had a sale & I was in the market for a new bag since Matt has been asking for something a little less teal blue, ha.
It’s a beautiful bag and discretely conceals all of the expensive gear inside, which is perfect when traveling.
Audrey Lu is the ideal size for my needs, and fits my gear plus my “purse” items so I can leave my purse at home. Two big things that set it aside from other camera bags on the market- it’s a real leather & the inside housing is removable & thick.
The leather smells wonderful & is extremely soft. The housing is well padded so I have no concerns when my gear is in there.
I’m not super gentle when I move my bag and set it down, so it’s good to know that the padding is a solid half inch thick on all sides AND the bottom (plus the padding of the actual bag).
There are two outside pockets on the front, great for purse items, extra batteries, cards, etc. Two end pockets with no top closure- perfect for slipping my lib balm in one end and my phone in the other. Easy access during sessions. There’s one large zippered pocket on the other side where I keep my calendar, but it’s the perfect size for a tablet/iPad. Last zippered pocket is inside the bag. Shoulder straps are slightly longer so it’s easy to get into the bag while it’s still on my shoulder. Body strap is long enough for the bag to sit comfortably on my hip (I’m 5’3″).
Here’s my review:
Shipping was quick for being an international order- ordered on the 4th and it got here on the 11th.
Box was pretty damaged with a big tear in it, so I was a little worried about the bag inside. The bag fills the box completely with no extra room. The tear in the box, also tore the plastic bag the camera bag was in, but thankfully didn’t damage the camera bag. So I’m not completely happy about their shipping methods.
Audrey Lu comes with a cute dust bag & inner bag. Perfect for when I’m not using it.
Most of the metal loops came with blue protective tape, some did leave some residue that I’ll have to clean off. Shoulder strap came nicely wrapped in tissue paper.
There are 3 moveable dividers & two end tabs that help with removing the housing. Love the blue and white stripes!
The outside pocket is also lined with stripes and fits my calendar/appointment book perfectly!
I removed one of the dividers and repositioned the other two. My camera fits in the middle with a 50mm 1.2 attached, eye glasses case & 85mm 1.8 fit in one end, and my wallet fits in the other with plenty of room to spare.
I repacked it to fit an extra 5d body, and there will be room for one more big lens when I shoot weddings. End total- 3 lenses, 2 bodies, wallet, phone, tablet, batteries, cards, and room to spare. It’s got plenty of space!
It is a bit heavier than my last bag, but the extra padding is well worth it. It sits comfortably on the shoulder and I could only see the weight becoming noticeable when using all day (like a wedding).
Overall, I’m thrilled with the bag & can’t wait to see how it holds up long term! I’m confident it will handle well for the next several years. It’s got lots of room, and you can take the housing out if you want to use it solely for a purse/diaper bag/travel bag.
lots of room/storage: 4 zippered pockets, 2 open pockets
padded housing is removable & comes with 3 dividers
quality stitching and craftsmanship
versatile use between camera bag, purse, diaper bag
metal feet on the bottom
(more like tradeoffs- you can’t have everything!)
cost- higher than many other camera bags on the market –> worth it
weighs just under 5lbs –> worth it
I’ll update this in 6 months or so & let you know how it holds up! Hopefully this helps you if you’re considering buying one! Feel free to leave questions in the comment area (:
Honesty time- I hate being in the picture. I love being a photographer, so I can be behind the camera. Since high school, I’ve gained a lot weight, and that’s just added to the desire of not having this weight gain captured in time. But I’ve also gained precious people in my life since then that I simply don’t have enough photos with. There’s a solid two year chunk where my husband and I maybe have one photo together. And my niece? She turned two in October and I’d be lucky to find 10 photos. Lately, so many around me have been faced with a tragic, unfair, and devastating losses. Something new pops up on my facebook newsfeed every week and my heart breaks. My job is not about the pictures but the people in them. It’s about connecting with them & sharing in a small part of their journey. Giving them memories to look back on, and smile, cry, laugh… I know all too well how precious these photographs can be when someone is taken from this life too early.
So here’s my charge to you- get in front of the camera and don’t be grumpy when you do. Whether it be cell phone pictures or hiring a professional photographer to update the family photos- do it. Before you know it, your children will be grown, and you’ll realize just how few photos they have of YOU with them. You don’t have to share them with the world, you can keep them in a box. But take them, store them, allow your loved ones to have tangible memories of life together. Celebrate your journey, don’t edit yourself out of it. You are beautiful, no matter what weight you’re at, or what your hair looks like, or how pale you are in the dead of winter. Your kiddos don’t care about those thing, they just care about you.