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The best Camera bags for Women: Inspiration for your next camera bag

Getting the perfect camera bag is no easy task, and while functionality has been met a while ago, Beautiful and feminine bags for women are so hard to find! This is why I wanted to share my research with you because whether you are looking for inspiration or to purchase a camera bag, I got you covered!

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[ Image via @gattabag taken by @Anna.Laura⠀⁠ ]

I have collected bags from all over the web, and from all kinds of range of prices, so no matter what you are looking for, you'll probably find a recommendation for you here. So let's check out this list of beautiful, feminine, and functional camera bags for women that I know you will love.


On of the camera bag companies for women that I was so happy to run into was Gatta Bag, they make such beautiful purses that double as camera bags.

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[ Image via @gattabag ]
women camera purse

1Lola Miel: Lola Miel's clean yet chic design is made to suit every globetrotter's style while keeping their camera safe. It measures 10” L x 7” H x 5” D and weights 1.7 lb. Lola Miel can carry a DSLR or Mirrorless camera with 1-2 extra lenses. It also features an outer pocket where you can hold your phone or a small notebook.


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2Lola Noir: Lola Noir's clean yet chic design is made to suit every globetrotter's style while keeping their camera safe. The lightweight bag is the perfect DSLR or Mirrorless camera bag to take on long adventures without adding extra weight to the shoulders.


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3Rae Hazel: This bag is the same as the Lola bag with the only difference being the twist lock. The lightweight bag is perfect for long adventures without adding extra weight to the shoulders but guaranteed to add style.


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4Christie Noir: Crafted with ultra-soft leather, the camera bag can double as a shoulder bag or backpack. No one will know it’s a camera bag! The leather camera backpack features five interior pockets and can carry a mirrorless camera or a DSLR with a lens attached, an additional lens, and a few accessories.


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5Camille Rosewood: Stylish and ultra-lightweight design won't add extra weight to your shoulders but guaranteed to add style. This chic camera bag can carry most DSLR or Mirrorless Cameras with a lens attached and an additional lens. It features a leather shoulder strap, interior zipper pocket, and two extra pockets to stay organized.


Jo Totes camera bags

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Jo Totes where the very first feminine camera bags that I became obsessed with, they are so cool and modern, at the bottom of this post, you can also see the cameras bags I was obsessed with when I first wrote this blog post. The first version of the Jo Totes camera bags.

1Allison Camera Bag: This lovely crossbody bag can accommodate a large camera body with an attached lens and one to two additional lenses. My favorite thing is that it has a light blue interior.


2Bellbrook Camera and Laptop Backpack: This is a beautiful water-resistant waxed canvas backpack with high-quality leather trim. Includes insert (approximately 10.75″x 4.25″ x 6″) with two adjustable pads.


3Gracie Camera Bag in Mint: The Gracie will carry your wide-body DSLR camera, extra lenses and purse items. It has a zippered iPad pocket on one side of the bag and another zippered pocket for your phone and keys on the other side; four removable pads that attach to the sides and bottom of the bag by means of Velcro.


Messenger camera bags for women

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[ Images by photographer @kalebgphoto via Instagram ]

1Torres Mini Genuine Leather Camera Bag: These beautiful unisex camera messenger bags are made with premium all-natural high-quality Italian leather for a rich classic feel. It has advanced shockproof lining to protect your gear.


2Leather Canvas Camera Bag: This vintage-feel messenger bag has self-adhering padded dividers for interior customization; Soft liner protects electronics from any damage. It also has additional pockets designed for memory cards, business cards, CDs, etc.


3Vintage Messanger Camera Bag: Made out of PU Leather, a great vegan alternative leather, and with a form-fitting shoulder strap guard.


4Torres Genuine Leather Camera: With advanced shockproof lining, these fashionable compact camera bag for women are lined with heavy-duty and shock resistant material to better protect your cameras from the occasional drop bump or accident.


5Small Vintage Messanger Camera Purse: It has a padded insert that holds and protects small entry-level DSLR and small accessories – Insert can be removed to be used as a handbag organizer while the bag can be used as a saddle bag or handbag.


Backpack camera bags for women

kendora camera bags
[ Image by Portage Supply Co. ]
kendora camera bags

1The Kendora backpack: Premium soft cotton waxed canvas exterior, 20# canvas, water-resistant to keep your gear dry. Ideal for light rain or mist you may encounter on your adventures. Super soft interior lining, adjustable camera dividers are the perfect balance of rigidity and flexibility with a fully padded leather base.


2BagSmart camera backpack: With a Tripod Pocket, clothes zone on the top, and camera gear on the bottom, this stylish option is perfect for snapping on the go.


3Camera backpack in canvas: It features high-quality Batik canvas material, waterproof strong and durable. It also has an inner bag that can be customized for your accessories and lenses.


4Endurax Waterproof Camera Backpack: It has an innovative drawer-like lower compartment with a build-in camera shoulder bag that can be used separately; the main camera backpack can be easily converted to a daily use 15.6″ laptop backpack.


Kelly Moore bags

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[ Image by Kelly Moore website ]

I love Kelly Moore camera bags, they are so well-made and even though they are not the cheapest option, they are definitely one of the best brands for feminine camera bags. If you like any of their camera bags and decide to shop on their site you can use my link to get $25 off your order!

1The 2 Sues Shoulder Bag 2.0: This tote allows for everyday needs and nuanced moments to both be covered with ease and style. With six pockets on the exterior, the Two Sues provides plenty of nooks and crannies for every little thing you may need, whether in line for a coffee or heading out on a shoot.


2Mustard shoulder strap: This water-resistant messenger bag has 2 front zipper pockets with one large outside back pocket (16″) with hidden magnetic closure, 2 side pockets, hidden magnetic closure on outside flap to close the bag.


RELATED: If you are looking to make an insert instead. I have a full step by step tutorial where I share how I made my camera bag insert, so you can protect your geat inside any purse or bag.

IG INSPIRATION Women Camera bag

I love to see cameras in use, and the ladies at GattaBag know what to deliver, so I wanted to include some of my favorite shots!

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[ Image via @gattabag ]
women camera bag
[ Image via @gattabag taken by @ckanani ⁠ ]
women camera bag
[ Image via @gattabag taken by @Anna.Laura⠀⁠ ]


When I first wrote this collection of camera inspiration, I was obsessed with the (back then) only a few options for feminine camera bags. So here are those that I liked the most:

Kelly Moore:

What I love the most about this one is the very cool bag designs, not that I don't like the others but these ones really caught my eye, very simple, clean, and most importantly the easy to move (at least it seems like that) compartments. That way you can arrange them to fit your lens and camera better.

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Jo Totes: I think these were one of the first I ran into and I have to say I LOVE the turquoise one with the flower on the side, I just love it!

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Epiphanie: I just love the color combinations she offers, and it looks like you can set the Velcro pretty much wherever you want not just the pre-determined spots, I love their Lola bag, so cute!

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When I first created this list of inspiration for camera bags for women, I wanted to make my own with some leather and extra materials I had around.
But I figured that it would be way simpler if I made just a carrier that I could pop inside my purse instead. So I wore this tutorial for a camera bag insert, so check it if you want to try that route.

RELATED: If you are looking into going the DIY route instead, I also have this DIY laptop bag that you might like! You could totally add my DIY camera insert and call it a day!

I am just so excited to expand my camera bag collection after this roundup!
Have a wonderful day!

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Pattie Capers

Monday 26th of March 2018

Mrs. Joy I just finished reading your blog. I never knew what blog was not how to use one, old school slow learner, but you are now my new inspiration for finishing up my semester for fashion design and I have to do something for a new portfolio and some of your writing I am going to try and get it to work. Wish you the very best and will send you a post of oxygen finished

Joy Kelley

Tuesday 27th of March 2018

You are so sweet Pattie, I am so happy that you feel inspired to try and start a blog! I wish you all the best luck <3


Thursday 12th of July 2012

Did you ever make the bag?


Friday 13th of July 2012

I ended up making a carrier instead of a complete bag, so I can switch it from bag to bag:


Thursday 30th of June 2011

Good luck!! I can't wait to see what you've created!!! Everything you make is gorgeous, I know this will come out fantastically also!!! I'm so excited to see!!

Joy Kelley

Thursday 30th of June 2011

Thank you so much Lea! you are so sweet!


Friday 24th of June 2011

I have been wanting to make my own camera bag for a while now! It is such a hassle trying to find the right bag, so I thought, "Why not just make one?!" I hope you make the exact bag that you need! And I hope that you put up a tutorial, so that I can also attempt it. :]

Joy Kelley

Wednesday 29th of June 2011

Thank you so much Symone! You are so nice! and yes, I will definitely make a tutorial for it! (Whatever I end up making) hehe


Thursday 23rd of June 2011

I have attempted my own... it currently lays on the sewing room floor...