*Shouts into the void* why are camera bags so dang ugly? Or just not practical at all?
As a travel addict and a professional photographer, it’s been a lifelong struggle of mine to find a camera bag that checks all the boxes. You know – one that matches my personal style (hey, a girl wants to look cute) but is also big enough to actually fit my DSLR without digging into my shoulder. And doesn’t scream “I’m a camera bag containing thousands of dollars of equipment, please steal me!”
So I spent hours digging around the interwebs researching bags, and testing a few out in real life, to bring you the best camera bags for women that are stylish AND functional.
My personal favorite style of camera bags are either a backpack or a crossbody style. That’s because these days when I’m taking photos I’m either doing things like hiking to secret hot springs or on a long shoot day (hence, the backpack so I can stuff outfits and props inside) or exploring a city and need a bag that has easy access to my camera to take out, snap, and stash away again.
But that’s my personal preference. There are so many stylish camera bags out there and I’ve included all the styles here so you’re sure to find the PERFECT bag for you and your needs!
I’ll be sharing bags that check all the boxes for a good cute camera bag:
- Style / Design: Does it look like something your Dad would wear during a childhood vacation or is the design sleek and stylish enough to match your outfits? I’m harsh about this one. Just like with anti-theft travel bags, I want a camera bag that cute.
- Function: How easy is it to access your camera? Will your gear be protected? Can it fit your phone and wallet and hand sanitizer, too?
- Value: I’ll be honest. There aren’t many affordable stylish camera bags that are going to actually function well and stand the test of time. That being said, I’ve tried to only include bags that are really worth the value!! Something you can keep for years and years.
I love my two camera bags but I kinda have a bag obsession – I love to hoard them and am starting to build a small collection. (Some gals have a traditional purse love – I’ve got a thing for camera bags.)
I hope you were able to find the perfect new camera bag for yourself in this list!! If your favorite bag didn’t make the cut, drop a comment below so everyone can see. I may even add it in! If you have questions about any of the bags, comment or DM me on Instagram @thewhimsysoul and I’ll be happy to help.