Best Camera Bag for Everyday Use

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Long gone are the days when your DSLR hangs out in a little, ugly, square bag just meant for cameras. There are plenty of great options available, but what are the best camera bags?

Whether you’re a professional photographer or someone who just enjoys photographing her kids regularly, having a good camera bag can make the experience more enjoyable.

As a Seattle Family Photographer I had specific features a bag has to have to make the list. It has to:

  • be able to hold and protect my camera
  • be comfortable to wear
  • not look like a camera bag
  • be able to hold more than just my photography gear (customizable is a plus)
Peak Design Backpack in the snow

I personally use the Peak Design Everyday Backpack.

In fact, I have had several Peak Design bags and loved them. They are durable, comfortable, and easy to customize inside to fit my own needs. Best of all they do not look like camera bags.

The backpack style is comfortable for me to shoot in, yet durable enough that I do not worry about setting it on the ground nearby while I’m photographing my kids or another family.

I do confess, a grey camera bag does blend into the river rocks and I’m often searching for where I set my gear. HA!

Another favorite camera bag is the Peak Design Everyday Messenger.

I had my messenger bag for a long time and loved it. Unless you love hiking with your camera bag or travel often with your camera, I’d suggest trying the messenger style. It’s cute and provides easy access to your gear while shooting. It also is not giant.

The only reason I upgraded to the backpack was that my gear had outgrown the messenger and my back needed more full-body support for hiking and traveling around with my camera bag.

Seattle photographer taking branding photo while wearing a peak design camera bag

As I said in the beginning, there are SO many great options out there. These are two that I have used and can personally recommend. They work with how I shoot and how I take my gear everywhere with me.

If you have any questions about camera bags, reach out. I’m happy to help give recommendations based on my own use.

Looking for other recommendations? Check out the Friday Favorites section of my blog for tips on photography gear, business resources, and things for raising kids.

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