Five Handy Handbags for Mummy Photographers

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Ketti handbag for mummy photographers

This Ketti handbag was my first ever purchase, padded and with a firm base. The company is closing up now – so sad!


Are you a mum who loves to take photographs and uses a real camera not just your phone?

Of course, you are!

There are loads of us who need to lug about a DSLR, and who might even shoot on manual, when the mood takes us.

Over the years, I’ve bought and tested out quite a few terrific, spacious handbags that have been designed especially for us.

Here are my top picks of what’s available now.

Camera bag Nadine travel tote (2)

1. Nadine Travel Tote from Aide De Camp

This Singaporean brand has created a really large and very light, yet super strong, bag. It’s my latest and the one I’m using most at the moment. Cost $269

Read my full review of the Nadine Travel Tote here.  These are available from the Australian Camera Chick website.




 2. The Esther By Kelly Moore

I’m in love with the expensive but lovely Esther  which I bought for $269 however I see the price has gone up now to $329.

This bag comes in several colours, but I adore my bright green one. It’s made of leather and much heavier than the Nadine, less spacious too. But some days, only green will do.

You can buy it from the Australian store Camera Chick.



3. The Audrey-Lu by 3Annies

This is a new bag from the Australian company 3Annies, based up on the Gold Coast. Check out the specs on the 3Annies website here. Cost $359


4. The Alice by Lei Momi

This Aussie brand makes two types of bags. I’ve been drooling over the bright red Alice bag, read the specs here. Cost $159





5. The Valencia by Epiphanie

This is so stylish and sleek… and expensive at $429. It’s imported and sold by the Australian retailer Cambags, check it out here.



Why Do I Love My Mummy Photographer Camera Bags?

1. With padded insides and really firm bases,  I know the cameras and lenses will be safe.

2. The padded inserts or padded box inserts can be moved around to suit the cameras or purses/makeup bags I have on the day.

3. They are still spacious enough for the other stuff I need to carry.

4. I can get away most days with JUST ONE BAG. It’s too hard to wrangle kids, kids’ bags, a handbag and a camera bag – that’s just a recipe for disaster of the left-my-bag-behind variety.

5.  Best of all, these types of camera bags for women are colourful and fun… which traditional camera bags just ain’t.

Here’s the inside of my original Ketti bag, with some simple gear that I’d take out to a simple lunch. This camera and the lenses are very small.

To see inside my bigger bags, check out the Nadine Travel Tote post here.

camera bags for mummy photographers.

I do still use the Ketti, but it’s looking pretty battered these days.


My three camera bags always get a great reaction, loads of camera-loving mums haven’t seen all the stylish bags that are available. Glad to show you!

And people are always surprised to check the inside and see what’s hiding in there.


Are you a mummy with a camera habit?

What’s your favourite bag for carting around your cameras?

Happy snapping


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Posted on: April 1, 2016


  • I can’t believe this! One of the reasons I didn’t buy an SLR when I got a new camera last year was because I didn’t want to lug an ugly bag around.

    I agree, it has to be one bag only so this is genius. I love your fun bag and also the red one. Leather bags always last and last but they are heavy.

  • Reply March 17, 2014


    I have a Jo Totes which I love. It’s very pretty. You can hardly tell it’s a camera bag.

    • Reply March 17, 2014

      Seana Smith

      Oh I will have a look at those too, thank you!

  • Reply March 17, 2014


    What a perfect post. I was just pondering this the other day. Thank you x

    • Reply March 18, 2014

      Seana Smith

      I keep wanting to but one of the pink or red ones… must resist as need to get new camera first!

  • Reply March 18, 2014


    Oh these are absolutely gorgeous! Gone are the days of the ugly camera bags! I think the pink one is my fave! Very pretty 🙂

  • Reply March 19, 2014


    I wish I was a mummy who knew how to use an SLR, and I know my photos are terrible. But I love these bags. The one you bought is really cute. I always get leather and use the same bag until it falls apart. I sometimes think I need a fashion intervention!

  • Reply March 19, 2014


    Where have I been???
    I remember briefly looking at a stylish camera bag a few years ago and then I forgot all about it. I carry a handbag and a camera bag and I am forever looking like a klutz, I so need to make a change!
    Thanks for sharing.

    • Reply March 19, 2014

      Seana Smith

      LOL, I wrote this post to remind me of where all the gorgeous ones I love are. I thought there must be some good Aussie ones and was thrilled to find all these ones right here in Oz, no need to go overseas.

  • Reply March 19, 2014


    I love the look of these Seana.

    Camera bags that look like fashion hand bags – brilliant.

  • Reply March 20, 2014


    I had NO idea they made camera bags like this anywhere!!! OMG I need one. I will definitely be looking for one of these, thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Reply March 21, 2014


    Seana, being a bag lover these look great. I have started carrying my camera in hand bags with a soft felt pouch care of Air NZ. Having one bag is great. Fran

  • Reply March 22, 2014

    Jennifer Smart

    I love this post! I do very dodgy things with my SLR because I hate carting around the extra bag. I hate to confess I toured around Vietnam & Laos with my camera & stuff in a completely unpadded, completely insecure Longchamps bag! All was well, but more luck than planning, I suspect!

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