I have had my eye on the Johansen Gracie Camera Bag (their brand is more commonly known as Jo Totes) for awhile and it was their video in Cinque Terre on Facebook that really sold me on their product. Because I am a photographer, a traveler and a mom, I really wanted something that was versatile to fit my lifestyle. I was stoked to be able to check out the Gracie and love just about everything about this bag!
Johansen Gracie Camera Bag’s Multiuse Features:
A Photographers Bag:
Jo Totes Gracie is a photographer’s bag. Whether on location, be it weddings, outdoor photography, or just taking your gear from point A to B, the Gracie gives photographers a stylish way to safely carry their gear. It has 5 removable padded inserts making room for a camera body or two, and a few lenses. I love that you can easily move them around and size them deepening on the gear you are carrying that day. We have all seen the black backpack style camera bags, which may work for some, but definitely don”™t appeal to those who dress with style in mind. These backpack style bags often do not leave much room to carry anything else you might need for your shoot and the one I happen to own, does not have room for everything I need. The outside magnetic pockets of the Gracie are ideal for extra memory cards, lip-gloss, a cell phone and some business cards when working a wedding, and there is still room for a sweater or scarf in the main part of the bag.
If you are looking for a new camera for your kids, grab yourself the best kids action camera and toss it in the bag as well.
A Carry On Bag:
But the Gracie is not just a camera bag. It instantly became my carry-on, for our recent trip to San Deigo. It safely held my Canon 7D with the 50mm lens attached and my 17-55 softly nestled beside it. There was still plenty of room for my wallet, snacks and a change of clothes for my kids in the main compartment The outer pockets contained a few small toys, that the boys could easily access with the magnetic snap closures, my ipad, iphone and travel documents safely nestled in the deep outside pockets, easily reachable.
A Mom’s Bag
While packing up for the day in San Diego, Jo Totes Gracie became my go to daily bag without even moving the padding for my camera. I was able to slide a water bottle inside, my wallet, a bag of snacks and change of clothes for the kids, and cell phone and we were off for the day! The long cross body strap was perfect when I had my bag and a two year old that wanted to be picked up.
Features of the Johansen Gracie Camera Bag
Take your pick! It comes in a wide variety of colors: lilac, teal, mint, marsala, butterscotch, and magenta. There is something for everyone! You can check them all out here
POCKETS, POCKETS, POCKETS:
Everyone hates those bags that become the black hole where you cannot find anything. The Jo Totes Gracie, is ideal for every woman whether you are a photographer or carry a DSLR or not! It is full of pockets to stash everything from a lip gloss and few toy cars in the front pockets or business cards while on a shoot, to an ipad in one of the zipper enclosures on the inside. The solid protective base, designed to protect your gear from impact, helps the bag keep a solid shape and you don”™t lose stuff in the bottom. When you open the bag you can clearly see everything you have inside!
The Gracie bag comes with a short shoulder strap or a cross body strap. There is a removable shoulder pad to help distribute the weight if you have it loaded with gear for a photo-shoot or a day out with your kids, or everything you need to pack on your carry on for your next flight!
The Gracie bag is priced at US119.99 which is a steal in my opinion! Whether pricing our purses or diaper bags, this one comes in cheaper than most that I am drawn to. And it safely protects my camera gear! What more could a traveling mom want! Keep an eye out for their specials!
After hearing me rave about this bag our whole trip one of my friends went right out and bought one solely for a diaper bag. She loved the price and it is stylish and has so many pockets that mom”™s need to make sure they have everything for their little ones!
What do you think about the Gracie? Do you need to add it to your bag collection? Do you have your eye on another style? I am already eyeing up the Siena Leather Bag!
You can view the whole Jo Totes Collection Here
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Editor’s Disclosure: I received this bag compliments of Johansen Camera Bags. However, all opinions are my own and i cannot say enough good things about this bag!
Lindsay is the founder and editor of Carpe Diem OUR Way. She is passionate about sharing her experiences of traveling with children on adventurous family holidays around the world! She resides in the suburbs of Vancouver when not jet setting abroad.