It's not often that I write articles gushing about a product, but every once in a while when it's warranted, I do it.
This is one such occasion...
Over the nine years that I've been CEO of PhotographyTalk, I've had a ton of photography products sent my way.
To be frank, some of them have been downright bad. I'd classify most of them as being just fine - nothing spectacular.
Some, though, absolutely knock it out of the park and leave an indelible impression.
That happened this morning when I received an unexpected surprise from SHUTTERbag.
First, a little background...
SHUTTERbag is a family-owned company based in Illinois. They specialize in crafting camera bags especially for women that look great and are functional, too.
I only recently became familiar with SHUTTERbag, and decided to pick up a bag to give to my wife.
So, my wife picked out the Journey bag, which arrived in the mail today.
Let me just say, WOW.
My wife hasn't seen the bag yet, but I already know that she'll love it.
Upon inspection, it's clear that SHUTTERbag is dedicated to crafting the highest-quality bags for their customers.
The bag is constructed of 100% genuine leather, so it not only looks great, but it's soft, supple, and will stand the test of time.
The hardware is top-notch as well, and exists at the intersection of form and function - its silver-toned look gives the bag a distinct elegance while the clasps, buckles, and zippers all function with ease.
On the front is a pouch designed specifically to carry a water bottle for you or a sippy cup for your child.
Flanking it are two pockets ideally suited for carrying a checkbook, wallet, or similar sized item. You can easily stow your smartphone in one of two side pockets.
On the back is a zippered pocket that can fit up to an 11-inch tablet, or if you're traveling, the pocket can completely unzip, allowing you to slide the Journey over the handle of your luggage.
This tote-style bag has two leather handles as well as a detachable long strap to give you plenty of carrying options.
The long strap has a slip-resistant shoulder pad so you can carry the bag with confidence either over your shoulder or across your body.
Inside, the bag is lined with beautiful black and white cotton, meaning the photography gear and personal items inside are cradled in softness.
At 13"x16"x8", the bag is large enough to accommodate a camera body with a 70-200mm lens attached, other camera accessories like spare batteries, memory cards, and a flash, as well as a 15-inch laptop inside the one-inch padded divider.
It's even got adjustable interior dividers so you can customize the space to perfectly fit your gear.
What's more, the Journey can double as a purse, a diaper bag, or a catch-all - it's that versatile and functional.
I can honestly say that this bag is as perfect as they come, from the way it looks to the way it's constructed to the way it offers women incredible functionality as a photography bag, a purse, and so much more.
Thanks, SHUTTERbag...I can't wait to show my wife her new gift!
You can explore SHUTTERbag's complete product line by clicking here.