My New Camera Bag with Purpose and Meaning

by on May 26, 2011

My life mission to find the most meaningful things, people and events is long and continually expanding. From meeting inspiring heroes to finding the perfect light for a shoot, I’m always searching and scribbling down my finds before I lose those thoughts. On this list is also finding the best camera bags for my field work and travel.

I’m very particular when it comes to finding camera bags, particularly when it comes to my shooter bags that I need to access so much during busy events or field work. Most of the time, I customize my own shooter bags and make it unique, yet functional. Fashionable shooter bags or pricey camera bags that scream of me being a photographer with expensive gear are those that I avoid immediately. The last thing that I want is to draw attention to my gear and who I am and what I’m doing, particularly when I’m traveling.

I want to have my gear within reach, be discreet and just be a witness to what goes on around me when I photograph.

Finding the best bag that fulfills the technical need is half the battle, the other half is finding a bag that has purpose and meaning. I think I found a shooter/travel camera bag that I’ve been searching for so long. It’s the Temple Swiss Bread Bag.

When I first saw this bag, I fell in love with the design and styling. When I saw the message from the founder of the company, I was immediately sold to everything they do and the bags that they produce.

I saw the two videos about the bags and the one with the founder talking about the mission of the bags threw me across the room like a tornado. I was so blown away at the story of the bags, the search for the recycled material from brave soldiers and the handmade, commitment to these bags.

I’m so inspired by their story. Each bag is made of re-purposed military material and there is a story behind every bag. This Swiss Bread Bag has my name written all over it.

Please watch these videos to understand why I’m so inspired and excited to have found a camera bag that has purpose and meaning.

You’ll understand why I will always support crafters like these. And no, this is not a paid endorsement. I just believe in their story and what they do.


“Temple is about the hero in all of us, it’s about our longing to do something that matters, it’s about our need for adventure and how we’re all on this journey together…..”

Thank you to my friend Krysta from for turning me on to Temple.

{ 39 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga) May 26, 2011 at 11:11 pm

Diane, I love your new bag and I am going on a trip to Mexico City for photography (and also will see you in Boulder) but I need a bag that’s easy to access as well as inconspicuous. As you said, just blend into the scenery…and would you believe that just TODAY I have been on a zillion websites looking for a bag that fits the bill and keep coming up empty handed…gah.

I love your bag! Off to poke around that site :)


2 Snippets of Thyme May 27, 2011 at 5:13 am

I am indeed in the market for a new camera bag (for my new camera)! They look decidedly stylish yet understated so I’ll check them out. I am new to going out in the world and photographing but one of the first desires was more discretion. When I first start taking pictures, people either become excited or a little afraid. I love the connection, however, that is made and I can see others looking at where they are in a new light. Thanks!


3 SMITH BITES May 27, 2011 at 5:33 am

sold me – just bought one for The Professor to use back and forth to campus; the story behind the bags is incredible and is the kind of story we love to support. we always learn so much from you guys . . . thanks for bringing us the best products, the best stories and the best of yourselves!


4 Laura May 27, 2011 at 5:51 am

I have been a proponent of repurposing for a while, this company does exactly that and with style. I wish more people would see the beauty and the environmental necessity of reusing materials.
Thanks for bringing this to our attention.


5 Lauren @ Healthy Food For Living May 27, 2011 at 6:06 am

I LOVE the look of this bag, and as soon as I’m finished typing up this comment, I’m heading over to the Temple website. Gorgeous!


6 Leslie McDaniel May 27, 2011 at 7:38 am

I love the look of this bag! I have a couple of questions about using it as a camera bag, though. Are the pockets inside big enough for lenses? Could you post a picture of how your organize the inside with your camera? I am trying to imagine a camera and another lens inside and I wonder if there’s enough protection or if they’ll be secure from moving around. From the pics on the website, I can’t really see how thick the inside is. Thanks!


7 Boulder Locavore May 27, 2011 at 7:45 am

Love everything about this. The perfection in the recycling. The intent. The aesthetic. So perfectly timed for me too. Needing a new bag for my work in the field that nothing I have seems to fit. Always like something with a soul. Thank you for sharing this.


8 Shaina May 27, 2011 at 7:45 am

Perfect bag. I am totally a convert, and I’ll be buying my own (I think the Medicine Bag for travel carry-on). Thanks for the introduction!


9 Denise@ There's a Newf in My Soup! May 27, 2011 at 7:51 am

What a great story and idea – thank you for sharing. Will definitely go check out the bags!


10 Melissa May 27, 2011 at 8:02 am

What a great bag! How much gear can you carry in it? Do you put an insert for cushioning or do you just go commando?


11 TripleScoop May 27, 2011 at 8:20 am

Wow what a great story for a great bag. It fit you perfectly I can’t wait to hear more of your adventures.


12 Kate @ Savour Fare May 27, 2011 at 8:38 am

What a great story! And a great bag. I’ve been looking for a new camera bag for travel — will have to check out Temple!


13 Sally May 27, 2011 at 8:49 am

Diane, what a wonderful post. I love the story of this company and the idea of repurposing, especially from WW2. I can’t believe you wrote about this just as I was searching for a similar bag (with character and story) but I haven’t found one’ til now. I will be your copy cat, on the other coast. :) Thanks, Sally


14 Alexandra May 27, 2011 at 9:06 am

Ohhh these bags are beautiful. I think I will give the Swiss Bread Bag to my boyfriend – he has been looking for a really cool camera bag and this is exactly his style – visually, and with the story behind it. What a great company – thanks for pointing me their way.


15 kelly@SnailsView May 27, 2011 at 9:37 am

I am so excited that you shared this with us! I’ve been looking for a “special” camera bag as well – JUST ORDERED MINE! I am so inspired and moved by Temple and their story. Thanks so much for turning me on to them…


16 Urban Wife May 27, 2011 at 10:07 am

Thank you for sharing! I love what Temple does and the bag is certainly camera + gear friendly.


17 Laura May 27, 2011 at 10:26 am

I am new to your blog having discovered a few weeks ago and am thoroughly enjoying it. I admire your philosophy and your recipes are super. The camera bag is an unexpected find for my husband. Some of your photography has given me ideas for my jewelry designs. Hope you don’t mind.
The mac and cheese was a big hit!!!


18 Fuji Mama May 27, 2011 at 12:06 pm

Not only do I love the bag, but I love the story behind the company. I didn’t expect to be so inspired! I love the fact that the bags are meant to be a reminder that life is a journey. I find it so appropriate to think of carrying a camera in one of those bags to capture moments from that journey!


19 Monica May 27, 2011 at 4:41 pm

Like many here I been looking for a everyday bag as well, I love the timbuk2 bags and have 2 of them, but I like the rusty and repurpose look of this one. I could not help myself and its on its way to me as I write this! Thanks for sharing!


20 Marta May 27, 2011 at 5:48 pm

Awesome company/awesome bag. You just helped sell another one. Shipped already! Thanks for your inspiring site and helpful tips!


21 sarah May 27, 2011 at 6:31 pm

i ordered one of these bags as soon as i finished reading your post! i’ve been looking for a stylish but understated camera+everyday bag for YEARS now and i adore this company and the story behind their merchandise. thank you so much for sharing!!


22 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen May 28, 2011 at 3:02 am

I love that they highlight the importance of each person that is part of the process. This is the kind of company ethic that I really admire. Thank you for introducing me to these beautiful bags.


23 Michelle May 28, 2011 at 9:23 am

This is incredibly inspiring – great find and that you for sharing. Right now I use a big black purse, my camera tucks into one side and my other belongings tuck into the other – totally incognito and stylish.


24 Rebecca May 28, 2011 at 9:02 pm

Thank you for sharing this awesome story, I am hooked as well on this bag. I agree about flashy or ridiculously cumbersome camera bags. As an amateur street photographer the very LAST thing I want is to attract notice. This bag sounds perfect, supports a great company, and will easily replace the beige Timbuk2 I had converted to a camera bag. Thanks again!


25 Louis May 29, 2011 at 6:55 am

I came here thinking about food and left thinking about bags. Cool videos. Nice to see that the bags aren’t completely ridiculously priced. I wonder if they ship to the UK?


26 soo May 29, 2011 at 7:58 pm

Thanks so much for this recommendation, my husband is soooo going to get the bread bag and the laptop briefcase for Christmas.


27 olga May 30, 2011 at 4:00 pm

finally – a bag that i would want to carry around. i just might treat myself!


28 Heidi May 31, 2011 at 2:21 pm

Wow, Diane! Thanks so much for sharing about these bags! I’m forever looking for a functional, low-key bag and these come with a bonus: they’re made by people with a real purpose and that’s so refreshing. Great post!


29 Cal June 6, 2011 at 6:20 pm

Far more stylish than the standard black synthetic cases that come with most camera purchases these days.


30 Gwen June 7, 2011 at 4:42 pm

Your right. This is perfect on many levels. I just visited temple’s sight and am in love. Ooo, my birthday’s next month!


31 Debbie June 10, 2011 at 8:33 pm

I’m on a hunt for an inconspicuous camera bag too. I’m also wondering (like a few other posters) how do you protect your camera & lenses in the bag. I’ve found a couple of camera bag inserts on Amazon but not sure if they would fit in this bag. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated!


32 White on Rice Couple June 11, 2011 at 9:33 am

Hi Debbie. We’ll do a couple things depending on the situation. For quick protection with a new bag or on the fly traveling, we’ll just pad the bag with a hand towel. For our regular bags, I’ll glue a liner in them with a foam sheet that I get from Michaels Art and Craft Supply. It is about an 1/8″ thick in 11″x14″ sheets (I think) and I’ll cut them to size and double up on the bottom. Gives enough protection for us w/o being bulky. We have messenger bag camera inserts we get from Tenba which are great, but we only use them in our bigger bags since they are bulky.


33 Bren June 20, 2011 at 5:57 am

strangers…. love the bag. so utilitarian. wonderful for so many other things, so. I thinks it’s corny to walk around with my big ol’ chunky Nikon bag. ugh. great level of integrity that company has. hope all is well…


34 Plumpest Peach July 4, 2011 at 7:52 am

Thanks so much for sharing this. My Grandfather on my father’s side was a Medic in WWII. This story really moved me and I’m so happy to hear Temple’s story. Cheers, Jess


35 videos not working July 15, 2011 at 2:36 am

Both your videos are not working for me…firefox 5, latest flash player.


36 White on Rice Couple July 15, 2011 at 10:10 am

Sorry to hear that. We have the same set up (firefox 5 – on a mac) and everything works fine for us. Here are the direct vimeo links if you are interested in Temple Bags story:
Occasionally Vimeo and Firefox will have issues with embedding and playing, so if you have another browser on your computer, another option is to try that browser.


37 J @ ... semplicemente ... J July 31, 2011 at 8:13 am

I watched the video and loved the story … I would love to see how you organize your bag … I have the normal camera bag that is both bulky and heavy … I have been searching for a camera bag that will allow me to carry my camera in a comfortable, secure and less bulky way now that airline restrictions are getting tougher and tougher.

Thank you for the information and looking forward to seeing your camera bag in “action”!


38 Hope February 15, 2014 at 6:10 am

Hi there,
I’ve been trying to find these bags, and have had no luck…is there a website you could direct me to? So much history….would be awesome to share in it.
Thank you! :)


39 White on Rice Couple February 19, 2014 at 8:26 pm

It doesn’t look like they are selling anymore. :(


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