Messenger Bags For Your Party And Event Photography Kit

So you’re shooting an event or party, right. What the heck are you going to carry all of this stuff in?!

Yeah, we have spent all of this time talking about this gear and such, but unless you are the octaman we doubt that you are going to be able to carry all of this without a bag of some kind. So we figured that now is as good of a time as any to point out some quality messenger style bags for your party and event photography pros.

Tenba Cooper 13 Inch Messenger

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Tenba Cooper bag review images (1 of 13)ISO 4001-160 sec at f - 4.0

In our review, we state:

“A heck of a lot of work went into the construction of these bags, and it clearly shows. It’s got leather trim, weather sealing inside, a soft to the touch feel, and can accommodate lots of mirrorless camera gear. I honestly don’t have a single complaint about this bag’s build quality as not a single piece of it feels cheaply built.”

You can find the [amazon_textlink asin=’B016PU21U0′ text=’Tenba Cooper over on Amazon’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’thephobl-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’651be1b3-6667-11e7-8749-11091b5e4497′] today for [amazon_textlink asin=’B016PU21U0′ text=’Tenba Cooper 13″‘ template=’PriceLink’ store=’thephobl-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’5969a601-6667-11e7-91eb-d79f2c9f9bd6′].

LowePro Event Messenger Bag 250

Lowepro Event Messenger 250 interior

In our review, we state:

“So, what’s my verdict on this bag? Simply put: for me, this is the perfect shoulder bag. If you’re a shoulder bag type at all, it doesn’t really get much better than this. Bigger, yes. Made from fancy ostrich leather, probably. But doing it all right at once? Probably not. It has a great size, being neither too large nor too small. It’s made from durable materials. It has a clever design with a customizable interior and lots of extra pockets, and it’s also pretty comfortable for a shoulder bag. And also, it comes in at a reasonable price. My only point of contention is how the small handle on the back side of the bag is attached, but I already mentioned that.”

You can find the [amazon_textlink asin=’B0077B403S’ text=’Lowepro Event Messenger Bag 250 over on Amazon’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’thephobl-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’b2600007-6667-11e7-bd48-e3bbbc0eed75′] today for [amazon_textlink asin=’B0077B403S’ text=’Lowepro Event Messenger Bag 250′ template=’PriceLink’ store=’thephobl-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’a5fdfcbc-6667-11e7-b77f-d5add2389c86′].

Artisan and Artist COV 7500N Tote Bag

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Artist and Artisan Camera Tote Bag Review (12 of 12)ISO 1001-800 sec at f - 2.8

In our review, we state:

“Upon initially getting the camera bag in and tugging on specific parts, I thought that the quality was a bit sub par. Indeed, the small front pocket feels a bit shoddy if you tug on it. But in real life use over the period of a couple of weeks, the COV 7500N withstood incredible abuse, including getting wet in rainstorms.

The zipper is a bit odd to use. It can either be fully opened or stopped at a specific point via a leather clasp. The zipper could have been totally eliminated and replaced with a magnetic clip system that would also allow for even quicker access to your gear. Indeed, we’ve often found the clip systems to be superior for quick access if that’s what you’re looking for.

PRO TIP: Don’t overload your bag with things you may not need. Especially if you plan on wearing the bag throughout the event, this will kill your shoulders and back. If anything have two bags; one for just the essentials (stuff you want to have on you) and another for the items that you can take time to go grab if/when needed. 

ONA Prince Street


In our review, we state:

“In our two weeks of testing, we found the bag to be sturdy and resilient to the elements. It was bumped around the NYC subway system by commuters while attached to my body, and protected the gear thanks to the padding that ONA supplies in the dividers. Where I believe that ONA could have improved is in the strap adjustment. As you adjust the strap, the padded area isn’t able to move to the section that you may want it at. And for that reason, we often had to keep the bag in a single position–which was usually slung around and with the bag behind us. For the extra paranoid shooter, you may want to be aware of this since the bag won’t always be in your peripheral line of sight.

To be fair, when it is hugging your body that closely, you should be able to know what’s going on.”

You can find the [amazon_textlink asin=’B01LT7TU2G’ text=’ONA Prince Street over on Amazon’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’thephobl-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’fe3d2018-6668-11e7-ad48-61bd36046364′] today for [amazon_textlink asin=’B01LT7TU2G’ text=’ONA Prince Street’ template=’PriceLink’ store=’thephobl-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’e4151c9c-6668-11e7-b27f-4ff8c9446bd8′].

Peak Design Everyday Messenger Bag

In our review, we sate:

“I like the Peak Design Everyday Messenger bag; and if I like it other folks will love it. It has a damned great build quality, it’s comfortable when properly set up, can carry lots of gear, has a great way to take the weight off your back, the best locking design I’ve seen thus far, and looks nice. Plus, it’s available at a fantastic price point.

But, respectfully, it’s not a bag for me. The ambidextrous design aspects are missing, I’ve got a little bit more to love on my body which causes some use complications, and these days I’m mostly using mirrorless camera gear. If you’re a mirrorless camera user, you’ll find that there is way too much space available and you won’t know what to do with it all. Plus, the bag is overall pretty big. On a trip to the Guggenheim Museum with a friend, even a security guard told me that the bag was really big; so I checked it in. If you’re a DSLR user though, then this will be a great–if not the greatest–option you have.”

You can find the [amazon_textlink asin=’B01EMNIV74′ text=’Peak Design Everyday Messenger Bag over on Amazon’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’thephobl-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’8f6e9ee0-6669-11e7-ad31-a774f7a6d19a’] today for [amazon_textlink asin=’B01EMNIV74′ text=’Peak Design Everyday Messenger Bag’ template=’PriceLink’ store=’thephobl-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’7c662e65-6669-11e7-b922-3bf1127aa2de’].

So there you have it folks; We have shown you good cameras to look at, lenses to pair with them, speedlights for lighting up your subjects, modifiers so the light looks pleasing, and now -finally- bags to carry it all in while still looking good. We hope that this series looking into party and event photography has been helpful to you in your journey to build your ideal kit loadout.

Anthony Thurston

Anthony is a Portland, Oregon based Boudoir Photographer specializing in a dark, moody style that promotes female body positivity, empowerment, and sexuality. Besides The Phoblographer, he also reviews gear and produces his own educational content on his website.