Jo Totes {review love}

When I think of a camera bag, the first thought that comes to mind is 'ugly man bag'.
You can tell they are designed by men, with work in mind.
Well no more.
Jo Totes has come to the rescue, 
in a market of nylon, velcro and bags that resemble a Jansport backpack.  
Think rich color, stylish design and practicability that works while you are working!

I have swooned over these bags for a while, and the drool gathered on the side of my mouth 
with the release of two new designs Betsy and Millie.
As a photographer I try to find comfort in what I am wearing, while maintaining my style.
And while on the job and my bag on me at the times, I also felt uncomfortable and blah with every bag I had.
Until now.

When I was contacted by April Johansen from Jo Totes (one of my rad sponsors!!)
I had to stop myself from sending her an over the top creepy response professing my love for her.
I have loved these bags for as long as I can remember, and even when other bag companies
pop up here and there I still know that Jo Totes is the one that will always have my attention.

Let me share with you the story of love at first sight.

It was a sunny afternoon when I walked up to my front porch to find a perfect little box waiting for me.

Special delivery doesn't even begin to describe how amazing the contents of this package are.
(I mean come on an amazing bag inside another cute bag??)

If the packaging is any indication as to what you are receiving you already know that it will be good!

Let me back it up for a moment and just let you know about Jo Totes

Stay ladylike while carrying your camera!
Jo Totes provide pretty day bags for carrying your camera and an extra lens with your purse items,
while out and about.

The padded interior can be custom fitted not only to protect a camera and lenses, but also to accommodate and organize items like a wallet, music, phone, keys, cosmetics and more. Padding is sewn directly into the interior lining on all four sides and the bottom of the bags. The bottom is also equipped with four metal feet to guard your bag from rough, dirty, or damp surfaces. Inside of each Jo Tote are removable pads which are completely customizable—you can use as many or as few pads as you wish, arranged in the way that best suits your camera, lenses, and other items. Each bag also includes pockets, strong and comfortable shoulder straps, a top-zippered closure, and a removable cross-body strap.

Those photos above?? Yep thats the bag she sent me!!!

Oh Em Gee... my heart goes pitter patter and I know I'm a goner.
I will never betray this bag, I will never look at another... well unless until her next style release!

Can I just climb inside the little pockets and take a nap?

As you can tell the bag is amazingly stylish, quality made and simply stunning!

But when you compare it to one of many frumpy bags I have previously owned,
well can't you just hear the angels singing??

With adjustable compartments that can actually be removed, when not using as a camera bag you can indeed use this as an everyday purse.  There are many extra pockets all very secure to keep extras safe!

I was able to put 2 cameras with their attachments in comfortably, 
and when using one of the cameras and the bag on over my shoulder it never felt bulky or awkward.
Plus, I was never embarrassed by it!
There are also extra pockets on the flap and the outside that I easily fit my purse contents into.

If had multiple straps to choose from in order to choose a handbag or sling style
plus an insanely comfortable shoulder pad while wearing on the job.

Everything about this bag screams 'hi i'm betsy and i'm your new best friend' 
and believe me I couldn't agree more!

I would love for you to take a moment (even if you aren't a professional photographer)
to check out Jo Totes because these bags are multi-use bags that can accommodate almost anyone.
And besides being stylist and affordable, April is a pleasure to work with.
If you 'like' her on facebook don't forget to mention I sent you!


  1. I am bursting at the seams with how jealous I am right now!! I go to her site for a drool fest probably weekly... lol Enjoy your gorgeous new accessory!! :)

  2. I LOVE these bags. I'm so jealous! Its on my Fall shopping list to finally get one of these! I'm not a professional photographer by far, but these bags have so many uses and I think are SO stylish!

  3. This post is amazing! I can tell that you are ultra in love with that bag! So cute! (Now I just need to convince my husband to get me a ridiculously amazing camera so I can get myself a ridiculously amazing camera bag!)

  4. i'm still trying to convince my husband to buy me a camera. now i gotta convince hime to get me a bag too. the rose bag in pewter is divine.

  5. That's my dream Jo Totes bag! Fingers crossed I can score the mustard version of it for my birthday! Thanks for this wonderful review! Really helpful on making it even harder for me to not buy one right now haha

    A Sweet Release

  6. Oh I love it! Congrats to you. Be nice to your new friend. :)

  7. Ohmygoodness - I was just drooling over this pretty, myself!! :) Sooo gorgeous!

  8. Oh my gosh! I am so jealous! I need to get myself one of those!!

  9. oh my gosh! i love it! i have been eyeballing some Jo Totes for myself too recently! what a great package to come home to!
    xox dana

  10. TOTALLY love this bag... beautiful leather.
    I hate my bulky camera bag... it screams out A CAMERA IS PRESENT!!!! And everyone immediately gives me the eyesball.
    This bag is stylist and discreet... think Ive just started my christmas list.
    Number 1. Jo Totes bag.
    Lucky lady !
    Jenn x

  11. Jo jealous!! I was looking a the same one but in grey. Will see if Santa thinks I've been good this year :)

  12. Swoon! I just found out about Jo Totes and I'm in love! Finally a gorgeous bag for my camera, lenses and wallet. Thanks for sharing! I can't wait to save my pennies for a Jo Tote! ;)

  13. OMG this bag is awesome!!!! I definitely need to invest in one for my Canon. Too fab!

    I'll definitely be following going forward--keep the great posts coming!

  14. I want one (in a Veruca Salt voice)! :)

  15. omgomgomg your house is so pretty and danggggggg this bag is dopeeeee!!