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  • What’s in Emari Traffie’s Bowery

    November 18th, 2014  —  1 Comment

    Between product and lifestyle photo shoots, we have plenty of chances to experiment with how much gear can fit in each ONA and how to style each bag. But we’re always inspired and impressed by how real-life ONA owners manage to make the bags work for them (keep sharing your photos with us on social media!), so we decided to highlight how some of our favorite photographers make their bag work for them.

    Emari Traffie x The Bowery x  ONA BagsPhotographer and student Emari (rhymes with “memory”) Traffie loves photos, especially photos of people. “I love making them, but I also love looking at them. A compelling portrait speaks to me in ways that even my favorite song can’t. A truly great portrait tells a story that is deep, intimate and emotional. This is what I want to achieve in my pursuit of portrait photography.” Emari, who has served as a United States Marine, is a busy lady: she’s just two months away from attaining her degree in journalism and recently moved to Los Angeles from Boston via road trip.

    Emari Traffie x The Bowery x  ONA BagsFor fun, Emari makes wedding films, hikes whatever hill or mountain she can find, and goes to hip hop shows in downtown LA. In her dream life, she would make music videos for all her favorite bands and take photos of rad people for Rolling Stone, shooting solely on medium format film.

    Emari Traffie x The Bowery x  ONA BagsWhat’s in Emaris’ Bowery:

    • Canon 7D with a 50mm 1.4 lens attached and vintage strap
    • Canon 35mm 1.8 lens
    • Di866 Nissin flash with remote cord
    • Moleskine notebook and pen
    • Canon extra battery and charger
    • Pelican case with CF cards
    • Almonds
    • Keys

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  • #INMYONA Instagram Contest

    November 17th, 2014  —  1 Comment

    #INMYONA Instagram Contest x ONA Bags

    This week, show us what’s in your ONA for a chance to win a Leather Presidio strap! Post a photo on Instagram between November 17th and November 23rd and use the hashtags #InMyONA and #onabags to enter. Good luck!

    Contest ends on November 23, 2014 at 11:59:00 PM EST. Winner will receive a Leather Presidio of their choice. Prizes can only be shipped to the continental United States and will not be shipped to P.O. boxes.

    Photo Credits: Top (L-R): @jtrav, @aperture2012, @andrewsmith12, Mid (L-R): @danrubin, @snapmotive, @benjhaisch, Bottom (L-R): @benjhaisch, @dantom, @snapmotive

  • Photographer Profile: Reema Desai

    November 13th, 2014  —  Leave a Comment

    The team at ONA loves to highlight emerging photographers and feature established photographers: it’s less about renown or experience and more about the feelings stirred by the images created. We’re constantly amazed by the incredible variety of photographers who use ONA bags: there’s no standard background, education, subject, inspiration, industry. The only constant is that they’re trying–and usually succeeeding–to tell a story in one captured moment.

    ONA Bags x Reema Desai x Palma ONA Bags x Reema Desai x PalmaReema wears the Palma in Cognac

    ONA Bags x Reema Desai x Palma ONA Bags x Reema Desai x PalmaReema Desai is a photographer living in Washington, D.C. Originally from Florida, she moved to the D.C. area nearly three years ago, and has immersed herself in the D.C. creative community ever since. She predominately shoots food, travel and lifestyle imagery, and never turns down the opportunity to explore and photograph a new place.

    ONA Bags x Reema Desai ONA Bags x Reema DesaiONA: How did you get into photography/videography?

    RD: Growing up I always loved creating any type of art, whether it was watercolor paintings or completely terrible looking pottery. I’ve always loved storytelling and documenting so photography was a natural draw to me. I remember looking at photos when I was pretty young and being so moved to make some of my own.

    ONA Bags x Reema Desai ONA Bags x Reema DesaiONA: What camera do you shoot with? What is your “go to” lens of choice?

    RD: I shoot with a 5D Mark II and usually stick to prime lenses. The 50mm f/1.4 and the 35mm f/1.4 are my two favorites. I’m a big fan of mobile photography too and use my iPhone 5 alot as well.ONA Bags x Reema Desai ONA Bags x Reema DesaiONA: What sort of project drives your creativity? What is your dream project?

    RD: I love projects that allow me to collaborate with other creative people, especially those who do work that is very different from mine. I always feel more creative when I’m shooting somewhere I’ve never been before, so that really helps. As far as a dream project goes, anything that includes a good dose of food and travel is always going to be a treat.

    ONA Bags x Reema Desai ONA Bags x Reema DesaiONA Bags x Reema DesaiONA: What is the hardest thing about being a photographer/videographer?

    RD: It’s hard when there are so many incredible photographers out there doing such cool, interesting work. It’s easy to get caught up and feel like your work isn’t good enough. A good thing I always try to remember is that the great opportunities that others get are great for the industry as a whole. It can be challenging to know when to stop working and just relax too.

    ONA Bags x Reema DesaiONA Bags x Reema DesaiONA Bags x Reema DesaiONA: Describe your style of shooting.

    RD: I like shooting with a photojournalistic bend. The idea of shooting every day scenes, even if they are a little messy, is something I really love.

    ONA Bags x Reema DesaiONA Bags x Reema DesaiONA Bags x Reema Desai ONA: In one sentence, what advice would you give to a photographer/videographer just starting out?

    RD: Work very, very hard, be genuine and be excited about the fact that you get to create art every day.

    ONA Bags x Reema Desai x Palma ONA Bags x Reema Desai x Palma ONA Bags x Reema Desai x PalmaONA: How did you hear about us?

    RD: I think it was the classic “non-ugly camera bags” Google search!

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  • Win a 2 Week Vacation to Colombia!

    November 10th, 2014  —  Leave a Comment

    ONA x LAN Airlines Giveaway

  • Introducing: The Leather Union Street

    November 5th, 2014  —  1 Comment

    We design all of our bags based on customer feedback: we listen to your requests via social media and customer care, and we do our best to translate your needs and wants into the best-looking and most functional camera bags possible. You asked for the Union Street in Leather and now here it is. Introducing a sleek, refined option for the modern photographer.

    Leather Union Street Messenger Bag

    THE LEATHER UNION STREET

    Handcrafted with naturally-milled Italian leather, the Leather Union Street offers plenty of space for a photographer’s essentials, while the leather exterior will develop a rich character with time and age. It is designed to carry a 15-inch laptop, a camera, up to three lenses and small personal items and the zippered front organizer pocket provides additional space for small accessories.

    Leather Union Street Messenger Bag

    Leather Union Street Messenger Bag

    SHOP NOW: http://bit.ly/ONALeatherUnionStreet

  • What’s in Neph Trejo’s Clarendon

    November 4th, 2014  —  Leave a Comment

    Between product and lifestyle photo shoots, we have plenty of chances to experiment with how much gear can fit in each ONA and how to style each bag. But we’re always inspired and impressed by how real-life ONA owners manage to make the bags work for them (keep sharing your photos with us on social media!), so we decided to highlight how some of our favorite photographers make their bag work for them.

    ONA Bags x Neph Trejo x ClarendonNeph Trejo, an Art Director and photographer residing in Los Angeles by way of Mexico, describes himself as “a pretty chill, down-to-earth dude that loves Jesus.” He hearts Los Angeles, the city where he met his beautiful wife, and enjoys the thrill of collaborating with others who inspire him. When you check out Neph’s impressive Instagram feed, you might wonder why all of the images are in black and white: Like so many great photographers, Neph’s love of the art began in the darkroom. “Film photography began my venture into photography. I took some Black & White Film photography classes in Jr. College and from that moment on I was addicted… so in a small way, [black and white photography] takes me back to my photographic roots, you might say.”

    ONA Bags x Neph Trejo x ClarendonWhat’s in Neph’s Clarendon:

    • Apple EarPods with Remote & Mic
    • Romoss Battery Pack Changing Cable
    • Anycase 2.0 Tripod Mount
    • Gorillapod Original
    • LENSPEN Micropro
    • LENSPEN Filter Klear
    • Moment 80mm Lens
    • Moment 16mm Lens
    • 2 Lens Cloths

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  • Retailer Profile: Looking Glass Photo & Camera

    October 31st, 2014  —  Leave a Comment

    Although we sell directly from our website, ONA also partners with select retail stores throughout the United States and the world to sell ONA camera bags and accessories. Our retail partnerships expose us to a larger audience, as well as allow people to feel the bags before purchasing. Over the past few years, we’ve had the pleasure of getting to know our retailers and their customers and experience how they’re adapting to the changing world of photography. We wanted to give you a glimpse into these stores, and highlight each retailer’s unique personality.

    Looking Glass Photo & Camera x ONA BagsA family owned business in Berkeley, California, Looking Glass Photo & Camera has served the photography community for over 40 years. Built on customer trust and an enduring desire to help anyone get the picture they want, the store has grown tremendously and serves as the San Francisco Bay Area’s ultimate photography resource. Here, you’ll find everything you need, including a staff of dedicated, creative and genuine people who love what you love: photography.Looking Glass Photo & Camera x ONA Bags Looking Glass Photo & Camera x ONA BagsONA: How would you describe your store’s personality in one sentence?

    LGPC: A fun and unique retail experience with genuine people that want to help you get what you want out of your photography, and an immersive space that makes you want to come back for more!Looking Glass Photo & Camera x ONA Bags Looking Glass Photo & Camera x ONA Bags Looking Glass Photo & Camera x ONA BagsONA: For your own photography, what are your favorite types of photos to take?

    LGPC: People, pinhole & pooches!Looking Glass Photo & Camera x ONA Bags Looking Glass Photo & Camera x ONA BagsONA: What keeps customers coming back?

    LGPC: We listen to you. We have expert advice for you. And we celebrate photography with you. These three things make the difference – especially when considering that we do it all with the following goal in mind: to get you the pictures you want. Oh, and people love that we offer everything a photographer may need: cameras, lenses, bags, tripods, filters, film and more from all the top brands; classes and workshops; photographer talks; high-end digital printing services; photo processing services; equipment rentals; preowned equipment; film and digital supplies; two darkrooms; community photowalks; and … yep, so much more! #camerasarecoolLooking Glass Photo & Camera x ONA Bags Looking Glass Photo & Camera x ONA BagsONA: What’s one of your favorite customer stories?

    LGPC: All of our customers are special to us, and many of them do AMAZING things with their work. I remember when Hurricane Katrina hit Louisiana and for the most part it was only rescue and aid workers being allowed into the area, one of our customers was fortunate to be given the opportunity to go in and document the aftermath of the storm. We suited him up with a small camera for carrying around, a very different tool than he is used to using (the images from this camera ended up turning into an incredible book and series that is still being shown and proceeds are paying to rebuild homes in the area). His forte has always been his large format work, and that was really what he was there to do. Getting an 8×10 camera to the area was a task of magnificent proportions, but when he called us from a New Orleans hospital to have a special order of large format color film sent in we were banking on a miracle to make it happen in time. Needless to say we bent over backwards, pulled every possible string and got him the film that he needed. For me, being a part of helping this photographer get what he needed to make pictures that not only changed the way the world experienced this life-changing event but images that to this day are still helping to heal the people and the houses of New Orleans… well, that’s a moment I am personally really touched by and proud to have been even a small part of.Looking Glass Photo & Camera x ONA Bags Looking Glass Photo & Camera x ONA BagsONA: Where’s your favorite place to take a break in the neighborhood?

    LGPC: Café Trieste – a cute and comfortable local café, not too far from our store here in Berkeley. They have a similar feel to what we do at Looking Glass: A local business with people who know their coffee, and their customers. It is easy to feel welcomed there, and that you are amongst friends. The café’s staff is super friendly, they remember you and what you spoke about last time you visited, and make fantastic coffee!
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  • Where ONA Goes: Pacific Coast with Eric Bowley

    October 28th, 2014  —  Leave a Comment

    Each ONA bag is named after a place that founder Tracy Foster has traveled, all the way from Camps Bay in South Africa (where she came up with the idea for ONA) to her favorite neighborhoods in New York, like Brooklyn and Chelsea. The entire ONA team loves to travel, and we adore living vicariously through our customers who take ONA bags to new and beautiful places.

    Eric Bowley x ONA Bags  x Pacific CoastEric Bowley x The Roma  x Pacific CoastEric carries the Roma.

    The Pacific Coast is home to driftwood beaches, glaciated alpine peaks and the incredibly talented Eric Kimberlin Bowley. An avid explorer, spoon ring maker and songwriter from Seattle, Washington, Eric started handcrafting silver spoon rings in 2010 for his sisters. What began as a fun hobby in his garage quickly evolved into a full-time passion.  A scroll through Eric’s Instagram feed affirms his creativity as well as his love of travel and photography. Eric documents his adventures while carrying the Roma camera insert and bag organizer; he recently took his Roma on a shoot along the stunning Pacific Coast.

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  • Travel Journal: Paris

    October 24th, 2014  —  1 Comment

    If you’re a regular follower of our blog, you know how much we love seeing the cool places where ONA bags go with our awesome customers. Our team also loves globetrotting with our own ONA bags: just a few weeks ago, founder Tracy Foster spent a few days exploring Paris, France with her Chelsea bag.
    7D1A8429_1-2 Last month, I spent three days being charmed by the city of Paris. I arrived without an agenda but was determined to indulge in as many lush gardens, buttery croissants, renowned museums, and exclusive boutiques as I could squeeze into three short days.

    7D1A8589My favorite times were spent strolling the city streets, admiring the architecture, taking photos, and just taking it all in.

    7D1A8658I couldn’t get enough of all of the pretty Parisian gardens and courtyards. Between the crisp fall air and the golden leaves, there’s so much to love about Paris in autumn. My hotel was right next to the Jardin du Palais Royal, a nice little oasis with classic tree-lined paths not far from the Louvre Museum.

    7D1A8502One night, after a light rain, I ventured out to find the city glowing against this ethereal backdrop.

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    7D1A8559When I read about JR’s Au Pantheon installation I knew I couldn’t miss it. The installation, which covers the dome, cupola, and the floor of the Panetheon, features the faces of thousands of people who submitted their photographs directly to JR through his website.  It was pretty awesome.

    7D1A8742Of course, no trip to Paris is complete without a macaroon or seven.

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    7D1A8682 I’m always fascinated by cathedrals, so a visit to Notre Dame was essential. I’d been to the Cathedral once before, several years ago, and it was just as beautiful as I remembered.

    7D1A85157D1A8525A friend recommended that I visit a local Parisian market, and I’m so glad that I did. I went to Marche de la Bastille on a Sunday morning, bought a fresh croissant and cappuccino, and then walked the aisles of fresh fruits and vegetables, and breads and cheeses, and wished that I had more time to shop and explore. 7D1A8634My brief adventure in the City of Lights was just as lovely as I’d hoped.

  • Photographer Profile: Joshua Anderson

    October 17th, 2014  —  Leave a Comment

    The team at ONA loves to highlight emerging photographers and feature established photographers: it’s less about renown or experience and more about the feelings stirred by the images created. We’re constantly amazed by the incredible variety of photographers who use ONA bags: there’s no standard background, education, subject, inspiration, industry. The only constant is that they’re trying–and usually succeeeding–to tell a story in one captured moment.

    ONA Bags x Joshua Anderson x ClarendonJoshua carries the Clarendon in Walnut

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    Joshua Anderson is a photographer and designer living and working in Houston, Texas. He grew up in a creative environment where he was always encouraged to create. In 2011, Joshua started realizing how important photography was to him and he hasn’t stopped pursuing his passion for it since. He states, “Mobile photography definitely made it easier to get my foot in the door. Most of my inspiration comes from lines and shapes. I love playing with that in my work.” As evidenced in his portfolio, architecture, design and fashion all play a big role in inspiring Joshua’s work as well.

    ONA Bags x Joshua Anderson x ClarendonONA Bags x Joshua Anderson x ClarendonONA: How did you get into photography?

    JA: It basically all started when I got my hands on my first camera, just a small Casio point-and-shoot. I loved shooting everything and finding ways to get creative with photographs.

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    ONA Bags x Joshua Anderson x ClarendonONA: What camera do you shoot with? What is your “go to” lens of choice?

    JA: Been using the Sony A7 for a few months now. Really in love with this one.  I always have my Minolta 50mm with me.

    ONA Bags x Joshua Anderson x ClarendonONA Bags x Joshua Anderson x ClarendonONA: What sort of project drives your creativity? Follow Up: What is your dream project?

    JA: I love working with big spaces and color! Some of my favorite things. Lines, light and forms drive my creativity. Just observing what I see in the world and implementing that into a photograph. Honestly, if I could do a shoot in outer space that would be a dream! Something about outer space really just fascinates me.

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    ONA Bags x Joshua Anderson x ClarendonONA: What is the hardest thing about being a photographer?

    JA: I don’t think there is a hardest thing. Photography is tricky at times, but you learn from your mistakes and move on.

    ONA Bags x Joshua Anderson x ClarendonONA Bags x Joshua Anderson x ClarendonONA: Describe your style of shooting.

    JA: I would describe my style as simple, colorful and random but with a pattern.

    ONA Bags x Joshua Anderson x ClarendonONA Bags x Joshua Anderson x ClarendonONA: In one sentence, what advice would you give to a photographer just starting out?

    JA: If you see something you like, take a picture.

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    ONA: How did you hear about us?

    JA: On the web!

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