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  • Photographer Profile: Benj Haisch

    December 17th, 2014  —  2 Comments

    Benj Haisch is a wedding photographer based in Tacoma, Washington focusing on documenting authentic moments and relationships between his couples. With a love for the outdoors, which becomes clearly evident when you click through to his social media profiles, Benj can be found photographing weddings, elopements, and more in scenic locations throughout the Pacific Northwest, and also travels widely on assignments across the world.  He is active on Instagram, beautifully documenting the people and places he encounters on a daily basis, and also showcasing some of the amazing gear that he uses for work and play.

    Benj Haisch x ONA x Bowery

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    Benj carries the Leather Bowery in Antique Cognac.

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    ONA: How did you get into photography?

    BH: I took a trip to India in 2005 with an organization called YWAM to do some missionary work and to try and find some direction for my life. In those three months, I carried a little point-and-shoot camera that my parents had bought me for Christmas that year and just fell in love with documenting things through photography. The next time that I took a trip, I bought a little Canon Rebel and posted those photos on Facebook. When I got back a few friends and family asked me to take photos of them and someone even asked me to fill in as their wedding photographer last minute. Things basically snowballed from there from a not-serious hobby to a full-time job within a year or two.

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    ONA: What camera do you shoot with? What is your ‚Äúgo to‚ÄĚ lens of choice?

    BH: I shoot with too many cameras right now, but my main ones are Canon 5D Mark III’s, Leica M9, and my iPhone. 35mm is my favorite focal length so I’m usually shooting with my Canon 35mm f/1.4L or the Voigtlander 35mm f/1.2 II.

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    ONA: What sort of project drives your creativity? What is your dream project?

    BH: As a wedding photographer, I feel like the best thing I can do is draw inspiration from my clients and the environment that they’re getting married in. My dream project is just documenting amazing couples in incredible locations. But I’ll take a couple who is madly in love and it shows getting married in a dirty alleyway over a couple who is just getting married for the heck of it in an amazing location any day. I would LOVE to photograph weddings in the Lofoten Islands and fjords of Norway, a spot accessible by helicopter in New Zealand, basically any wedding in Antarctica, a cultural wedding in India, or on safari in Africa, though. Those five spots are currently at the top of my wish list.

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    ONA: What is the hardest thing about being a photographer?

    BH: The hardest thing I’ve found about being a photographer is balancing work and life. With social media and owning/running your own business, it can be hard to disconnect and actually take time off.

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    ONA: Describe your style of shooting.

    BH: I’d love to think that my style is very natural and environmental as well. I document a lot of elopements where I’m often one of five people there total and my goal always is for friends and family to be able to look through the photographs and feel what it would have been like to be there and witness it firsthand.

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    ONA: In one sentence, what advice would you give to a photographer just starting out?

    BH: Shoot a ton, try to learn something from every shoot, and make a goal to do something better at every shoot.

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    ONA: How did you hear about us?

    BH: I saw the post on your blog about my friends Dylan and Sara and knew I had to get an ONA.

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  • Holiday Picks for the Photographer

    December 15th, 2014  —  2 Comments

    The holiday season is upon us again and with that comes the pressure of finding the perfect gift for that special photographer in your life. But don’t fret! ONA has compiled an all-inclusive gift guide courtesy of some of your favorite ONA photographers. Here¬†are some recommendations for¬†your favorite shutterbug, or perhaps for¬†your own¬†wish list. Happy holidays!

    12.15 Photographer's Gift Guide Shoulderpod

    Dan and Paola recommend the Shoulderpod S1 Smartphone Rig ($35) for the on-the-go photographer.
    DR: “This is a fantastic stocking stuffer that functions as an adjustable smartphone tripod mount (it even fits the iPhone 6 Plus), a filmmaker grip (really useful for shooting handheld behind the scenes or hyperlapse videos), and a stand for viewing or shooting (if you don‚Äôt have a tripod with you). It takes up very little space in your bag, so you‚Äôll always take it with you.”

    PF: “My iPhone is my ‘go to’ camera for everything and this is the perfect add-on to it! I have no doubt that it will bring me a whole new level of speed and clarity.”

    12.15 Photographer's Gift Guide Long Dao

    Long recommends the ONA North Sound Pouch ($149) for the iPhotographer.
    “I have so many small accessories at the moment. Especially, mini lenses for iPhotography. The North Sound will also fit perfectly in my current Brixton and for iPhotography, I don’t even need to bring my bag.”

    12.15 Photographer's Gift Guide Pei Ketron

    Pei recommends the Photojojo Petzval Lens ($599) for the fancypants photographer.
    “The Petzval lens is a modern remake of an old Hungarian portrait lens that was groundbreaking in its day because of its optical array. The reintroduction of these lenses allows photographers today to capture portraits with the same unique bokeh and swirly background feel of the original lens. It would be a fun addition to any photographer’s gear bag.”

    12.15 Photographer's Gift Guide Jennifer Czyborra

    Jennifer recommends the Holga 15B Manual Flash with Colored Filters ($13) for the no frills photographer.
    “I love throwing this guy on my Fuji Film XE-2. It always adds a little something extra to my snapshots!”

    12.15 Photographer's Gift Guide Othman Kammah

    Othman recommends the Plustek OpticFilm 8200i Ai Film Scanner ($380) for the photographer who still shoots film.
    “Over the last year or so, I‚Äôve fallen back in love with the joys of shooting film. Being able to scan my own negatives ‚ÄĒ as well as the ones from my youth ‚ÄĒ and printing those moments, is a magical journey I believe every photographer should experience.”

    12.15 Photographer's Gift Guide Pat Furey

    Pat recommends the Apollo Dress Shirt ($98) for that particularly sweaty photographer.
    “While a dress shirt seems like a boring pick, one not nearly as interesting as a new camera, the Apollo dress shirt by Ministry of Supply is surprisingly filled with just as much technology as your favorite DSLR. The Apollo shirt is made from what Ministry of Supply calls “phase change materials,” a technology adapted from spacesuits. What this means is that while you’re out shooting on the hottest days of summer your shirt will store excess body heat away from you, enabling you to easily adapt to your environment. What does that mean for you? No more sweating. Pretty cool, right?”

    12.15 Photographer's Gift Guide Jacintha Verdegaal

    Jacintha recommends the Photojojo Handleband Bike Mount ($20) for the photographer / cyclist.
    “When I‚Äôm cycling in London I‚Äôm constantly reaching for my iPhone. To take a photo, make a little video, read incoming texts or check directions on Google Maps. This Handleband Bike Mount is just what I need.”

  • #INMYONA Instagram Contest Winner Announcement!

    December 8th, 2014  —  Leave a Comment

    A few times a year, ONA runs¬†an Instagram contest¬†as an opportunity to showcase the beautiful photography of all of you who carry ONA gear, while also showing our appreciation for your support with a nice ONA prize¬†for the winner! Every time we are so impressed with how you’ve styled¬†your ONA¬†bags, straps, and accessories (or maybe some combination!) and November’s #InMyONA contest was no different.

    We are excited to post the winning entry¬†of¬†last month’s Instagram¬†contest, taken by @kristinmyoung of¬†her Chelsea in black saffiano leather. The balanced composition, eye-catching color, diffuse light, and crisp focus of her photo¬†made for a beautiful image and won Kristin a Leather Presidio strap of her choice. Congrats, Kristin!

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    Every contest, we receive so many great submissions, though, and we wanted to highlight four finalists from this most recent contest. Each of them was well-composed, with nice lighting and exposure, yet each was also unique, giving the viewer a peek into both the physical items in their lives as well as the inner workings of the artistic mind. Clockwise from top left, we have: @noeltykay, @roynuesca, @sglassphoto, and @danielletocker. Congratulations on taking such beautiful photos! We will be in touch with you individually regarding a finalist prize.

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  • Photographer Profile: Ben and Laura Harrison

    December 2nd, 2014  —  Leave a Comment

    Today’s Photographer Profile, featuring husband-and-wife team Ben and Laura Harrison, is a special one celebrating #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. The Harrisons’ new company,¬†Jonas Paul Eyewear, is a brand of children‚Äôs eyewear with a mission to provide function and new form to children‚Äôs vision with fun, fashion-forward eyewear options. Ben and Laura founded the company¬†in an effort to find stylish eyewear for their visually impaired son, Jonas, after¬†discovering¬†such options did not really exist in the children‚Äôs market. Since its founding just last year, the company has been featured in The Wall Street Journal¬†and in a campaign with fashion heavyweight H&M, and has also recently developed an exclusive line for Tea Collection, another children’s fashion brand. Through its Buy Sight, Give Sight program,¬†Jonas Paul Eyewear¬†also provides sight to those in need through its partnership with CBM International.

    You’d think that running this up-and-coming company and raising a toddler¬†would be more than enough to keep a couple busy, but Ben and Laura are also destination wedding photographers with Harrison Studio¬†and also head up a few other companies in the web design and creative space. Suffice it to say, this power couple is making waves!

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    ONA: How did you get into photography?

    BH: I grew up with a big imagination, a love for anything outdoors, and a slight obsession with animals and bugs. I remember at a very young age being captivated with the imagery in National Geographic from photographers like Steve McCurry, and dreamed of someday being the photographer traveling the world making exotic people and locations accessible to those who aren’t able to visit them.  I began playing with my parents vintage Yashica film camera and I was hooked.  I continued to pursue photography through undergrad and got my Master of Fine Arts in Photography from Kendall College of Art & Design.

    LH: I always had an appreciation for art, but it wasn’t until I began dating Ben that I pursued an interest in photography. I began assisting Ben on shoots and fell in love with photography. I guess you could say I got hooked right away and feel in love with the art. The camera is an amazing tool and I love creating beautiful imagery with it.Ben & Laura Harrison x ONABen & Laura Harrison x ONAONA: What camera do you shoot with?

    BH & LH: We shoot Canon 5D Mark III‚Äôs and our ‚Äúgo to‚ÄĚ lenses are 50mm 1.2 L and 85mm 1.2 L.Ben Harrison x ONA x Union StreetBen Harrison x ONA x Union StreetONA: What sort of project drives your creativity?

    BH & LH: There are so many aspects of nature and the visual world that inspire our creativity, but with the recent birth of our visually impaired son, Jonas, we have found a whole new way of experiencing the world. He has inspired us, as visual artists, to focus on experiencing the world utilizing all of our senses… and has also changed our perspective of beauty, be it the natural world or how we see people around us.

    When we found out our son would need glasses at a very young age, we set out to find him the coolest glasses we could find.To our surprise, kids’ glasses were still focusing purely on function, often at the expense of a child not feeling beautiful in his or her glasses.This inspired us to use creativity and ingenuity to provide function and new form to children‚Äôs vision with fashion-forward eyewear options and thus the birth of Jonas Paul Eyewear.

    It has been awesome to hear the countless stories from parents who tell us that for the first time their child feels beautiful in his or her glasses.  Boosting the self-confidence and self-esteem of a child is a seemingly unquantifiable impact,  especially in today’s beauty obsessed society.

    And through our Buy Sight, Give Sight program we have been able to make an even larger impact by providing eye tests and glasses to those without access as well life altering sight-giving cataract surgeries through the highly skilled doctors of Christian Blind Mission.Ben & Laura Harrison x ONAONA: Describe your style of shooting.

    BH & LH: Our desire is to create beautiful and authentic imagery.Ben & Laura Harrison x ONABen & Laura Harrison x ONABen & Laura Harrison x ONAONA: What is the hardest thing about being a photographer?

    BH & LH: Finding balance.¬† Self employment brings a lot of benefits with freedom and flexibility, but at the same time it brings a drawback in the sense of not being able to replicate yourself or ‚Äúturn off‚ÄĚ your business.¬† Being a husband and wife team, we found it incredibly beneficial to set boundaries for work so that we could still maintain a healthy personal life.

    Ben & Laura Harrison x ONABen & Laura Harrison x ONAONA: In one sentence, what advice would you give a photographer starting out?

    BH & LH: Find your style of photography and focus on the one area of photography that inspires your creativity the most. Don’t try to be a jack-of-all trades or be everything to everyone, as you will quickly find yourself getting burned out and not having an area of expertise to sustain you and your business.Jonas Paul Eyewear x ONAJonas Paul Eyewear x ONAONA: How did you hear about us?

    BH: I was getting tired of all photography bags being purely functional so I set out to find a company that made on-trend bags that happened to also be camera bags‚Ķ and I finally found ONA!¬†¬†I love the styling of the bags and especially love that they are highly functional without having to ‚Äúlook‚ÄĚ functional.¬†¬†I can‚Äôt remember exactly where I first saw ONA¬†online but I believe it may have been through our friends¬†Troy and Aimee Grover.

    Note: Photos of Jonas Paul Eyewear were kindly taken by Amy Wenzel. 

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  • Photographer Profile: Cody James

    November 25th, 2014  —  1 Comment

    The team at ONA loves to highlight emerging photographers and feature established photographers: it‚Äôs less about renown or experience and more about the feelings stirred by the images created. We‚Äôre constantly amazed by the incredible variety of photographers who use ONA bags: there‚Äôs no standard background, education, subject, inspiration, industry. The only constant is that they‚Äôre trying‚Äďand usually succeeeding‚Äďto tell a story in one captured moment.
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    Cody James wears the Leather Union Street in Walnut

    Cody James x ONA Leather Union StreetCody James x ONA Leather Union StreetPhotographer Cody James is originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, but he currently resides in¬†Brooklyn. He’s enthusiastic about the outdoors and when he’s¬†not shooting, camping, or doing any other outdoor activity, you can find him¬†drinking a ton of coffee and / or¬†skating around the city. Cody also enjoys playing music, traveling, and petting almost every dog that crosses his path.

    Cody James x ONACody James x ONAONA: How did you get into photography?

    CJ: I‚Äôve always had a desire to document places and activities visually. Looking back, I started this path when I was a kid, saving up for disposable cameras to take on a summer vacation. Even though I had no idea what I was doing, something about clicking the shutter and getting the physical prints back from the lab had me hooked. I didn‚Äôt start taking it ‚Äúseriously‚ÄĚ until my later adolescence. Ever since, a camera has been the greatest vehicle to new experiences. Whether I met someone awesome, through a job, that jams out to the same bands as I do, or if I traveled to an amazing place that has been on my list for a while because of photography. It‚Äôs much more than taking photos, it‚Äôs about the relationships you make along the way.
    Cody James x ONACody James x ONAONA: What camera do you shoot with? What is your ‚Äúgo to‚ÄĚ lens of choice?

    CJ: I typically shoot with the Canon 5D Mark II and regularly use the 35L or 50L. However, the Canon SureShot has been a staple lately.
    Cody James x ONACody James x ONAONA: What sort of project drives your creativity? What is your dream project?

    CJ: The type of project that drives my creativity is when a whole team of great people is on the same page with vision of the specific project. To be able to continue this like-mindedness and creativity among a team is the dream.
    Cody James x ONACody James x ONAONA: What is the hardest thing about being a photographer?

    CJ: The hardest part about being a photographer is definitely staying on top of the office work. A lot of my time consists of cataloging, organizing, emailing, and other things I wouldn’t rather be doing than being outside or shooting.
    Cody James x ONACody James x ONAONA: Describe your style of shooting.

    CJ: I try to keep things as loose and natural as possible. I feel if the interactions are honest, the greater the impact the image has overall.

    Cody James x ONACody James x ONAONA: In one sentence, what advice would you give to a photographer just starting out?

    CJ: Surround yourself with great people who push you, not just as an artist but as a person too.Cody James x ONA Leather Union StreetCody James x ONA Leather Union StreetONA: How did you hear about us?

    CJ: I heard some buzz about these great camera bags and then I had the opportunity to shoot my friend, Noah, for his profile. I fell in love with the bag and have been using it ever since!

    Note: photos of Cody were kindly taken by Noah Sahady.

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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‚Äôs 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  —  5 Comments

    #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  —  1 Comment

    The team at ONA loves to highlight emerging photographers and feature established photographers: it‚Äôs less about renown or experience and more about the feelings stirred by the images created. We‚Äôre constantly amazed by the incredible variety of photographers who use ONA bags: there‚Äôs no standard background, education, subject, inspiration, industry. The only constant is that they‚Äôre trying‚Äďand usually succeeeding‚Äďto 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 ‚Äúgo to‚ÄĚ 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

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  • Introducing: The Leather Union Street

    November 5th, 2014  —  Leave a 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

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