What’s in Mike Colon’s Brixton
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.
Mike Colon is one of the world’s premier destination wedding and lifestyle photographers, with list of places visited as enviable as his client roster. Mike’s images are able to convey real emotions in an industry often saturated with affectation; his documentary-shooting style is never forced or overly posed. Based in Southern California, he travels not only to document weddings but also to highlight areas in the world in need of clean water through his work with Thirst Relief International.
What’s in Mike’s Leather Brixton:
- Nikon F5
- Apple MacBook Air 11”
- Mini Thunderbolt Drive
- Concealed Weapons
- Rubiks Revenge
Note: Mike used a personalized cattle brand to imprint his logo on the front of the Leather Brixton, which we’re convinced is the coolest and classiest move ever.
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Note: all photos were kindly taken by Jessica Claire.
Sorry, Having a gun and ‘The biggest lens I can find’ just makes Mike look like a bit of a knob.
maybe he’s not, but I think someone could have thought through the PR a little.
(please don’t give mean Mike my address, as I don’t want to get in to a fight)
I’m with you on that Alexander. Very suspect choice on the PR front. But then again, I guess it is in AmUHrica. Maybe it’s cool over there? Who knows. Maybe he’s been mugged before.
There are plenty of reasons to have a gun in your camera bag guys. In Mikes case, he’s carrying around a 200mm f2. I’d carry a gun to if I had that lens too. Cept it wouldn’t be in my camera bag. It’d be on my waist as a fair warning. But anyways also to add to the 200mm f2, he could be wanting to shoot wild bears or lions and doesn’t want to get that close. And just in case he gets spotted. He has his gun for protection. Mike studies Jiu Jitsu. He doesn’t neeeed a gun. It’s just there for insurance. So relax!
I’ve met Mike. He’s a great guy with a great heart.
He’s lugging around a film camera… and doesn’t pack extra film? But a hard drive? Were the F5’s modified to be digital?
Whoa… lighten up a bit fellows… there’s nothing to be afraid of. Could I really be such a mean guy if I carry around a Rubik’s cube? I’m actually not so bad if you took the time to get to know me. Like many Americans, I grew up watching westerns, ninja movies and cop hero movies so naturally I think guns & knives are cool… blame Hollywood. I grew up shooting film on that F5… and it is still my most treasured camera (sorry, but those yellow Tmax boxes were busying up my orange themed photo). These are just a few of my favorite things that I like to carry with me. I actually had about six variations of bag contents (some more politically correct without the weapons) but sent this one to ONA because it was more fun and they are a fun company.
P.S. Thanks ONA for making such a flawless bag that I do not leave home without. I just flew in from a family portrait session in Paris and used it as my main carry bag around the city. I received many compliments on it as usual. Thanks for the blog love too! And thanks Jessica Claire for the fun photo shoot!!
This guy is lugging around a pistol… Totally took my mind away from the rest of the article and bag. Tasteless in my opinion.
“A fear of weapons is a sign of retarded sexual and emotional maturity”
Freud was high on Cocaine. As hilarious as that might be to some I personally wouldn’t want to mix a paranoid Coked up philosophy with Firearms.
Or why not quote some NRA nut? – they also have questionable opnions on the manliness of weapons.
Quoting out of date and irrelevant philosophy sounbites to justify an outdated ideal doesn’t really add to this, at least not in the way you think it does, especially when the particular quote is out of context.
It is a nice bag, though
Would love to have one of these bags, especially with the branding…that’s just flat out boss. Rugged and classy.
As for the comment left from Edward who just so happen to have posted on July 4…. How do you think we won our freedom, to have the right, to now choose freely any avenue of profession we want? Have a little respect for the reason you/we have our freedom. I bet George Washington would have carried an ONA bag with a pistol and a camera in it if he had the choice…. And maybe a Rubix Cube to pass the long nights at camp
Love the blog, keep’em coming.
Beautiful touch with the branding. Personally I think its kinda cool adding the revolver to the picture. Im sure he doesn’t carry this around on the regular. And no one said anything about the butterfly knife?!?!? I must admit that I am a Mike Colon fan and have several of his online photo workshops on file, but to get back to the purpose of this write up, that bag seems to be very classy looking. I may have to look into one in the future.