The Porteen Gear Bag Builder has been updated!



Our Bag Builder has been updated just in time for the holidays!


New Features: img_3906

  • Choose Your Flap Style right on the Bag Builder
  • Add Options – Dust Flaps, Luggage Sleeve, and Hardware Upgrade
  • Vegan Leathers now available!
  • New Fabrics and Leathers
  • Share your Design on Facebook or with friends
  • Fabrics are now listed by category – Tweeds, Florals, etc.
  • Laptop Bag is now available on the Bag Builder



You can pick your size on the first page of the Bag Builder and see samples of each one.

Gift Certificates are a great way to give the Gift of Design! Any denomination available or cover the entire cost of a bag with shipping included.


What’s Your Style?




Bag Builder Bags

Holiday Shipping Deadlines Already Here?

Holiday Deadlines
Where has the year gone! The holidays are approaching fast and so are the deadlines for custom orders  that can be made in time for gift giving.


Custom Order Deadlines
(for camera bags that have to be made)

International: –  November 18th

US: – November 28th

Non-US customers:  Please keep in mind that these are suggested dates. Customs offices worldwide get busy during the holiday season and your orders might get delayed going through. Please order as soon as possible to guarantee delivery before Christmas.


IN Stock items Deadlines
(for already made items that can be shipped immediately)

International deadline: December 9th

US deadline: December 20th (last day for shipping!)



Gift Certificates – Give the Gift of Design!
emailed versions can be purchased right up until December 24th.

Gift Certificates good at:

4 Amazing Apps for Nighttime Photography

Stars Over FarmI have had a recent fascination with photographing the night sky. It all started with a trip to a cabin in the woods in northern Michigan this summer. After quickly becoming bored photographing green ferns and woodland scenery, I planned a night shoot of the Milky Way. I became hooked!

After that, my poor husband was at the mercy of the weather and the timing of the Milky Way with late night drives out into the countryside to get away from the light pollution of the city. (yes, I am still scared of the dark!) It gives me a sense of security to have a tagalong or fellow photographer, especially out on the back country roads in the middle of the night.

It did not take long to figure out which apps would help me with this venture and take a lot of the guess work out of the positioning and best time to catch the brightest part of the Milky Way. You can lose a lot of sleep and miles driving if you do not plan ahead.

Sky Guide App

App #1: Sky Guide

This App is amazing in that you can pre-plan a photo trip into the future by using the Time & Date setting. If I want to look ahead to next weekend, all I have to do is put in the date and approximate time I want to go out to see the Milky Way. It will let me know where the Milky Way is by direction and position above or below the horizon. You can point your device in any direction and it will show you the position of the Moon, Sun and all of the stars. You can even select a star or planet and it will give you a detailed description. You can go years into the future with this app.

Cost: $1.99 – by Fifth Star Labs

Storm App

App #2: Storm

This is my favorite weather app. It’s very important to know the predicted weather and cloud cover for your upcoming photography adventure. There is nothing worse than driving 2 hours to your special location and not being able to see the stars. Although there is always a chance of haze, even the lightest cloud cover can ruin a great shot. It always helps to study the weather beforehand.

Cost: Free – by Weather Underground LLC

Dark Sky Park

App #3: Compass

This app has turned out to be really important for me to verify which direction I am facing. Even though Sky Guide has a built in compass/tracking feature. I find that my iphone can sometimes be about 15 degrees off with this app, especially inside my vehicle. I like to verify my direction with the compass app. It can be hard to see the Milky Way with the naked eye, especially in low light polluted areas. The compass app will help you set your first shot up in the general direction.

Cost: Free

App #4: Photo Pills

This app is especially helpful when you are new to night photography. You can use the Exposure Values chart to get basic guideline for setting up your camera. It will have some nighttime settings for photographing the moon, with recommended aperture, shutter speed and ISO. It even includes a Milky Way planner. I have not used this app to its full potential, but I have used the exposure chart.

Cost $9.99 – by Photo Pills


I am sure that there are multiple apps out there that work just as well and would love to hear our feedback on what works best for you!


All Photography Copyright by Robyn Porteen






The Wedding Camera Bag in White Leather – Exclusive!

The Wedding Camera Bag in White Leather – Exclusive!

Wedding Camera Bag

It’s White Bag Season! Introducing the White Leather Camera bag, aka The Wedding Bag! This one gets plenty of attention in the studio by everyone that sees it, we’ve had to fight to keep it available for this photo shoot!


• White embossed leather with silver accents

• Silver YKK zipper

• Bluebird linen interior

• Oriental bird tapestry

• Light gray seatbelt webbing strap

• Back pocket to hold paperwork

• White Leather has a semi-gloss finish and is stain repellent, cleans with a dampcloth.

If you are a wedding photographer, get ready to outshine the bride with this one!

Outshine the Bride


Wedding Camera Bag

Bag Inside

We have enough leather to make approximately 12-15 of these, so get your orders in soon!

It can be made in all sizes by custom order. The one in the photo is available now for immediate shipping!

Visit our Etsy store or message us to create a custom order for a different size:

New Features for Spring 2016!

Porteen Gear Spring

To celebrate the warmer weather we know is coming (its snowing today!) We are happy to announce that we have added new features to all camera bags!

There is now extra height on the pockets under the flaps to accommodate taller phones like the Iphone 6.

Porteen gear Camera Bag

We have added outside back pockets to all messenger style camera bags. It’s a great place to stash maps, lens caps or easy to reach items. We have already been putting these on all orders since March 1st. So if you have an order in-house right now, don’t worry, it’s already being done.

Porteen Gear Pocket


We are excited to announce that our bag builder is getting an upgrade and we are almost ready to roll out the new website that will have customer galleries, style guides, easier to navigate information and everything will be in one place!

Do you get overwhelmed by the Bag Builder? Shop our new Pre-Order section and you will be able to customize the basics by changing the interior color or waxed canvas to suit your style. Pre-Orders are our top selling designs, so the hard part is already done!

We might even have a couple new designs up our sleeves for the smaller sizes of cameras that are popular on the market.

This blog will start back up again with camera reviews, new product announcements and travel tips!

Stay tuned!


Tribal Couture Showcased on Two New Sizes of Convertible Camera Bags!

Porteen Gear Leather Camera Bag in Yellow and Orange

The Porteen Gear Convertible Camera Bag is now available in three sizes!  In addition to our current Medium Camera Bag, we have now included a Small and Large size. We thought we’d celebrate these new sizes by showcasing them in the bright colors and mixed patterns that are popular on the runways this Fall!

Porteen Gear Leather Camera Bags

The Convertible Bag is designed to be versatile, no matter the size and come with removable inserts to change your bag into an every day purse or carry-on. Whether you’re a photographer, business woman or student, our bags will hold your possessions safely and in style!

Small Convertible Bags are great for compact and mirrorless camera systems and for those wanting to only carry the basic everyday essentials.

Porteen Gear Small Convertible Camera BagGear Shown:

  • Removable padded insert that compartmentalizes and protects a mirrorless camera body (Nikon J1) with attached lens (10-30mm), an extra lens (30-110mm) and flash
  • Zipper pocket to hold keys, wallet or smaller personal items
  • Side pocket to hold tablet (iPad Mini), phone and headphones


  • 2 pockets in waxed canvas for passport and thin wallet
  • Zippered closure
  • Hard bottom
  • Rivet and metal accents
  • Adjustable leather strap with buckle closure

Medium Convertible Bags are excellent for mid size gear like the Canon Rebel.  A great bag for those that need a little extra room for larger items, and yet do not want the bulk of a larger bag.

Porteen gear Medium Camera Bag

Gear Shown:

  • Removable padded insert that compartmentalizes and protects a DSLR camera body (Canon EOS 5D), an extra lens (Canon 70-200mm) and flash
  • Zipper pocket to hold keys, wallet or smaller personal items
  • Side pocket to hold a tablet (iPad), notepad, lens cap case and large wallet


  • 2 pockets in waxed canvas for phone and thin wallet
  • Zippered closure
  • Hard bottom
  • Rivet and metal accents
  • Adjustable leather strap with buckle closure

Large Convertible Bags are specialized for the pro photographer and for those that have a lot to carry on a daily basis. This bag makes for a great carry-on.

Porteen Gear Large Convertible Bag

Gear Shown:

  • Removable padded insert that compartmentalizes and protects a DSLR camera body (Canon EOS 5D), an extra lens (Canon 70-200mm) and flash
  • Zipper pocket to hold keys, wallet or smaller personal items
  • Side pocket to hold a tablet (iPad), notepad, lens cap and large wallet


  • 2 pockets in waxed canvas for phone and thin wallet
  • Zippered closure
  • Hard bottom
  • Rivet and metal accents
  • Adjustable leather strap with buckle closure

These three bags are currently in-stock and are ready to ship! Once these bags are sold out, availability will become pre-order and will take 2-3 weeks to make and ship. Visit the Porteen Gear Etsy Shop to order yours today!


Large Convertible bag

Porteen gear Medium Camera Bag

Medium Convertible Camera Bag



Large Convertible Camera Bag

Unconventional Lifestyle of the Bohemians – 15% off ends tonight

In lieu of Fall Fashion Weeks going on around the world, Porteen Gear is celebrating some of our favorite styles. This week we are showcasing Bohemian Gypsy Style.header image

Bohemian style has, for over 200 years, been an exotic alternative to the accepted fashions of a given period. Generally associated with people who live unconventional lives such as artists, writers, and intellectuals, bohemian culture incorporates gypsy, and various ethic clothing styles, as well as historical costume. Bohemian style can consist of loose, colorful clothing and has appeared as boho chic, hippie style, and aesthetic dress. Their long flowing hair and rich threadbare fabrics, enable bohemians to stand out in a crowd representing a colorful counterculture based on creativity, poverty, and an indifference to social structures and traditions.


Read more on the bohemian lifestyle:

boho interior

Bohemian inspired interiors with heavily adorned details and rich colors

boho tent

Secluded bohemian styled tent found in the middle of a gorgeous wooded area

Travel, creativity, and photography go hand and hand with the bohemian lifestyle, and this has inspired Porteen Gear to create two bohemian style bags, as seen in the photos below. With mixes of textures, patterns and rich colors, these One of a Kind Bags are currently  In Stock and ready to ship:  Porteen Gear Etsy Store.




Reminder: The Pre-Fall 15% Off Sale ends tonight at Midnight EST!  Use the coupon code “fall15″ on all orders over $100.00.


Here is Porteen Gear’s version of what is hot on the runway Fall 2013 from our September 8th post, tweeds with a touch of Cobalt:RagBoneModelThis bag is also available in the Porteen Gear store.