Masthead header ~ a freaking cool camera bag giveaway

I have to be honest, I don’t really want to give this bag away. 


I’ve held onto it for about a month, taking it out of the box, holding it, singing softly to it, walking around different stores at the mall with it, stopping to admire it in random mirrors I pass. Ok, I didn’t really take it to the mall, but I may possibly have sang to it. It’s just that awesome. 

I’ve tried to convince myself that I could pull off the pattern on the bag with my stunning levels of metro-sexuality, dashing good looks, and abnormal levels of gratuitous sexiness, but I just can’t. This bag is even sexier than I am. 


Alida Garcia at makes camera bags. She actually makes kickass camera bags. And because I’m known for my easygoing personality and never being opinionated in matters of photographers and the mass-produced bunk they sell (cough), I’ll refrain from any ugly comments regarding other overpriced camera bags that would be better off used as diaper bags and not carrying around several thousands of dollars worth of equipment. 

I digress. 

For those of you unfamiliar with Alida’s work, her camera bags rock. The quality is great, functionality is awesome, priced extremely reasonably and if I wouldn’t get beaten mercilessly, I’d come up with some reason why I lost this bag and it never made it to the blog for this giveaway. But I love you all. And so I’m giving it away. #grouphug

This bag has a large zipper compartment across the back, small pocket on the front perfect for flash cards or business cards, two padded lens pockets on the inside along with the main large padded compartment.


And now for the insanely hard, grotesquely difficult rules for this giveaway. Ready? Begin. 

1. Follow me on Twitter here. You’ll be kept up to date on upcoming giveaways, and I can show my dad how many people are stalking me online. He gets a kick out of that. 

2. Leave a comment below. Make sure you leave either your email address, Twitter ID or really cool drink recipe so I’ll have a way to contact you. I’d feel really bad if you won and I couldn’t contact you and had to keep the bag for myself. Really.

3. Promise to listen to Dancing Queen at least once in the upcoming year. It’s a great song. 


The winner will be chosen at random exactly one week from today on Tuesday, January the 4th. 


Finally, a sincere thank you to Alida and for enabling me to be a crazy spazz and give cool stuff away on this blog. Your support is greatly, greatly appreciated. 


Best of luck ~




  • Cara - Brett, as sexy as you’d look wearing this bag I’d love to take it off your hands!ReplyCancel

  • Irwin Funes - “Young and sweet
    Only seventeen”

    #3 is done and doneReplyCancel

  • Bianca - Thanks for the awesome bag Brett, old buddy, old pal…ReplyCancel

  • Leslie Roark - UMM me please!?!?! 🙂 Promise!ReplyCancel

  • Candace - #1, done, #2, in the process of being done, #3 will be done in 3, 2, 1…… Fingers crossed for me, what a fab bag!ReplyCancel

  • rachel - <3 this bag! You would look uber metro and sexy carrying this while drinking something pink!

    Pink Margarita:
    1 1/2 ounce(s) tequila, 1/4 ounce(s) Campari, 1/2 ounce(s) fresh lemon juice, and 1/2 ounce(s) honey

    Shake, Blend, Serve!


  • Andrea - All are done!ReplyCancel

  • Ashley - Okay so I’ve been bag stalking Alida Garcia on her etsy site for quite some time. This. is. wonderful.!!!ReplyCancel

  • Mary Ouret - 1. Done! I’m now stalking you on Twitter!
    2. Here is my comment! :o) …I entered my email address in the box with the star… AND here’s a really cool drink recipe: My favorite martini- Fill a glass with crushed ice (size of glass depends on what kind of day you’ve had!!), add an olive (or two… or three!!), fill with gin, then add a splash of vermouth. Enjoy!!
    3. I listen to that often and even sang along (quite loudly!) while waiting in the McD’s drive-thru recently…….!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Steph R - Oh wow! What a awesome bag, I follow you in Facebook 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Melissa - My new years resolution is to win this bag!! Pretty please…ReplyCancel

  • Anna Gordon - This bag is just devine…… My DSLR would much prefer it in there than thrown in the nappy bag as it often is!ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer gersch - follow twitter @intime111 my comment is that this bag is AWESOME and I Promise to listen to Dancing Queen at least once in the upcoming year [email protected]ReplyCancel

  • Megan B - I have one of her bags – a smaller one (Sparrow) – and it is fantastic. Excellent giveaway.ReplyCancel

  • Carmie - I’ve already been randomly stalking you on your blog, so I might as well start stalking you on Twitter too. The bag is uber cute and I wouldn’t be opposed to walking around with it in a mall. =)

    Excuse me, but I have a song to listen to now.ReplyCancel

  • becca holt - I love these bags! I’ve been stalking them forever and would really like to win one since I didn’t get one for Christmas 🙁ReplyCancel

  • Annie - Sorry to hear that you’re giving the bag away, and yet at the same time….share the love? 🙂
    That is a totally awesome pattern you chose!ReplyCancel

  • Mary Preston - GORGEOUS!!! If I don’t win. I must put on my wish list.ReplyCancel

  • Sky - Following on Twitter – @SeeryusMama

    As for drink recipes, my SIL makes a mean margarita. I don’t have the recipe, but I know she uses Cointreau instead of Triple Sec. MMMM, I love me some margaritas!

    I swear I’ll listen to Dancing Queen in the new year. 🙂

    [email protected]ReplyCancel

  • Sina Farhat - Alida, you did a wonderful job with creating that photobag 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Kricia Morris - Oh really? I TOTALLY need a new camera bag for weddings, and this would be PERFECT…although I agree with others, you would be quite sexy carrying that around baldman! I already follow you on Twitter and now you have my email, so all that is left is my solemn vow to jam to Dancing Queen tonight and my addition to a GREAT margarita…which is pineapple juice. xoxo!ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer Swanpoel - I would LOVE this bag!! (And, “Dancing Queen” is actually on my workout playlist. That’s how I roll.) My twitter ID is @JenKSwanReplyCancel

  • HeatherM - oooh… i love this bag! i now stalk you on twitter and my daughter is obsessed with mama mia so we listen to dancing queen at least once a week 🙂
    heatheranya at hotmail dot comReplyCancel

  • Ruby - I have one of her bags already, and they are indeed awesome. I sure would love another!ReplyCancel

  • Ryan Ann - <3 that bag! 😀 I'm calanniebu on twitter! and I'm listening as I type 😀ReplyCancel

  • Tatjanna Miller - I could seriously use a new bag after today as mine took a dive headlong into a 4 foot snow drift on a shoot…That and it’s 4 years old and looks like a turtle. So really, I just want a new one and today was a good excuse! 😀 As for Dancing queen, I have listened to it once today courtesy of my disco loving Bro in-law I’ve also heard Disco Inferno, I will survive and super freak..but I suppose I’ll listen to dancing queen again LOL! I’m already stalking you on Twitter.. Mines Tatjannam !ReplyCancel

  • Harmony - I have followed you on twitter forever 🙂 And the camera bag would be perfect for the new camera I got for Christmas!!!ReplyCancel

  • Erica - Hi there! I just signed up to follow you on Twitter (@ericalandrum is my ID), I <3 Dancing Queen, and I am obviously leaving a comment for you now 😉 And just in case, my email address is [email protected].

    Your pictures are absolutely stunning, and I think I am now in love with your work! Too bad I can't get married all over again and have you be our photog! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Shannon - I love Martilena’s bags. I dream about them. Seriously. 🙂 I did all three of your requests. I followed on Twitter as @PotamusPrefers, commenting now and I love Dancing Queen. I will so listen to it many many times!ReplyCancel

  • ShootingStarsMag - oh this is cute. I follow via twitter now- shootingstarmagReplyCancel

  • Jody - Am following on twitter (becauseimme), am commenting, will listen to a little Dancing Queen. Thanks for the opportunity.ReplyCancel

  • Danielle Smith - [email protected]

    cool bag!ReplyCancel

  • Kimberly - Done, done and done!!! I want this bag so badly!!
    Now the recipe for my absolute favorite drink – the Mai Tai!!
    2 oz rum (dark, light or one of each!)
    1 oz orange curacao
    2 oz orange juice
    splash lime juice
    dash orgeat
    dash simple syrup
    Combine with ice in a tall glass and stir…enjoy!! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Jeremiah Daniel - Does the Mamma Mia version count? hahaReplyCancel

  • Amie - I love this bag! This would be an awesome alternative to carrying my camera in my purse, with no protection.ReplyCancel

  • Jeremy Rydin - It’s possible I might have some incriminating video of you actually working on Friday.ReplyCancel

  • Rebekah - Thanks for this review and giveaway. This is a seriously awesome camera bag. I’m a clutz so who knows, maybe I wont break my camera in 2011.

    Happy new year!


    [email protected]ReplyCancel

  • Satchel - My wife received a very nice camera for Christmas. She would love this bag!!ReplyCancel

  • tina reynolds - What a super cute bag twitter @mrstinareynolds and promise to get #3 in soon : ) thanks for the chance to win [email protected]ReplyCancel

  • Luke Owens - I hope this is as cool as your “BAG” 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Heather Rydin - Only 17 ohhh yeah. Pick me Brett. It was good to see you again in Catoosa last weekend. [email protected] is where you should inform me of my great luck.ReplyCancel

  • Jessica (Allen) Mushrush - Hello Brett Birdsong! My name is Jessica Mushrush.
    I have been working in the field of photography for almost 9 years now. I am currently working at Montag Photography and have been since the summer of 2006.

    Jeremy Rydin and Cody Dopps are my co-workers and have mentioned your name to me. Did you… by any chance attend a very small Christian school in Claremore? Word Christian Academy. My mother is Miss Allen. Does any of this ring a bell?

    Anyway Jeremy told me about this cute camera bag that you are giving away and I am simply in love with it… heck, I might even sing to it..

    But I really can’t wait to find out if you are the Brett Birdsong from my past!

    You can find me on:
    twitter @jessicamushrush
    e-mail [email protected]ReplyCancel

  • Brett - CONGRATS AMIE!!! According to, you’re the super cool person that gets the camera bag I don’t want to get rid of. 🙂

    A sincere and extremely huge THANK YOU to all of you for playing along. I officially request a workshop with all of us where all we do is compare drink recipes and then make said drinks. I’d totally promote it.

    Stay tuned, more cool stuff coming along shortly. #grouphugReplyCancel

  • Natalie (and Tim) - Love the bag! I’m so looking forward to meeting you, and so are the goats!ReplyCancel

  • kristy - I could put that bag to really good use.ReplyCancel

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