Brett Stanley

Commercial Advertising + Fashion Photographer
(Los Angeles & New Zealand)

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Custom made lighting bag

I’ve been carrying around my lighting gear in the bottom of my travel bag for the past few trips and I decided that it was not really working for me. It takes up a lot of room and if i just want to take it to a shoot I either have to take the whole bag, which is quite large, or carry it all loose.

I had an idea for a carry bag that would be padded enough for me to just check the whole lot in when I fly and also double as a ground matt for me to lay my gear out on when I’m on an outdoor shoot.

After drawing up a little plan, I coerced my mum to help me with the sewing part. She’s got an old pedal sewing machine that is just beautiful and she drives it like a pro. Dad helped out with some of the finer points too. Go team!

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It was my aunties and had been in our house for years. It was to be thrown out at one stage but I rescued it and my mum has been using it ever since.

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It’s just an amazing bit of machinery.

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Such wonderful detail and it has that great, old oil smell.

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The bag turned out great with thick padded vinyl and a double zip.

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It holds all my gear and rolls to the smallest size it needs to be making it ultra portable. I just need to add some straps instead of my belt in the picture above.

Not bad for a Saturday night… so sad.

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3 comments

Thanks for reminding me, my wife has a singer with all the bits and bobs, extra parts & manuals, for years she has bugged me to take photos of it, now that it gathers dust in the hallway your photos have inspired me to get on with it.

A great idea for carrying your lighting needs. I’m curious as to the manfrotto setup you have here if I can ask.

Great photos by the way.
Shayne 🙂
Christchurch.

LOOOOVE the sewing machine.