TWiP Family 66: Kelly Moore Clark on Camera Bags, Lighting and Family Life

IMG_8649This week’s show is an interview with Kelly Moore Clark, creator of Kelly Moore Bags. Kelly was a wedding photographer and couldn’t find a bag that fit her body or her needs. She had an idea for the perfect bag and resolved to stop talking about this perfect bag and make one. Kelly had no experience making bags, but she knew what she wanted. She found people who could help her create the bags and quickly found other people who wanted the bag she’d created.

Kelly had small children, a photography business and camera bag business. It was too much. She focused on her growing family and her camera bag business. Kelly tells us how her family grew through adoption (you can see that story here). Her camera bag business also grew and now creates many styles of bags for both women and men.

One of Kelly’s passions in photography is lighting. We talk about how to get started with off camera flash and how to make great photos in all kinds of lighting situations.

Kelly is giving away a camera bag to one lucky listener. If you’d like to win a Kelly Moore bag, leave a comment here about which bag you’d choose. You can see the options at Kelly Moore Bag. A winner will be chosen on August 30, 2016.

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  1. Good show…I always learn something from the TWiP podcasts. If I won, I think my favorite bag is the Jude bag.

  2. Great show ! As always . I love hearing “the stories” of how people get started. I am in love with the Canvas Kate bag – I think it looks super great for a purse & a camera bag 😀

  3. Great show! Love Kelly’s story, I think we can all relate to being a workaholic in this industry (I say this as I’m counting down the minutes til nap time so I can get some work done haha). If I won I’d love the Libby bag! Thanks

  4. Love the show as always, Jenny! Kelly your bags are beautiful and so are your photos! I think if I had to pick the one I’d get the most use out of, it would be the Pilot. 🙂 Thanks!

  5. Oh my gosh. I adore them all. But, if I had to choose I think I’d pick Jude. I’m a grey-a-holic and I love the size and shape of it. Jenny, your show is wonderful and I look forward to it every week! Kelly, your bags are just fabulous. Both of you, KEEP IT UP! ?

  6. Another great show! I often find myself saying, “yes! Me too!” To a lot of your interviews!
    I love the Jude bag!. Beautiful products!

  7. I love this podcast and Kelly Moore bags! If I had to pick a favorite bag , which is hard btw, it would be the evangeline. <3

  8. Awesome Interview as always Jenny! I Love Kelly Moore Bags and i’m crushing hard on the Augusta bag, especially the rose color. Thanks for the opportunity to win Kelly!

  9. Love TWiP Family podcast and Kelly Moore bags! I’ve just spent the last half of the podcast drooling over these bags and am firmly IN LOVE with Collins in the bone/grey combo. I bought a competitors bag on sale a few years ago and its so heavy even without my gear, ugh. Love that this one is only 2.5lbs! So gorgeous and functional! I’d love to win this!

  10. The bags look fantastic and I’d love to get one! Though I’m also curious…which is the least horrible parasite for a child to get? I’m going to be wondering about this all day…

  11. What a wonderful show. I really enjoyed this week’s episode and really felt a deep connection to Kelly’s adoption story. What a blessing indeed. If I could chose a bag, it would have to be the “Jude” bag as it would replace my tattered old bag I’ve been wanting to retire for a while now. Thanks so much 😀

  12. Another great episode! If I had to pick a bag, it would be the Jude – an over the shoulder bag that holds a ton!

  13. Just discovered your podcast, and I’m hooked! I’m loving Kelly’s bags too. I’d choose the Libby bag. Looking forward to more episodes!

  14. I have been eyeing Kelly Moore bags for years. My friend got one and ADORES it. Now that I’ve downsized my camera, I am crushing on the Ruston in Rose. Though I still “visit” the Libby every so often – I adore it in green but am not sure I need something that big now that I don’t carry a diaper bag OR a DSLR.

  15. Jenny, you out do yourself every show. I always learn something new, something to change the way I think about photography. I’m not sure if this is the right place to say but I would to learn more about interesting ways to compose a shot. By the way the Kelly’s pilot bag looks wonderful. Keep up the incredible work.

  16. loved this episode. Jenny and Kelly had such a nice conversation I almost felt like we were sitting around having a cup of coffee. don’t want to win a big just wanted to say.

  17. Jenny I really enjoyed listening this episode, Kelly’s story is very inspiring, I wish I could be so brave as she is! I love her bags, and I’ve changed my mind many times before I chose Trenton Backpack, it’s great idea that it can be both – bag and backpack.

  18. Hi Jenny! I really enjoyed this podcast. Thank you so much for doing this. I would love to get the Kate bag. I’m a girl on the move and this would totally help me move around the town more easily.

  19. Hello Jenny. I am a fan. Great job! If I had to pick a bag, I would choose JUDE. This would be for my husband who is the photographer.

  20. What a great podcast! I’ve wanted a Kelly Moore bag for years. I think I want an Evangeline in Nappa Maple. But there are so many beautiful choices…I don’t think there’s a single one I wouldn’t love!

  21. I would definitely choose the Libby bag in the sapphire color – I love that blue and all that space!

  22. Loved the podcast! I have been swooning over the Collins bag since I heard about Kelly Moore bags. I would be over the moon if I won it. Thank you!!

  23. Westminster Hobo! But I can always use another Libby too. Or maybe the Monroe? So hard to choose.

  24. Since I’m a disabled photographer (3 annular tears in my spibe) I’don’t really put the Pilot Backpack to good use.

  25. Jenny – your weekly podcasts are inspiring and I learn something new with each one! I was able to attend Yan Palmers workshop a few weeks after that one aired so that was a big treat.
    Loved Kelly’s interview – she is so casual and real and I had no idea there were stylish & funtional camera bags out there! I’ve been eyeing the Trenton but know I’ll need to save up for awhile so I’d love to win that one! Will help get me through fall madness with all my families!!
    Thanks for your insight, openness and authenticity each week. Grateful it’s a community we can share with and support one another.
    Xoxo Mary Craven Dawkins

  26. I want the Evangeline, with all my heart and soul.
    I had a Sue, that I finally retired this month. It had leprosy. All the cherry color was peeling off.
    So, this next time, it HAS to be leather.

  27. It’s so hard to decide, but I would love the Collins Bag! So gorgeous. Thanks for sharing! I loved the podcast!

  28. Wonderful podcast! I love the Evangeline & Woodstock Backpack so it would be a toss up between those two.

  29. I love the design of your bags! I have an on going wish list. Would love to have the Ruston in Rose!

  30. I would choose them all! You can’t go wrong with a KM bag!! But if I was forced, I’d have to pick the Libby.

  31. I love the Collins bag, especially in the grey/brown combo! I’m a tote bag girl at heart and am passionate about photography–especially wildlife and nautical landscapes. This would be the perfect bag for me to carry my camera, two lenses, some snacks and a good book and get lost in rocky coastline of Cape Ann, MA where I live.

  32. It would definitely be Jude for me! I like the capacity of this bag, great for travel and can hold just about anything!

  33. I gave the Monroe to my daughter for her new career, and we both have the Libby. Kelly Moore bags are amazing! I myself would love the Monroe to replace my current briefcase/work tote!

  34. The Jude in black would be absolutely lovely to have as I plan on traveling after my medical licensing exams ??

  35. I love all of the bags so it’s hard to pick just one. I would love the evangeline or the Collins.

  36. I love the Luna in black and white because it’s not too big, very stylish and goes with everything! ?

  37. I have wanted a kelly moore bag since I got my first dslr … love the westminster hobo in nappa maple!!

  38. I would ❤️❤️❤️ The Libby in any color actually. I love the pop and variety it brings.

    I have the 2 sues and absolutely love it! I just ordered the Ruston last week and can.not.wait!

  39. I’m so inlove with the quality all of your bags! I would love to get the Woodstock stone bag for my 1styr of collage and my upcoming birthday on Sept. #digitalphotographyprogram

  40. I loved listening too you both! I thought I had the wrong podcast when I heard you talking about ringworm, haha! I love the the Jude, having space for my kids stuff is what sold me.

  41. Would love to have the Trenton backpack, With scoliotic back I need to even the weight out on my shoulders so it wouldn’t aggravate the pain (camera gear isn’t lightweight yay!).thanks Jenny and Kelly! All the best!

  42. I have been a fan of Kelly’s for years now. The Ruston bag in rose is absolutely lovely. Thank you for the opportunity.


  43. Great podcast, hilarious!! If given the opportunity to win a bag it would be the Ruston in bone! Such a stunning bag!

  44. I so enjoyed this episode and learning more about lighting. I have loved photography since high school and enjoy shooting my son playing baseball. Lighting is hard with sports…especially on sunny days! I would really enjoy the Austin bag since it seems so versatile. I snazzy camera bag or a wonderful handbag with such cute inside pockets.

  45. I really like the “Kate” bag. It is the perfect size for me and I like the way it is divided for photography equipment or day to day living. I also like the casual canvas look of it. …I want one so bad!

  46. Every bag is so beautiful. It’s hard to choose just one. I’d say the Trenton is top for me. Thanks!!

  47. Kelly’s story is amazing (as well as her bags) – I’m so glad she’s been featured! If chosen, I’ve been eyeing the Collins or Augusta for back to school and photoshoot purposes!

  48. Great interview – flash is so intimidating and Kelly makes everything sound so easy to play with until you master. I think I’d love the Trenton bag!

  49. Love Kelly & her bags, been a huge fan for many years!! I love the Kate bag, it is just what I’ve been needing to add to my collection.

  50. I LOVE KELLY MOORE! I have been so interested in the woodstock backpack! I have a few of her other bags, and can’t say enough good things about them! The only thing I’m missing is a backpack, it would be so much easier for traveling with my camera!

  51. Great podcast! I’ve loved the Libby bag in orange for so long, but I’ve recently turned my eye to the Collins! Oh to have them both!

  52. Oh I have admired/adored Kelly since I fell in love with photography & of course camera bags! My heart had been swooning over Mr Jude. I want to go on rad adventures with him & fall madly in love!! Hihihi)

  53. Loved this podcast! I’ve had the Libby in orange in my Kelly Moore online shopping bag forever. How fantastic would it be if that would actually happen?!

  54. My current favorite is the Westminster Hobo in black. Wish I already had it to take on an upcoming trip this fall!!!

  55. Wonderful podcast! I would choose the Libby in black!! What a dream that bag would be to have!!

  56. I love your Austin Bucket Bag in Stone and Bone…my god that bag makes me smile. Thanks so much for the opportunity to win a bag from you.

  57. I enjoyed listening, thank you for a fun podcast! It was so informative and entertaining…I especially enjoyed hearing Kelly’s thoughts on wedding photography. (And also knocking people over with a fanny pack…lol) I would choose the Collins bag in the sand/bone combo. Thanks for the chance!

  58. I’ve been eyeing off the Luna bag in mustard for a while now but then the Monroe came out. Loving the Monroes versatility and the green and black colour combo. Not sure which one is my favourite.

    It was great to listen to Kelly’s story and the journey to the bags. Great podcast.

  59. I loved this podcast!! So much fun and info!! I love my Kelly Moore bag and would love to add another maybe the Pilot Backpack or the Collins!

  60. Jude is just what the Doctor ordered & What I would too . . . if lucky enough to win! Kelly Moore bags are definitely ‘Sick’!!!! ❤️???

  61. I would have gone with the boy bag in black, but it looks like that line was discontinued. From the canvas collection, Kate it is!

  62. I’m obsessed with the Jude bag! It would fit all of my gear so well! I love all of the Kelly Moore Bags and would get so much use out of this bag!

  63. I love Kelly Moore bags! I already have a brown Hobo and an orange Libby. I would love another Libby in a different color.

  64. I love the Monroe bag in Moss! The reality is, I love them all, but if I have to choose, the Monroe is it.

  65. Thanks for this great Podcast! It was great to hear Kelly’s story on Her kids, and how She started Her business <3
    It is really hard to choose, but If I'd win, I would pick the Evangeline. (I love big bags! The one I use now is so bulky, and so so so typical "off-the-shelf-black camera bag", I was eying on Kelly Moore bags for a long time, just did't have the fund yet)

  66. Hi

    Thank you so much for sharing! I enjoyed listening to you guys.
    My absolute favourite bag is Monroe brown bag.

    I think the design is truly genius.

    Thx for all the awesome work you do!


  67. I would choose the Libby bag. I know it is the perfect bag because I have one! The organization compartments is perfect in the bag to find everything I need. It has lots of side pockets for easy access for my phone or extra memory cards. The bag is so comphy to carry around. The tough decision was to choose the color- I have green but would love another color!

  68. Great podcast! Fun watching your family grow! Backpacks are the way to go! So the Trenton or the Woodstock would be a great travel bag! I like that the pocket for cards are on your back.

  69. I would love the Jude bag, not only is it a gorgeous hold all camera bag but it would be awesome to use as an overnight bag as well.

  70. Thank you for the awesome giveaway! I love the Westminster Hobo, Trenton Backpack and the Woodstock backpack! They are all wonderful!!!

  71. So great to hear more of Kelly’s story! I would love The Oxford bag in Saddle color. Seems like the perfect partner for everyday, walking around in the city and/or traveling and carrying gear inconspicuously.

  72. I would like to have The Ruston Shadow, simply because I keep it classy to go outside with my camera along with necessary essentials for the bag and surprisingly matching with all clothes in my wardrobe.

  73. Choosing is so hard! But I think I’d go with the Pilot! My second choice would be the Collins.

  74. I would DEFINITELY have to go withrough the Trenton Backpack since you can carry it both as a bag or a backpack. How convenient is that!

  75. Hey Jude, don’t let me down. It looks like such a spacious. Great for carrying my camera and lenses plus all the snacks, water, and extra clothes for the babes!

  76. I’m in LOVE with the Trenton backpack. I’m an old chick heading back to school and I think this would be perfect!

  77. Thank you for the opportunity to win one of your beautiful bags. I invite you to stop by tomorrow and enter my new giveaway too. All of the bags are wonderful I especially like the kate and libby bags. Hugs!

  78. I’ve always wanted one of your camera backpacks ever since you released your first one. The Trenton is perfect for what I need. First and foremost, I’m youth minister who has to carry around a laptop and books for lesson planning. I also function in wider projects around the church so a bag that can transition from an functional backpack to a more adult-looking purse is a must. I also freelance in videography, photography, social media administration, and some graphic design. My husband and his business partners are opening a brewery as well and I’m helping with their marketing strategy. I’m transitioning from one role to another a lot these days and a high-end, beautiful, and functional bag is just what I need (just out of my price range though).

  79. I thought I liked the Woodstock Backpack until I saw Jude. Wow, I love it but they are all fantastic bags. My fav is Jude!

  80. I’ve been lusting after the Libby bag in green forever. I see green is no longer an option but I love the sapphire too! Traveling a lot more now and really need to invest in a quality carry on.

  81. I’d love the Jude bag! Perfect bag for myand my 5 kids and I! I can fit everything in there and it’s stylish!

  82. Thank you for this podcast!! I really enjoyed listening to it! I love following Kelly Moore’s Bags on Instagram and I LOVE her blog. I absolutely love her kids’ names and the stories she tells throughout this podcast regarding her kids and how she got started. I find her so real, funny, helpful and interesting. It would definitely be awesome to have a barn house and live on 30 acres, can’t wait to see photos of this when its done. A friend of mine recommend Kelly Moore bags to me a while ago. I have been saving for the day I can purchase one. My choice would be the Westminster Hobo. I need to get organization and be in style! Thanks again!

  83. The “Kate” casual canvas bag would be perfect for my wife and her photography needs. I find the Kelly Moore Bag store inspiring and admire the 365 project. It’s not easy to commit to a 365 project, so kudos!

  84. Loved this podcast! Kelly’s stories are great, I especially laughed at the ugly southern wedding venues. I have been dreaming of getting a Libby bag (sapphire is my favorite) since seeing it on The Pioneer Woman’s blog!!!

  85. Great podcast. Thank you for featuring Kelly. Loved her stories and tips. My husband bought me a Kelly Moore backpack camera bag years ago and I loved its versatility. I used it as a backpack and as a messenger bag. Got many compliments on that bag. Sadly it is now worn out, as I also used it as a regular day bag. That’s how much I loved it. So it would be great to have it replaced by the Trenton Backpack. Level up to leather.

  86. Huge fan. Ree turned me on to her bags.
    So many awesome the Austin but I’m not sure all my gear and “stuff” would fit.
    I think the Evangeline bag would work better for you me.

  87. I find myself looking at the pilot backpack at least 3 times a week. It’s such a beautiful bag and would be perfect for all my travel and keeping all my gear safe and organized. Kelly Moore has such an inspiring story and her bags are so awesome!

  88. I would get the Luna in white and black. I hate have a larger bag than I need and the Luna looks brilliant.

  89. I would take any of them, but
    I think the Libby in Sapphire is my favorite. Sapphire is my birthstone. 😀

  90. What a great podcast! Love hearing Kelly talk about her story. Love her bags…I own 4. I’ve even got one of the OG’s, the classic. I would LOVE to add the Westminster Hobo to my collection. It just screams my name! 🙂

  91. I lived in Ruston, Louisiana from 2004 – 2010. I remember when I came across Kelly Moore’s blog and her photography–I was instantly inspired! I not only look at her photography for inspiration, but I told myself that if I ever got married–I would want her to shoot my wedding. lol I now live in Los Angeles, but still follow her blog (still not married lol). I still strive to be as good as a photographer as Kelly is! I remember when she came out with her camera bags…I instantly fell in love. Not only are they unique, but they would be ideal for my camera gear! I use a small Best Buy camera bag :(, BUT I would truly love to have her Jude bag! Not only is it fashionable, but I would also be able to fit more than just one of my cameras. I know I can be dressed casual or formal and that camera bag would still complement my outfit. Not only that, It would definitely be ideal for when I travel…better than carefully cramping my camera gear in my luggage.

  92. I love her bags!! I have one but its getting a bit small for everything I need. I really like the Kate bag, it looks perfect!!

  93. These shots are stunning! You have a marvelous eye. I like the Libby in Sapphire. It’s bold and beautiful.

  94. I just purchased my first Kelly Moore Bag, the Austin Bag, and I am over the moon in love with it! The Riverdale bag (in bone) would be a perfect accompaniment for extra accessories on a shoot!

  95. This was a great podcast! I love the honesty about the journey and the great tips for photographing in tricky situations. I would love the Jude bag to carry some of my extra gear on a longer trip!