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Today I have the privilege of interviewing Tracy of Tracy Joy Inc. She is a very generous person. Read on to learn about her 5% donation program through the end of May and about 3 prizes she is giving away on my blog (see the bottom of this post for details).

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Tracy Joy | The Interview

How long have you been designing and sewing?

Since the 7th grade when I ‘discovered’ sewing class in junior high. I was prob such a dork, getting all excited on how to make a “grocery tote bag” and sweat pants, lol. I haven’t stopped sewing since (or being a dork)! I’ve always found more enjoyment in creating & sewing my own things, vs buying “store” products. From curtains, to bags, to my babies nursery decor/bedding… I try to add my own creative twist on it all. I also don’t use “store” patterns, never have, never will (such a rebel, ha? lol). All of my items are my own design, which I find to be very important, and very satisfying. I never want to be a copy cat, and think it’s important to be known for your own creativity, not someone else’s. Plus… I don’t follow instructions or rules very well, haha!

How did you decide this was a passion for you?

When I graduated high school, I went to college for Fashion Merchandising. I dreamed of creating my own fashion line (didn’t know what of yet; clothes, bags, etc). Sadly, due to financial reasons, I had to drop out in my first year. It always “haunted” me, as designing was my passion and I knew I could create something wonderful that people would enjoy. It’s so amazing (but not surprising) to have found myself back in the design world again, coming full circle. Being creative is in my blood, and flows throughout my whole being.

Before Tracy Joy Inc, I was working for a corporate office, helping to run all of the daily necessities as an assistant manager (of sorts). Being in that business for 7+ years has given me the knowledge and strength to run Tracy Joy Inc. Not only can I be creative and design & sew my own line, but I also know how to run a business inside and out. It makes things run so much more smoothly, than just being creative alone.

What gave the idea for Tracy Joy Camera bags for photographers?

Actually… A couple of women PHOTOGRAPHERS piqued my interest in designing a bag for their needs. And WHALA, it took off from there. My original bag, the KIMBERLY (which is now on hold), blossomed into the KRISTINE & JOEY bags. The REESE bag came after a few clients expressed “wishes & dreams” of a TJ bag w/a zipper on it.

What is your favorite bag you sell?

The KRISTINE. I love the option of flap changes. It’s so convenient to be able to change your flap when you want to change the look of your bag, instead of your entire bag itself. And it doesn’t get much easier than a Velcro flap, coming off to exchange w/another one.

Which ones do you personally use?

Honestly… I have 2-3 of each, lol. I use the REESE as my daily bag, since I have 2 kids under 2. It leaves room for all my necessities and still space for my DSLR camera w/28-75mm lens attached. When I go on a photography shoot, I use my JOEY bag (Velcro flap and extra padding). I can comfortably fit my DSLR in it, with 3 lenses and my wallet & keys. My hubby uses the KRISTINE bag, he likes to have his own “man flaps” for the bag, lol.

What do you typically keep in your photo bag (what camera, lenses, and other stuff) .

Oh all the goodies! lol I have a Canon Rebel XTi, and ALWAYS my Tamron

28-75mm lens attached. I also carry my 50mm 1.8, and my 75-300 for outdoor shots. I LOVE nature photography, so my 75-300 comes in handy when we are outside. I’m adding a 430ex Speedlite to my gear in a few months… but since I use natural lighting 90% of the time, I don’t really need it for the spring/summer months.

What is your favorite print?

Oh gosh, this is NOT an easy question! I have way too many prints, and so many more than I am itching to buy. I can tell you my top 3 favorites though, lol. The Acanthus, Boho Orchid & Disco Dots. Choosing fabrics is the hardest part of my job… seriously! When it comes time to add a new print to my collection, I could go w/o sleep looking over all the choices. Honestly, I wish I was creative enough to design my own prints. This is a far off dream of mine, but you never know… nothing is too far out of reach!

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What is the strangest thing you have ever used your camera bag for? (if nothing we will skip this one)

Does a beach bag count? lol We went to Florida last summer and it was the only bag I had large enough to stuff our towels and flip flops in when we went to play in the ocean.

What type of photography do you do?

I adore newborn and maternity photography, esp when it includes a touch of whimsy. I recently did my first “real” maternity shoot, and oh was it fun! Seeing the glow on a pregnant woman is sometimes so surreal, and knowing that new life is just under her skin… simply amazing. I have 3 more maternity shoots now lined up…. and I’m “biting at the bit” to get shooting! I dont currently have a photography website, but I do have my flickr account, where I post my favorite shots. Http://flickr.com/photos/tracyjoy

In addition to maternity and newborn photography, I hope to learn the unique and creative style of Trash The Dress photography. I just love TTD, and always find them exciting and fun to view. I have 2 of those sessions lined up as well (for when the temps warm up a bit).

What are your favorite 3 photographers (with links)?

Well I have to give “props” to the wonderful and VERY talented 2 photographers who helped me launch my camera bags. The are the 2 girls who I mentioned above, regarding “the idea for Tracy Joy Camera bags for photographers“. Both of whom are AMAZING and talented photographers, friends and mentors!

Lisa Hodnet

& Jessica Leigh http://jessicaleighphotography.com/

And I absolutely LOVE Lisa Julia Photography. She captures so much whimsy and innocence in her child photography… they always make me smile and give me the “warm fuzzies”. http://lisajuliaphotography.com/ . She truly is talented, and such a wonderful person too. A great mentor!

What is the one thing you cannot live without (besides your photo equipment and family):

My Gingher scissors! Ha! They are so uber duber sharp, and cut through fabrics like butta’ I cant go a day w/o my Ginghers 🙂

Tell me about the current donation you are doing for the American Cancer Society…

Tracy Joy Inc is currently running a donation to the American Cancer Society through the month of May. 5% of ALL my sales will go to ACS, in honor of my late sister in laws, Kristine and Amy Beth. They both would have celebrated birthdays in the month of May, so I am honoring their memory w/a donation.

Tracy Joy Inc also runs donations in the months of November, giving to a few different charities at Christmastime. Last year we donated to The American Cancer Society and Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago.

Giving back is a very important aspect of Tracy Joy Inc, and something we truly believe in.

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Now for the contest and prizes:

Tracy is going to be giving away one Tracy Joy® SUSIE camera strap covers for each of three lucky winners.  The winners to pick the fabric from her amazing selection, and trust me, that will be the hardest part.

3 winners will be picked using random.org – from the comments below. With 3 prizes, you have a greater chance to win!!! Winners will be picked on May 21st and notified in a blog post, so check back to see if you are one of the lucky ones!

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  1. Nikki Spreen on May 14, 2008 at 10:30 pm

    I’d LOVE to win one of me!!!!! I just found her bags and I am DYING to get one!!!

  2. Pam on May 14, 2008 at 10:36 pm

    Oh my gosh…I would love a camera strap, I was just thinking about that the other day on a shoot, I could get one from my local camera shop but it advertises them and not my creativity!….beautiful!

  3. Pam on May 14, 2008 at 10:42 pm

    Oh yeah! I forgot to mention ginghers are my favorite also…I covet them ….when I first got them my kids were ages 8 and 10 and they knew they were only for fabric. No paper allowed!..lol I completely understand!

  4. Missy on May 14, 2008 at 10:46 pm

    These bags are so kickin’! LOVE them!! Great work!

  5. Jaidean on May 14, 2008 at 10:57 pm

    I LOVE my Tracy Joy camera bag and have been looking into getting a camera strap! This would be sooo cool! thanks so much!

  6. Maria on May 14, 2008 at 11:03 pm

    I love those camera straps and all the fabric choices! I think I need to get one for my mom and sister too.

  7. Kim Porter on May 14, 2008 at 11:55 pm

    Wow! These are beautiful! I must get a camera strap!

  8. Erin Cookmeyer on May 15, 2008 at 12:33 am

    I have yet to get a bag, but I will have it on my want list. I would love a camera strap cover. I already have the fabric picked out!

  9. Rosjuane on May 15, 2008 at 12:38 am

    I’m entering. I’m excited to see if I win!!

  10. Lindsay on May 15, 2008 at 12:47 am

    I have been dying to get a new camera bag. I will be checking it out as soon as I am done with this comment!!! By the way I would love to win!

  11. ~Jen~ on May 15, 2008 at 2:02 am

    Please excuse me while I wipe the drool off my keyboard… Okay, better now. LOVE Tracy’s bags! And great interview – it’s so cool to get to “know” the person behind the products!

  12. Joy Edwards on May 15, 2008 at 2:14 am

    Pick me! Pick me!Seriously, though, that was a great interview and such a great story! Thanks for sharing!

  13. Rani Shah on May 15, 2008 at 2:19 am

    Just found out about Tracy Joy while perusing ETSY!!! In need of a new bag soon and the cameras straps are fantastic!!!!Lovely pieces of art to wear!!!

  14. shelia on May 15, 2008 at 2:44 am

    what a clever idea on the straps!!! LOVE them!!

  15. Cyndi on May 15, 2008 at 2:45 am

    Great interview! Love all the gorgeous fabrics!!

  16. Annie H. on May 15, 2008 at 2:45 am

    Great interview. Love the straps and so many choices.Thanks.

  17. Annie on May 15, 2008 at 3:06 am

    Thanks for the interview! Amazing bags! I’d LOVE one! 🙂

  18. gina on May 15, 2008 at 3:16 am

    i loved the interview… i would LOVE to get my hands on these straps…

  19. Shaila on May 15, 2008 at 3:44 am

    I definitely want one of these camera bags. They are so cute. Love the straps. Would probably be a lot more comfortable then the one mine came with, kills my neck! Thanks for posting this, so fun!

  20. Laurel on May 15, 2008 at 6:41 am

    Oh my goodness it would be like shoes, you can’t decided on just one! Awesome patters, love the straps!!

  21. Stacy Joyner on May 15, 2008 at 7:02 am

    I love fabric. I love photography. Always looking for a way to combine the two! Great work!

  22. Tiffany on May 15, 2008 at 7:21 am

    Please I hope you pick me!!!! random.org, be my friend!!!! LOL!!!! wonderful interview.

  23. Melissa on May 15, 2008 at 7:55 am

    These are so cool! Didn’t even know about these until now so good thing you interviewed her. Now I have other things on my wish list! 🙂

  24. evie on May 15, 2008 at 8:01 am

    Wow, I have been eyeing a Tracy Joy bag for a while because my husband picked out the three bags I currently have to choose from and I hate two of them!! They’re gorgeous. Also, how wonderful to have a skill like sewing. I wish I knew how to do it. My mom was incredibly talented at it and also had Gingher scissors. Oh how upset she would get when I would use them to cut paper!!! Tracy sounds like a really neat person to boot. Jodi, thanks for doing this interview, I love reading things like this.

  25. Casey Cooper on May 15, 2008 at 8:11 am

    I love the dandy damask and coriander! They are so yummy looking! Awesome job on the patterns Tracy!

  26. Tara Wally on May 15, 2008 at 8:13 am

    I would love to win one of these – I just started in photography with my sisters old slr camera~

  27. Bridget on May 15, 2008 at 8:14 am

    These bags are adorable.. I could easily pick out SEVERAL favorites! =)

  28. Janene on May 15, 2008 at 8:16 am

    Cute, Cute, bags and straps! Love the fabrics, too!

  29. Darcie on May 15, 2008 at 8:21 am

    Amazing! I am going to have a new obsession now!!

  30. Kris on May 15, 2008 at 8:23 am

    Love, love, love her bags! Would love to have one of her straps too!

  31. Elma on May 15, 2008 at 8:35 am

    Wow, I love the colours and funky patterns.

  32. Olivia on May 15, 2008 at 8:59 am

    These are SOOO beautiful! I’ve been looking for a cool camera bag that’s roomy enough to fit everything!

  33. Dana on May 15, 2008 at 9:14 am

    I love your stuff! Wow! So beautiful! (Thank you Jodi~ What a great way to find new cool stuff!)

  34. Stephanie on May 15, 2008 at 9:19 am

    I love one of a kind stuff. You do a great job. Thanks Jodi for bringing her to us.

  35. Jeanine on May 15, 2008 at 9:30 am

    Loved every minute of reading the interview. Thanks for your time, ladies. I’m lovin’ my Kristine bag in Carnival Bloom. I keep arguing with my friend (another TJ bag owner) that it is the best! I’ve been getting lots of great comments on my bag.

  36. Mallika on May 15, 2008 at 9:34 am

    These are gorgeous! I would love to spruce up my camera strap and give it some instant color and style.

  37. Michelle on May 15, 2008 at 9:50 am

    Fabulous Fabrics! I hope I win…my camera could use some style!

  38. Tori on May 15, 2008 at 10:04 am

    I LOVE Tracy’s stuff. This is such a fantastic giveaway!

  39. Julie on May 15, 2008 at 10:07 am

    Beautiful! I have been looking for a new bag and believe that I just found the winner! Thanks for sharing!

  40. Jordan on May 15, 2008 at 10:22 am

    What a great interview! Tracy’s bags are awesome, and I would love to win a camera strap – thanks so much for sharing!

  41. Chevy on May 15, 2008 at 10:23 am

    Fabulous bags! I am actually getting ready to purchase one myself.. have been gawking for about a month. lol I just can not decide what fabric pattern to choose. lol The camera strap is such a fabulous idea :0)

  42. Adrianne on May 15, 2008 at 10:24 am

    Wow!! Thank you for bringing us such great interviews, Jodi! Tracy, you are an amazing woman. Even when life got in the way, you found a way around the obstacles to fulfill your dreams. I know some day we’ll be seeing TJ fabrics, too. You rock, lady! And to donate to the ACS is wonderful. We just lost four people in our lives to cancer last month. I’ve been saying “Cancer sucks” forever. Thank you for doing something for the cause. ((hugs))

  43. Karly on May 15, 2008 at 10:25 am

    Tracy’s Bags ROCK! My friend and I argue that our bags are cutier than the other persons…my of course is!!! I just purchased the Kristine and it surely won’t be my last bag from Tracy Joy!!! There should be a group to deal with our addictions to TJ!!!! Thanks for your generosity to the Cancer society!Karly

  44. Natalie on May 15, 2008 at 10:50 am

    I have been wanting a camera strap for months now. These look great.Natalie

  45. Sue on May 15, 2008 at 10:52 am

    Love her bags, just bought one last week. Camera strap is too cute

  46. Rene on May 15, 2008 at 10:56 am

    Love the Tracy Joy bags. Hmmmm…..I have a birthday coming up, might just have to ask for one!!! A camera strap cover would be nice too!

  47. Julie Cook on May 15, 2008 at 11:05 am

    what a great interview. It is fun reading about you. How generous you are. These straps look like SOOO much fun. and I have had my eye on the bags for a LONG TIME> they are sooo FUN. I LOVE FUN!

  48. Krista on May 15, 2008 at 11:24 am

    These bags are SO CUTE! I love them!! I will definitely be getting one very soon 🙂 Thank you for your site Jodi. I have learned so much since joining!

  49. Stefanie on May 15, 2008 at 11:36 am

    How awesome! I would love to have a camera strap! I have been looking at the bags for months but need to put my money in to a new camera first:)! Thanks!

  50. april on May 15, 2008 at 11:37 am

    How generous! Love her bags.

  51. Laura on May 15, 2008 at 11:48 am

    I love your interview! One of you bags is on my wish list and I have told hubby that is what I want for my birthday this year. I have been a very good girl!As for the straps they are so cute. Why did you have to have so many great fabrics to choose from! I’m glad you are doing a donation to ACS they are very close to my heart. Thanks.

  52. Christina on May 15, 2008 at 11:56 am

    I have a Tracy Joy bag on the very top of my wishlist right now. I would love one of these camera straps to go with it. 😀 Awesome work!

  53. Jessica on May 15, 2008 at 12:32 pm

    tracy. . .you gave me warm fuzzies inside when you mentioned me. you are precious.i, too, would LOVE to win a cool camera strap. sign me up!!!!

  54. Bonnie on May 15, 2008 at 12:49 pm

    ooo..ooo..pick me! PICK ME! Love the Owl Fabric!!

  55. Jami on May 15, 2008 at 2:10 pm

    great interview. I love the fun camera straps!

  56. Niki Thiel on May 15, 2008 at 2:46 pm

    How great of you to give some of your earnings to a great foundation. These are super cute bags and straps and I think many people are greatful for your creative dorkiness. lol

  57. Michelle Garthe on May 15, 2008 at 2:54 pm

    Oh, my camera could use some bling! I would love to win one of these. Great interview, thanks!

  58. Cassie R on May 15, 2008 at 2:59 pm

    Just discovered the exciting line of Tracy Joy bags!!! I was looking for an awesome, colorful bag that’s expresses a little bit of my personality and I found it!! LOVE her bags and accessories!!!

  59. Tracey Skadberg on May 15, 2008 at 3:34 pm

    These are so darn cute! I’ve been eyeing some other bags, but these are the best.

  60. allison l on May 15, 2008 at 3:47 pm

    thank you for the interview. these bags look wonderful!

  61. Leslie on May 15, 2008 at 4:39 pm

    I would LOVE one of these. So cool!!!

  62. Penny Murray on May 15, 2008 at 4:42 pm

    Love the products! Fantastic!

  63. Pam L. on May 15, 2008 at 4:45 pm

    Loved the interview segment. I keep Ginghers in my pajama drawer so nobody but me can use them! Those camera bags are awesome and I LOVE the straps! Gotta get me one of those.Jodi – thanks for sharing yet another free action. I was able to download it without a hitch.For those of you reading this I would just like to give Jodi a big kudos for her excellent, above and beyond customer service. She stuck with me until I got something right that I was having a problem with. You don’t find that much these days.Best of luck to you Tracy!

  64. christy Burrows on May 15, 2008 at 7:31 pm

    I love tracys stuff!!!!!!!!!

  65. Kayla on May 15, 2008 at 8:46 pm

    It is so great to learn about the artist! I would love a great camera strap!

  66. Julie on May 15, 2008 at 9:15 pm

    Love the Damask!

  67. Kristyq on May 15, 2008 at 9:37 pm

    That was a great interview. It’s fun to learn a little bit more about her. I’ve been ogleing Tracy’s bags for awhile. She is so talented. Thanks for the chance to win.

  68. Nana Banana on May 15, 2008 at 9:40 pm

    I’m not a photographer, but have a very talented daughter who is. I would love to win this for her!!!

  69. Michelle on May 16, 2008 at 12:43 am

    Oooh, these giveaways are awesome! Love your blog… but I’ll sheepishly admit that I only comment when you have contests. 🙂

  70. Michelle on May 16, 2008 at 12:43 am

    Oooh, these giveaways are awesome! Hope to win, LOVE your blog!

  71. Rebecca on May 16, 2008 at 1:02 am

    I need a new bag – we are busting at the seams! I love fabric – so I am just ewwing and awwing at these bags – and my husband is giving me funny looks….aww…love the strap too!!! Great post!!!

  72. Sandy on May 16, 2008 at 1:11 am

    Wow! This is my first visit to this blog. I can’t believe I’ve never seen these before! I would love one!!!!!! They rock!

  73. LaRell on May 16, 2008 at 1:21 am

    The fabrics are awesome and remind me of my quilting mother. Do you combine the prints with the stripes in any of your products? I will check out more of what you offer online.

  74. Sandy on May 16, 2008 at 1:27 am

    Sorry, I put in the wrong email address! These fabrics are fabulous!

  75. Christina on May 16, 2008 at 10:04 am

    I’d love one of these, the fabrics are gorgeous!

  76. LaRell on May 16, 2008 at 10:07 am

    I noticed on your site that you added the camera straps, cool!

  77. Sonya on May 16, 2008 at 10:44 am

    I have to have one!!! I have to show my friends these as well! They would love them!!!!

  78. Tanya on May 16, 2008 at 10:53 am

    I just found Tracey Joy 2 weeks ago and bought the Kristine in the acanthus print. Its on its way and I can’t wait to get it!! I really need the strap to match. Pick me pick me!! -tanya

  79. Melanie Carr on May 16, 2008 at 11:07 am

    Oh so pretty and girly!

  80. Beth on May 16, 2008 at 11:08 am

    Great giveaway – thanks so much!

  81. Devan on May 16, 2008 at 11:14 am

    I LOVE the strap cover. Hope I win something. 🙂

  82. Wendy Mayo on May 16, 2008 at 11:16 am

    I work with a bunch of guys and we all have regular camera straps. This would really set me apart from the crowd!

  83. Renee Whiting on May 16, 2008 at 11:31 am

    Ok, how cute are these!?!?!I love them! So, will my new strap come inside a Tracy Joy bag?!?! hahahahha

  84. Robyn Nielsen on May 16, 2008 at 11:32 am

    I don’t usually win anything ….. but there is a first time for everything, and I would love this to be my first time. Gorgeous prizes and so much fun – a real attention grabber!!

  85. Amanda Mays on May 16, 2008 at 11:47 am

    There are so many cute ones! it was a tough choice but i’m going to have to choose hot couturier Platinum! Great interveiw!

  86. Suzanne on May 16, 2008 at 11:52 am

    Oh how I’d love to have one of these!

  87. Shelly on May 16, 2008 at 12:17 pm

    Those fabrics are to die for! What good taste she has! Much better than the plain old black that comes with the camera.

  88. Desi on May 16, 2008 at 12:19 pm

    omg!! a camera strap??we don’t have them in this country. i would LURVVVE to own one.and of course i’d have to order the bag, later on, to go with it!*giggle*holding thumbs madly for myself!!

  89. Tonya Dreher on May 16, 2008 at 12:22 pm

    Oooooh – I really want to win a beautiful strap to give to my business partner, Diana. She has been coveting Tracy Joy products forever and would be over the moon!!!!!!!!!!

  90. Barb on May 16, 2008 at 12:40 pm

    I’m planning on getting (or winning!) a bag, so if I win a strap, I’ll have to make sure to get a coordinating strap cover. I sure hope this will make my new (read: stiff) camera strap a lot more comfortable. 😀

  91. NmyLens on May 16, 2008 at 12:47 pm

    OMG, I love your work. Winning a prize would take my ming off the gas prices;)

  92. BB on May 16, 2008 at 12:47 pm

    Oooo…gorgeous fabrics! I love the Boho design. Both Boho Orchid and Clementine are just gorgeous! Thanks so much for the chance! 🙂

  93. Jessica on May 16, 2008 at 12:55 pm

    I have been eye balling Tracy Joy bags for a while now, dropping suttle hints to my dear hubby. Ok….not so suttle, he’s a man and ya just have to tell ’em what you want straight up, ha!I would love to have a strap for my new camera. It looks like it would be very comfortable and stylish at the same time. Can’t wait till May 21st when you announce the winners! YEAH!!!!

  94. lori barrett on May 16, 2008 at 1:28 pm

    Oh, Oh! Pick me. I would love to win a camera strap.

  95. Gail on May 16, 2008 at 1:32 pm

    OMGoodness! I would soooo love to win one of these strap covers to hide that ugly Canon strap on my camera. I have no clue how I would ever decide which fabric, but I would!

  96. Bobbi on May 16, 2008 at 1:37 pm

    These are super cute! Thanks for giving us photographers better choices so we don’t have to stick with the boring~ old~ scratch -your- neck variety. 🙂

  97. Heather K on May 16, 2008 at 2:12 pm

    The interview was fantastic! I love hearing success stories that incorporate giving to a good cause! Tracy, you and your bags ROCK! I love the bags, they are so cute and girly!Us photographers not only have to look good while taking pictures we have to have awesome style and fashion too :)! The new strap will look great on my camera and it will also match my personality! I am fun, energetic, and of course I always have style :)!!Thank you!! 🙂

  98. erin johnson on May 16, 2008 at 2:13 pm

    I think I have to buy a strap! I can’t wait to win!LOVE them!!

  99. Carley on May 16, 2008 at 2:29 pm

    Wow i hadnt heard of Tracy Joy stuff before – but its all so cute!!!! I hope i win but if not, i might just have to purchase something!! great interview also

  100. Sarah Henderson on May 16, 2008 at 2:47 pm

    I didn’t realize she made Camera Straps! How cool! I would love a bag too. Fabric choices are gorgeous!

  101. Tisha Morris on May 16, 2008 at 3:12 pm

    You have such amazing products and your work looks top notch. Thank you so much for sharing.

  102. Pete on May 16, 2008 at 4:09 pm

    My wife would love one of those for her camera!

  103. Vickey Weiss on May 16, 2008 at 5:14 pm

    These are soooo cute! I totally want one!

  104. Kimberly Crum on May 16, 2008 at 5:15 pm

    How exciting!!! What beautiful samples!!! I can’t wait to go check out all of these goodies, I am in need of a new bag.–kim

  105. Marianne Lee on May 16, 2008 at 5:27 pm

    Wow what an awesome interview! I enjoyed reading every bit of it!! I own the Kristine bag and love how it fits all my stuff!! Thank you Jodi for allowing us to get to know Tracy more. And I sooo would love to have a strap match my bag hehe!!

  106. cheryl on May 16, 2008 at 5:27 pm

    We certainly do not have any bags like these in the UK – I’ll love to be a trend setter :)CJx

  107. Chelsey on May 16, 2008 at 7:01 pm

    I loooove Tracy Joy bags! Of course I *need* 😉 lol a matching camera strap – helllo! 😉 My camera will thank you.Great work Tracy! My MIL said it was so easy to get a gift for me, going through you.

  108. Teresa on May 16, 2008 at 9:10 pm

    Super cute idea…. The camera strap reminds me of the older 60’s and 70’s weaved type that I have even went to pawn shops to try and find. I need this product 🙂

  109. Janomie on May 16, 2008 at 9:38 pm

    I absolutely am in awe of these bags!! I recently purchased one after looking everywhere in Australia,but nothing can compare to Tracy Joy!! I will be adding to my collection don’t you worry!! Got mine in the HOT COUTURIER PLATINUM and it rocks…even had my hubby say it’s very sexy!!

  110. Emily on May 16, 2008 at 9:39 pm

    I love this site and have already bookmarked. My next investment! I love the fabrics.

  111. Monica Dyer on May 16, 2008 at 9:40 pm

    I so need a fashionable camera strap. 🙂 Thanks , Tracy, for your generous contest donations!

  112. Dawn Oldford on May 16, 2008 at 10:54 pm

    Love your products Tracy. I have been hinting to my hubby for CHristmas. Love the fun camera straps as well.

  113. Jennifer on May 16, 2008 at 11:15 pm

    Would love to win! Got my first dslr for my b-day a month ago from my dad. Ofcourse I received a plain jane boring strap (I am greatful for the camera) but, would love to have a more girly strap and going to get me a bag soon. Love all the choice.

  114. Erica Velasco on May 16, 2008 at 11:23 pm

    I wish it to be me! I just ordered one of her bags! I can’t wait to get it! Erica Velasco, vision_photographs@hotmail.com

  115. Crystal on May 16, 2008 at 11:25 pm

    I just ordered a bag 2 days ago. I can’t wait to get it! It would be soo wonderful if I won a strap for my camera! Good luck to all!

  116. Shar on May 16, 2008 at 11:43 pm

    I adore Tracy Joy and have a few of my own. I now think that I should “fancy up” my camera as well. One more way to be an original!

  117. Taryn on May 17, 2008 at 8:29 am

    These bags are GREAT!!! I never understood why camera bags were so boring! Beautiful designs!!!

  118. Billie on May 17, 2008 at 5:05 pm

    I’m so glad to have found TracyJoy’s site, and because of that, to discover this one as well! Thanks to you both for sharing your fabulous knowledge (not to mention style!) with the rest of us! 🙂

  119. Traci Bender on May 17, 2008 at 5:44 pm

    I’ve never seen such cool camera goodies…and after all, it is all about the accessories!!! LOVE these so much…even if I don’t win one, I’ll have to have one!!!!

  120. Kari on May 17, 2008 at 6:02 pm

    Oh my gosh these bags are TDF!!! I don’t know how I will ever decide which one to buy-there is not one that isn’t absolutely stunning! One of each please!!! heehee…

  121. Teresa Pomerantz on May 17, 2008 at 10:08 pm

    I love TJ bags- don’t own one though :(. I love reading your blog Jodi! Thanks for all you do!

  122. Shawna Taylor on May 17, 2008 at 10:52 pm

    I love Tracy’s bags!! I’ve got one of her original Kimberly bags and love it!! But now I’m totally eyeing the new Joey style! Of course my husband will probably not be too happy if I ask him for yet another camera bag lol!

  123. Jenzee on May 17, 2008 at 11:53 pm

    I LOVE THEM!! They are soooo cute! This is the first time I have ever seen them. Did I say I love them!!!

  124. Tina Harris on May 18, 2008 at 1:14 am

    I just got my first SLR camera today for an early birthday(May 20)gift. A Nikon D40 with tow lenses, I love it. Took over 100 pictures of my girls today and oh how fussy they were today. My husband, and parents told me over and over today, you need to hurry up and get a case. So everyone is in bed and I began the hunt for a girly, trendy looking camera case. Little did I realize how hard the hunt was going to be. Finally I tyeped in Girly camera case and found the Tracy Joy site, I am in love. I love to stand out a little bit and the Tracy Joy camera bag and camera strap covers are all about me. I’m hoping to get a little birthday money on my actually birthday and I will be making my purchase.Thank you for this interview, it us always nice to know something about the person who is making, designed a product you are considering. How much cooler these camera straps look compared to the boring black one on my camera. I will be the envy, hope I win! Happy Birthday to me!!!

  125. Gina Fensterer on May 18, 2008 at 8:39 am

    Well, now I know what my next wish-list item is!! Gorgeous bags. And how awesome are those strap covers!! I never saw any before. Tracy, what a generous donation, too. 🙂

  126. Karin W on May 18, 2008 at 11:09 am

    Great interview and such stylish bags! I will definitely become one of Tracy Joy’s newest fans….who wouldn’t covet one? Thanks for the interview and introduction to a fun, beautiful, product.

  127. Laney Griner on May 18, 2008 at 12:49 pm

    I don’t have a great bag yet, so maybe at least my strap can have some style! 🙂

  128. Teresa Norris on May 18, 2008 at 12:52 pm

    Wow, these are the most beautiful and most fun camera straps EVER!!! Awesome interview & inspiration!

  129. Sarah on May 18, 2008 at 2:17 pm

    Ooh! Those are gorgeous! I love Tracey Joy!

  130. Heather on May 18, 2008 at 3:34 pm

    I love these!!! They look so comfy too on top of being stylish! I’d love one:)

  131. Meggan on May 18, 2008 at 3:44 pm

    SOOOO cute! I’d love to add a little style to my camera! 🙂

  132. Jennifer on May 18, 2008 at 5:13 pm

    I LOVE Tracy’s bags! I bought a wallet to check out the fabric and its so cute. Now I am ready to get a bag. I’ve been drooling over these for a long time. So a camera strap would complete my collection then! Thanks!

  133. Tamara on May 18, 2008 at 8:17 pm

    I just ordered my first Tracy Joy bag! Can’t wait to get it!! wonderful interview!

  134. Amara on May 18, 2008 at 9:38 pm

    Great interview! I love hearing details about the person behind the product. Super cute fabrics – the camera bag is going on my b-day wish list.

  135. Kelly S on May 18, 2008 at 10:06 pm

    I love the straps. Cant wait to get one!

  136. Brandi on May 19, 2008 at 12:45 am

    I love the straps and the bags! The fabrics choices are very pretty. I need some accessories for my new camera 🙂

  137. Deene on May 19, 2008 at 1:06 am

    I love the damask print. I’ve wanted one of these camera straps for a long time! Very cute!

  138. Kristen C on May 19, 2008 at 9:24 am

    Ooh, pick me! I just picked up another camera, and it doesn’t have a strap yet! 🙂

  139. Katie Lubbers on May 19, 2008 at 9:58 am

    I LOVE these camera straps! They are so creative and unique and I would love to win one and have extras! I just discovered Tracey Joy and mcpactions and would really like to get one of your joey bags as well and also need some serious help on my website and blog. Thanks for making these great products! Katie

  140. Jessica on May 19, 2008 at 10:01 am

    I love these! Pick ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Jessica

  141. Jennie L. on May 19, 2008 at 6:12 pm

    These camera straps are gorgeous. I’m just starting out on photography (with the goal of doing something out of it in the future), but I’ve already grown to love my camera so much. These straps would be a unique, colorful, and inspiring touch to my camera.And thank you for your help to the American Cancer Society. It personally means a lot to me.

  142. admin on May 19, 2008 at 7:40 pm

    Thanks everyone for all the comments – glad you loved the interview. Keep watching for wednesday when the winners are announced.

  143. Rhonda on May 19, 2008 at 10:08 pm

    “oh oh pick me pick me pick me” (Donkey jumping up and down)…from Shrek!I’m in the process of trying to decide which fabric I’m going to order my Kristine bag in right now…spending my birthday and Mother’s day gift $$. A matching strap would just be awesome!!

  144. Janna on May 19, 2008 at 10:38 pm

    Wow! What cool bags! I need one of those! And I also need a cool camera strap. Thanks for the contest.Janna

  145. Rachel Nehmelman on May 19, 2008 at 10:55 pm

    wow I love your bags, great contest

  146. Sara on May 20, 2008 at 7:45 am

    I Love Tracy Joy bags! I’ve been wanting to order one for some time now, but just haven’t gotten around to it yet. Thanks for the chance to win 🙂

  147. Sym on May 20, 2008 at 8:12 am

    Thank you for the interview and three prizes!

  148. Larry Green on May 20, 2008 at 9:34 am

    I and my wife quilt but I think your camera straps are great. It looks like you’ve taken two great loves and joined them.Keep up the great works of art.

  149. Heidi on May 20, 2008 at 10:42 am

    I wouldn’t know which to pick if I won…. such a decision! The bags are so cute… definitely on my wish list 🙂

  150. Veronica on May 20, 2008 at 10:44 am

    I LOVE these camera straps! They are so beautiful and look so much better than the standard issue ones that come with your camera. What a great way to show off your creative style. Plus, no one else would get their camera mixed up with mine.

  151. Nancy on May 20, 2008 at 11:23 am

    An interesting interview. It sounds like Tracy has had an interesting journey to get to her goal.

  152. Robin on May 20, 2008 at 9:16 pm

    Oh wow!! These are the neatest things!! I would LOVE a camera strap!!

  153. Amber Wiseman on May 21, 2008 at 12:09 am

    Oh My…I would love a camera strap! I am a mom of three little children and my how I soooo want to be trendy! This would help me to become well on my way…don’t you think. 🙂

  154. pigtown-design on May 21, 2008 at 9:32 am

    I just found your site and am THRILLED! I love Tracy Joy’s work and it’s such fun to see photo bags that are gorgeous, instead of boooooring!

  155. Flo Raines on May 21, 2008 at 12:00 pm

    I Love the camera straps and bags. I just discovered your site and have added your blog to reader so now I can get every post.Thanks and I will be ordering some actions…..

  156. admin on May 21, 2008 at 12:17 pm

    You may continue to add comments but I am ending the contest now – at 155 entries. I will be announcing the winners in a little while. So check back. Note – after 99 – it looks like the numbers started at 00 – the 1 is getting cut off. So remember your number if it is after the 00 is 100 and something…

  157. Sharida on April 4, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    How stinkin adorable!! I’m always looking for ways to add personality into my shoots and love for photography! It just makes things that much more fun!! Hope to win!! Thanks for your creativity!!

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