ETST Behind the Business: Pampered Paparazzi

I broke my favorite lens two weeks ago and immediately felt that wish-I-could-go-back regret I’ve felt in similar situations, like getting pulled over for speeding.  It was my fault, and I knew it.  I had my camera out of its case and was switching lenses, walking around with my camera dangled over my shoulder and carelessly ignoring the risk of damage.  As soon as it happened, I told myself I wasn’t going to do this anymore.  I knew better, and it was only a matter of time before something like this happened. Even though I have a couple camera cases I love, I still take my camera out by itself, dangle it over my shoulder while we’re out and about or throw other kid junk into my camera case–all risking damage to our important investments.

I got my lens back from the camera “hospital” today, and there’s a new routine for how everything is protected.  I still love and use my bigger cases but now everything inside has further protection, thanks to Pampered Paparazzi–homemade neoprene camera and lens cases (think scuba suits for camera gear). 


Ever been toting your camera over your shoulder only to swing around and hear it ding the doorway or bang into the wall?  Nice.  We won’t be dinging anymore with the protective glove that slides nicely over everything.  And I’ll feel so much better heading to the beach with this baby.

Brett got a nice “I told you so” out of this, and he’s thrilled to see Mama being responsible. 

Mama of two, Nicole Roberts, is the creator of Pampered Paparazzi and shares a bit of her inspiration:

Why protective camera gear?  What inspired you to start this shop?

Nicole: As embarrasing as it is to admit, I used to throw my camera into my purse every day. I hated doing it, but with two small kids in tow, I didn’t have enough hands for my giant camera case as well. When a sippy cup of apple juice spilled into my purse and on my camera I knew something had to change. I still wanted to take my camera with me wherever I went so I set out on a search to find what I needed. I wanted something that would protect my camera but it had to fit into my purse. When my search was unsuccessful I simply decided to create what I needed and build it to fit my needs. Pampered Paparazzi was born and over the last few years many cameras have found the protection they needed.

I love hearing about creative work spaces and routines.  Describe your work space and a typical day of creating camera cases.

With two children on the go, my typical work hour is anything but typical. I find time between school drop off and pickups, dr. appts, ballet, dinner and baths. Among the chaos, I find comfort in the quiet moments that I can steal to be alone with my thoughts, a cup of tea and my sewing machine. My workspace is located at the base of my bay window which opens up to the hills behind my house. The natural light shines over the piles of fabric, laundry, toys, and magazine cut-outs of dream projects. Someday I hope to have a large sewing room in which I can expand my skills and my business.

Favorite thing about running your business?

As a stay at home mom, I love every moment with my children. However, when I created Pampered Paparazzi it gave me an outlet to be creative and to help provide for my family. It is also very satisifying to know that I have created a product that has been useful to others. With every camera case order that I receive I feel the same pride as when I completed my first case for myself. It is a simple pleasure and pride that I carry with me as I venture back into the carpool lane and into another day of kids, crafts, and craziness.


Pampered Paparazzi offers a variety of styles and colors for camera and lens cases–check them out! 

My 50 mm is much happier now. 


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  1. Cute!!

  2. A timely post for me. Thanks! My camera is in the hospital at the moment. Its going to cost $190 to have it fixed, ouch! And I suspect it was caused by the rough treatment it got…I’ll check the website out, might be just what I need.

  3. I’ll have to look into these! I keep stuffing my camera into the baby’s diaper bag and I’m afraid it’s going to topple out one of these days!

  4. OH WOW!!! I love these! Thanks, Kelle! I’m looking into getting one of them soon for my dslr!!! It needs a nice scuba hug!!!

  5. Every bump and toss into a diaper bag etc. that you describe has happened to me!!!! Eeek. I really need this! Thanks for sharing.

  6. This product is amazing! I just recently purchased my first DSLR and haven’t found a case that fits my needs perfectly. I’m heading now to check out her Etsy shop!! This is such a great post!!!!


  7. Hi Kelle, I have a “pampered paparazzi” camera case and a lens case for almost a year now and i just love them. Nicole made them for me just the way i needed them, turquoise stitched in neon green, to match the shoulder strap, they fit like gloves and they really stand out :). She’s a great woman.

  8. Is this a sponsor or were you gifted one of these bags to review? I think some transparency would be fair to your readers.

  9. Oh I DEFINITELY need one of these! Going off to check the shop now!

  10. My camera is currently tossed in my school bag, knowing its wrong, but there is just no way I can carry another BIG bag to work! I am ordering one of these NOW to be in the States for me when I got back in April!

    Thanks for sharing!


  11. This is fantastic. My husband got me a 60’s vintage camera case for my birthday last year, and I love it so much but it has virtually no padding and I have already broke a lens because of it. I sent him the link here and told him it was on my wish list :) Thank you!

  12. Hi Kelle! Congrats on your soon-to-be new addition to the family!! I’m a long time fan and reader of your blog, and I just found out yesterday that I’m going to be a momma too :-) I can’t wait to watch my family begin, and watch yours continue to bloom!! Happy Wednesday and happy thoughts for your upcoming special delivery, from snowy Ottawa.

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  14. I am gulity of this as well and know exactly that feeling you speak of when you hear the lense bump! I am looking into this. Thanks for sharing! I saw this today and thought of you

  15. I like these – so interesting to hear from female entrepreneurs on how they got their start and keep business rolling despite a tough economy! :)

  16. just bought this great, non-nerdy, non-bulky case! wondering what kind of “strap” that works with this case (can’t contact her on etsy). thanks!

  17. amazing prodcut and also thank you for share with us this review

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