The Cotton Camera Carrier Team, from L to R: Andrew Cotton Chamberlayne, Warehouse Guru; Andy Cotton Chamberlayne, President; Stephanie Parker (niece-in-law), Trade Show Diva; Jackson Parker, employee-in-training; Kennedy Parker, Junior photographer-in-training; Brook Parker (nephew), Second-in-Command; Sam Cotton Chamberlayne, Shipping Specialist.
Andy Cotton's Story I worked as a Special Effects Supervisor in the film industry for over 26 years. My specialty was designing physical effects: cars crashing, people hanging off buildings, that type of stuff. The rules were simple, and the only constant was functionality and 100% reliability. The KISS Principle (Keep it simple, stupid) ruled. People's lives were on the line; there was no room for error.
Later, as a professional landscape photographer, I found no product to meet my need for a camera-carrying solution that was comfortable, secure, and accessible. Sure, there were bags, sling straps, belt clips, and all manner of shiny things. But all were "toys" designed by designers, not photographers. Nothing allowed me to carry my camera comfortably, securely, and with quick accessibility.
My years of design experience in the film industry came into play as I set out to design the system I needed. It had to be simple, without springs or moving parts. Nothing that could fail, jam, or break. Made of top-quality materials, it had to function and be absolutely reliable in all situations. It had to provide comfort and accessibility in order to improve my photographic experience. Five years later, according to enthusiastic feedback from satisfied customers from around the world, I believe I got it right. Simple, functional, high quality: Cotton Camera Carrier Systems.