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Do I Need a US Customs Form 4457 When Traveling Abroad?

In Porteen Gear News, Travel Photogaphy by porteengear

Do you need a US Customs and Border Control Form 4457? This small form is proof that your gear listed on the form was purchased and owned in the United States prior to your trip. The significance of this document is to keep U.S. Customs and Border Protection from thinking you may have bought the items abroad and charging you U.S. Duty Tax upon reentry into the United States. It doesn’t happen very often and it’s never happened to me, but I have heard stories of photographers having to pay taxes on their gear on re-entry into the United States. I keep this form with me whenever I travel and get a new one when I buy new lenses or a camera body. To get one, you can use this link Customs Form 4457 to download the form. Take it to your nearest Homeland Security office. They are usually located …

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How Travel Photography Launched a Camera Bag Company

In Porteen Gear News, Product Info by porteengear

How the passion of travel photography turned into a full time business. It all started with a hired trip to Israel to capture the essence of the country and the old city of Jerusalem. I carried the typical black nylon camera bag that announced the fact that I had a valuable camera on my person. There were some areas of the city and countryside where I felt I should be a little more discreet with my camera gear. So I packed a plain duffle bag with a hotel towel wrapped around my expensive camera and lenses. I was worried about dropping the bag or knocking it up against a wall and damaging my gear, but I would rather have the plain duffle that have a typical looking, labeled camera bag. When I returned home from that trip, I turned in my photography and was laid off by the company that …

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Skies and Coffee

In Porteen Gear News, Skies and Coffee by grandesigns

As some of you already know, I am not only the CEO of Porteen Gear, I am also a travel blogger. My passion is travel and photography and I will occasionally go on a Press Trip and do area reviews. This helps me keep my passion of travel alive. I will be sharing my stories on the Porteen Gear Blog under the category of Skies and Coffee. With a love of photographing the night sky and a goal of visiting all of the designated Dark Sky parks around the world, I thought the name was fitting. (insert the Love of Coffee in that description as well:) If you have a custom bag being made and see that I am on a trip, don’t worry! My team at Porteen Gear is hand-making your bag in the Grand Rapids studio while I am gone. I’ll be sharing the best food and places to go …

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Porteen Gear Brand Ambassadors being Showcased on the New Website!

In Porteen Gear News by porteengear

The new portal to the World of Porteen Gear is ready to go! We still have some minor tweaking to do, but the new site will make the whole buying experience easier to navigate. There will be a Style Guide and Size Guide to help you pick the perfect size of bag. The Bag Builder is easy to get to and there will be galleries to see product in action. We are most excited about our Ambassador section showcasing some of our talented customers! Enjoy your weekend everyone!

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Irish Fog Creates a Mood

In Porteen Gear News by porteengear

I have the pleasure of traveling to the Dingle Peninsula in Ireland every 1-2 years. It’s the most beautiful place in the world to me. Time is slower there, people are in no hurry, they still run herds of sheep down main street and there are no trains and very few buses that go there. It’s my own peaceful retreat. I have photographed this area many times and captured the beautiful sun drenched western coast line with its magnificent waves crashing on the shore. I was thinking that I had photographed every nook and cranny of this area except for many areas inland without roads, so I made a plan to set out on one of the hiking trails called the Saints Path north of Dingle on my last day there. In fact, I had saved a whole day just for this photo trip. The weather had been beautiful and …

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Porteen Gear in August issue of British Vogue!

In Porteen Gear News, Product Info by porteengear

We’re in! I am happy to announce that Porteen Gear is seen in the August issue of British Vogue! I would like to extend a warm welcome to our new visitors and encourage those to visit the Porteen Gear store. There are two places you can visit to get your Porteen Gear bag. To start building your own custom bag, visit: The Porteen Gear Bag Builder.