If photographers could put together a wish list this season, it might be an extra 24 extra hours in a day, and the ability to clone themselves. The reality is there are plenty of great gift ideas for professional photographers that don’t take a scientific intervention. Here are some of our favorites!
Stocking Stuffers – Drop some hints for these fun accessories:
Godox WL4B Waterproof LED Light – This continuous light is a small cube that measures less than 2″ on each side. It packs a powerful daylight punch and can be mounted virtually anywhere! It features a 5600K color temperature with a CRI and TLCI rating of 97.
Peak Design Straps and Gear – These straps and bags are versatile and work in tandem to keep your gear safe and secure. At a nice price point, The Cuff and Clutch straps make great stocking stuffers that will be put to good use!
Kuved Rubber Lens Caps – Made from a high-performance rubber, the ULC stretches to fit and cover all lens barrels between 60mm to 120mm lenses. This means one size for 99% of all camera lenses! And with its other array of features; waterproof, dustproof, shock-absorbent, front/rear lens cap, etc. they are a gift that keeps on giving!
LensCoat RainCoat – While shooting weddings in the rain might not be ideal, you’ll be prepared for any climate challenges with coverage for your camera. Be sure to take this “camera coat” on your next travel adventure too!
Ruggard Leda Memory Card Cases – Don’t go digging around the bottom of your camera bag in a panic for that last memory card! Store them safely in durable cases. Keep used and formatted cards in separate cases and throw one in your glove box for backup.
Treat Yourself – You’ve worked hard this year. Gift yourself a holiday bonus with these great finds:
Ona Prince Street Camera Bag – This durable tote has a vintage messenger bag look and plenty of room for multiple lenses and a laptop! It makes a great carry-on for travel as well.
Digital Juice Shadow Kit – Get your creative juices going with these patterned gels that give depth to any boring location. Play around in your downtime, then break them out at your next wedding or engagement session.
Smith VectorLED Ring Light – This super versatile light will get tons of use. Not only is it compatible with DLSRs, but you can use it with smartphones and for videos. This light has multiple color settings to blend with any ambient light, so plan on starting your new vlog in 2022 with this great tool!
V-Flat World’s Portable Light Modifiers – Do you ever feel like you need a little bit more control in lighting situations? V-Flat World’s two-sided, (white and black), foldable V-Flats can easily go to any job site. Use them to subtract or add light just where you need it. They can also double as a background for portraits and headshots.
For the Business – Reinvest in your brand for a very merry new year!
Client Gifts – Customer gratitude goes a long way! How a customer experiences your services has a big effect on how likely they will be to refer you to others. Showing appreciation with a box of chocolates or a customized picture frame is a great relationship builder.
Marketing Support – If you’re struggling with social media or SEO it may be time to bring in an expert. You wear a lot of hats as a small business owner and the likelihood that you’re great at some things, and not so much at others is pretty likely. It is true that sometimes you have to spend money to make money. Investing in getting more customers will ultimately pay for itself.
Editing Services – If there is anything other than editing that you can do, do it. It’s time to break up the relationship between your backside and your office chair. Finding ways to take non-income earning activities off your plate allows you to work on growing the business by taking on more clients.
Update Your Sample Albums – Having professional wedding albums to show your clients is essential. Mention that you offer flush-mount wedding albums in all your collections, and your couples are left to imagine what you might be talking about. SHOW them a beautiful custom wedding album and they won’t have any doubts. Having the most updated imagery in your samples is also important, so if your samples are so 2010, you’ll want to update. At 50% off Zookbinders’ studio samples are a great value!
There are some great gifts for professional photographers out there, but the best gift of all are the relationships and memories that we make over the years. From the team at Zookbinders – Happy Holidays and a very merry New Year!