It’s officially the Christmas season which means it’s officially time to start buying last-minute gifts. Anyone else a last-minute shopper? I definitely am.
If you’re shopping for a photographer, or if you’re a photographer who’s trying to figure out what to ask for this Christmas, I hope this list will be a help! I may receive a small commission if you use the links here, but it won’t cost you extra or anything like that.
Let’s get to it!
1. Camera: my recommendations
Cheapest: Canon Rebel T100 - I've never used this or known anyone to use this (it came out in 2018), but if you're just starting out and want a good budget option, this might be the camera for you!
Mid-range: Canon Rebel T7i - This is a fantastic starter camera. If you have the money to get this one, I'd definitely recommend going for it!
More Expensive: Canon 6Dmark II - This is my camera that I use for almost everything. It's pricier than the other two, but that's because it's a professional full frame camera, and it shows! It takes awesome video as well.
2. New lens: my recommendations
Canon 50mm 1.8 - This lens is a budget-friendly option, but it can be the number one thing that takes your photography to a whole new level. There's no going back once you enter the world of non-kit lenses (the basic ones that come with the camera), and the Canon 50mm 1.8 is where I'd recommend starting if you're looking to upgrade from the kit lens. It is a prime lens, so there is no option of zooming, but prime lenses are known to take crisp and clear photos. Plus, if you can't zoom, it pushes you to be creative and actually move yourself if you want a different shot. Fully recommend this lens.
Canon 85mm 1.8 - This is like the 50mm but taken to a new level. It's a prime lens, but the range is 85mm (so think of it as a little farther zoomed in than the 50). This is my favorite lens that I own for portraits. It creates beautiful, creamy backgrounds and really makes your subject stand out. I love this lens, what else can I say?
Canon 24-70mm 2.8 - This lens is in Canon's L lineup which basically just means it's their top line of lenses. As a result, it's pretty pricey, but it's also beautiful! With a range of 24mm to 70mm, it's extremely versatile. You could easily shoot an entire wedding day just using this lens.
3. Camera strap - This is just a fun gift that can personalize your camera. I linked to a leather one because I think it looks nice, but there are TONS of options for straps.
4. Camera bag - I got by without a camera bag for far too long. You want something to safely store your gear in.
5. Subscription to Lightroom - If you're someone just starting out in photography, this is one of the first things you'll want to invest in (after buying a camera, of course). Adobe Lightroom is what most professional photographers use to edit and process their photos. It's the best. I have the photography plan, and that's absolutely what I would recommend getting.
6. Quick, reliable memory card - Maybe it’s just me, but I feel as if a photographer could almost always use another one of these. They’re easy to lose. A good, reliable, and fast memory card - you can’t go wrong! Note that if the person you’re buying for doesn’t have a camera yet, you’ll want to start there.
7. Polaroid camera - Maybe it’s for someone who just enjoys taking photos for fun, or maybe it’s for a photographer who wants a fun gift to give their clients at the end of their session. Take a Polaroid at the end of your sessions, and hand it to your clients immediately. It’s a fun little gift to remember your time together!
8. Blue light blocking glasses - If you're going to be spending lots of time editing on a computer, these are helpful for your eyes!
9. Laptop - I have a Macbook Pro and love it so much! The one I have is an older model. This is a newer model, and the price reflects that.
10. Laptop case - This one is pretty, has a strap for carrying, and is big enough to fit pretty much any laptop I would think. The one I have doesn't have a handle, but that would be a nice feature when carrying it.