Tis the season for gift-giving! My favorite part of gifting is the challenge of hunting for the perfect meaningful & significant present that I know the recipient will actually be able to use and cherish.
As my mom always taught me: “Give the gift you’d love to receive.”
So here’s the 2019 Weddding Photographer & Business Owner Gift Guide I put together, filled with gift ideas for wedding photographers, videographers, and creative small business owners.
(Or if you’re the creative, here are some things you can add to your wish list!)
Enjoy & happy gifting!
PRO TIP: Send your loved ones your wish list before Black Friday/Cyber Monday so they can take advantage of deals!
GIFT IDEAS FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS & VIDEOGRAPHERS
12-slot surge protector for charging allll of that gear.
Carrying case for all those tripods & stands.
Wire management – Practically everything a photographer or videographer needs to run their business has a wire attached to it. I LOVE these sleek white cord covers for making my workspace look neater.
Laptop stand – Editing for hours and hours hunched over a laptop is terrible for your back & neck – this stand elevates the screen just enough to be ergonomic and comfortable.
Photographer’s Gloves with a removable slot for your pointer finger and thumb! These things are one of my favorite inventions ever for cold winter weddings & shoots.
Eneloop Pro batteries are the only kind of batteries I’ll ever use! Super strong, rechargeable, very reliable.
Camera remote – Makes taking photos & videos of yourself SO much easier!
Smartphone tripod adapter for taking cell phone photos, videos, and flat lays.
32 or 64 GB Sandisk Extreme Pro SD cards (or CF – check what their camera uses) – You can NEVER have enough memory cards! Having lots of extra cards will mean that you never have to format a card until the client receives the photos, avoiding a lot of stress and worry.
You can never have enough large capacity high speed USB 3.0 flash drives, especially for sharing files between second shooters.
Memory card cases – I use multiple colors to organize & categorize my SD cards.
External hard drive – I’m constantly buying new external hard drives – they fill up fast when you have dozens of weddings per year!
2-slot quick charger – This charges up my cell phone so fast!
Portable battery charger – For staying charged up on long wedding days
GIVE THE GIFT OF EDUCATION!
WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER GIFT IDEAS
Tote for carrying supplies on wedding days – this one is durable, discreet, and just the right size. (I got my logo embroidered on mine!)
These gold or silver hangers are awesome for hanging bridesmaids dresses on wedding days! They’re thin/lightweight but durable, and the top hook is flexible so they can be twisted to hang straight on any type of ledge.
High-fidelity ear plugs – a must-have for loud wedding receptions (and mitzvahs!) These babies must have saved my ears another decade of hearing!
Heel cushions and shoe inserts to protect from getting blisters & sore feet after standing for 8+ hours on wedding days.
WEDDING DAY ATTIRE
Black Jumpsuit – A sleek, professional jumpsuit is a staple for any wedding photographer’s closet.
Cocktail Dress – Cute but professional – perfect for shooting weddings! I have this in navy, black, and grey.
I love these 3/4 sleeved blazers – I have them it both black and white.
WEDDING DAY EMERGENCY KIT
Extra pins for fixing boutonnieres
Oil blotters for blotting sweaty faces on hot wedding days
Hooks & eyes for dress mishaps
CREATIVE SMALL BUSINESS OWNER GIFT IDEAS
When your business runs on caffeine, you can never have too many mugs or thermoses like these:
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It’s no secret that I love notebooks, planners, stationary.. anything I can take notes in! These pen loops are perfect for making sure they always have a pen or pencil handy to write down their thoughts & ideas.
These highlighters are great – they’re colorful yet light enough that you can read through the colors!
GIVE THE GIFT OF BUSINESS ORGANIZATION!
Honeybook Subscription – Give the gift of organization! Honeybook is the greatest all-in-one CRM (Client Relationship Management) program that streamlines contracts, invoices, workflows, and client communication – by far the most popular program among wedding professionals! (Click this link for 50% off – that’s only $16.66/month!)
The Contract Shop has contract templates customized for every single type of creative small business you could imagine!
I love Tailwind for planning, organizing, and scheduling Pinterest and Instagram posts.
OR you can give the gift of Audible for 3, 6, or 12 months so they can listen to them as audiobooks!
These are some of my favorite business development books that have had the biggest effect on my life & business:
Hockey Stick Principles – emphasizes the importance of the “tinkering stage” that every successful business begins with. I love the Audible version!
Company of One – all about staying small when society is pushing the “bigger is better” myth
Profit First – hammers home the importance of paying yourself first. The Audible version is great too!
Work You – Mary Beth is great at discussing financial topics in a way that’s easy to understand
Talk Like Ted – a great read for anyone who wants to get more comfortable speaking, in any capacity!
How to Win Friends and Influence Others – a timeless classic & must-read for any service based business
Pumpkin Plan – focusing on the key tasks that drive your business and profit. Mike’s books are great as audiobooks too!
5 Languages of Workplace Appreciation – “The 5 Love Languages” the employee/coworker version!
Slight Edge – haven’t read this yet but it was highly recommended!
The Five Second Rule – also highly recommended!
Clockwork – up next on my “To Read” list!
Traction – also on my list!
Blue Ocean Strategy – was also recommended & need to read 🙂
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