Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas for Photographers

We are down to the last few weeks before Christmas and I wanted to provide you with a few last minute Christmas Gift ideas for photographers. Maybe its not in your budget to purchase a new DSLR camera or shiny new lens. I provided a few gift ideas that won’t break the bank but will truly impress the photographer on your Christmas list.


Branding Session - What photographer doesn’t need portraits of themselve? Why not book a branding session with one of their favorite photographer and they can use the images on their website and marketing.


T-Shirt for the female photograpHER – How about an Essence of a PhotograHER T-Shirt? This is one of our favorite t-shirts that I see the female photographers wearing.

Long Sleeve Tops for the cold weather - This stylish shirt will keep your photography dry and comfortable. Check out this Nike Long Sleeve Shirts for men and women. These top are perfect because they aren’t too heavy or thin.

Camera Strap – Who couldn’t use a new camera sling strap? If your photographer carries two cameras why not a double strap? If you want something a little more fancy check out this leather Holdfast Money Maker.

Fingerless Gloves - It is getting cold outside so who can’t use a pair of some fingerless gloves?

Business Card Holder - Since you are about ‘business’ why not have a nice card holder to keep your business cards looking good.


The LensPen – The LensPen is perfect for cleaning camera lenses. It is also compact that includes a dust brush and a special non-liquid cleaning element.

Memory Cards - A photographer can never have too many memory cards. I have been sticking with the SanDisk Extreme Pro memory cards. These cards last a long time and you can get them for a reasonable price.

Memory Card Case - In order to store and provide additional protection I would recommend a water resistant memory card case. This Pelican Memory Card Case will hold 12 cards safely.

External Hard Drive - Every photography has been taught to back up your files and images. Well here are a few great external hard drives that can used to back up your files and images. Western Digital offers a My Passport External Hard drive that is reliable.

Lens Carrying Pouch - I LOVE THIS POUCH!! I purchased this pouch to carry an extra lens and some other small items while on a photoshoot. Sometimes I don’t feel like carrying my bag so this will work. I have the Think Tank Photo Lens Changer 35 that can hold up to a 24-70mm lens. All you have to do is clip it onto your belt.


Pocket Notebook – This book is only 6 inches tall and it great for documenting the little details. With this notebook you can see what you did in a similar situation so you ace the shoot. The Think Then Shoot: A Photographer’s Pocket Notebook is a perfect gift idea.

E-Book - How about an E-Book on portraits and posing? This book has over 70 pages worth of valuable information and broken down into 4 sections; Portraits, Posing, Shooting and Equipment. The Portrait & Posing Workbook is a great book for any photographer.

Business Planner - The planner is sold by Janelle Keys on Etsy and is a PDF printable planner. The Epic Studio Planner for Photographers is all-in-one solution for photographers looking for the perfect 2019 planner to keep them organized in the new year.

This Planner has been custom designed by photographers to meet the specific needs of running a photography business. It has sections of workflow, as well as scheduling and marketing.


If you aren’t buying Christmas gifts for a photographer or want some other gift ideas check out my previous blog post. I provided gift ideas that are under $150

Zachary C. Senior Session | Columbia, SC

This is the year that everyone dreams about since they start school. Everyone dreams about their senior year of school. This is the year where you are the top dog, you are looked up by underclassmen and you get to decide on your future.

Back in September, I had the pleasure of capturing the intial senior photos for Zachary C. (Zach). He will be graduating member of the Class of 2019 from Spring Valley High School.

This summer Zach received an honor from the Spring Valley High School Air Force JROTC. He was presented with the Junior ROTC Award of Merit Award at the Spring Valley High School Military Ball. The night didn’t just end with an award he was also promoted to Commander of the Junior ROTC Color Guard for the 2018 - 2019 school year.

The way session came about was from a casual conversation I had with his mother Bridgette. I’ve known her for several years and asked how he was doing. She mentioned this was his senior year and I suggested the senior session. She agreed with having the 2 Seasons Senior Package that I am offering.

This summer Zach received an honor from the Spring Valley High School Air Force JROTC. He was presented with the Junior ROTC Award of Merit Award at the Spring Valley High School Military Ball. The night didn’t just end with an award he was also promoted to Commander of the Junior ROTC Color Guard for the 2018 - 2019 school year.

The session was held at two separate locations in downtown Columbia. We began on the grounds of the South Carolina State House and ending on the South end of downtown Main Street. Zach was great in front of the camera and when he got stomped during the session he came up with a brilliant idea. With the help of his cell phone, he called a friend to explain to them what he was doing so his poses would look natural. That helped us capture some great images while he was on his phone call. This young teen provided so much swag and fun to the session. I can't wait to capture his second session next year to see what else we can create.

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8 Sigma Beta Club Members Honored | Columbia, SC

The Nu Omicron Sigma Chapter held a Bleutillion Recognition Program for the Beta Sigma Club members which was held on Saturday, August 25, 2018. The recognition program was held at the Brookland Baptist Church Banquet and Conference Center. The program was held with an audience of family, friends, and brothers of Phi Beta Sigma.  Brother Richard Boone, State Director for South Carolina Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. was the speaker for the event.

History of the Sigma Beta Club

The Sigma Beta Club is a youth affiliated group for Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. The Sigma Beta Club was founded in 1950 by Dr. Parlette L. Moore.  Brother Moore was concerned about the changing needs in the black communities and recognized the important role that Sigma men could play in the lives of our youth. Sigma Beta Club is a mentoring program sponsored by the men of a local fraternity chapter. The Nu Omicron Sigma Chapter established the Sigma Beta Club on February 19, 2011.

The Sigma Beta Clubs’ four major principles of focus are on Culture, Athletics, Social and Educational needs. The Sigma Beta Club offers a unique opportunity to develop values, leadership skills and social/cultural awareness in our youth during their developmental years. Sigma Beta Club programs are geared to meet the needs of its members, but at the same time provide them with a well-rounded outlook that is needed to cope with today's society. Phi Beta Sigma is confident that investing in our youth today will produce the effective leaders of tomorrow.


In July I received a call from my fraternity Brother Marion Wright. He inquired about having headshot’s taken for a few Sigma Beta Club member for an upcoming event. I was excited to have the opportunity to take these portraits. He let me know that was having a meeting with these young men at the Richland County Public Library on North Main Street so we decided to have them taken there. The meeting was to discuss the upcoming Bluetillion. What is a Bluetillion you might ask? A Bluetillion is a Sigma Beta gala presenting young men to the community. While taking their portraits I was able to have a brief conversation with each club member individually. I was impressed by the maturity these young men displayed.

In Conclusion

I would recommend having your young men to become a member of the Sigma Beta Club. With all the issues that young men have in America today it would be beneficial for them have mentorship. Having a mentor that looks like you helps them know they can do anything in life. Mentorship helps young men stay on track with education, and help with their future plans. Young men with mentors have a higher graduation rate, improves their interpersonal skills, and decreased the likelihood of initiating drug and alcohol use. Get your young men involved and see the benefits in him.

Brother Marion Wright helping Marcellus Charles Lewis with his bowtie.

Brother Marion Wright helping Marcellus Charles Lewis with his bowtie.


Sigma Beta Club Members


Isaiah Bowman


Carson Alexander Spencer

Dreher High School - 12th Grade


Zamahray Kelley


Jo'Nathan D. Turkvan


Sean Wise


Marcellus Charles Lewis

Irmo High School - 9th Grade

Malachi Everette Lewis

Irmo High School - 10th Grade


Tyre David Brown

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