Photography is probably more popular than its ever been and everyone I know now carries a half decent camera in their pocket for most of the day, and consequently, we're all getting better at capturing life as we move through it. But having a camera (or phone!) doesn't necessarily make you a great photographer (in the same way owning a boat wouldn't make me a good sailor) or mean you are getting the exact shots you want. As the gift season creeps upon us once again, I have compiled a short list of photography gift ideas for anyone looking for some inspiration. It does make a good present! Christmas, birthday, fathers day, mothers day, an anniversary or just because you love someone.
Photography Gift Ideas
We all like art on our walls and if you can find a print here that you, or a loved one, will like you can buy your very own copy! Prints are done on an individual basis, based on requirements, and the fist question I will ask if how big do you want it, so have a think about that. I can go from a postcard size up to about a meter. Read more on my Buy Fine Art Photography Prints page.
I have written a few book on cider, all of which feature my imagery. If you are, or know a cider fan, get in touch and I can help you decide which one would suit your needs best as they are a little varied. Read more about my books here.
These are often thought of as a bit cheesy (and they can be if you like) but they don't necessarily have to be - different approaches suit different family types. I always try to take something a bit more real, upbeat and fun - but simple as younger family members are often pretty reluctant so you get less of a chance to capture them at their best! Its not unusual for me to travel and spend an hour or two at a special family occasion to get some really treasured images for the whole family to share and enjoy. I recommend location based shoots for a family, but if its a newborn - the kitchen, lounge or nursery may be a better idea! To see more check out my FAMILY GET TOGETHER gallery.
Are you, or do you know an aspiring model or struggling actor/actress? I can offer a reasonably priced package to help get that face seen! Find out more in my New Faces: Models & Actors gallery
Buy someone their very own photographer for an hour or two and help them get the images they've always wanted - whatever they may be. It might be portraits or family or pets, it might be a new start up business or it might be for a party they're having. Whatever it is, I can create some high quality images for them to use or remember their occasion. As a freelancer my time can be spent in a back office with a dozen fire extinguishers one day, a massive public event with a member of the royal family the next, or on beaches in the Bahamas shooting underwear stories so I like to think I can deal with any scenario or requirement no matter how mundane or bizarre it may seem - its all valid!
So many people ask me about photography lessons because everyone owns a digital camera these days but most people don't get the best out of it. Never fear - I can show you how. If you have you own camera (fully charged and instruction manual) and 90 minutes available, I can tailor a one-to-one lesson to your needs. If you want longer or wish to learn something specific (such as a certain technique) lets discuss where you're at and how long I think it will take to teach you that. Prices start from £45. You can read more about photography tuition I offer