November 28, 2019

A Photographer’s Holiday Shopping List

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Making a list and checking it twice!! Going to make those images oh so nice!! Find the best deals online for your content creation needs!!

Camera Straps, you will often find me not having a camera strap, as many hours of shooting cause severe aches in my neck and shoulders. Also carrying a crossbody bag I found myself getting tangled up. However, when photographing a Wedding or long event My assistant usually carries my bag and I recommend the Holdfast Money Maker. Sizes vary so make sure you pick the right size. However as my colleagues and I discuss, over time it becomes heavy .

Here is a great Rolling Camera/lens Case ON MAJOR Sale to store all of your options and carry them for your bigger shoots like Weddings & Studio, it’s also Flight Friendly.

Camera Bodies & Lenses

For the NIKON Fan I am A Nikon shooter but I love Canon & Sony as well. Nikon is just the path I went and gear I have invested in. I have linked a few other Brand Options that I feel are Great Cameras for all photographers. Nikon D850, Pair this Camera with several options of lenses here are three of my favorites. Nikon AF-S FX 24-70 mm f/2.8 , Nikon 50mm 1.4Nikon 35mm 1.4 .


If you are starting out learning photography or want to improve your every day imagery for your lifestyle or small business to curate content for marketing needs these Black Friday Deals are great options and I have listed a few at GREAT Price Points all under $1,000. For professional photographers that offer professional services I would recommend professional grade equipment.

Nikon D7500 Dual Lens Kit over $500 Savings for Black Friday Deal!

Other Camera Brand Options Canon EOS 5D Mark IVSony A9. The Same lenses I recommend for these Brands of Camera the 50mm 1.4, The 24-70mm 2.4, & the 35 1.4.

I get this question all the time! I bet at least once a moth. If you need a Camera for the Every Day Images that is a little more budget friendly. Here is a great bundle option at a GREAT PRICE!! Nikon D3500 DSLR Camera with Two Lens Options & MORE!! All Under $500!!Also add this little guy to your camera and get your kiddos attention!!Shutter Huggers are so cute!!

I use 64 GB SD CARDS, these SD Cards are Large & Fast Enough for Sessions.I save each SD card and use it as Back up until the Client’s Gallery is delivered. There are also options for more space like the 128 GB SD On HUGE Sale for Black Friday Deals Under $20!! Run Don’t walk on that amazing deal!! The Sony Professional QXD 128 GB under $200 and the QXD / SD Reader Dual Slot with USB port are at fabulous prices as well under $30!! I also use an SD/Memory Card Holder so they are all organized and together. Along with saving the SD Cards I use External Hard Drives store all of my imagery. I have listed a few options on your Hard Drive Needs, these are a few I have used with great price points and price range due to the amount of storage you may need. Seagate Backup Plus 2 TB External Hard Drive and another popular choice but a little higher in price is the LaCie Rugged Mini 2TB that is also made by Seagate.

I love the handheld Reflectors. When you’re needing a little more light directed on your subject and if you’re like me you shoot alone on many occasions, A large reflector isn’t ideal as it’s not easy to maneuver. These are perfect to handle on your own.

I often shoot a on the go locations. I never know where I am going to be sometimes and if I find myself in a lifestyle situation. (For example Coffee Shop, Book Store, Grocery Store.) I want to be able to put out enough light that is not too harsh or direct on my subject so I will connect my Flash Bender to my mounted on Camera Speed Light the Nikon S-5000 AF Speedlight.

Here are Other Smaller items I carry that help me have a great shoot! Small Clamps , Nikon Lens PenMicrofiber Cleaning ClothsChanging Pop up Tent,

iPhone / Smart Phone Photography

Let’s face it, as much as it’s hard for us photographers to know that sometimes a cell phone image is a quicker way to snag an image here are few of my favorite accessories to get the best images from using your phone! For Under $40 you can get the #1 Best Selling iPhone Lens this lens is compatible with several other Phones as well! For improving your Social Media Game & Quick photos this lens is a must! A selfie light Ring can illuminate and give you the best lighting to capture that perfect selfie, it can also clip onto your computer or laptop for great video lighting and is rechargeable!

HP Sprocket Portable Printer! PRINT YOUR PHOTOS STRAIGHT FROM YOUR PHONE UNDER $100 A Black Friday DEAL!!!

Premium Phone Tripod under $18.00!!

I am always on the go, here is a specific Prime Day Launch A Car Charger & Mount!

I love having my watch with me so when I m working if my next client is trying to contact me I can simply look down and read the message on my Apple Watch linked HERE. PRIME DAY DEAL ON THEM IT’S A HUGE SAVINGS!!

Here are some great Apple Watch Bands for under $11, the leopard one is my fav!!

All though I do not have one in my collection a Drone is on my list to get! Although it’s not a Huge Demand in my Niche of Photography I have used a drone to ring a fun look into my business and I would love to provide and add that extra eye grabbing element of video and imagery for my clients. SAVE $250 on The DJI Phantom 4 Quadcopter Drone!

The Apple Airpods with Charging Case that are under $175 which is a great option price wise or there is also The Apple Airpods Pro option that are a little more expensive but both are a must have in my book!!

I have the smaller MacBook Pro. I love it because it also fits in my Camera Bag. I also linked to Beautiful Marble Hard Case & Keyboard Cover HERE! The Hard Case Covers are under $15, great for Gifts for your Clients or Office Pals! I don’t always put it in my camera bag but when traveling with my camera gear it’s perfect to save save space! This is great for office tasks. I do some editing and it’s great when on the FLY but when I am pumping out the sessions My iMac Pro is where the magic happens! I absolutely love it and it’s The main Key to operating smoothly & swiftly! I also have an iPad to quickly show a gallery to a client. The Apple iPad 32GB is a Best Seller and UNDER $250! When I want to drown out any distraction I work with my AirPods & I love them! On the New Macs you may need to get an SD Card Reader as well as a USB port TYP C for Mac Accessory I leave mine in my Laptop Tote Bag.


I find for photographing products or headshots that a durable backdrop stand is a quick and easy way to assist you in capturing the best images. I have had my two stands for 5 Plus years and still use them! I will set up mine to the closest window or use Constant Lighting with my favorite colors of Seamless paper when I am on the go. If I am looking for a Stationary Backdrop Wall Mount this is the perfect choice that holds 4 Rolls Of Paper without Sag and easy access ! You can get seamless paper in all colors sizes and it’s great to use for a backdrop for headshots, products, Flat Lays & more!

When it comes to Constant Lighting I find myself going to the cheaper ones, as I move locations every day and if one breaks or is over worked I am not out thousands of dollars for an every day mishap. Click here to snag these lights for under $80!! If you have a Studio that is your every day location where the lights are stationary and you do not pack your lights a lot I would definitely recommend purchasing your higher quality Lighting like these by WestScott.

Another Great Lighting Options That You can use not only with your Cell Phone or on Location at Your Photography Session or even in Studio this Best Seller Ring Light Kit is a MUST HAVE!! This can help with your video tutorials and more.

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