Holiday Gift Ideas for Photographers

It's that time of year where you've gotten start coming up with ideas for unique, fun, and interesting gifts to get for your loved ones. With all the amazing gifts out there to choose from, how do you even begin to narrow it down? No worries, I've listed my all time favorite gifts for pro photographers and photographer enthusiasts alike so that you'll know exactly what to get your photog bud.


Camera Bags

Camera bags for photographers are one of those things everyone needs, but people tend to forget about. Some personal crushes in the world of camera bags for me are;

Camera Equiptment

If you've got some room to splurge on your loved one, you can look into the camera equipment that they've been dreaming about. I use Canon gear so that's what my recommendations will be, but you can easily translate the camera specs to Nikon or others.

Camera Body

I use the Canon 5D Mark IV and I'm completely in love. The focus is super sharp, it works like magic in low light, and it creates photographs that can be printed to gigantic sizes.

Gift guide for professional photographers and photography enthusiasts
Chicago senior portrait photographer gift guide for the holidays


The Glow Portable 5 in 1 Reflector is a great choice for the price! The different materials and colors help adjust the lighting to suit the situation you're working in, so it's worth it to get the multiple set up rather than just a simple white reflector.

Camera Remotes

I use a remote for all of my self portraits which saves me from the running back and forth to the camera thing. I've gone through quite a number over the years because I put them through some serious work and the most sturdy and reliable remote I've ever had has been the Canon RC-1. I've dropped it in mud, I've left it outside in the rain, I've submerged it in Lake Michigan, it's currently duct taped together, and it hasn't ever stopped working. Best camera remote ever.

Weird Materials for Props

Yep, the last holiday gift idea for professional photographers is weird materials to use for props in their photos. My recommendation for this is to truly know the photographer you're buying a gift for - what kind of props to they use in their photos? What do they seem particularly drawn to photographing? From there, source some weird stuff for them to use in the upcoming year.

Some props I've used/been given;

P.S. click on the links above to see what I did with the weird props!




Adobe Photography Editing Suite

You can get a subscription for Photoshop and Lightroom for only $10 a month through Adobe and it's my biggest recommendation for new photographers who want to learn more about the art. The biggest contributing factor to me learning how to manipulate photographs and create dreamscapes through photography was by practicing daily with Photoshop techniques.

For example, here's a self portrait that I edited with experimental techniques to get rid of the background. Couldn't of done that without Photoshop (though the bending myself in half thing was real and I had the bruises to prove it).

For example, here's a self portrait that I edited with experimental techniques to get rid of the background. Couldn't of done that without Photoshop (though the bending myself in half thing was real and I had the bruises to prove it).


Good for planning out new photo ideas, writing down dreams to refer back to, or keeping tabs on editing techniques to try.

Photography Related Art

I've gotten vintage camera pencil sharpeners, deconstructed camera wall art, and camera key chains. You can get really creative here and they're all pretty cute! One of my favorites is goofy artist mugs, like this one from Abbey Grim Paper Company!

Smoke Bombs

Yes, really. You can buy them in bulk all over and they add a super fun and unique looking background to any photograph. Be careful, if your toes get too close they'll burn - see my experience with that here.

Katharine Hannah

Katharine’s work has graced the walls of institutions such as The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, The Harold Washington Library of Chicago, and local galleries such as Dreambox Gallery, Siragus Gallery and Blick Art Materials. She has also been featured on websites such as the Huffington Post, Phlearn, Fstoppers, Tigress Magazine for Girls, Bitchtopia, and Golden Boy Press.

In addition to photography, Katharine has been a mentor and educator in the arts since 2013. She has worked with students in various organizations and projects over the last two years, including Hive Chicago’s PROjectUS initiative and Digital Youth Network’s Digital Diva’s and Chicago City of Learning programs.