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My Favorite Things: A Photographer's Gift Giving Guide

'Tis the season for spreading joy to the ones you love! As the holiday draws nearer and your search for the perfect gift begins, I wanted to share some ideas with a little bit of a "photographer" twist in the event you are looking for something new and different to put under the Christmas tree. If you or any of your loved ones had a photo shoot this year or are planning one for next year, some of these ideas might just pair nicely with pre-shoot preparations and the resulting photos! You just might want to buy one of these things for yourself too.

  1. A Heaven on Earth Facial from Amber Carayannopoulos at Peace Yoga Studio & Wellness Center. Get that photo-ready glow while pampering yourself. Warning: You may be so relaxed you just might need a ride home!

  2. A Forever Dress by Jana Carrick Designs. This dress is truly crafted to be the cornerstone of every wardrobe. Not only is it possibly the most comfortable thing you will wear, it comes in so many fun colors and patterns. This dress is perfect for headshots, family photos and to wear to the office or special events.

  3. Unique Jewelry Pieces and Accessories from Shop Privy. I am a jewelry fanatic and this woman-owned boutique in Wauwatosa has a fabulous collection. Whether you are looking for something trendy, classic, simple, bold or fun for someone on your gift list, it's there. And it's affordable! You will also find fun purses, scarves and other items to make a woman in your life feel beautiful. All of these items will also accentuate any photo shoot outfit!

  4. A Gift Certificate for Photography Prints at Art's Cameras Plus. Want to support a local business while getting professional quality prints from a recent photo shoot? Look no further than Art's.

  5. Photo Ornaments. Had a photo shoot and want to gift a family member with this unique photo memory? (Think grandparents, aunts, uncles, godparents). Jazz up their tree with a photo ornament! There are quite a few places to choose from when it comes to this, but I recommend MPIX. They are easy to order from, they have creative designs and the finished product ships quickly!

  6. Custom Photo Framing by SB Framing Gallery. Grace the walls of a loved one's home by giving them the gift of getting a recent photo framed professionally. Go visit Sarah Beckett at SB Framing Gallery in the Third Ward and she can create something unique and timeless!

  7. Tabletop Photo Frames. Etsy, Etsy, Etsy. So many unique options and too many talented artisans to name. And there are numerous personalization offerings as well. Visit Etsy soon, however, as you want to ensure your product arrives by the holidays. If you happen to be in a hurry, then head to Hobby Lobby. I know, it's a big box store and you might not find something exceptionally unique. However, the frames are usually on sale and their selection is massive. I will say it again....massive!

  8. Edible Custom Photo Cookie Kit from Uncommon Goods. You know a picture is worth a thousand words, but how many bites is it worth? The answer is in a personalized sugar cookie kit from Uncommon Goods. Decorate these cookies with a kid's smiling face for their next birthday party, with a dog’s lovable face to send to their handlers at doggy day care or add a snapshot of anyone who makes you realize just how sweet life can be.

  9. An Annual Pass to a County or State Park. Give someone the gift of nature and adventure along with free admission to a park that might be a favored location for an upcoming photo shoot.

  10. Colectivo Coffee. Coffee is life! Whether you brewing it at home, grabbing one on-the-go or enjoying a cup after a morning photo shoot, Colectivo always come through. They have a variety of holiday packages for the java lover in your life.

  11. Dinner at Tenuta's Italian Restaurant. Getting the extended family together for a photo shoot in 2023? Give the gift of food and family time. Nestled in a cozy Bay View neighborhood and family-owned, Tenuta's is a true gem. The authentic food and warm atmosphere can't be beat.

  12. A Gift Certificate to Women in Bloom Photography. C'mon, you know I had to put this in here! If one of your loves ones needs headshots, senior photos, family photos, maternity photos or newborn photos in 2023, I can help!

May your upcoming holiday season be Merry and Bright!

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