Gift Ideas for Portrait Photographers | 2024

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A new lens would be nice but that may be out of your gift budget. So we’ve put together a list of ten useful gifts for a portrait photographer. These gifts are all under £100, super-useful and will help improve your recipient’s craft for capturing stunning portraits.

Whether it's enhancing their lighting setup, adding a versatile lens to their kit, or making post-processing more efficient, these gifts will be sure to please any portrait photography enthusiast. 

Having trouble deciding? You can give us a call, drop us an email or message us on our social channels. You can also check out our guides to the best cameras and lenses for portrait photography here:

 

Kenro Smart Lite Bi-Colour Compact LED Video Light

£49.00 View

Lighting is crucial in portrait photography! The use of lighting can completely transform an image and change the feel of a scene. This LED video light provides adjustable brightness and colour temperature which allow you to match ambient lighting as well as get creative when photographing portraits.

 

Manfrotto Ezybox Micro - 20 x 14cm

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You’ll often see portraits with soft, diffused light on the model. This delicate lighting is what most portrait photographers aim for because it’s the most flattering light on your subject. This portable Ezybox Micro is super-compact and easily attaches to a speedlite flash so you can have great lighting wherever you go. If your loved one has a speedlite, this is definitely a great gift.

 

Vanguard VESTA TB 204AB Travel Tripod

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If your recipient is fairly new to the world of photography, they may not have a tripod. And if that’s the case, you should swoop in and make their life and photography much better! A sturdy tripod is essential for capturing sharp, well-composed portraits. This compact tripod offers stability for longer exposures and group shots, ensuring every detail is crisp. This one is also really lightweight and compact so you can take it pretty much everywhere.

 

SanDisk Extreme PRO 128GB 200MB/s UHS-I V30 SDXC Memory Card

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Every photographer can do with more memory. This card is designed to capture high-resolution still images and videos and is compatible with almost every camera. This one has a large capacity, and a fast read/write speed and should cater to any landscape photographer. Of course, there are many other options that have varying capacities and speeds, all of which you can check out here.

 

Westcott Collapsible 5-in-1 Reflector with Gold Surface - 100cm

£36.90 View

Reflectors are versatile tools for manipulating light in portrait photography and they’re a lot of fun to play with. Reflecting light onto your model can help change the mood of your shots and this 5-in-1 reflector offers different reflective surfaces for different effects e.g. a gold surface for a warmer tone and a white for a softer, more natural feel.

 

Fujifilm Instax Mini 12 Instant Film Camera - Clay White

£79.99 View

You wouldn’t have thought that this list would include an actual camera but alas, it does! Instant cameras are a fun addition to portrait sessions. It lets photographers and subjects instantly enjoy physical prints as keepsakes of their photoshoots as well as taking away any pressure from the main shots they’re going to be getting. They come in five different colours and are just a great gift.

 

Another vital accessory for any photographer is a card reader. If your loved one is new to the game, this is something that will make their life much easier and the editing process much quicker. And this one is quick, transferring two hours of HD 1080p video in 26 seconds and almost 10,000 images in less than a minute! These days we can transfer wirelessly but a wired connection is more secure and most commonly quicker.

 

TetherTools TetherPro USB-C to 2.0 Mini-B 5-Pin 15ft (4.6m) Orange

£36.00 View

Here’s one that may require some knowledge of your recipient's kit and their setup. Tethering is a popular technique in portrait photography for real-time image review and control. Tether Tools are the top dogs for tethering, manufacturing high-quality cable that ensures a stable connection between the camera and the computer. This is one cable type but there are several options depending on the camera - take a look at the full list here.

 

Polaroid Hi Print Pocket Photo Printer - White

£89.00 View

Along the lines of the instant camera mentioned earlier, a portable printer allows you to easily print off and give physical memories to your friends, family or portrait model. It’s lightweight, and super-portable it’s easy to connect to your phone via Bluetooth. This is something that your loved one won’t know how much they’ll enjoy until there’s a gathering or event where they can hand out awesome prints for people to keep!

 

One by Wacom - Medium

£49.99 View

Retouching and post-processing images can be a long and tedious task, especially if you’re using a mouse or even worse, a trackpad. That’s where this tablet comes into action. This pen and tablet allow for precise editing. It makes it easier to enhance the fine details in your portraits. Think of it like a pen and a pad - you can be much more accurate, erasing minor imperfections or drawing on additional features.

 

Wex Photo Video Digital Gift Voucher - £10

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Wex Photo Video Digital Gift Voucher - £25

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Wex Photo Video Digital Gift Voucher - £50

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How do we decide?


Our in-house photography experts, store staff and partners all work collaboratively to pour over these guides. The cameras and equipment recommended in our guides are based on their personal opinion, empirical experience and of course, feedback from our customers.

We way up price, features, quality and the all-important 'je ne sais quoi' to make sure we recommend products that will delight and inspire. 

If you would like more advice on any purchase our contact centre staff are here to help. Alternatively, you can reach us via email or social media

And don't forget. If you were to purchase anything based on our recommendations you'll be covered by our full returns policy