Gifting a Photography Experience

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A photographer must be the easiest person to gift. Ask any photographer what they want, and there is always something on their “want” list. After all, the kit of a photographer is extensive: camera body(ies), lens (s), filters, camera bags/backpacks, flash, flash accessories for a studio setup, tripod, tripod head, cargo pants, vests, boots, outerwear – and those are just the big things. There are myriad of small things for those stocking stuffers as well. But what about gifting a tour or workshop? Every year my combined birthday (Dec 24) and Christmas present to myself is a photo adventure to a place on my bucket list! At first I did lots of tours/workshops in addition to setting out on my own. Having a “guide” who knows the area well and will see that you get to the right places at the right time can be priceless when time is limited to research an area and plan out an itinerary. And for the beginner to intermediate photographer the experience of a photography professional may be just what you are looking for.

A couple months back I laid out a 5-part series on how to choose a photography workshop or tour. Here is a convenient list of links to those blog posts that I hope will be helpful to you.

Part 1: Tour vs Workshop
Part 2: Dream Destinations
Part 3: Evaluating the Costs
Part 4: Considerations in Choosing a Workshop/Tour Leader
Part 5: Group Size