When you’re a working photographer, the holiday season can sneak up on you. Whether you’re traversing harsh terrain, navigating in remote areas, or juggling studio sessions and endless editing chores, the holidays rarely seem like a priority. Still, this time of year can serve as a powerful reminder to slow down and take time for ourselves. 

The holidays are a time for giving, but with the recent rise of the "self-gifting" trend, there’s one person you can’t forget to add to your shopping list: yourself. Photography expenses can rack up quickly throughout the year, but this time of year gives us the chance to reflect on what we need (and want) the most. The best gifts can develop your practice, help your photography business run more efficiently and — most importantly — inspire you to get outside and shoot. 

In addition to our list of photographer recommendations, we’ve also included a few gift ideas of our own. We hope you enjoy our selections, and happy holidays!

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In collaboration with Feature Shoot, PhotoShelter asked 27 photographers to share their best gift recommendations — and some of their favorite purchases in recent years. 

These artists span genres and disciplines, from photojournalism to fine art, making for a diverse and unique round-up of gifts. This guide includes everything from the latest and greatest in cameras, lenses and drones to an inspiring selection of photo books and workshops — all at price points appropriate for a variety of budgets. 

David Welker,
Libris Account Executive & Professional Photographer

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