Alison’s Favorite Photo Gifts

Alison’s favorite photo gifts

Photo gifts are one of the most personal and thoughtful gifts you can give. Whether you’re shopping for the unofficial family photographer or you want to print photos you’ve had taken, I’ve linked up my favorite holiday gift ideas for you!

My top picks are in two categories:

  1. Photo gifts straight from Amazon
  2. Custom gifts from your photo gallery

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Photo Gifts from Amazon

Skylight digital photo frame with its own email address.

1. Skylight Digital Frame

Email photos directly to the frame! Skip the uploading, downloading – this frame has is own email address and will automatically display new photos sent from anywhere in the world! Perfect for Grandparents!

2. Old Towne Photo Album

Each of these album olds up to 200 4x6s each! I have one for almost every year.

I get so bogged down in the design part of printing or ordering photo books that it never happens (ie: I paid $40 for a TEMPLATE of a maternity journal I never printed)

But… with organized Digital photos by year and month, I pick my favorite 200 images from the year, print them cheaply and put them in chronological order.

What I love most: there’s lines to write next to each photo slot. I can write in my own handwriting the birthday details, the vacation memories or just the simple “Field trip to the farm.” No font, color, size or design skills needed!

Canon thrifty 50 mm lens
Nikon thrifty 50 mm lens.

3. Thrifty 50 – 50mm lens

If you’re on the market for a ‘big camera’ – skip the kit cameras! Do not waste your money. Those lenses are trash. Instead, buy the body of your choice and the super inexpensive 50mm lens that goes up to f/1.8 for only $150!

Nerd note: f/2.8 and wider is considered a professional lens. This is several stops wider than f/2.8 and none of the professional price tag.

Don’t forget: Always get a UV filter for your lens! Its cheaper to replace a busted $10 filter than the whole lens!

UV filter to protect lens. Be sure to get the correct size!

My clients have access to a prints shop inside their own photo gallery. If you can’t find yours or need a fresh link, lmk!

1. Double Sided Metal Ornament

Durable, wipe clean metal ornament is a classic addition to your Christmas tree! Who doesn’t love seeing their first Christmas or whole family on the tree??

2. Print Box

Comes with 10-100 prints. Need a quick baby picture for a school project? Someone want to see their first birthday photos? A print box will have it! A print box can be customized to a year or milestone and hold up to 100 images.

You can order 10 images from your session and add other photos from the year, or decade!

3. Photo calendar

Enjoy new photos every month! Design it once and happy reminder all year long.

Pro tip: Tear off the photos and make the kids an ‘album’ at the end of the year!

HEY! I'm Alison, Your Fun And Hilarious Family & Newborn Photographer!

I'm a South Carolina native, USMC spouse, and recovering homeschool mama of a four boy circus. Bring me your crazy!

After 11 years of photographing families all over the world, I've realized my clients aren't printing their images. We go through all this work to get dressed, coordinated and then let those photos die on the hard drive.

No more!

There's nothing easy about family photos but I'm here to help you with every step from what to wear to printed in your hands whether thats an album or wall art. I want you to Make your people the rock star of your house!

You'll be reminded of what really matters every day when you see the giant prints of your crew laughing on your walls every. single. day.

Currently stationed in Virginia Beach, Virginia photographing families all over the Hampton Roads area from Suffolk, Norfolk, Chesapeake and the Eastern Shore all the way to Portsmouth and Elizabeth City!

Follow along on the Gram at @alisonbellphotog or reach out today!

I find joy in chaos. The louder, the better! I'm a USMC spouse, South Carolina native, recovering homeschool mama of a 4 boy circus. They've taught me the most important facet of family photography: KEEP IT FUN!

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