Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Mother's Day Ideas

Mother's Day is this Sunday... do you know what you're getting your mom? Well, if your mom is a photographer, we can definitely help!

Instant Ideas

Let's face it, everyone loves instant film. And, chances are, your mom was around when instant film was huge, so give her a taste of nostalgia with an instant camera! There are a few models to choose from, depending on the skill level and ease you're looking for.

First, we have the Impossible Project line of refurbished Polaroid cameras. The SX-70 camera is truly nostalgic, I mean, technically it's vintage. We also carry the Polaroid SX-70 Sonnar camera as well as Impossible Project film for all cameras and the Instant Lab.

Next, we have the Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic Camera. This Fujifilm instant camera is at the top of it's class. With all kinds of controls, including double exposure, kids mode and party mode, this camera can do it all. And, the film for this camera comes in all kinds of fun frames.

Last, we have the Fujifilm Instax 210 Camera. This camera uses wider film, which is nice because the larger print is easier to fit into photo albums and frames.

Get Compact

If you're mom likes to take pictures, but just can't seem to get out of auto mode, or really just doesn't want to carry around anything too large, get her a compact camera.

Mirrorless has completely changed the game on small cameras, offering great quality photos in a smaller body. A lot of these cameras also have interchangeable lenses, which is pretty cool, too. Try out one of Fujifilm's mirrorless cameras, like the X20, X-M1 or the X-E2. All of these systems are a great option, it just depends on how advanced of a camera you're looking for. (Psst! Some of these cameras also have instant rebates right now!)

Canon's small DSLRs are amazing. The Rebel SL1 and the Rebel T5i are smaller DSLR bodies that are great alternatives to a larger body, like a 5D Mark III, and far less expensive. With video capabilities and tons of megapixels, you really can't go wrong.


If your mom already has a camera, get her something nice to add to her gear, like a lens or a flash.

Pancake lenses are huge right now. The small size (and price tag) adds little weight, and a lot of fun to a shoot. Check out our full line of pancake lenses here. A macro lens isn't necessarily a staple in everyone's camera bag, but they are really great to have. From detailed nature shots to photographing children up close, a macro is a a great lens to give as a gift.

If she doesn't have a camera bag, get her one! It's astounding how many shapes, sizes and materials a camera bag can come in, and there's one out there that'll be perfect. From Billingham to Tenba, protect those gifts you keep buying her with something that looks awesome and really works.

Sometimes the on-camera flash just isn't enough, so externalize! Almost all camera brands offer an external flash for cameras with a hotshoe. And, if your mom has a Canon or Nikon, there are tons of flash options! From lower end to high end, you can really choose a flash that works for her. See our full line of flashes (and flash accessories, in case she already has an external) from all brands here. If your mom has a flash but doesn't quite know how to use it, you could sign her up for one of our flash workshops with Arlene Collins coming up later this month, and in June! Speaking of which...

Sign her up for a class!

We could all learn more, so help your mom get ahead by registering her for a photography workshop or class. We have a few coming up, including a Capture One Training class, a Lightroom 5 class, and a photowalk! Check out other sites, too, like Foto Classes and

Still don't know what to get her? Give us a call! Mom's are hard to shop for, but we'll do our best to help you get her what she wants this Mother's Day!