It's almost November and I'm sure I'm not the first to mention it, but Christmas is right around the corner. We all know that the best gifts require some thought, planning and preparation. You don't want to be roaming the isles the week before Christmas trying to find the perfect gift for your favorite person, fighting the crowds and rummaging through displays that have already been picked over many times since Thanksgiving.
So as a customer service and a shameless plug for Foto 1, I've put on my elf hat and made a list of photo related gifts ideas to try and keep you out of the dog house this holiday season.
Copies and enlargements of old family photographs - this is a very inexpensive way to make your loved ones very happy. It could take a while to round them up so start searching NOW.
Frame a picture that is meaningful to someone - everyone has that awesome vacation picture they took or the diploma laying around in an envelope that they have been meaning to put in a frame. Custom framing is not usually a next day service get started NOW.
Transfer your family movies to DVD - You have tons of old tapes stored away, but technology has passed you by and they are not watchable on your DVD player. Unlike fine wine, video tapes do not get better with age. Dig them out and bring them in NOW.
Have your family portrait taken - I know it is like herding cats to get the family together for a family portrait. It is one of the things we say we are going to do someday. To most people it doesn't seem like a big deal today, but I can promise you years in the future you will be glad you did. Today is the day, call to setup your session NOW.
Buy a new camera - you wouldn't think buying a new camera would require a lot of planning ahead but the best models sell out well before Christmas. If you want the best selection start planning NOW.
There you go, I've made the list for you. Did I mention you need to start NOW?
(Brent Kepner is the owner and photographer at Foto 1 Pro Photo in Elkins. He is a Master Photographer, Certified Professional Photographer and president of the Professional Photographers of West Virginia.)