How is that shopping list coming along? I hate to be the one to break the bad news to you but it is only two weeks until Christmas. Don't panic! The end is near, but it is not too late.
I'll go over the photographic shopping list again for those who missed it.
Enlarge and frame a special photo that you have taken. This is as close to a handmade gift as you can get without hammering your thumb or gluing your fingers together. It can fit every budget and you can put this gift together right up til the very last minute.
Have yourself or your family photographed professionally. Anyone can take a snapshot, but everyone should have a professional photograph taken every few years. A professional photographer knows how to use lighting and posing to flatter your body style. You should always have a fresh professional photograph ready to use for a resume or maybe an online dating service.
A few weeks ago a nice, older gentlemen came in for his studio session and half jokingly said he had come to update his obituary photo. So I guess we all need to have an up-to-date professional photograph.
Most people appreciate getting pictures of people they love as gifts. This usually takes a little time, but at Foto 1 we are both the studio and the lab so we still have time to save Christmas. You can spend a little or you can spend a lot, but we have something for most budgets.
Another good idea might be to copy your family VHS/VHS-C and 8mm video tapes to DVD. Watching the videos is great fun when the family and relatives come to visit for the holidays. It's fairly inexpensive depending on how many you have, but time is quickly running out for this one.
And who doesn't want a new camera for Christmas? You can spend from $100 to several hundred bucks for a camera. Popular models will be getting scarce the longer you wait.
If all else fails, you can fall back on the good old gift card. It is the perfect gift for the person you can't please, so you let them get it themselves.
Oh, and don't forget your Christmas cards. Photo Christmas cards are much more personal than the standard greeting card.
I hope this helps alleviate some of the stress of Christmas shopping. With all this snow, it is definitely beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and it will be here before you know it.
(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. )