A Few of My Favorite Things…

So it has been a question I get asked ALL OF THE TIME since being in art school and starting a photography business:

“Hey Jena! My (wife/husband/kid/neighbor/mom/friend…) is interested in photography, and I’d love to get them a gift/new camera/new lens/book, etc. – what do you recommend?!?”

And it’s always been so hard to answer for me, because it is such a loaded question! I mean, how can I accurately recommend something to someone when I don’t know anything about what they like, what they want to photograph, how much their budget is, or what knowledge they already have? So I finally have a solution – I have created an Amazon account so that I can link my favorite gear to anyone who wants to know what I use and love and purchase the same things.

Full disclosure, I am a Nikon gal and so all of these rec’s are Nikon. If you’re interested in Canon gear then you’ll have to ask elsewhere!

I will also link my favorite books, gifts, and have items in all different price ranges. I hope that this helps and I will also be listing it all on my website eventually, too.

So just in time for the holiday shopping to begin, here are some of my favorite photography things!


Nikon D700

Nikkor 50mm 1.4 Lens

Nikon 85mm 1.4 Lens

Sigma Art 35mm 1.4 Lens

Nikon 70-200mm 2.8 VR Lens

Lexar Professional CF Cards

AA Batteries

Nikon SB900 External Flash


Nikon D3300

Nikon Coolpix B500

50mm 1.8 Lens


Nikon D3300 for Dummies

Your Child in Pictures

Your Baby in Pictures

Understanding Exposure

Worth Every Penny

The War of Art

The Art of Children’s Portrait Photography


Camera Lens Mug and USB Drive Gift Set

Camera Scarf

Vintage Camera Socks

Cute Camera Shirt

Camera Teether

Take-Anywhere Tripod

4×6″ Photo Printer

Cute Chalkboard Style Photo Album

Magnetic Clear Pocket Frames (For the Fridge/Locker)

Mint Camera Bag