The Top Ten Lists: Part Three

by Rangefinder Staff

Natalie Sinisgalli

Natalie Sinisgalli's holiday gift for clients: “Custom chocolate-covered Oreo cookies with my logo on them.”

December 07, 2012

The editors of Rangefinder are thrilled to unveil the answers from our Reader Survey, where more than 700 of you weighed in on a range of industry-related questions. We’ve tallied the results and compiled the lists of some of your tried-and-true favorites, including the Top 10 Must-Have Photo Accessories, Photo Upsells, Favorite Wedding Venues, Favorite Wedding Details, and more. We also introduce the 10 Most-Sought-After Wedding Photographers of the Year, nominated by magazine and blog editors throughout the industry. And if you’re looking for new wedding blogs to submit to, we combed the Internet for the highest trafficked alternative and regional sites. Keep in mind: These lists are not all-inclusive: if you don’t see your favorite person or thing mentioned, there’s always next year! Thank you to everyone who took our survey, and we hope you find something valuable in knowing the preferences of your peers. 

Top Ten Photographers Who Inspired You (to get into photography)

  1. Ansel Adams
  2. Jerry Ghionis
  3. Monte Zucker 
  4. Joe McNally 
  5. Sue Bryce
  6. Henri Cartier-Bresson 
  7. Bambi Cantrell 
  8. Annie Leibovitz
  9. Elizabeth Messina
  10. Jose Villa
Top Ten Holiday Gifts for Clients

  1. Holiday cards
  2. High-quality prints
  3. Gift Certificates (for portrait session or prints)
  4. Chocolates
  5. Photo Calendars
  6. Christmas Photo Ornaments 
  7. Mini Albums
  8. Postcards
  9. Bottles of Wine
  10. Starbucks Gift Cards

More Creative Gift Ideas:

“Custom chocolate-covered Oreo cookies with my logo on them.”— Natalie Sinisgalli, Photographer

“For vendors, I send them a book of their work for all the weddings we have worked on together that year.”— Britta Rivera, Photographer

Top Ten Must-Have Photo Accessories

  1. 70-200mm 2.8 Lens (Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM Telephoto Zoom Lens or Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II Lens)
  2. 50mm Wide Aperture Lens (AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G Autofocus Lens or Canon Normal EF 50mm f/1.2L USM Autofocus Lens)
  3. Westcott 40.5” 5-in-1 Reflector Disc
  4. 24-70mm Zoom Lens (Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 Carl Zeiss T* Alpha A-Mount Standard Zoom Lens or Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Zoom Lens) 
  5. Canon EOS 5D Mark III 
  6. RadioPopper PX System
  7. Gary Fong Lightsphere Kit
  8. PocketWizard FlexTT5
  9. Light Meter (Sekonic L-308S)
  10. 85mm Lens (Nikon Telephoto AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.4D IF Autofocus Lens or Canon 85mm f/1.8 EF USM Autofocus Lens) 

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