I have been running photography courses since early 2008 and my gift vouchers have always proved popular, whether it's for a birthday, anniversary or Christmas.
When purchasing gift vouchers you are obviously purchasing a service and not a physical gift as such, but when you part with money for a gift you want to be able to hand over something that looks nice to represet your gift. So this year I have added these lovely presentation boxes, voucher wallet/cards and gift vouchers so you have something special to give that special person.
Any voucher purchased over £50 in value will include all of the above.
So the next dilemmas you're faced with are whether to purchase a gift voucher for a monetary value or to purchase a specific course? If a monetary value, then what value to purchase? I'll attempt to help here.
A monetary value voucher can be used on lots of my courses with just a few restrictions. They are valid to be used on 1-2-1 or 1-2-2 photography courses, on most 1-day events like photowalks and workshops, also on Photoclub in the Pub and Creative Assignments. They are not valid on wedding photography workshops or photography holidays, purely because it's more difficult to allocate the money to those events where they have very obvious overheads. The vouchers are valid for 9 months from the date of purchase.
If you are sure that the person you are buying for will want to do a certain course then you can purchase that specific course and just request a voucher from me and I will be happy to do so. The course could be a photography holiday, wedding photography workshop, 1-2-1 photography course or anything else that I am currently offering.
I truly believe that photography is an ongoing learning process to the point that I too am still learning. I can tell you that the average spend on gift vouchers is around the £150 mark. This sort of value could be redeemed against 3 hours of 1-2-1 training which could be in camera settings, image processing or another area. It would very nearly purchase a 6 month long subscription to the creative photography course Photoclub in the Pub which is currently £169. They can of course top up the voucher a little if they wanted to.
Remember that 1-2-1 and 1-2-2 courses can be used for many different areas of learning. Some examples of what that could be are: Camera Settings, Photoshop, Lightroom, Studio Lighting, Colour Management and Printing and more.