Gander Photography: Blog http://www.ganderphotography.co.uk/blog en-us (C) Gander Photography julian@ganderphotography.co.uk (Gander Photography) Mon, 21 May 2018 10:38:00 GMT Mon, 21 May 2018 10:38:00 GMT http://www.ganderphotography.co.uk/img/s/v-5/u133569732-o1040855702-50.jpg Gander Photography: Blog http://www.ganderphotography.co.uk/blog 120 120 How To Make Sure You Love Your Event Photos Pt1 http://www.ganderphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/5/how-to-make-sure-you-love-your-event-photos-pt1 It takes a lot of factors to be selected as the photographer for a special occasion ...

There are many questions to ask is your decision based on

  1. Seeing samples of previous work / events
  2. Photography style and artisticness 
  3. A personal meeting with the photographer
  4. The products you receive at the end; books, albums, prints etc etc
  5. Level of service you might receive; many people in the industry know each other and can help out etc
  6. Price ( though we hope that isn't the only factor )
  7. Personal recommondations
  8. First hand experience, seeing them at work at a different function

and that is not even an exhaustive list.

So today starts a series of blog posts ... How to get images that you love ..

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There's quite a long list of things above and I could take them in order .. or I could just carry on.  Strangely I'm going for the later option.  Even stranger I'm leading with one that is more implied in the above list rather than written out specifically.
 
When all is said and done, when you have met the photographer, seen some work and potentially discussed terms I actually think the way to getting great photos is to like and trust the photographer themselves.
A great deal of what we do before during and after the event is based on trust.  Am I going to get all the required family group shots, do you trust that I am getting them in a way you will like them.  Will important moments such as a chair lift, grand entrance, cake cutting be captured.  Will we all be having fun together at the function ?
 
Liking the photographs you see on a web site or from a friend is one thing but you have to like your photographer also. Let's get to know eachother there's only me, or very rarely my very competent alternative shooter.  
Take time to meet me, get to know me and we'll find out things about eachother that will make the day go without  a hitch.
 
Like a recent client said after a barmitzvah we were saying our goodbyes ....

 

You were great, like having one of the family here to share the day with us

 

 

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julian@ganderphotography.co.uk (Gander Photography) barmitzvah batmitzvah gander photography wedding http://www.ganderphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/5/how-to-make-sure-you-love-your-event-photos-pt1 Mon, 21 May 2018 10:38:21 GMT
Meet The Team http://www.ganderphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/5/meet-the-team I thought it might be time to introduce you to some of the team members here at Gander Photography so here we go

 

Head of Photography    Julian

Clearly a massively important role ...

without a photographer we just wouldn't have a business so it's thanks to him we can all eat and pay our bills.

Julian will do absolutly anything to get the shot .. wade through a river, lie down in the grass, stand on platforms no risk is too small.

 

Head of IT                    Julian

There's lots of technical kit and it all needs to be upto date and kept on top of. 

Computers, tablets, laptops, cameras and the associated paraphernalia as well as networks, backups and mail admin.

 

 

Head of Social Media and Web Design    Julian

At Gander Photography we take our social media presence very seriously with Web site, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and other platforms constantly refreshed and updated. 

Each stream has a unique strategy and content, hopefully if you follow all of them you don't feel like you are seeing the same thing over and over again on each of them. 

That's all thanks to the hard work Julian puts in.

Customer Service         Julian

Just as we wouldn't have a business without our photographer Julian, it's true that if no one was there to buy them we'd have a lot of expensive kit and no where to use it. 

Tightly aligned to the Social Media and Web strategy ... Julian and Julian work together to ensure all client requests are handled in a timely manner.

 

 

Travel and Transport    Julian

If we couldn't get to our clients then we couldn't take the pictures ..

Julian determines the routes and drives our photographer Julian to the venue. 

Once the job is done he also of course transports him home.

 

 

Head of Photographic Editing     Julian

Taking the pictures is just that start of your photo's lives. 

Once a job is complete and Julian hands over the cards, Julian will review, edit and if necessary Photoshop the images to be the best they can. 

It's an extremely complex and time consuming role with ever changing software that needs to be reviewed and mastered.

 

 

Head of Finance  Julian

It's a dirty job but someone has to do it.  Putting together a quote for the job in hand, negotiating contracts, taking and chasing payments. 

All of this in a business needs to be done. 

Just as we need photographers and clients, we also need to make sure that the level of money that comes into the business exceeds the funds that go out. 

That's not easy when Julian, Julian or Julian ask for new cameras, lenses, marketing campaigns or fresh transport options. 

Head of Cleaning Ozzy

Never afraid of a daunting task, this pooch will happily hoover and pose with clients.

Working closely with Julian, Julian, Julian and Julian, Ozzy maintains a clear working environment and increases office productivity by 34%

 

 

 

and so there you are a small introduction to the key staff here at Gander Photography, there are a number of other Julians that work here from time to time but we didn't want to overwhelm you in this post !!

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julian@ganderphotography.co.uk (Gander Photography) gander london photographer photography portrait http://www.ganderphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/5/meet-the-team Thu, 03 May 2018 13:33:37 GMT
Gander Photography Headshot Tips http://www.ganderphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/5/gander-photography-headshot-tips Headshot Tips 

 

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1. What to wear

 

It can be a bit of a conundrum ... but it doesn't need to be.  If you have a uniform or a branded shirt for what you do then go ahead and wear it.  

If you are in a formal setting then gent's wear a suit, ladies a smart dress or top.

But here is the trick, if you want to get good value from your head shot session then by all means bring a change or two. 

Gent's a different tie or jacket.  A shot with a tie one without.

Ladies ... change accessories, a jacket or top change is also an option.

Why ... well why leave a session with just one image you can use when you can have several.  You can rotate them for different purposes, use them for different platforms but having more than one headshot will allow you flexibility and longevity.

 

2. Location 

There are 3 main options here .... Studio, in your office location, outdoors

The studio.  If you want a clean crisp background, it doesn't have to be white or black, then the studio is a fabulous venue.  It also has the added ingredient of studio lighting.

Your office environment, doing what you do in the location that you do it is a good place to start.  It gives the viewer an insight into your work space and maybe others in it or how you work.  With great lighting all locations can look fabulous.

Outdoors, if you want to portray a more relaxed less serious persona then outdoors in a local park in a number of different environments could be for you.  This could also equally be you on location showing how you work. 

 

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3. To smile or not to smile

Looking good and smiling on camera is not as easy as you may think.  You also need to think a little about the purpose of the image and how welcoming or serious it may need to be.

The smile maybe dictated by the location and what you are wearing. 

Overall when we take a picture together then we are going to be enjoying ourselves, chatting whilst shooting.  As long as the image is natural a smile, or even a laugh might be suitable.

 

4. Make Up

In some cases we'll have a make up artist to make sure you are looking your best.  Having a make up artist makes the session easier for you and quite possibly a bit more fun.  

Most important for women, or men with longer hair, is to keep it neat and under control.  It can always look more messy in shot than in real life.

 

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5. Grooming

Women make sure your roots are done, eyebrows are shaped etc.  Men have a shave or trim the beard.

 

Follow all of this and the pictures will be great. 

 

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julian@ganderphotography.co.uk (Gander Photography) corporate headshot london photographer photography portrait http://www.ganderphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/5/gander-photography-headshot-tips Wed, 02 May 2018 13:14:49 GMT
New Website http://www.ganderphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/4/new-website New look website ...

So this is something I've been meaning to do for a very long time but forever thought I just didn't have the time ... in fact when it came down to it, it has taken hardly anytime at all ... 

website1website1 I've spent most of today taking my tired old website and given it a full revamp ... not only have all of the pages changed.

I've added a new section for corporate photography. 

Amazingly it just wasn't there before.  With luck it showcases my work better than it used to and makes it really easy to get a hold of me.

Like all things webby, it's a bit of a work in progress and there are some loose ends to tidy but I think for today at least I am done.

I'd be really grateful if you could take a look and let me know what you think in the comments for the blog.

 

Do you like it ?

If you knew the old one is this one better ?

What can I do to make it even easier for you to find out about me ?

I'll let you know if there are any more significant changes to be made and when I make them but for now apart from the odd spelling error I'm sure is in there I think this is it.

J xxx

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julian@ganderphotography.co.uk (Gander Photography) gander photography website http://www.ganderphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/4/new-website Sat, 28 Apr 2018 15:52:21 GMT
Lily's Batmitzvah http://www.ganderphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/2/lilys-batmitzvah or The night of flamingos, unicorns and pineapples.
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So this weekend we had the great pleasure of taking batmitzvah pictures for the lovely Lily.  A double pleasure as I had also been the photographer for her brother's barmitzvah less than a year ago.

Having kept in touch with the family and already taken them out for a shoot in the park a few weeks earlier, whilst the gave no secrets away I new I was in for a treat. 

They didn't disappoint and the room had been decorated to comply with Lily's request for Pineapples and Flamingos ... only problem was there were unicorns as she had asked for.

I couldn't let her down on her big day so I managed to wrangle on, and bring it with.  He featured quite heavily in a few of the photos through the night. 

He's back in his paddock now and waiting for the next time he needs to make an appearance !!

With kind permission of the family here's a few pictures of the night.

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julian@ganderphotography.co.uk (Gander Photography) barmitzvah gander london photographer photography portrait http://www.ganderphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/2/lilys-batmitzvah Tue, 27 Feb 2018 15:27:39 GMT
Price Vs Value http://www.ganderphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/2/price-vs-value Learn the rules like and artist PicassoGander Photography Gander Photography Portrait Event Photography Blog

 

Picasso, is long admired as one of the world's greatest artists.  He is entered in the list of most expensive paintings with an entry at No5 for a painting sold in 2015 for $180m. There was a time though when he was so poor that he had to burn his paintings just to stay warm.  By the time he died he had left a staggering 22,000 works of art. That's the ones that were good enough to survive, not be painted over or ones that actually got finished.  That's a lot of hours with a paint brush in his hand, a lot of time learning a skill and massive dedication to his craft.

There's a story (true or false, I don't know) about Picasso

In the story it seems a woman came up to him and asked him to sketch something on a piece of paper.

He sketched it, and gave it back to her saying: “That will cost you $10,000”.

She was astounded. “You took just five minutes to do the sketch,” she said. "Isn't $10,000 a lot for five minutes work?"

“The sketch may have taken me five minutes, but the learning took me 30 years,” Picasso retorted.

It's the same in most artistic trades to get really good at what you do photography, musician, dancer takes may hours of practice and dedication often along with a great amount of personal sacrifice....  in many cases people are tempted to shop on price and price alone.  

The value of a good piece of art is more than the cost of the ink and paint ( or the similar medium ) in fact the most expensive painting ever is $450m and the most expensive photograph is just a shade over $4.3m 

It takes a lot to be a skilled artist, regardless of the hours worked camera in hand.  The vision, interpretation and the ability to put the client at ease in an unusual situation.  It's also worth considering the other elements, I need to know how to not just take a picture but how to edit it once captured.  I'd like to say it takes nothing but a filter but in truth each image is edited by hand, for function pictures where often 2000 are taken and over 600 delivered that can mean maybe a minute or two per image that can be a further 20hrs, portraits can often take upto an hour each to complete an edit sometimes more. 

What about equipment ? I carry a kit bag with 3 professional level cameras, 9 lenses, 4 flashes and a whole bunch more.  It's not because I like buying toys, though I'd be lying if I said I didn't, it's so I can handle every situation.  Not only that but I have multiple copies of every picture taken, even when I take them my cameras have 2 memory cards in case one fails and then I have 3 copies on site and another in the cloud.  You can add to that the professional insurances I carry to cover anything that might happen when we work together.  Professional specification computer and the software to go with it.

All of this comes at a cost keeping up to date with skills and equipment takes an investment.  It's because I value the work that I do and want to be sure that your once in a lifetime event or portraits are exactly what you want that I continue to invest and not stand still.  Whilst it is true that we all now carry phones with camera and an those cameras become increasingly good there is no substitute for a professional photographer.  Leave the photography to a professional and your valuable memories will last a life time.

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julian@ganderphotography.co.uk (Gander Photography) barmitzvah london photographer photography portrait http://www.ganderphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/2/price-vs-value Fri, 02 Feb 2018 15:55:13 GMT
Shooting outdoors http://www.ganderphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/1/shooting-outdoors All photography is inspired by light,  light that we either create with flashes and the like to more natural light of the outdoors.  As I shoot I'm always looking for great light to pose you in. 

So the winter is rolling away and it's time to look towards Spring.  Winter brings about a flat, non inspiring light with mostly grey overcast days.  Once in a while a snow day appears but they are so bright with all the light bouncing off the snow that it can be hard to create texture.  Spring with the blue skies, cherry blossom and daffodils, pockets of light and shade in the Spring sunbeams.  It's the perfect opportunity to get out and take some portraits in the park.  The light is not so bright it hurts your eyes, the sun not so hot it burns the skin and the ground not so dry that the grass is brown. All in all Spring is a great time to get out with a camera and snap away.  

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It also lends it self to a search for locations and venues.  Somewhere that is both suitable for the shoot brief, is it a family shoot, is it an individual portrait ? What if any props are going to be included ? What is the story being told ?

 

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Over the years I've found a great number of locations to take you to for a wide variety of shots.  From local parks, to places in London that really shine through.  Parks with playgrounds, walk ways, coffee shops all lend themselves to great photo opportunities.  

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I quite like the aspect of having to travel light ( pun not intended ) on an outdoor shoot.  Often in the studio the choice of equipment, camera, lens, light, background and so on can be a little overwhelming and whilst build a set for interest it can be draining.  

Outdoors is a little different,  I often take a single backpack with a limited selection of equipment.  I can't take just one camera, I've never had one fail but it just worries me too much.  Then maybe 2 or 3 lenses and that can be it.  Often I find that I could have left a lot of that behind and just picked up a camera and single lens for the entire job.  On occasion, because the mood of the shoot dictates it, I can take a light stand and a single flash for the addition of a bit of mood lighting or  fill in, but then I need an assistant also. 

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An outdoor shoot is often a more organic session than shooting in the studio. So many factors provide flexibility and unique opportunity and you can be almost certain that each time you visit a location there will be something different about it.  Whilst studios are great to shoot in the familiar feel of the backgrounds needs to be overcome.

 

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Shooting outdoors can also be different during different times of day, the soft light of the morning is different to that of the harsher light of midday that will create deeper shadows and then of course the golden hour just before sunset and night-time ...  I certainly want to do more outdoor and location work in 2018 even with the unpredictable aspect of British weather.  

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julian@ganderphotography.co.uk (Gander Photography) gander london photographer photography portrait http://www.ganderphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/1/shooting-outdoors Tue, 16 Jan 2018 09:34:17 GMT
So How Far Do I Walk At Function ?? http://www.ganderphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/1/so-how-far-do-i-walk-at-function When I work I give everything 100% ... from the preparation before hand, getting to know you, getting to know the venue and the event shoot itself.

 

A function shoot can easily be 8 hours or more.   From travel to arrival. Set up for portraits and then the party and the journey home.  I've long wondered what sort of distance I cover on foot during that time and have previously used a pedometer to at least count the steps.

 

For me bar/bat mitzvahs, weddings and parties are once in a life time functions and need to be treated just like that.  During those 8 or so hours I barely take a break.  There is always something going on somewhere that needs to be captured.  Not only that but some venues are large and need you to have one eye over your shoulder and a sprint at the ready.

 

So how far do I walk ... 

 

I got a phone upgrade over the last few months and the fitness apps on the new one are incredible.  After a trial at the last function  of 2017 I decided to properly GPS track a full night, fingers crossed the battery would make it through the night.

 

Here's the track ...

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If you want to know it's roughly 15000 steps and just short of 5 miles.  Not only do I cover all that distance but I do it with 2 cameras, lenses and flashes hanging off each shoulder.

 

According to the app I used roughly 2500 calories during that session.  It's no wonder I've lost roughly a stone since becoming a full time photographer.

 

But more over the bigger question is why am I telling you this ... why do I think you maybe even remotely interested.  Well I think it's important for you, and come to think of it me, to understand what it means to me to be a function photographer.  I'm one of those people that likes to party hard ... and I like to do it with you.  So I'm not that photographer that stands on a ladder in the middle of a dance floor and shoots pictures like a sniper shoots at a target.  I wear out a pair of trainers every 3 months.  There is a additional benefit.  If I am part of the party then it's easier to edit ... I take roughly 2000 pictures on the night... I aim to deliver 600 hundred or so of these.  You might think that's easy ... but once you remove the bad ones, and there are always bad ones. The ones where the focus isn't right, the flash didn't fire, the subject isn't in the frame or people blink, those ones. Once they are out of the way then it's about choosing the meaningful images. The ones that tell the story. The ones that matter. 

 

Above everything else I'm a story teller ... grabbing the bits you know about and those that happen that you don't see.  I'm capturing this once in a lifetime event for you, for now and forever.  Some of my own previous pictures are not of the events I was at, or even of people I know but rather of generations before me.  The window on that world is a treasure trove of connection, knowledge and stories told by those who were there.

 

So I don't care how long I stand for, it's interesting to know how far I walked but if you asked me to do it for twice as long over treble the distance I'd do it in a heartbeat.

 

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julian@ganderphotography.co.uk (Gander Photography) barmitzvah batmitzvah gander london photographer photography portrait http://www.ganderphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/1/so-how-far-do-i-walk-at-function Tue, 09 Jan 2018 08:45:27 GMT
I'm a bad blogger http://www.ganderphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/1/im-a-bad-blogger or Oh my word is it really that long since I wrote a blog ??

OK so I'm a bad blogger, it's been almost year since I wrote post ... in that amount of time I could

  • have had a baby OK so I'm a bloke so it's a bit hard but you get my drift
  • grown 4 1/2 inches of hair 
  • Boiled roughly 40,000 eggs

and a whole lot of other things

Instead what I have been doing is taking pictures, building websites, creating books and a whole lot of other stuff

Infact last year I took,edited and delivered over 75,000 photos over 105 different shoots. 

That's a whole lot of barmitzvah's & batmitzvahs, quite a few portraits,  a few dogs and quite a bit of contemporary boudoir portraiture.  Not only all of that but I also held my own gallery of work ... a first for me and quite a strange night all round.  45 pictures printed in a large format hanging on walls and being displayed to selected invited guests. 

So I'm taking the unusual step of making a new years resolution now and promising to share more of my work here.  You see I think that the power of photography is lost in the Snapchat generation.  The click here and now, but a true photograph one that captures the essence of the day is a thing of wonder.  Not only that but, if printed and this is getting rarer and rarer as time goes by, it is there for all future generations to see.  How many of you spent time ploughing through the family photo albums laughing and learning all about family life. 

So be prepared, be prepared to see a lot of bar mitzvahs, a lot or bat mitzvahs, some weddings, some portraits and maybe some corporate work.  I live to keep my photography wide and varied, as long as it includes people.  I'm not much of a one for still life, landscapes or food.  But I do like to experiment, to create and to exist through photography.

In the mean time here is a little bit of what I got up to last year ...

 

If you have anything you want to know, or see then let me know and I'll what I can do to help.

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julian@ganderphotography.co.uk (Gander Photography) barmitzvah batmitzvah gander london photographer photography portrait http://www.ganderphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/1/im-a-bad-blogger Fri, 05 Jan 2018 15:19:36 GMT
Xmas, it's so last year http://www.ganderphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/1/xmas-its-so-last-year OK so it's been and gone ...

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but before we forget about it all together and start looking forward to Spring and then Summer where without a doubt we will complain about being hot, I thought I'd share these with you.  

 

My final shoot of the year was a bit of a personal project, an adventure around London with a camera bag, it started off light but after 6 miles was really quite heavy.  Anyway the whole idea was to have some fun and take some pictures that I don't normally get the chance to take.  It was quite a techincal challenge with the camera getting quite confused with all the different light sources.  

We did all the tourist sites,  Covent Garden,  Trafalgar Square, Oxford Street, Regent Street and so the list goes on. 

We weren't the only ones out and as is so often the case we had to be patient, wait our turn and not get in anyone else's way.

I had a great time and it was a great way to finish off an incredible year of shooting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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julian@ganderphotography.co.uk (Gander Photography) Gander Lights London Photography Xmas http://www.ganderphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/1/xmas-its-so-last-year Wed, 04 Jan 2017 15:22:50 GMT
New Born Photography http://www.ganderphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/7/new-born-photography New Born Baby

There's something about taking pictures of a new born, ideally in the first few weeks whilst they are all still nice and scrunched up, generally asleep.  Wait a little longer and they know you are there and make life just a little bit harder.  Babies can be unpredictable at the best of times so I always make sure to have plenty of time when shooting them.  

So here I was taking pictures of this little lad.  I only got the call the evening before but that didn't stop me from planning the shoot and thinking about the best way of doing it.   

It's important for me to get a variety of images both of the baby with the parents and then on their own.

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julian@ganderphotography.co.uk (Gander Photography) Born Gander New Photography http://www.ganderphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/7/new-born-photography Tue, 12 Jul 2016 09:34:58 GMT
Having a good back up strategy http://www.ganderphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/7/having-a-good-back-up-strategy Back It Up

 

I'm paranoid, it's true.  First you've invited me to take your pictures, that in itself is scary enough to some people.  But then what if the camera breaks, the cards fail or once we are editing the drives all crash.  

It's not impossible is it ...

That's why I do the very best to protect against all issues.

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I use 3 cameras on every job.  Not because it makes me look great with all that kit hanging around my neck, infact quite the opposite and it weighs enough, but because if one should fail I have a back up.  I'm swapping between them all the time and spreading the pictures across them.  Often those watching me will ask, What's the difference between the cameras ? Whilst they may be set differently it's also to make sure I'm minimising risk.  One of those cameras uses 2 cards at a time so, if one card fails the other one has all of the pictures.

When I get back, on the night of the function, I upload everything.  It takes time.  Then I back it all up locally to 3 additional drives, and then it all goes off to the cloud.  

The only problem right now is that I'm so busy taking pictures that even with a fibre internet connection, my cloud backups can't keep up !!!

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julian@ganderphotography.co.uk (Gander Photography) Backup Barmitzvah Gander Photography Portraits Wedding http://www.ganderphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/7/having-a-good-back-up-strategy Fri, 01 Jul 2016 08:26:55 GMT
Photo Tip : Shoot from a Low Angle http://www.ganderphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/6/photo-tip-shoot-from-a-low-angle On from The Rule of Thirds try getting down or high up to really make the picture pop ... look for a different angle and be rewarded with an unusual image

 

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julian@ganderphotography.co.uk (Gander Photography) http://www.ganderphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/6/photo-tip-shoot-from-a-low-angle Wed, 01 Jun 2016 09:57:56 GMT
Photo Tip : Composition Rule Of Thirds http://www.ganderphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/6/photo-tip-composition-rule-of-thirds Here's a really quick tip for photography composition use the Rule Of Thirds

Instead of putting the key subject in the middle consider breaking the image into a 9 square grid and using the intersection points as places to put things of interest in the picture.  

So if you are taking pictures on the beach have the sea in the bottom third line not the middle.  

Have the people to the left or the right not in the middle.

Many camera phones have grid lines you can turn on in the options to help you balance the picture.

 

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julian@ganderphotography.co.uk (Gander Photography) http://www.ganderphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/6/photo-tip-composition-rule-of-thirds Wed, 01 Jun 2016 09:54:42 GMT
A bitter sweet shoot http://www.ganderphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/5/a-bitter-sweet-shoot The end of a long road

 

It started just before Xmas and came to an end almost 6 months later.  Over that period we shoot nearly 20 times and took almost 800 pictures.  

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I know this will stay with the family forever, I know what it's printed it's going to look spectacular.  

Each week we took a set of pictures, in a series of stances, later I seelcted the correct one, cut out the background, laid it out.   What you can see is the growth of a new life, a baby over that period of time, and right at the end little Sofia in Mum's arms.

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Not only did we take the baby bump maternity images but we also took some great pics in the last few weeks.
 
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julian@ganderphotography.co.uk (Gander Photography) Born Gander Maternity New Photography Pictures http://www.ganderphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/5/a-bitter-sweet-shoot Tue, 10 May 2016 09:34:06 GMT
Some times I do corporate work too ... http://www.ganderphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/5/some-times-i-do-corporate-work-too OK so when people ask me what I do I tell them I'm a photographer and I take pictures of people and pets.  If it has eyes and a heartbeat then that's me.

From time to time that changes.  I've done some work for the Spire Bushey hospital, headshots and the like, and I got a phone call late last week.  This isn't a word for word transcription but it will be quite close

 

Them : "Hi it's xxx from Bushey Spire, I know it's really late notice but don't suppose you are free on Saturday morning are you"

Me : "I could be, what time, whatcha got"

Them : "Well it would be quite early, we are having our new MRI machine delivered and a few pictures of the whole thing would be great"

Me : " Yeah sure no probolem, oh 8am you say, that's fine, done in an hour or so.  Great see you then"

 

I dropped in on the Friday for a quick site survey, as all good photographers should and that was that.

The weather on Friday evening was abysmal, 4 seasons in one day and a howling storm through the night.  Saturday morning came bright crisp blue skies.

For those that don't know MRI machines are basically a huge magnet and some casing, they weigh a great deal and cost a lot of money.  This was quite a significant thing.  I guess you never really know where one job will lead you to and I'm not sure I'd get the chance to shoot this again so here's a few pics for you.

 

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Finally a selfie of me with a hard hat, no idea what that would have done to help me but always happy to comply.

 

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julian@ganderphotography.co.uk (Gander Photography) Bushey Delivery Gander MRI Machine Photography Spire http://www.ganderphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/5/some-times-i-do-corporate-work-too Wed, 04 May 2016 15:49:55 GMT
New Year's Resolutions ... How are yours doing ? http://www.ganderphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/4/new-years-resolutions-how-are-yours-doing Gander Photography Barmitzvah Batmitzvah Wedding PortraitGander Photography Home Page 1Gander Photography London Event Photographer

 

Back at the beginning of January I wrote a blog about New Years Resolutions.  You can read  it here.

I live in London, where this weekend just saw the London Marathon.  For many of the runners it would have been a resolution to complete that race.  If you took part, well done to you. 

I'm wondering how we are all doing with any other resolutions you may have.  Have you managed to stick with them, tick any of them off the list yet.

I challenged you all, I suggested that you do something that scares you.  Something to remember. Something rewarding.

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I'm back again to make that same challenge just in case I've managed to slip to the bottom of your list.  We are a quarter of the way through the year, a few weeks back we changed the clocks but before you know it the nights will draw in and we will reset them once again.

For many having a picture taken can be just as hard and challenging as taking part in the London Marathon.  It takes courage to stand in front of a camera and as some of those that have had a session will tell you it takes a certain amount of physical stamina and indeed mental ability. 

So come on and do something you've been putting off for some time and have a picture taken it's a rewarding experience that will be transformational in so many ways.

Portraiture or boudoir it doesn't matter which contact me today for more info julian@ganderphotography.co.uk

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julian@ganderphotography.co.uk (Gander Photography) Boudoir Gander London Photographer Photography Portrait http://www.ganderphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/4/new-years-resolutions-how-are-yours-doing Mon, 25 Apr 2016 07:10:00 GMT
A Lot Can Happen In Year http://www.ganderphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/4/a-lot-can-happen-in-year Ok so every now and again I take a look over old work, find some of my best pictures, and dare I say some of my less best pictures. There's a lot to learn from old work and it's a rewarding exercise.

Those of you that know me will know that whilst I've been taking pictures of people forever I've only been full time for a little over a year.
 
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In order to build a portfolio,  practice a few ideas and just generally have some fun I ran a portrait marathon. On reflection I must have been brave or mad,  or a combination.  It turned into 7 sessions in a single day.  Some individual,  some group. I forget the details but it was over 12 hrs of shooting.  Add to that that my chosen subjects were all teenagers ranging from 13 to 18. Anything could happen.

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What did happen was actually quite good.  I learnt a lot, tried a lot and enjoyed myself  lot.  Now 12 months on and looking at some of those pictures again, although my style and technique have advanced some of the pictures from that day still rate as my favourite ever.

 
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So thanks to the model volunteers, for their time and their patience on that day you don't realise how much you helped me.

If you want portraits give me a call 07949 026 334 and lets chat

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julian@ganderphotography.co.uk (Gander Photography) Gander London Photography Portrait Teen http://www.ganderphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/4/a-lot-can-happen-in-year Thu, 21 Apr 2016 07:45:43 GMT
A-Z C is for Chuppa http://www.ganderphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/2/a-z-c-is-for-chuppa There are lots of candidates for C

Celebration, Caterers and many others but I've settled on Chuppa

A chuppah is the ceremonial canopy that a Jewish couple stand under for their wedding ceremony.  Made of a cloth sheet supported by four poles.  A chuppah can be a portable structure held by attendants to the ceremony or more often a temporary structure erected where the ceremony takes place. 

This temporary structure symbolizes the home the newly weds will create, showing that it is open to all from all sides.  

The beauty of this, and it's simplicity is that a Chuppa can be erected anywhere, there is one here that was used to march the bride and groom into the Old City of Jerusalem

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julian@ganderphotography.co.uk (Gander Photography) Gander London Photographer Photography Portrait http://www.ganderphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/2/a-z-c-is-for-chuppa Tue, 23 Feb 2016 10:14:59 GMT
A - Z of function photography B Bands http://www.ganderphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/2/a---z-bands A-Z B Bands

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Music at a function is an absolute must.  Setting the mood for the occasion the entertainment is one of the things a wedding or barmiztvah is remembered for. 
A live band can react to the audience, interact with them and provide a special kind of atmosphere.   The good ones also interpret the songs and a little of their flavour to the music.
 
The type of music you choose can set the tone of your function and solidify a theme. And remember, it's the thing people most often remember. Think about what musical genre best reflects your personalities and inspires the ambience you want to create: Groovy funk or subdued string quartet? Swanky swing or kick-off-your-shoes-and-sweat disco? The way the music is delivered also affects the ambience. The type of music you choose may dictate the choice too -- big band sounds are generally best live, for example.
 
Ideally, you will want to see a band in action before you commit so that you can gauge firsthand the way they dress and work the crowd.  If that's not a possibility, ask for a playlist, and look for songs you know and love. If a band gives you a CD, cassette, or video, be sure that the musicians you hear or see are the same musicians who will play at your reception. Also, ask for referrals from the last few weddings the band or DJ played. Consider your first-dance song a test. If the band doesn't know it and is unwilling to learn it, or the DJ doesn't own it and is unwilling to get it, move on.
 
See more function photography here and here
 
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julian@ganderphotography.co.uk (Gander Photography) BarMitzvah BatMitzvah Gander London Photographer Photography Portrait http://www.ganderphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/2/a---z-bands Mon, 15 Feb 2016 09:24:31 GMT