Category:On Assignment

Deconstructing photography assignments which include photography tips, lighting tips for photography, gear advice and technique from commercial, editorial and food photographer Jonathan Gayman.
August 27, 2012

On Assignment: Lighting in Tight Spaces

If you can’t stand the heat … get out of the kitchen. When I’m booking editorial photo shoots for restaurants, whether it’s food or...

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Cajun Creole Garden Party
June 4, 2012

Dodging a Rainy Bullet

St. Louis weather always keeps me guessing. Blistering heat one day, then cold and dreary the next. Toss in the odd tornado and/or momentous...

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February 1, 2012

On-Assignment: St. Louis Magazine’s 50 Best Dishes

There is a lot of really excellent food in St. Louis, but with my work schedule I don’t get to eat out as much...

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September 17, 2010

Returning to Normality

Airport, by Jonathan Gayman. As you can probably tell from my previous posts and also from the silence around the blog that I’ve been...

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November 17, 2009

On Being Prepared

There is no such thing as being prepared enough. As evidenced by shoot yesterday, nothing I did in advance could help me when the...

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October 12, 2009

Fist Model Test

One of my shoots last week was for the current and previous three chairmen of the client company. It was a tough shoot, due...

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September 8, 2009


It’s been a busy week, and today was the first day back in the office. My last assignment before the long weekend was in...

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September 1, 2009


I am in Chicago for a shoot, then off to Minneapolis this afternoon for another shoot. It’s hectic and I’m tired of traveling alone...

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January 13, 2009

Corporate Event Photography

One of the aspects of my job is to shoot events. It’s one of the things that I am least good at, and although...

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November 21, 2008
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