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Photography in North London

Barmitzvah photography by Jon Jaffa

Jon Jaffa – Batmitzvah, Barmitzvah, wedding and special occasions photography.

Jon is one of life’s incredibly lucky people. He has been able to devote his working life to photography and make a success of it.

Barmitzvah photography by Jon JaffaCombining state of the art equipment with a lifetime of experience ensures quality and quantity and every image gets the full Photoshop treatment.

He knows the importance of value and you will always receive more photographs than the package says – sometimes a lot more – at no extra cost. Amongst your images you will receive a range of special effects, including colour picked out in a B&W image , B&W, spins and creative blurs.

Whether in the thick of it on the dance floor, capturing expressive faces during speeches, or capturing any one of those other unexpected happenings that go to make up your special day, he seems to radiate calm in any situation.

Jon always stays right to the end of the evening.

Photography in North London

I was 8 years old, on holiday in Cornwall, in front of a mechanical grab machine in an amusement arcade with a hand full of pocket money.

I pushed a coin into the slot. Up to this point I had only ever won a handful of dried peas – the usual ‘booby’ prize. I span the handles furiously trying to aim the miniature crane at the nearest toy . Any prize would do! And wow!

I did it! I won!……….. a cheap plastic camera!?!

The man in the nearby chemist shop explained that it was a roll film camera and that it would probably work. I shot the first roll in about 5 minutes. I was hooked!

A few months later a friend called me round to his house to show me something ‘really amazing’.

He was really into model trains so I guessed it was that.

It wasn’t. He put a negative in a small picture frame, turned out the room light, and turned on a dim red lamp. He placed a piece of paper behind the negative and put the board in the back of the frame. Then he held the frame up to the room light and told me to turn the room light back on for a few seconds and then turn it off. He took the paper out of the frame he plunged it in a dish of liquid. I watched in amazement as the positive photographic image of the negative slowly appeared.

After that I spent much of my time photographing everyone and everything around me; and many hours developing and printing in a tiny cupboard under the stairs. As I inevitably out grew that cramped space I converted my bedroom into a darkroom and studio.

Turning Pro

Amateur photography was fun but it was only after my first professional assignment that I realised the difference between a pro and being an amateur.

One of my earliest assignments was photographing three poets at a book store in the West End.

I researched ‘interesting’ poses for 3 people. But the problem really was how to make them look like poets. And when I got got there only 2 of the poets had shown up. I then had an idea.

I took the poets outside into the street and asked them to stand slightly back to back on the busy pavement. Standing well back with camera in hand, I waited.

They soon obliged – without realising.

The images I captured showed the poets, seemingly unaware of each other, observing the lively busy street going on around them.

Poets observing life. I had the shot.

The difference between amateur and professional is the need to tell the story successfully. To ‘come up with the goods’.

I now concentrate on Photography in North London.

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