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Christian Ward Photography Loves….Jamie Sangar | Part Two

It’s time for Part Two! If you’re only just joining us now, then where have you been?! For latecomers, yesterday we published Part One of our interview with the totally talented Jamie Sangar. I decided to publish it in two parts partly because Jamie supplied me with so many beautiful photos and I wanted to use as many as possible, and partly because I’ve just been enjoying this whole process and wanted to string it out a little longer! It’s been great welcoming in lots of new readers from around the globe and I hope that we can keep some of you for good! As I said yesterday, I’m ecstatically pleased to have Jamie as our first interviewee, but I promise you that this is just the beginning and there are lots of other great things in the pipeline! But I shall delay no longer; here is part 2.  All images within this post copyright Jamie Sangar.


-What would be your dream shoot across any genre of photography?

I have an interest in fashion photography. I love studying the Anthropologie Catalog, and would love to be a part of those shoots. Not only do I like the clothes, but I like the photography.

-If you could photograph a celebrity on their wedding day, who would it be and why?

Hmmm, that’s a tough one. I think I’d like to photograph Jennifer Aniston’s wedding because she’s naturally beautiful without a ton of makeup. I also like her simple yet modern and classic style. (Editor’s note: would John Mayer be the groom or the after-dinner band?)

-I’ve been coming across an increasing drive to return to film photography and abandon the megapixels of digital technology. What’s your opinion on the film/digital debate and do you think you might ever dabble in film?

I think that a photographer should stick with the look that best fits their work. There is nothing wrong with film, even though it’s considered the “old technology.” In fact, I sometimes think the whole film workflow sounds pretty enticing. No hours upon hours sitting behind a computer color correcting! I personally have not been a film photographer, but if I were hiring a wedding photographer, I would hire based on the art and not the method.


-Like you, we use the 5D mkII. It obviously has great low-light capabilities but we supplement certain situations with either direct flash, off-camera flash, or a video light. How and when do you mix in external artificial light?

I rarely use artificial lighting. All of my portrait shoots are scheduled during daylight hours. The only time I use it is at wedding receptions. I mostly use direct flash, but love to use the available stage lighting and/or video lighting. If the couple has hired a videographer, I often position myself so that I do not use any artificial lighting, but I use the videographer’s light.

-Are you a superstitious person and if so, do you have a specific routine that you follow before big shoots?

No, I’m not superstitious!

-What’s your ideal holiday destination, and why?

Anywhere NEW! My husband and I love to travel to new and exciting places. So far, my favorite places have been Maui and Ireland/England!

-You find yourself with a spare hour. Simon’s looking after Jude, you’ve not got any (urgent) editing to do, what will you do?

Clean the house and then maybe sneak on facebook if I have time!! Ha!

-Do you advertise?

I do pay for Google AdWords, but that’s it. I think it’s really helped!

-We never seem to have enough time to spend ‘on’ the business as there’s so much to do ‘in’ the business – shooting, editing, blogging and so on. How do you feel the balance is for you in this respect?

Yeah, it’s REALLY tough…especially now that I have a newborn at home with me that requires a lot of attention. I find myself working all of the time to get the “business things” completed.

-Have you ever had anything go wrong on a shoot? What happened?

No, I’ve never had anything go wrong.

-When you get chance to take photographs for yourself, what do you like to photograph?

I rarely have time, but I love to take travel photos!

-You can meet up with 3 people (dead or alive) for a venti vanilla latte in Starbucks. Who would you choose?

I’d meet President Obama and his family.

-What’s your favourite film?

Christmas Vacation

-Do you have a favourite non-photography website:! I am a HUGE online shopper!

-And a favourite photography website:


Aren’t Jamie’s photographs absolutely beautiful?  I really found her workflow information useful and we’re definitely going to look into a DROBO. For anybody who’s not familiar with it, you can find out more here. One last huge thank-you to Jamie for taking the time out of her hectic schedule to share her experiences with us and support the new ‘Christian Ward Photography Loves…’ feature. We think it’s important that as photographers we share our tips and experiences with each other and I hope that our readers will benefit from this new Christian Ward Photography feature. I thoroughly recommend visiting Jamie’s blog and website any time you need a boost to your spirits, or indeed if you’re in the US and in need of a great photographer, give her a call!

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February 26, 2010 - 5:47 am

Jamie Sangar - Aw, thanks, Christian! You guys are too kind. I cannot say it enough, but I’m flattered you guys interviewed me! Your work is awesome and I wish you guys all the best!

February 26, 2010 - 7:42 am

Rachael - The tulip with the wedding rings is absolutely gorgeous. I love how the focus seems to be drawn to the flower, but yet you notice the beautiful rings. INSPIRING!!!

March 1, 2010 - 11:09 pm

Lili - Great interview Christian! I look forward to the next one! Jaime- I love your work!

March 2, 2010 - 1:02 am

Dale Benfield - Fun interview and great images!

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