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Monday, February 17, 2014

Photo 101!

I've heard all the complaints over the years;  "My pictures just turn out blurry.."  , "...The colors are all weird.."  , "I have no idea what my camera does, I just keep it on 'Auto' ".  I've even had a few say , "You should do a workshop".  Well, here comes something better!

I'm proud to announce that I've partnered with The Edwardsville YMCA to bring you "Beginner SLR Camera" ,  a 6-week course held on Wednesday nights from 6-7 at The Esic Center.  Not only will we go over the basic functions of that fancy new camera you got for Christmas, but we'll go beyond that.

In this class, we'll cover:

  • Exposure meaning and basics
  • Working with ambient light
  • Break free from "Auto" mode with quick, easy settings shortcuts
  • Creative composition - what makes a "great picture"
  • Photo jargon demystified !
  • A little bit of "How I do it"

I'm really excited about this!  I hope to see some of you.  Registration is open now at The YMCA!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Senior Session Giveaway!! EHS Homecoming Event

{  Almost  } Too good to be true!

Yes, we are giving away a full photo session to one lucky EHS junior or senior in attendance at the 

Saturday Oct 19

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Here's the deal:

Get there early!!

  • Attend the homecoming photo event {details....}
  • Fill out an entry form on location
  • "Like" and watch the Facebook Page for announcement of the winner!
  • Winner will be scheduled for a 1-1.5 hr outdoor photo session with of charge!!
  • Session to be used this fall 2013

{      Simple !     }

 Website/Info     Senior Portfolio             

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Senior Session Giveaway @ EHS Homecoming 2013!

{ Super - Secret Senior Session Giveaway !! }

It's October and that means Homecoming   for Edwardsville High School!  The dance is set for Saturday October 19th.    This year, students and parents will have the  exclusive opportunity to have professional pictures taken quickly and easily by the local JGaughan Photography .  

Here are the details:

Madison County Courthouse, in the courtyard between the two buildings

Saturday, October 19th , 5:00-6:00 pm

How does it work?
We will take individual photos, a photo of each student with their date (or friend),
a large group photo

Each student will receive:
A 5x7 individual print
A 5x7 couples print
4 individual wallets
A 4x6 large group shot
(can substitute small group of friends shot)

Additional options available, see form below.

Prints will be distributed within two weeks through the students/parents network.

Additional print packages:

Click below

View/print the form above and

-submit your package request to
-print form and send it along on picture day
Use the PayPal form below

John can be reached at 618-972-6070  or

View EHS 2011 Homecoming


PayPal pre-payment form:

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Student Name?

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Fall Schedule 2013 - Edwardsville Photography - Fall Promo !

The season is here, and fall outdoor photography is getting into full swing!  I still have a number of dates available for outdoor photo sessions.  Reservations are made via the PayPal form below or email to . Please see the list of dates below that are unavailable:

Blocked out dates
4,5,9,13, 16, 19,21, 24

Book your session by filling out the form below. Remember to indicate the date that works for you.

For a limited time, I am offering a $25 discount on all prepaid session fees, $50 off CD w/copyright sessions through this weekend October 6th.  As an added bonus, any referrals you provide which mention your family name while booking this weekend will earn you a $25 gift card of your you are having your own session this year or not!  Deal?

Fall 2013 Photo Session Reservations
(price shown below reflects promo discount)

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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

YMCA School Pictures 2013

Hi Parents,

It's that time of year again! Fall pictures will take place  at the YMCA next week.  I wanted to provide you with some information  so that everyone is kept in the loop. The schedule is as follows:

Monday 10/7:  All Pre-K classes , Monday  toddlers, Monday Kids Kamp
Tuesday 10/8:  All 3 yr old classes, Tuesday toddlers and Tuesday Kids Kamp
Wednesday: 10/9 :  Wednesday Kids Kamp
Friday  10/11: Friday toddlers

Photos will be taken outside during your child's regular class time.  You are certainly not obligated to order photos, but if you are unsure I urge you to check out a short sample of photos we have done in previous years:

Picture package envelopes will go home this week. See your child's teacher if yours is missing. Please send the envelope with selections and payment included along with your child on picture day. If you wish to have a younger sibling photographed as well, please feel free to bring them along. I only request that you fill out an additional envelope for that child in order to avoid confusion.

Picture  Day

 We will begin promptly at the beginning of class (after all the kids arrive and settle in),  taking the photos outside near the playground. We begin with a class picture together and then photograph the children one by one.  Remember, we will be  outside so please dress your child appropriately for the weather on that day.  Please talk about picture day with your child on the day of, it will help them warm up!  If you feel that your little one may get a bit "camera shy" then you may decide to stay with them until pictures are through.  If this is the case please do let me know and we will take those photos first so that you may be on your way.  This is all in the interest of getting the best possible picture for you - I insist!

What comes next

I select the best shot of each child and then print your photo package as per your instructions.  Remember- every package purchased gets a group shot included this year!  Your prints are made right here in St Louis at one of the best and most trusted professional photography labs in the area.  Bearing no unforeseen circumstance, I'll have your prints back to you within two weeks.  Reordering will be an option to you at that time.

About John

I'm a Dad of 3 girls, and our family has lived here in Edwardsville since 2006.
I've been a YMCA Dad ever since, and this will be the 4th consecutive year that I have done class photos for the Y preschool.  My wife, Debbie, will be assisting me on picture days.  We have operated a photography business here in the Ed/Glen area since 2009 and I have worked with everyone from newborn babies to blushing brides.  I started doing this because I was fed up with "assembly-line" big name company mass-produced portraits!  'Nuff said!

Thank you for providing me with this opportunity, and feel free to get in touch.

John Gaughan

Friday, June 7, 2013

Father's Day Frenzy!


Dad's Day is right around the corner.  Pics of the kids for his office, wallet are a great idea!  With that in mind, I am hosting a weekend blitz of photo sessions to get that done for you!  AND, photo prints guaranteed to be delivered by Saturday of next week. (when ordered online thru website by midnight, Tuesday)

Saturday and Sunday • June 8 & 9 • 4-7pm • SIUE

1/2 hr session • $50     •  CD of images  • Additional $50
Photos turned around by Monday night, order prints online by Tuesday night
Deposit Required!  (see below)

Please email to book, or use the form below!

Date/Time Choice?