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I am an avid adventurer, conservationist, teacher, and outdoor photographer whose photography celebrates the African landscape and its rich wildlife, people, and culture. My photographic safaris allow my travelers to not only enhance their understanding of photography, lighting, and wildlife, but to develop a life-long admiration for Africa ‘s beauty and culture.

Banana Republic recently used my photographs as the cornerstone of their Urban Safari campaign, and my images were seen in all 750 stores around the globe, as well as in their billboards, catalogs and annual report. I was also the winner of the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year in the ‘Wild Places’ category in 2008 and a highly commended in the ‘Creative Visions of Nature’ category in 2007.

I launched Gura Gear in 2008, in an attempt to deliver lightweight camera bags to the market. I was looking for a lightweight camera bag to hold all of my photographic gear, and there was nothing desirable on the market that suited my needs. After spending 2 years with many prototypes, the Gura Gear Kiboko bag was born. More products are now available on the Gura Gear web site.




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Do you have clients like this?

Nothing drives me more nuts is the expectation that what I do for a living is negotiable when it comes to what I deliver for a fee. You have less of a budget? That's totally ok and understantable, but 1) negotiating after services have been rendered or 2) expecting to get good quality work for very little money is completely whack.

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Reader Comments (8)

LOL. There's a lot of wedding photographers who can relate to that.

September 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAravind

lol, seriously... I've had this happen even outside of the photographic industry. Why do people deliberately show up with less money than was agreed upon by both sides before the sale, hoping to cut a deal? Come on guys...

September 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAriel

I couldn't possibly agree more Andy!

September 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRichard Schmon

You mean I can't have that Kiboko for $49.95. Come on Andy, it's just a bag. It's not like it comes WITH the lenses Dude.

Yes, I run into clients like that all the time here in Houston. "Hey that's really cool lighting you've got setup on our blowout preventer. Do you mind if I take a few shots with my D90 for our web site?"

BTW - Best reason NOT to use Wescott Spiderlites on location.


September 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJeff Lynch


September 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterScott Martin

I'd like the Rolls Royce, but I'm on a Volkswagon budget, you understand!
neat video.

September 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKD

Definitely hits close to the heart! I FB'd this for good measure :)

"We're not the taco stand, sir"

September 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAndy Shepard

Sad but funny commentary...
It seems that everybody wants something for nothing!...
The adage... "you get what you pay for" totally applies here!


September 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBruce

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