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Meet Michael Rander of Michael Rander Photography

Today we’d like to introduce you to Michael Rander.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
My first memorable experience with a camera was during a weeklong trip to see wildlife in Kenya as a young teenager. I was amazed by the experience and the photos that I was able to get on that trip to the extent that it made me start thinking about angles, motives, composition, and creating real emotions for other people through my photos. That got me hooked and I have been shooting ever since whenever I get a chance.

In 2006 I moved from Europe to Montreal, Canada where I started to take a series of photography related university classes, shadowed a photographer, took a much more professional approach to my photography and finally opened up Michael Rander Photography in 2009 focusing on weddings, events, portraits and corporate photography.

Now being based in San Diego, my passion for photography is as strong as ever and I am thrilled to be working with so many wonderful people to create their memories for life through my lens.

Has it been a smooth road?
If there are no struggles, there is no growth along the way. For me, one of the challenges along the way has been to find the right balance between traditional wedding photography that people know and love, and a more edgy style to really stand out.

The desire for either of those varies quite a lot depending on the couple you are shooting, the locations, and external circumstances but in the end I believe that one of the things I have gotten much more proficient in doing is talking through the options with my clients to ensure that we always exceed their expectations in the best possible way.

From a technical perspective, photography is an art form, and I see new inspiration every single day that pushes me to better myself and learn new techniques or think about how to take photography to the next level. That is a constant struggle, but definitely one I am more than happy to keep addressing.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Michael Rander Photography – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
Michael Rander Photography specialized in 4 primary areas:
1) Weddings
2) Portraits
3) Events
4) Corporate photography (portraits, headshots, etc).

On top of that, I shoot and sell wall art which is typically nature photography that you can hang in your living room, bedroom, or any other location where you need something truly unique to adorn your walls.

When it comes to what I am truly proud of as a company, the answer is simple. I am proud of having happy clients that come back to me for more. For me, that is what shows the worth of the photos and the ability to understand what my customers are looking for and then exceed their expectations.

What I try to do for each customer is to truly take the time to understand their needs, make suggestions from a photography perspective beforehand, and then clearly communicate with them throughout the process to make sure that we get everything we need in one smooth process.

Some people love being in front of the camera while for others it is a new experience, so part of what sets any good photographer aside from the rest is the ability to make clients feel relaxed and comfortable in order to get great photos at the end of the day.

No matter how many weddings I have shot, I am always flattered when a couple asks me to document what is likely one of the biggest days of their lives. I put an extreme amount of pride into delivering a photo-journalistic rendition of the entire day, which in essence allows the couple to relive the day from the tiny details to the big moments with a high dose of wow-factor to the pictures.

In order to get there though, I strive for every interaction to be informal, hyper-personal and unique to each client which helps puts everyone at ease and ensure that we will have a great, fun time together taking the photos we want.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
San Diego has been my home for the past 4 years only, but I have no intention of going anywhere – I love it here. My family and I moved here because we loved the laid-back feel of the city, the friendly people, the beach lifestyle, and yes, the weather of course. 🙂

Having lived here for a while now, none of those things have changed, but I have grown to love surfing (even if I do surf poorly), playing beach volley in OB on weekends (which I do better than the surfing), hanging out in the local parks with my two young daughters, or exploring the very diverse neighborhoods and restaurants with my lovely wife!

What do I like the least about our city? Any kind of pollution that threatens our delicate natural ecosystem and natural resources especially when we need to pay extra attention to our ocean and our freshwater sources.


  • Weddings typically range from $1,250 to $3200 depending on time spent shooting and editing, the need for prints, albums, etc.

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