NineDots Gathering // Event Guide


Welcome to the NineDots Gathering 2021 – the sixth annual NineDots Gathering! The last two years have been tricky for all of us and we can’t wait to welcome you (finally!) back to Bounce in London.

This page will tell you all you need to know to make the most of your ticket and how the event itself is going to work! We’re excited to welcome you!


We founded NineDots in November 2014 and 8(!) years and one global pandemic later we are back and looking forward to giving you all a large, NineDots, dose of education, inspiration and a DAMN GOOD TIME! Lord knows it feels like we all deserve it!

Everything you need to know about the event this year is below, and it’s important that if you haven’t yet filled it in, please complete this RSVP form ASAP:


With Pic-Time discussion and drinks from 6-7pm
Sama Bankside
3 Robinson Road (Cobbled Slope On junction of Southwark Street and, Blackfriars Rd), London SE1 8BU

We will be holding a registration drinks event at Sama on the Sunday night to get your wristband which you’ll need for entry into Bounce. We encourage you to come to this to register and get your entrance wristband so we can save as much time as possible doing this at Bounce on the Monday morning. We want to get cracking on the talks on time on Monday. Plus it’s an excuse to come, have a drink and meet people! If you don’t know many/any people attending, then it’s the perfect place to meet other attendees as well as Team NineDots who will be on hand all week to look after you! If you can’t make it, then no worries – you can register on Monday morning at Bounce from 8:15 – 9am. We have the list of all ticket holders, so you don’t need anything to register – just remember your name – Easy!

Also, this year, prior to registration, you’re invited by Pic-Time to arrive a little earlier to join in an open chat/QA on all things Pictime:

6pm-7pm – SAMA Bankside A very casual meeting for the Pic-Time users with the company founders: Nirit and Amir. They would love to get your feedback on the existing Pic-Time features, hear about your workflows, as well as, hear your requests! Pic-Time platform is constantly evolving and adapting and it is from conversations like this that they are able to create a product that responds best to the working photographer’s needs. To thank you for your time first round of drinks is on them 🙂



Bounce (Farringdon – NOT SHOREDITCH!) 121 Holborn EC1N 2TD (near Chancery Lane Tube)

PLEASE NOTE! There is also Bounce in Shoreditch. We will NOT be there! Please don’t get confused and go to the wrong one – every year someone does – don’t be that person this year!

The Bounce we will be at is on Holborn, just by Hatton Gardens. The entrance is slightly hidden but is next to Boots Pharmacy.

The nearest tube is Chancery Lane – take exit 2 to the street. Farringdon station is also only a 4 minute walk.

Click here for a link to google maps.

Click here for the Bounce website.


Free tea and coffee in the breaks

Breakfast and lunch is included all three days. Doors open at 8:15am each day which is an hour before the presentations begin. A light continental style breakfast will be available – If you can’t survive a day without a full English fry up, then you will need arrange that yourself elsewhere before you arrive. The food will be buffet style and there should be something to please most people’s tastes. With it being buffet style though, please don’t take more than your fair share in one go. You can always go back for more later and as this isn’t a wedding, the band will not eat all the food before you get chance to sit down!

Let us know any dietary requirements in the RSVP form – these will be passed on to the venue in advance. There are also adequate supermarkets and eateries within seconds from Bounce if you wish to get food elsewhere.

After the talks end on day one you’ll have the option to order food from the bar before and during the ping pong tournament party and the food will be brought into our private party room.  After the day 2 Q&A  you’ll also have the option to hang out at Bounce and order food in the same way too if you wish. We’d recommend you do!

Day One Schedule: Mon 14 Nov


08:15 Final Registration and Breakfast
09:30 Take your seats for the start of the talks – welcome from NineDots
10:00 MainStage: Finding Clarity – Tyler Wirken
11:00  Break
11:15 Mini-masterclass: Level-Up Your Editing – Gurvir Johal
12:00 MainStage: Straight Talk, The Business of Weddings – Blair Delaubenfels
13:00 Lunch
14:00 Mini-masterclass: How it all went up in flames – Chelsea Canner
15:00 MainStage: Elena Haralabaki
16:00 Ping Pong Tournament Party
00:00 End of Day One

Day Two Schedule: Tue 15 Nov


08:15 Breakfast and Ping Pong
09:00 Welcome to Day 2: Take your seats
09:15 MainStage: Sanne de Block
10:15 Break
10:45 Live Shoot: Ralf Czogallik
10:45 Live Shoot: Embrace the Panic! – Sam Hurd
NB: You will be split into two groups for the above two masterclasses and go straight from one to the other
12:30 Lunch
13:15 Mini-masterclass: Critique Session – Tyler Wirken
14:00 Oli Sansom
15:00 Elena Haralabaki
NB: You will be split into two groups for the above two masterclasses and go straight from one to the other
16:00 Speaker Live Q+A sessions followed by drinks & social
20.30 Editing & Culling with ImagenAI & Sam Hurd (optional)
00:00 End of Day Two

Day Three Schedule: Wed 16 Nov


08:15 Breakfast and Ping Pong
09:15  Welcome to Day 3: Take your seats
09:30 MainStage: Build a Legacy, Not a Brand – Anna Hardy
10:30 Break
10:45 Mini-masterclass: Holly & Patrick Mateer
11:30 Mainstage: Oli Sansom
12:30 Lunch
13:45 Mini-masterclass: Sanne de Block
14:15 MainStage: RAW – The Richters
15:15 MainStage: Goodbye Gathering 2022
16:00 Leave Bounce to get ready for the After Party!
21:00 After Party at Rae’s – Omeara
02:00 It’s all over for another year!

The NineDots Presenters

Click here for full information about each presenter and their presentation.

The Main Stage Presentations

60 mins long
take place in the main hall

The venue at Bounce is split into two main areas – the main ping pong hall where we will be setting up the main stage and a separate room for the mini-masterclasses. The main stage talks are mandatory, but the mini-masterclasses take place during the breaks and lunches and you can choose to socialise and play ping pong or go along to a mini-masterclass.

You won’t *need* any thing during the 3 days, like cameras or equipment – but if you want to bring your camera then you are of course more than welcome – also this year Sony will be on hand for lens and camera sensor TLC – see below! Some people bring things to make notes with also.

The Mini-Masterclass Zone

30 mins long
take place mostly during breaks and lunches in a separate room
optional attendance

The mini-masterclasses take place during the breaks and lunches and you can choose to socialise and play ping pong or go along to a mini-masterclass. For the live shoots you’ll be in either group A or B (signified by the colour of your wristband). Don’t worry – you’ll be able to see EVERYTHING if you choose to.


Let your hair down!
Ping pong doubles tournament party and karaoke after day 1
QA night plus drinks and food after day 2
Legendary after-party after day 3

We deliberately timed the NineDots gathering for the time of year we know everyone is feeling the effects of a busy season.

The main events are of course the presentations by our world class speakers, but we wanted the NineDots gathering to have a real balance between learning and fun. There will be a ping pong tournament party at Bounce after the first day’s presentations finish at 4pm followed by karaoke fun!

At the end of the second day we will host an informal Q+A session with our speakers in Bounce before finishing at 7pm. You’ll have the option to stick around and chat/drink/eat at Bounce or head out for food.

After the gathering closes on day 3 we invite you to join us for an after party of epic proportions which will go on until 2am (info below).

The Ping Pong Party

6pm Mon 14th Nov at Bounce
Random doubles

After we move through to the party room at the end of day one there will be a free drink for everyone followed by the ping pong tournament from 6pm. You’ll be randomly assigned a doubles partner to keep it fair!

We will stay in this room until midnight having fun and maybe singing some karaoke. You’ll also be able to order food from the bar.

The Speaker Q&A Session

6pm Tuesday 15th Nov at Bounce

At the close of the presentations on day 2 we are moving through to the Jacques room for an informal Q&A session with our speakers and attendees. This will be your chance to ask them any questions and take part in whatever discussions come up. Food and drinks will be available to purchase from the bar and when the Q&A winds down you are welcome to stay for more socialising if you want!

Legendary After Party

9pm till 2am-  Wednesday 16th Nov – Rae’s Omeara


Hosted by: DJ SANTERO

From representing the UK in the World Final of Red Bull 3style to being an official resident at the legendary Ministry of Sound and warming up the main stage of Global Gathering for The Prodigy – Santero is the DJ’s DJ

The photos from our after parties speak for themselves. Just be there. Exclusive to Gathering ticket holders so unfortunately we can’t accept requests for you to bring friends.


The Helper Team

Frances Foster, Janina Brocklesby and Andy Li

These three wonderful people are here to help you! You can go to them with any questions or issues or just for a chat during the event and parties. They’ll all be wearing different coloured NineDots t-shirts so you can find them easily in a crowd! Check out their NineDots profiles to see their lovely faces!

Frances Foster profile
Andy Li profile
Janina Brocklesby profile

Experts On Hand

Next level editing and workflow with Imagen
Working Albums and printed products into your business with Loxley Colour
Making happy clients and print sales with online galleries with Pic-Time
Branding + Website advice from Origami Fox

We handpicked these guys to come to the Gathering and be available for advice so please speak to them while you’re there – they really can help transform your business in every way!

Camera, Lens and Equipment advice and servicing from Sony UK

At this year’s Gathering, Sony will be available to provide complementary service and support to all attendees! Services include camera sensor cleaning, camera checks and minor repairs. In addition, Sony will be bringing a selection of kit for you to try out during the event. So if you want sensors cleaning, or any of your kit is in need of TLC then please feel free to bring it along for some love.

Sharing is Caring :: #weareninedots

Share the NineDots fun and FOMO on social media!

Over the course of the week we will be documenting and sharing all things NineDots gathering 2021 on our Instagram @ninedotsco.

Keep up to date and feel free to join and share yourselves using the event hashtag #weareninedots and our insta handle is @ninedotsco


The Serious Stuff

Your conduct and behaviour while with us

We take our responsibilities as conference organisers extremely seriously. We want everyone to have a fun, happy, welcoming, safe, enjoyable time while at the NineDots Gathering and by picking up your wristband and walking through our doors you accept all the terms of our harassment and bullying policy and commit to treat everyone with respect.

Click here to read the NineDots harassment and bullying policy.


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