Joining the Drive to Save Lives

Shot a nice little project to promote motorcycle safety that’s now in the market. We were asked to create visuals that illustrated the idea that a rider’s relationship with a motorbike is like a marriage, and sometimes needs tender loving care to keep it on track. The purpose is to promote driver re-training courses for middle-aged riders returning to a motorbike after a long period off the bike.

We were blessed with some really nice bikes and styling on the shoot, and our human talent did a fantastic job with his 2 wheeled co-stars.

Ride safe everyone!

 

Fun in the Sun for Tourism Queensland

We were delighted to be approached to create new library images for Tourism Events Queensland and Brisbane Marketing. Spanning over 2 months our shoot took us to some absolutely stunning South East Queensland locations from Moreton Island, Lamington National Park and the Scenic Rim, to downtown Brisbane.

Our production crew worked hard coordinating the 49 talent, 36 location permits and 21 reschedules due to weather delays. With a 100 shot brief this project demanded our commitment to a smooth production process, particularly when coordinating locations with stakeholders in the tourism industry. Here are 14 of our favourites:

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The Gold Coast, a City on the Beach for Gold Coast Tourism and Tourism Australia

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Spent a nice morning on the beach for Tourism Australia via P’s in a Pod. This shoot was on a few month weather hold to get a classic Gold Coast cloudless sky, and true to Murphy’s Law, it rained and rained. Finally one winter morning, the talent braved 3 degrees and a 4am call-time and it all came together.

City of Gold Coast

I recently worked with Jono Drapes and Simon Buutveld at Junior in creating some images for the City of Gold Coast to launch the Gold Coast Full Stop campaign.

We set out to make scenes that typify life in the city, from the hinterland to the ocean. It was personally special for me to be involved as I call the Coast home and have been able to watch it grow and develop into a great place to live.

You can read what B&T had to say about this campaign here

Thanks to the City Council and all the talent, as well as everyone at Junior plus the team of Michelle, Natasha, Kat, Nicole and Josh who helped pull this project together. Retouching was by the amazing Justin Overell

 

 

New Work for Con-X-Ion and Two Cents

Client: Con-X-ion

Agency: Two Cents

Produced this shot for coach company Con-X-Ion. We shot multiple elements to create a final shot with a dramatic urban mood.

The cityscape elements were shot from the ocean about 1 km offshore.

New Work for Gold Coast City

Late 2011 I worked with Breanna Chalk and Jon Morris from Gold Coast City Corporate Communications to produce some images for the Gold Coast City Annual Report. As a long time resident I was honored to be involved in a project for a city that I love living in and calling home.

The City had put together a group people who had made a difference in the last year within our society, and we shot them with a modern clean style on white. Each person had made outstanding contributions in areas such as City Mayor, junior mayor, cultural ambassadors, disability and community activism, and volunteer services.

It was awesome shooting all of these great people and connecting with each one during the shoot. Below are some of may favs, plus a couple of tears from print.

Gold Coast Suns (AFL) Football Club

I was recently asked by advertising agency Tusk to produce some images for the Suns AFL team.

The brief called for stylized shots to be shot during the day, but appear as if they were during an actual night game, while focusing on the Suns Merchandise for retail.

To get the look we were after, I had my right hand man Josh hold an strobe with an umbrella on a pole above our key talent, in what we cheekily refer to as “the Leibovitz” since Annie seems to do it a fair bit. We then underexposed the scene, making sure that the only light coming through was from the light we were firing. The talent that was not the absolute focus of each hero shot vanished into the falloff.

To complete the mood, we had 2 more lights behind the talent, one in a large softbox to the left of shot, and one high up behind everyone facing towards the camera. These gave the lighting I envisioned would be there at a real game.

We then shot players David Swallow, Campbell Brown, and Maverick Weller on field and in the locker room. For these we used a range of single light beauty dish to 3 light setups.

The product component was shot by our friends at Many Things.

Special thanks to all the cast, players, Tayah Bot from the Suns & Andrew Suggit & Darren Gill from Tusk

 

 

All Aboard the Rain Train

Anyone that has been on the East coast of Australia will know how much it’s rained lately, weeks and weeks nonestop. I never thought it could rain this much, ever, anywhere. Along with messing with my head, it’s been messing with my business too.

Was scheduled to shoot a profile of actor Felix Kong, who’s been in recent roles in Sea Patrol, alongside Underbelly star Geyton Grantley in new film Full Catch, and in commercials for Subway and Nokia.

The weather just wouldn’t cooperate though, and our deadline was fast approaching. I finally had the idea of just riding the train to stay dry, and seeing what would happen. We packed real light, camera, lenses, Haley Whittle my makeup artist kept watch, and we came home with some cool shots.

You can view the whole shoot here

The Cool Calm Collective – New Members, New Look, Same Cool

You might remember my shoot in 2009 with The Cool Calm Collective.

This year the band (Minus 2 members but plus one) got back in contact with me to do their 2010 advertising images on the back of playing at Splendour.

We caught up at Neverland before soundcheck and shot off some frames.