A very Kiwi Christmas – Air New Zealand

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I was asked to shoot stills on another Air New Zealand campaign, this time a summer film shot by the talented boys at Wanaka’s production house Two Bearded Men. The clever guys at Host advertising agency in Sydney had cooked up quite the concept for this shoot. It involved some cute children from the local town of Portobello near Dunedin, Santa Claus, the worlds biggest Christmas tree, a giant eatable candy cane and some presents given out by Air NZ’s own cabin crew. What could be better than this in the life of a 6 year old excited for Christmas?? Their reactions as the magic unfolds…
I thought I would share some behind the scenes snaps with you which help illustrate what a mammoth effort was put in by all. It was very cool to have a heap of Wanaka talent involved in the shoot. Tim Pierce & Toby Crawford of Two Bearded men directing, filming and producing the shoot, Jase Hancox and Will Lascelles from Colab 2nd cameras, Piers Harding camera assist, Loz Ferguison of Pop Creative and Casey Teat on art department, In Light Wanaka on lighting, Tony … Read Full Post

Air New Zealand – behind the scenes photo-shoot at Treble Cone, Wanaka

Last week I was asked to shoot some behind the scenes photos for Air New Zealand on a film project they were shooting. Over the winter months in New Zealand they have been releasing short films about how good the skiing is here, with the campaign being called ‘Meanwhile in New Zealand…’ with the aim of getting Austrailians over the ditch to ski and snowboard our fantastic mountains. This film was shot at Treble Cone in Wanaka and was released this week.  It is such a clever take on two of New Zealand’s favourite sports, skiing and rugby! The film was shot by the team at Diaries Down Under and drone footage by Heli Optics at Colab Creative.

Meanwhile in New Zealand… 
It was so fun to shoot behind the scenes photos on this shoot. As with most commercial shoots we were up at sparrows fart to start the long days shooting.
The sunrise view from Treble Cone looking over Lake WanakaThe sunrise view from Treble Cone looking over Lake Wanaka
Lake Wanaka at first light from Treble ConeLake Wanaka at first light from Treble Cone
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North Face shoot on Franz Joseph Glacier

Last week I was fortunate enough to be invited to shoot for North Face on a trip to Franz Joseph Glacier, on the West Coast of New Zealand. Franz Joseph is one of NZ’s largest Glaciers and at 12km long it almost comes down to the Tasman Sea. It was a trip guided by Adventure Consultants, with North Face team skiers Janina Kuzma, Fraser McDougall and Tom Dunbar. Being filming as part of The North Face Quest shows was Neil Kerr of NZ Skier magazine and mountain guide filmer Hugh Bernard. Armed with quite the team of professionals it was set to be quite the trip. We had a very short weather window and as soon as a storm cleared we were in the chopper on our way to Centennial Hut high on Franz Joseph.

Flying into the mighty Franz Joseph Glacier

Her ferocious jaws ready to swallow you whole!

Looking out over the top of Franz Joseph Glacier from Centennial Hut
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Snow Park shoot with Jossi Wells

Sorry for silence lately. I have been busy working with Jossi Wells over the past two weeks, shooting for the new Atomic 2012/13 catalog. Amongst this, local filmmaker Tim Pierce has been shooting the Wells family for his new documentary, Winter of Wells. It will be out shortly so watch this space. To see the trailer, check out Tim’s blog
So, Tim organised a chopper to shoot Jossi and his brothers, Beau-James and Jackson for the day at snow park, with a gimbal camera rig (a swanky camera mounted to the bottom of the heli, all controlled inside by the man that is Tim Pierce, and flown by incredibly talented pilot Alfie Speight, who has flown many a chopper for film shoots, including work on Lord of the Rings) It started with an early morning pipe session, with a perfectly cut empty pipe, glorious light and a sled for fast laps.

Jossi soaring while his brother Jackson and father Bruce watch…

Bruce zips Jossi back to the top of the pipe
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Air New Zealand – Advertising Campaign

A quick update. I have just been in Greece for a cheeky wee holiday with my family and a very welcome break from my computer (most of the time!) and am now back in London before heading to Paris next week and then on to Sweden to compete in Scandinavian Photo Challenge in Are, hosted by a favorite photographer of mine, Mattias Fredrickson.

Martin Place, Sydney
I wanted to share with you a few photos from a recent ad campaign that many of my winter images from New Zealand were used in. Air New Zealand ran an ‘exhibition’ in Martin Place Station in the center of Sydney’s CBD. My photos were amongst the work of Tony Harrington and Dan Himbrechts. To check out all the images that ran, go to http://www.airnewzealand.com.au/3hrsaway

Each shot has a ‘plaque’ next to it with the information about the shot. If you have a smart phone you can scan in the QRR code and listen to an audio guide about each shot. Clever eh!?
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Fashion Shoot for Christina Perriam Merino

Just before leaving for the UK (where I am now for a month) I had a fashion shoot for Christina Perriam Merino new 2011 winter range. We had the very talented Julia Atkinson of Studio Home Online styling the shoot, Kelly Anderson on the make up and a beautiful autumn Central Otago day. Christina’s Merino label is inspired by the merino sheep grown at her family  farm of Bendigo Station. She has developed a stunning range of clothes sold on line and at the Merino Shop in Tarras. Using some of Bendigo’s paddocks and old sheds, The Point Farm and Ardgour Road we had a ton of brilliant locations to chose from.
I really enjoy doing fashion shoots, for something different and a good challenge. Here are some of my favorite shots from the day

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Lake Wanaka Tourism photoshoot – Wilkin River

Last week I did a photo shoot for Lake Wanaka Tourism at the breathtakingly stunning Wilkin River and Siberia Valley. Wilkin River Jets took us where we needed to go with their jet boats and helicopter, you cant really fail to have a good time with a jet boat and a chopper! I had been looking forward to this shoot for a while and finally the right, clear sunny day was apon us and with a flurry of last minute organising to rally up the models, clothing (thanks to Icebreaker for supplying clothing) , food and a game plan we were ready to do it… With a good crew of people up for modeling, Darvs as our easygoing heli pilot, Danielle and Hayden behind the wheel of the jet boats, blue skies, everything was teed up to be a cracker of a day…

Wilkin River jet boating…
We started the morning of with a quick scout around the mountains in the bird and took a look at some of the glaciers, the famous Lake Crucible and the recently burnt down Siberia Hut (very sad!) With the door off the chopper … Read Full Post

The Dart River – An adventure to Middle Earth

Last week I had a commercial shoot up the Dart River, near Glenorchy, for a client that I can’t disclose at this point. It was a very specific location shoot and the only access to the area was by jet boat. Armed with my shiny new Aquatech underwater housing for my Canon 5D mk II, a thick wetsuit, and strong insect repellent, we shot off up the Dart River in search of water… I was very excited about this shoot, as I had not been up the Dart River before, this is where they filmed a lot of Lord of the Rings. Not to be disappointed by the breathtaking scenery, it was to be a good adventure.

The Dart River
With the jetboat full of the crew and gear we wound our way up the beautiful river, stopping often to shoot some photos. We were aiming for a couple of the smaller rivers that fed the Dart. After some very skilled jet boat driving we were at a stunning location where I was to put on my wetsuit and submerge my 5D for the first time.
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Mountaineering with Alpine Guides at Mt Cook…

A few months ago I organised to do Alpine Guides Mountain Experience Course out of Mt Cook Village, doing travel pieces for the Dominion Post in Wellington and Australian Geographic  Outdoor Magazine. I set of for Mt Cook Village last Sunday, not too sure what I had got myself into, but excited about the thought of learning mountaineering skills and having an adventure around some of the best mountaineering in NZ.

Aoraki (Mt Cook) poking out the clouds I drove towards my adventure…
Arriving into Mt Cook Village and the Alpine Guides desk I was quickly introduced to Martin and Tara, who would be on the adventure with me and then to Mark Austin-Cheval, our intrepid guide for the week. This was our group that we would be eating, sleeping, climbing and learning together for 7 days. We sat down and Mark informed us of the weather and the plan for the week. ‘The weather is great and we are leaving for the Mueller Hut tomorrow morning for 4 days…’ Gulp, straight into it. He then instructed us to pull out all of our belongings from what we had packed and … Read Full Post

Melbourne – Part two of the Disney Fashion shoot

I thought I would start with a couple of snaps shots I took during my stay in Melbourne that make me smile

The Skydeck at sunset with its viewers, watching the city be put to bed…

A lady chilling out on a bench at St Kilda

For the second shoot for DYou Magazine, Valeria had some more awesome ideas. She had found another amazing location out on the Mornington Peninsula, an hour outside of Melbourne. The beach has really colourful huts along the golden sand. After a lot of organising on Valeria’s behalf, we were there, ready to do the shoot after the models had got out from school. On arrival I was disappointed that the skies had turned gray and it was starting to rain. The huts stood in their glorious colours, but the scene was dulled by the dark sky. I have to say I was pretty disappointed, as it was such a cool location for a beach/bikini shoot, but it was raining… and there was no way to re-schedule.
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