Billy Cross for The Weekend Australian

Had the pleasure of photographing performer turned-entertainment mogul Billy Cross for the cover of The Weekend Australian. We did a range of images in studio and around his home. Billy was a great subject who put a lot of energy into our shoot and the results show. The cover is a nod back to his performing days in male review Manpower. There were so many great images that could have been used. Here’s the cover and insert page along with one of my favs. What a great afternoon

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True Disbeliever

I can’t think of anyone I’ve met in person that I have less in common with then Senator Malcolm Roberts. He is a straight up climate change denier, which, coupled with his party’s views on immigration and multiculturalism are kind of at odds with my ethnically-diverse heritage with 2 mixed race children, & 24 solar panels on my home in my adopted country. But sometimes differences make nice pictures, and we had a nice time on this shoot. We casually discussed our differing views, with neither of us successful in changing the others beliefs, & that was that. Images for a story penned by Richard Guilliatt which ran in The Weekend Australian last week

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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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Bold El Paso

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When we were asked to shoot explosion shapes for Old El Paso, I initially thought, “oh yeah, this is doable”. But as we worked our way through the approach, a few challenges came up. I had an idea of how to shoot the stills, in fact high speed photography is like shooting landscapes, most photographers have played around with it in some shape or another. However, when I thought about shooting motion, I started to realise the difference. With a still, we just needed elements, we could piece them together in post, if need be, to make a perfect explosion. But with motion, we had nowhere to hide anything. It all had to happen in camera.

After some testing, I worked out an unconventional way to make the powder create the shape naturally, and most importantly how to reproduce the shape consistently enough to capture what we needed, in camera, and with agency and client watching!

Shoot day at Rokeby Studios was a mixture of tiptoeing around expensive equipment while blasting coloured powder towards it. We shot a number blasts in super slow mo on a RED camera, then shot an equal number of stills afterwards for print. We all huddled around the monitors as we went and ooohed and aaahed at what fed through. It was an amazingly fun shoot. Here’s a behind the scenes pic of yours truly mid shoot.

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I’ve posted one of the test blasts here (above). The final ad used a different coloured powder, but this test had a random stem in the middle like a flower.  Here’s the final ad below:BOLD ad

Vignettes of Australian Life for AMP

AMP has launched the brand campaign we recently shot for them. Featuring scenes of Australian life, the campaign was shot over a week at a number of locations along the country’s beautiful east coast. Our imagery focused on capturing authentic, genuine lifestyle moments.

A favorite part of the shoot for me was donning a shark repellent band and swimming out off Boulders Beach, Lennox Head in the pitch black to shoot our surfers at sunrise…..yikes!

We’ve already spied some billboards in some of the capital cities, and look forward to seeing more as the campaign rolls out.

 

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Barca Lifestyle: Film and Stills

I recently had the pleasure of directing a short film, alongside shooting stills for Barca, a luxury residential location. Working with our tight crew we spent the day on and along the Brisbane River, sailing & shooting in the sun.

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Live at Mary Lane

We recently produced the brand campaign imagery for Mary Lane, a residential property development in Brisbane.

Shot over two days, we worked with our client to create a story to tell how it feels to meet, dine, stay, live & play at Mary Lane.

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Handy with the (Stainless) Steel for Silver Chef via Khemistry

Recently teamed up with Lindsay Thompson & his team at Khemistry to bring this campaign to life for financial services provider Silver Chef. We lit each shot in sections then used a combination of retouching and 3D to produce some dynamic results.

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