Universal Store – Back to the Street, Where I Began

Got to return to my roots, where my photography started, in my latest campaign for Universal Store. Waiting for light instead of lighting , selecting instead of retouching images. Shooting subjects instead of working with talent. Not styled, but style, not well lit but well visited. Swapped studio fees for plane tickets and fuel. Billboards are out now around town. Enjoy

Dead Kooks

Teamed up with friends of mine Eden & Chloe the other day. Eden’s a rad guy and likes to make his own things you can surf on. I like people who make things; creatives, craftsmen, the like. You can check out his surfing boards on the Dead Kooks site.

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In the Bay with JM Paddleboards

I went and shot some promo pics for JM Paddleboards, the brainchild of 9 time Molokai Paddleboard champ, big wave surfer and Quiksilver athlete Jamie Mitchell.

I’ve spent a bit of time in shaping bay’s and have always thought they have cool light.

For those of you who haven’t ever been in one, this is what you’ll see

You can view the whole shoot here

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

Courtney Hancock – Beachgirl to Ironwoman

Just finished working with Courtney Hancock, an athlete on the Kellogg’s Nutrigrain series. The brief to me called for an editorial type piece for publication to give a bit of insight on who Courtney is.

The story I’m telling is of the transition from Courtney the young beach girl, enjoying herself just like anyone else her age does,  to the unbridled drive that makes her a serious contender as an Ironwoman.  I think the transition between the lifestyle shots through to the final image of her running on the beach does that.

4 days after this shoot Courtney came runner up in the Coolangatta Gold endurance race.

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Behind the Scenes Vid – We Dance We Break We Step

Kenny Smith Photography (Behind the Scenes) from Josh Maguire on Vimeo.

My assistant Josh Maguire shot this cool behind the scenes vid on his 5DMkII as we took the stills for the We Dance we Break We Step shoot with 105.7 Radio Metro’s Respect Music.

Check it out the images and the full In:Series here