I was honoured when James Burchill at Rumble showed financial services brand Sun Super The Ol’ Boys and suggested they commission the works for their new print campaign. It’s a wonderful feeling to have work come directly out of personal projects. We recreated 5 new The Ol’ Boys portraits especially for them.
This campaign is out now and it’s nice to see them printed very large in some very prominent places.
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
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
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:
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.
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:
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.
Happy New Year from all of us. 2014 seems like a blur now, but we managed to keep track of a few highlights during the whirl-wind ride. Some of them are:
Personal project|The Ol’ Boys: The Ol’ Boys had a big start to the year with a 2 week print exhibition at the Noosa Festival of Surfing. It was great to see the crowds appreciating the 1 metre prints. Throughout 2014 we also caught up with just over 300 surfers who allowed us to take their portraits. The project was featured by ABC radio who attended a shoot and recorded a feature that appeared online and during drive-time radio. The Ol’ Boys also had a multiple page print feature in creative arts journal Collective Magazine, plus featured on Adobe’s Behance networks curated page “The Served” as a feature project.
We worked on a ton of commercial projects too, like shooting on the beach at sunrise for Tourism Australia, received access to Brisbane International Airport and The Sofitel for Flight Centre Business Travel, visited over a dozens of people’s private homes for NRMA Insurance and again for Suncorp Bank, in a gritty inner-west gym with Adam Goodes for Rexona, went back to Brisbane Airport for Virgin Australia (re-licensed worldwide), on blocked off streets downtown for Queensland Police and again for Queensland Health, on The Apple Isle for the University of Tasmania, in supermarket isles for Dan Murphys, and on a city rooftop for Investa.
We were blessed to be awarded a gold and 2 silver awards at the Brisbane Advertising and Design Awards for The Ol’ Boys, plus a silver and 2 bronze awards at the International Loupe awards in the portrait and advertising categories.
We absolutely loved every minute of 2014, and can’t wait to work with all of you in 2015. Thank you to everyone who worked with us and supported us last year.