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Spent some time recently on a assignment for April Six Agency out of San Francisco. They threw out the exciting prospect of heading to Toronto, Canada for a week to create a series of environmental portraits for Cogeco/ Peer 1,  a managed cloud, hosting and IT services company servicing the globe. Of course we jumped at the opportunity before realizing that a blizzard was on course for Toronto and we’d be working through a snow storm!! Had a great couple of days with a great and collaborative crew. Below are some of the results including the massive banners and OOH executions currently running across the country.

 

Post shoot we had a little time down in Toronto and got to see a lot of what this amazing city had to offer. Look forward to getting back there soon.

Thanks to a great crew, agency and client.

 

 

 

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Pleased to see imagery from our recent shoot at QT Museum Wellington, New Zealand finally making it’s way to the website and advertising for the re launch of the hotel.


 

We travelled to Wellington earlier this year on a commission to photograph the hotel under the new banner of QT Museum Wellington. This unique property now joining the portfolio of QT properties. Straight from their site it reads, ” Fall down the rabbit hole into an explosion of color and texture at Wellington’s new design-driven Hotel, QT Museum Wellington. Our walls host a curated collection of high & low brow art sitting in a stunning harbourside location & engulfed  by vines and vivd ivy.”

“Your new Wellington creative hub is the epitome of cool luxury – high tech, sophisticated spaces & a paradise for foodies. Go beyond your boundaries as you are challenged by the scale of our art while experiencing the comfort of having the modern traveller needs at your fingertips.”

 

Art, design, curiosities and a dash of the absurd – QT Museum Wellington.

Travelled with great mate and collaborator Tom Hood, as always we managed to mix a heavy dose of photography work with some downtime exploring the Martinborough wine region, in the South Wairarapa outside of Wellington. Thanks for the detailed research of finding some superb Pinot Noir destination’s Tom, favorite and stand out for me was 2014 John Martin Pinot Noir. Travel snaps below.

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In continuing our series on makers and artisans of San Francisco we recently had the pleasure of photographing head distiller of Gin company Distillery 209, Arne Hillesland.

Headquartered right on the Bay, a stones throw from the SF Giants baseball team, this is the only distillery in the world that is built over water – on renovated Pier 50 in San Francisco. The natural cooling properties of 13 feet of San Francisco bay water beneath the pier keeps the air temperature in the distillery perfect for distilling all year-round.

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Arne is a Bay area native who embodies the Renaissance nature of many of those who inhabit this unique city. Prior to morphing into a world-class master distiller, a.k.a Ginerator, this amateur chef and saxophonist took a twenty-year journey through Silicon Valley and a career in high technology manufacturing and engineering, followed by a detour into start ups and artificial intelligence.

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Follow these guys on instagram https://www.instagram.com/distillery209/

Thanks to the team at 209, Arne Hillesland, Leslie Rudd and Wendi Green, it was a pleasure to visit, appreciate you making it possible.

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Happened to have 2 of these land on the doorstep last week. New drop of At-Edge Macroview 17 and launch issue of Found Volume One. Excited to see both spreads.

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I guess to me the best assignments are the one s that find us not only back home in Australia, but better still see me on assignment in my home town of Melbourne, Australia. Such was the case on my December jaunt, and assignment for the QT Hotel chain, one of my favorite clients of all time! There simply is no better client to work for than the Managing Director of Event Hospitality & Entertainment Limited, the enigmatic Mr David Seargeant, an industry legend and all around great guy. Very seldom are you given the brief of, “just do what you do – I know ‘ll love what I get”. Seems simple enough but the psychology that runs far deeper, Mr Seargeant  always throws out the gauntlet to make each new shoot even better than the last, and therefore we always dig a little deeper. In this case it meant running a few 16 – 20 hours shifts to achieve what we were chasing. On assignment at a fully operational hotel running at 100% is always a mighty challenge but one that we revel in. Here’s just a glimpse of what we were able to achieve.

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Thanks for the faith yet again David Seargeant and to all on premise at QT Melbourne for go the extra few yards with us. Look forward to continuing the fertile relationship.

 

 

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The State Fair of Texas, headquartered in Dallas is a fascinating place to visit if you’ve never been there before. Even more interesting if you are lucky enough to meet Don and Sharon Endsley and spend several days making portraits of the characters who perform in their roving Great AmericaWild West Show. Don and Sharon have spent their life together performing and being involved in the Western lifestyle Before creating the Great American Wild West Show Don spent almost 30 years as one of the top Professional rodeo announcers in the Country. He was the “voice” of the last NFR held in Oklahoma City in 1984. In 2011 Don was inducted into the texts Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame in Ft Worth, where they lived for 25 years.

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The spectacular arena shows are the trademark but the Great American Wild West Show has been featured in many versions for venues like the legendary Stardust Hotel in Las Vegas. Producing the Great American Wild West Show is a family operation with Don and Sharon writing the scripts, producing the music, designing lighting and special effects, booking show dates and always looking for new ways to make it more thrilling and exciting. It was an hilarious couple of days getting down and dirty at the Texas State Fair.

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We had the opportunity to get behind the scenes and create a series of narrative portraits documenting many of the characters that make up the entourage. By far the standout for our crew was the amazingly talented Kyzer Stoddard, horseman extraordinaire – what a gift he has with animals and the camera just loves him. Thanks to these generous hosts and our amazing local crew. See you all again soon.

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Thanks to these generous hosts and our amazing local crew. See you all again soon.

 

 

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We recently spent 2 days working with Casey Morton, professional female boxer recently at the headquarters of Victor Conte’s SNAC Company outside San Francisco. Victor has created a state of the art facility and training regimes for a select group of elite american athletes, that range from pro football players, olympic track and field athletes and professional boxers.  Casey Morton utilizes the SNAC facility, its trainers and its products for the strength and conditioning aspects of her training regime.  #caseymorton

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You can spend lengthy amounts of time and funds conceiving new personal projects to keep your creative energy going and to produce new work to show clients. Last week was a different story for us! Working away in the studio, we heard the approaching sound of sirens, closer, closer still, then atop us. At that point Eszter opens the front doors and enthusiastically says you’d better get out here – pronto!

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The commercial/residential space across from us was well ablaze and there had been a 2 alarm alert sent out, and trucks were arriving from everywhere. As any good assistant would do – Brian De Simone instantly replaced the iPhone in my hand with a more professional approach and told me to get to work.

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Being right in the middle of the action before the first responders arrived saw me with unfettered access as the SFFD men and women got to work tackling this huge fire. Police lines were getting drawn all around me but somehow they couldn’t work out who I was or where I came from, opting to leave me on the playing field as it were. Within minutes there were 12 fire engines plus emergency vehicles surrounding me. Here’s some of the collection of images I made of the SFFD heroes getting the job done.

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Thank you to all who gave their service that day. You bravely saved the property from total ruin and protected nearby residents from a catastrophe. Hats off to you.

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The FALL 2016 issue of Workbook has landed on the desks of creatives across the country. Very happy with our current spread. We cant speak highly enough of how effective this marketing partnership has been for our business and look forward to the results that again may lie ahead. A big thank you to Heidi Goverman for the way she treats us and the professionalism of her whole team. The next round of Face Time meetings in LA are coming up and we are excited to see the team from Workbook again.

Thanks guys.

Check out our work on the Workbook site.

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Feels like we’ve been living out of state for most of the last few months. Having multiple trips back and forwards between San Francisco, Los Angeles and Las Vegas has seen us continually chasing the sunshine and warm weather of late summer. No complaints from us!

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We recently had the opportunity to collaborate with San Francisco agency Nice&Company, spending several days creating a library of assets at various outdoor locations in Los Angeles. This would have seemed like a fairly simple proposition, accept for the fact that there is a severe drought in California and an ideal lush green grassed outdoor space is becoming increasingly hard to find. I flew down from SF a week before the shoot, spending a full day of pre production visiting somewhere near 20 city parks and reserves as well as a host of large scale private properties with most parched to a very un-photogenic shade of tan. We lucked in at the final location on scout day, Whittier Narrows Recreation Area  in South El Monte, an area of LA I had never visited. Discovering this venue saved our backsides as we are literally out of options with the clock running down, and ambassadorial talent flying in from all over the country. Our second location was made a little easier as we found  an exclusive private property in the hills of Thousand Oaks that had no water restrictions at all due to its private well offerings, it felt like we had been transported to the English countryside.

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It was great to work alongside Doug Finelli, Sunni York and Val Beckwith from Nice&Company – thank you for having faith in us. Our ace producer Michael Mattes rocked out in all aspects of the shoot, most notably assembling a great crew of around 20 folks who delivered more than they were asked for.  A big thank you must goes out to all of them- too many to name. It was a long and arduous shoot incorporating sunrises and sunsets each day and little sleep in between.

But then again isn’t it always this way!!!

See you soon LA.

 

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