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I was recently asked by a potential hotel client if I could explain how “eszter and david” work together on shoot days, and how are our images produced. My response was to pull up a few examples of our work and take them back to their essence – before and after scenarios.

As a duo we collaborate intensively on shoots for start to finish. My general roll is that of photographer and all that that entails, with Eszter’s role a little broader, encompassing pre production, overseeing digital technicians, on set producer and ultimately retouching all our imagery. Hotel work is fast and furious, generally with lots of hurdles along the way, in most cases we are working with a partially built and sparingly furnished construction site. In order for our clients to have a marketing campaign and print ads out as a lead up to hotel opening dates we usually shoot during final stages of construction and have to be fast, nimble and accommodating to construction workers, designers, staff training, management and a host of hourly visitors all with their own agendas and looming deadlines. We will always start with a pre production walk through on arrival and begin to scope and build a library of potential shoot angles with a hand held camera trying to create a cohesive narrative that best showcases the property. This then gets edited and built into a document we present to our client to showcase our vision. From there we begin creating a shoot schedule based around accessibility, talent, weather and host of other variables.

Following I have collated a selection of initial scouting snaps, followed by the final images. What a difference a little production, lighting, talent and retouching/ post production can do.

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Coming hot off posting the advertising print ads, billboard and OOH components of one of our recent hotel shoots Double Six, Bali. I thought it might be informative to reveal that more often than not now our hotel clients are requesting us to produce and capture a greater volume of imagery than ever before.Once it may have been collateral rooms shots only, maybe hero shots of main areas of the hotel as promotional tools, maybe add in some candid shots of talent enjoying the hotels offerings, with maybe two or three hero images. That seems to have changed, our most recent hotel project involved producing a library of more than 100 images to satisfy the vast array of media requirements facing any new hotel, and with insane deadlines to match, quite literally at times shooting and post producing on set within an hour to meet a print deadline for a magazine issue in another country so the hotel can capitalize on a “latest issue”. Images require immediacy to fulfill social media platforms that run 24/7 and can provide instant recognition of the new hot spot. This all before an art department officially gets its hands on shots for campaign work. This amazing project had us cover every conceivable image option, ranging from full talent based billboard and campaign imagery, to hospitality venues, food and drinks, room shots in every conceivable variant and staff and management promotional shots. What once was the “all in a day’s work” motto has become “all in a few week’s work” And let me tell you, we are not complaining, we love what we do and love doing it.

Here’s a random mix of what we achieved on the Double Six Hotel shoot.





















That’s just a sample selection of imagery from an all encompassing project, looking back at it retrospectively, I am so glad I had several years shooting editorially, honing my skills across a variety of mediums, light sources and subjects. Believe me when I say every ounce of experience learned was drawn upon at some point during this shoot. Our personal favorites are on our site.

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It’s always good to see the efforts of your labour begin to bear fruit. Our extensive project in Bali, Double Six Hotel, shot over two trips last year has begun rolling out print and OOH campaigns. Here is a selection of whats come out in recent weeks.






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The year has started in earnest here in San Francisco, bookings, scheduling new shoots, personal work, client connections, studio maintenance and the dreaded paperwork. Eszter is on a manic retouching schedule to finalize the 4 jobs she is juggling at the moment and I’m working hard to hold down the fort and the demands of 2 kids, who just missed a heck of schooling – great life but can get a little complicated at times!! Thought I’d put together a summer inspired post from our recent Bali job, including some new shots just coming out of post production and some BTS.

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New work Double Six, Bali.


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Sling Bar, Double Six Hotel, Bali

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Plantation Grill, Double Six Hotel, Bali.


Plantation Grill, Double Six Hotel, Bali.

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Big shout out to all the staff and crew at Double Six Luxury Hotel, Bali wishing you all the best for your grand opening launch party tonight. Sincerely hope it all goes well. Great to see the site starting to populate with our imagery and look forward to seeing the advertising campaigns roll out. Very are very excited that we will be back there in the coming months to complete the project.

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Just back in town from a great 2 weeks shooting in Bali for the new Double Six Luxury Hotel, great client, great brand, great new hotel. Now that shoot had it all, interiors, exteriors, models, casting, production, underwater photography and our 2 kids along for the ride! With such a hectic shoot we did need to indulge in a little downtime with a stay at Villa Mitzu courtesy of the very generous, Robert Marchetti and Jeremy Ferris. But as is my usual MO, I needed to take more pics. Grabbed myself an underwater housing and a handsome Spaniard and eszteranddavid were back to work!!

Here’s a couple of unretouched pics straight from the camera, can’t wait to see where Eszter takes these in post production. We will post results when they are at hand.

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David the photographer.

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