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Showcasing a few of our favorites spreads from the exquisitely designed and produced “That Book Spider Lake” commission. The project just won 2 awards at the 2018 British Book Design and Production Awards. Here’s what the judges had to say;

‘That Book’ created by Eszter & David and Hurtwood Press was the star of the evening, triumphing in Digitally Printed Books and also securing the prestigious title of Book of the Year. The judges were captivated by the attention to detail, and said it was “devoid of boundaries and designed with boundless imagination”.

It was a very complex undertaking that included a request for a cover that was “bound in water”. So there are metallic papers, color printing, die cutting, foil blocking, acetates, throw outs, postcards, fabrics, giclee prints amongst other things. The challenge was that with fabrics, acetates and special papers, our partners had to develop new and innovative binding techniques to bind the book together properly. Clearly that did not go unnoticed by the judges! We were thrilled, and so to our very happy clients. Thank you to all involved. Hurtwood Press, Billie Temple Design, Ludlow Bookbinders and Pureprint Group. @billetha @eszteranddavid @hurtwoodpress @bbdpawards

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As a family we have spent many a summer week camping in the High Sierra of California, at our secret little spot on the water, enjoying down time. I’ve always wanted it just to be “down time” and enjoy the moments with my girls, without a professional camera in my hand. This year it took a different turn when we asked our daughter Ivy if we could spend an afternoon making some pictures of her in her favorite outdoors spot. Brief was simple – just have fun being who you are – doing what you love. We’d follow her and make things up as we went along. So here’s a selection of what we all collectively created that afternoon last month. A day I’ll never forget! Thanks to my girl’s Eszter, Ivy and Stella.

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I feel really privileged that we have been commissioned to photograph 3 x QT Hotel properties within the last 12 months. That good fortune continued recently when we ventured back to Queensland, Australia and the famed Surfers Paradise strip. The QT Gold Coast was our latest project we’ve collaborated on. “Nostalgic surfer chic meets Miami  catwalk cool” reads  the banner line introducing the hotel website. With that as a temptation, I was sure a good shoot would materialize. Here’s just a small sample of imagery we produced. View our website for more from the shoot. Check out their Instagram #qt_hotels #qtgoldcoast #qtlife

Again I had the opportunity to travel with great mate and creative collaborator Tom Hood, who just makes life and shooting so much easier, I am forever grateful to have him on board for these crazy hospitality shoots that run to no convention timing schedule. Thanks for your flexibility mate. BTS below.

Point break waves on approach to Surfers Paradise…..

Sand and surf for miles.

Essential production vehicle.

Good morning elevator.

Beach patrol.

A long way down.


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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.


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.


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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A recent collaboration with the wonderful team at the MPP agency
in San Francisco gave us the opportunity to embed on the campus of Santa Clara University for 4 days and interpret day to day life for its student body and faculty.  The project started with a unique location scout – a request for us to observe and interpret as we saw fit and come back with our commentary. It is such a gratifying feeling when you have the opportunity to truly collaborate with an agency, taking their original ideas and being given latitude to take the concept and add to it. A big thank you to Robert Maidens, Keith Pacoma and the MPP gang for their vision and their trust in our creativity. Here’s a small sample of the finished product.








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Wow a lot happens when ones work takes them on the road for 5-6 weeks!! Having left the Bay area Thanksgiving week with kid’s in tow for a working trip to Boulder and a side trip to Vail for skiing practice. Then immediately heading downunder to drop the kid’s and u-turning back up to Bali to finish a huge hotel assignment for Double Six Luxury Hotel, we find ourselves back in SF minus our two favourite local food haunts, namely Chez Papa in Potrero Hill, and Local’s Corner in the Mission right by our studio. Having become very friendly with Timmy, Chef de Cuisine at Local’s Corner after recently photographing him shortly before leaving; returning home to find both he and the restaurant gone was a sad day indeed. Wishing you all the best Timmy in your new ventures in Seattle. Take a moment to read the following article on the “demise of Local’s Corner”. Disappointing to read, but urban change and revitalization are a part of life.


Here’s a couple of Timmy’s portraits and my gorgeous stand in Eszter!!





The gorgeous Eszter.

The gorgeous Eszter.

  Miss you guys.

David and Eszter.


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In the whirlwind of shooting it sometimes seems like an eternity before images shot are finally launched. Pharmaceutical company Ariosa Diagnostics recently contacted us about a rebranding project for their prenatal test Harmony. Over the course of a 2 day location shoot we photographed a library of images centered around the product. The product rebrand has finally launched and here is a peek at a few of the shots. Thanks go out to my crew Eszter matheson, Dylan Maddux, Styling Guru Claire Mack, Stylist Gillian Christie and Brynn Doering on Hair and Make-up. Thanks for all your hard work.

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It’s always great to see new work out there in the marketplace. This week CRI San Francisco launched their new branding across many platforms and its great to see so many of our images gracing their newly launched website. The result of 2 great days working collaboratively with Jennifer Merritt and the beautiful showroom of Herman Miller here in San Francisco. It was a whirlwind shoot that included 30 environmental portraits over 2 long days. A huge thank you to my team Eszter Matheson, Dylan Maddux and Preston Nesbit.

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