Heath at Montage Creative is on the same wavelength as me. When he rang a couple of months ago and briefed me on this job I knew exactly what he wanted and I’ll be honest, it made me a little bit excited. Had I known we would end up shooting all three of these images on location on the hottest day of the month (33 degrees Celsius) I probably wouldn’t have been quite as excited. Who am I kidding, of course I would have! These kinds of shoots are why I do what I do. The challenges, the planning, the challenges, the hours of sitting in front of the Mac (in air-conditioned comfort), the challenges, the energy and the odd challenge along the way make this kind of work absolutely riveting! Each of these images is made up of bits and pieces that were all shot on the day with the odd bit thrown in for some extra detail.
It’s always great working with excellent Art Direction but I take my hat off to the client (Drivewear) for entrusting Montage and Lightly Salted to deliver the goods on this concept.
Late last year we had the privilege to photograph the gorgeous pocket rocket Rachael Leahcar who has taken Australia by storm with her recent performance on Channel 9’s The Voice. Rachael is a client of the Royal Society for the Blind for whom Lightly Salted does a lot of work in support of the charity – you may recall we raised an RSB Guide Dog Puppy a few years ago.
We were chuffed to see the facebook announcements rolling in while on holiday in South Africa so I thought I’d take a minute (now that I’m home) to show some extra images from our shoot with Rachael. It would have been quite obvious on the show but in case you hadn’t noticed, Rachael is very humble and radiates a wonderful innocence very uncommon in 17/18 year old’s these days! We wish her all the best for the show and her future career.
The fourth Magazine we’ve worked on with Algo Mas and Rundle Mall turned out to be the BIGGEST by far! Not only was it a whopping 64 pages but our models were positively massive! This was an instance where we were given an opportunity to pitch some concepts for the photography and thus Mallzilla was born. Inspired partly by the ‘miniature’ (Tilt/Shift) craze that’s been doing the rounds for the last couple of years and partly an inexplicable desire to be stuck to the Mac like glue for hours and hours on end, this concept became very close to my heart. This helped maintain motivation during the mammoth 5-6 hour retouching/compositing stints for each of the 6 images!!
Not to be overlooked, the secondary shoot we did in the Botanic Gardens (Algo Mas’ concept) was also great fun – who doesn’t enjoy loitering in the park with a tonne of photographic equipment in the sweltering (Autumn!) sun? Seriously though the talent and crew were absolute stars and we captured some beautiful moments in this oasis in the city.
PR firm Communikate recently contacted us to see if we’d be interested in working with them on some promotional images for the Credit Union Xmas Pageant here in Adelaide. After being briefed there was no way we were about to turn the job down and when you see the ‘pop’ style and caricature portraits we created you’ll see why! The shoot was a blast, rather freezing in a giant warehouse but the team kept us fueled with coffee and finger food so everything flowed very smoothly.
Every now and then we are commissioned to create an image that is as much about illustration as it is photography. I’ve decided to include a screen shot showing the layers of the initial working phase creating this “intimidating” image of a BMW 5 Series. For the BMW aficionado’s out there, this is the old shape 5 series as the new shape headlights are more wimpy!!
In terms of production, this image spent approximately 4 times longer in Post Production/Retouching than it did being photographed. A key element to remember when doing this kind of work is to get good reference shots of the object you’re photographing, this makes it much easier to put the elements together in post.
When Linda of “Interiors by Linda Nolis” approached us with the brief to shoot a pool-house she had styled (and more) we were expecting a small out building with minimal facilities, by a pool. How wrong we were. This pool-house is the shizzle. Large upstairs bedroom with en suite and daybed, open plan kitchen, dining, living and an outdoors/indoors barbecue area are just the foundation of this creation. The outdoors shower is the icing on the cake and was very tempting to jump under on the cold nights we were there photographing. Obviously the first question was “when can we move in?”!
Also notable are all of the mod-cons dotted through-out the house, installed by the clever guys at the BeSmart Group.
Over the last couple of years we’ve done a fair amount of work for the Royal Society for the Blind; ranging from Guide Dogs to the Adelaide Rotunda, the subject matter is always interesting. This project was no exception, this young lady only lost her sight at the end of 2008. The way she has managed to continue with essentially the same standard of living is unfathomable, her mentality was very basic – let her loss of sight bring her down or learn to live with it and make the most of her life. As simple as that sounds, we doubt it would be that easy for most people to come to terms with such a massive life change. This is where the RSB does a brilliant job in supporting the vision impaired community.
We were privileged to be involved in the production of this year’s school prospectus alongside the talented team at Mitousa. Special thanks goes to our assistant Dave who spent the 3 days lugging lighting gear around the school! The girls were also fantastic to work with, here are a few highlights from the publication..