Prada recently hosted a small group of media, influences and celebrities to Government House in Sydney for the World wide preview of Past Forward. I was asked to shoot portraits of the guests as they arrived.
I couldn't be happier doing this type work. Although this was an event - I was in charge of capturing portraits of the guests as they arrived at the grand entrance and stairs of the Government House, Sydney. Although to the Italian office's contact on the grounds horror what we were doing - I reassured her that fun and not too formal. She was ecstatic at the end of it.
As you can imagine - I didn't have much time with them. Having to think extremely quick on your feet and trying to position them and lighting was stressful - but extremely fun. You don't have a moment to get caught up on their status or fame. Especially when Jessica Mauboy or Sarah Ellen walks in the door. You just have to throw them in and work with it.
While I was shooting I had the imagery being sent wirelessly to my laptop, although it wasn't an interest by the client - it could have been sending it straight to an iPhone of iPad for Instagram or Facebook.... food for thought for your next event?
It is always a pleasure being called upon as the photographer for Georg Jensen. Their events are usually spectacular but relaxed and this one for the the launch of the Zaha Hadid collection was no exception. Again, my team and I were given the task to capture video content and imagery with - what I think - were spectacular results.
You might feel that when I get to shooting someone like Jessica Gomes you'd probably think that you have hours or setup lighting, control and management of talent. Although this isn't always the case. This job was prime example of that. With a variation of 6 images and 2 different backgrounds I had under an hour to pull if off and only about 20 mins with Jess. Stressful - but I was really happy with the result.
If you have ever been to Dirk Hartog Island - you'll know what I'm about to say. It is in the middle of no where. Especially from Sydney.
We, Citizens of the World and I were commissioned by Haystac to cover the launch of the Dr Oetker's pizza, Remote Risteronti which was situated on the Island. Remote Risteronti was just that - remote. Let me just give you an idea what it took for a 4hr job. Friday morning around 7am I hopped on a plane from Sydney to Melbourne, with a quick stop then off to Perth followed by a extremely quick stop and up to Geraldton. Where the team of bandits was formed. A video crew, Tully Smyth (a hilarious influencer) and the client made up a convoy of 2 Mitsubishi Pajeros. From here we drove - 4hrs North through some of the most spectacular landscapes and canola fields you have ever seen, to arrive in Hamelin Pools to the most interesting Carvan Park in Australia but luckily which included the best Burgers in the World (self claimed). We all crashed out - full to the brim with a good Aussie Burger, yes that includes egg and beetroot at about around 10pm exhausted and possibly a little concerned that we might be missing someone by morning light. As the sun rose - so did we. Packed the car and drove another 250km. Although this was no standard walk in your park highway. It was the WORST corrugated road you have ever been down and it didn't stop. From 6am we drove - and drove only to arrive at 3pm. However, the violent vibrating of the car was was continually eroded by the most incredible views you have seen.
I arrived at 36hrs later at the most westerly point of Australia exhausted - but on the biggest high I ever been on. We worked till about 10pm again - then left the next morning at 5am to do it all again!