Category Archives: Travel

2015 was an amazing year for me: a mixed bag of client work, personal projects, and loads of travel. I spent a lot of time underwater this year as well, which has been great with that side of my business expanding and we keep pushing the envelope on what we shoot down there.  Huge thanks to all my clients, supporters, and my amazing team around the world. I really couldn’t do this with out you! Please enjoy my favourite shots from the year, and see you in 2016! Model: Tiffany Nicole (TNicole) Stylist: Gabrielle Letamendi MUA: Eliven Quiros   Valentina Grim Makeup: Glam by Tessa Monica Olive Stylist: Devin Winter Hair: Erin Michelle Anderson Makeup: Chanel Panagiotopoulos Model: Model Kaylan Auxier HMUA: Dinah Raphaelle Stylist: Impressionist Designs Designer: Tafreshi Couture Model: Brooke West Makeup: Andrea Hows Artistry Sheridan Mouawad Makeup: Dinah Raphaelle Model: Sarah Makeup: Andrea Hows Artistry Model: Lisa Underwater Aerials…

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First published in The Photographer’s Mail, February 2014 I love a good road trip, it’s part of who I am. I put it down to growing up in Australia where every holiday began with at least an 8 hour drive. Squashed in our Ford Falcon Stationwagon for what seemed like days, watching the world come towards me with such intent that it was hypnotic. I was the youngest of three so I never got a window seat, just wedged in the middle with the wide wide windscreen wrapping around and consuming me. Mum always said it was the best seat in the house, but I dreamed of being big enough to sit by the window where the world flew by with such speed that I was always left wanting more, always wishing I could pause for a minute to enjoy the details of the front yards and side roads. When…

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First published in The Photographer’s Mail, December 2013 When I first started making the move to Hollywood, people would often ask me if it was a good idea, wouldn’t I be competing against all the other photographers in town? My initial thought was yes, but after weighing up all the information I figured that in a city with almost 10 million people (that’s more than double New Zealand) there had to be a load more opportunities as well. More people equals more products to sell equals more photography, surely. I was right of course, I wouldn’t be putting it in print if I wasn’t! The huge number of projects happening at any one time here is staggering, from small commercial shoots to large feature films, this city has it all and it’s all going on all the time. In the 12 months I’ve been here I’ve had the good fortune…

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First published in The Photographer’s Mail, October 2013 Starting up afresh in a new country was never going to be easy. I knew that from the outset but I also was prepared to take my time and not expect anything amazing to happen straight away. Before moving to Los Angeles in December 2012 I had been quite hectic with my business, and the act of packing two people’s lives into a 3×1 metre storage locker the night before I flew out took it’s toll. I pretty much slept until Christmas and in between the sleeping I ate. Badly. The food in America is amazing in it’s awfulness, the perfect mix of addictive and deadly that makes it sooo hard to quit! You can eat healthy here but it just takes more effort, and I’m here to experience the American way (for a time) so donuts, tacos, burgers and pizza it…

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First published in The Photographer’s Mail, July 2013 Moving to another country is never an easy task, there’s so many things to take in to consideration, and deciding what to take is one of the more important ones. Clothing and personal items aside, choosing which of my gear and hardware to pack when moving to the United States was hard for a few reasons. Not having a US Visa meant that I didn’t really know how long I was going to be there for and so did I want to take everything I owned just for a three month trip? I could always rent equipment once got there but that can get costly, and I’ve already paid for my kit so why shell out again? The obvious answer was compromise. I was allowed two 23kg bags in my plane ticket and one of those was going to be clothes. The…

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First published in The Photographer’s Mail, May 2013 I’d never had a huge love of the United States but after a short trip to New York to visit a friend a few years ago I really fell in love with the place. It’s just like in the movies, unnervingly so! Americans are loud people, it’s true, but when you see them in captivity (in their homeland) they don’t seem so bad. Actually they’re downright nice, polite and happy to help. Just don’t sneeze in an elevator or you’re likely to get blessed from all corners! Moving to Los Angeles was certainly not on the life plan for me, I was happily building up my career and business in Wellington. It came about when my girlfriend JL won the USA Diversity Lottery and gained a Greencard. Whilst many people would have seen blinking ads for the lottery on random websites and…

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Never have I felt such an attraction to a place that I fear so much.

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New York from the Train

I love travelling by train. The view shuttering past is the ultimate single take dolly shot, better than any movie. Real and gritty.

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Well it’s a new year so I thought I should treat myself to a new blog design to get ready for the big things to come. I hope you like it, there’s more on the page than the last one so I hope it’s not too cluttered. I’d love to get your feedback, so let me know what you think 🙂 I have also loaded some old posts from my travel photography blog which you might be interested in. You can find them in the travel section. That’s it for now, more to come…

There is no nicer sound than rain on a metal surface, whether that’s a corrugated iron roof or the off-white painted exterior of a campervan; it’s the same in any language. Rugged up under the covers listening to the rain pelt down on our top-heavy little Britz van (with a missing Z so now it’s the kiwi version of my name) we waited until we could start our journey north to the sandy shores of Lancelin – a sand dune bordered town a couple hundred clicks north of Perth. A simple design flaw of the van being that you had to go outside to get in to the cab to drive anywhere. We did have plans to take Carla, our model, up to the Dunes and do a shoot for a clothing label (Gospel Clothing) but the rain just settled in so we ended up stealthing our way into an…

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