It’s been a while since our last Blog Post as the team at the Studio Commercial have been all consumed with the trials of renovating our new premises and the logistics of moving an entire studio (more on that later)
In any case for the Christmas period, we photographed a series of promotional pieces in our studio for Ferrero Rocher.
I say “we” as these type of shoots are very much a team effort with assistants, art directors, stylists etc.
This was a very enjoyable and rewarding shoot, and as you can imagine there were certain perks to the assignment, especially for those in the team like myself who are addicted to chocolate 🙂
Refreshingly in today’s age of of digital magic, the two “unwrap magic” shots (destined for print) were captured in one set and in one shot (almost).
The “Countdown to Christmas” imagery, (which was destined for online and TV use with some animation) was photographed in stages so that various image elements could be moved easily in post production.
Client: The Kinetic Agency.
We’ve known Zak at Skunkworks Bikes for quite a few years and we always look forward to shooting his special creations (normally over a cool beverage after hours). Having said that, Zak specialises in high end, light and fast bike and wheel builds using high quality parts with meticulous attention to detail, so all of his customers bikes are indeed special creations. This English is Zak’s personal bike and gets used daily, the steel & carbon frame and saddle were custom made for his measurements and all parts hand picked to be a truly one off build. If you crave beauty such as this (and who doesn’t!), get in contact with Zak. @skunkworks_bikes
Frame v3 English cycles custom
Enve 1.0 fork
Extralite headset and topcap
Custom painted 3t arx2 stem with Fetha Garmin mount and house black Ti bolt kit
3t LTD ergonova 40cm bars
Matte finish busyman custom bar tape
Campag SR shifters and mechs
EE Cycleeworks brakes
Quarq D Zero power meter
Praxis works ‘buzz’ chainrings with extralite bolts
Alchemy V3 hubs laced to G4 curvecycling 35mm carbon clinchers
Custom finished Berk Lupina saddle
Custom 1 bolt English cycles seat mast topper with house black Ti bolt kit
Jagwire elite link housing with DLC cables
Custom finished Emporelli bottle cages
Kogel ceramic bearings and jockey wheels throughout the build and second ( tubular ) wheelset
Weight 6.3kgs tubs and high 6.6kgs with the wheels pictured
We photographed Alex Malley on location at the CPA Australia Office for the cover and inside spread of the September issue of Professional Planner magazine.
Photographically, the CPA office offered some interesting backdrops which was great, especially as we only had a small window of time to capture the range of shots required. Alex was also a consummate professional and comfortable in front of the camera which only added to the smooth running and success of the shoot.
“Professional Planner is the leading voice for financial planners where they can learn about industry standards, get news, information, debate and develop new ideas.”
Why CPA Australia backed Malley to shake up financial planning
I felt quite privileged having the opportunity to photograph the Australian Rio 2016 Olympic Dive Team! Currently representing us in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Melissa Wu, Anabelle Smith, Brittany Broben, Esther Qin, Domonic Bedggood, Kevin Chavez and by no means last Grant Nel were all in studio for an energetic photo session.
With Diving Australia’s CEO, David Bell as art director our aim was to capture strong emotive portraits of the team. The key here was selecting the right lighting that would accentuate the defined muscle tone that these elite athletes have. Here are a bunch of the resulting images, Cheers Dave 🙂
and a photo of me getting it done 😀
We got more than our feet wet when we shot for the 2016 Surf Life Saving Foundation direct mail campaign. This assignment was quite literally a refreshing change from a studio shoot.
Our photo brief called for POV shots of a swimmer in trouble. So we donned the wetsuit, grabbed an underwater housing and jumped on into the surf.
Funnily enough, although the conditions were ideal for a regular day out at the beach, being fine and sunny, this didn’t quite match the original concept look and feel. As this called for a sense of fear and foreboding, a post production colour treatment brought the images in line with the concept from the March One agency.
An alcohol shoot with a different bent!
As this post goes live, the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is underway. With the main event of the parade itself taking place on the 5th of March.
We shot this “Celebrate Diversity” promotional campaign in conjunction with Dynamix agency and certainly think it captured the fun and flamboyant atmosphere of the party. As sponsors of the event, Finlandia Vodka and Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire make the perfect couple and are sure to spice things up.
Even with a detailed brief, it’s often hard to pick which shot will be chosen by an editor and end up on the cover. In this case we had plenty of opportunity to capture many options for the client to choose from and they were really happy with what we came back with.
“Thank you again, we are so happy for the results of the shoot. It is tough to go online and pick a great photographer and company, I feel truly blessed to have found you!
We’ve started doing creative portraits for the new “People Q&A” section in NIBA‘s Insurance & Risk Professional magazine. Published by Mahlab Media, Graphic Designer Jack Pike wanted a “Time Magazine” feel for the portraits. We get about an hour with the subject and have lots of fun exploring different poses, techniques and styles to achieve images that reflect the subject and the theme of the story.
The Beer Kettle is a point of sale promotion that we photographed and retouched for Momentum Worldwide Australia agency.
Another shot that is surprisingly complicated in it’s simplicity and involved quite a few hours of post production.
I’ve also made up an unofficial alternate version without the chalk text.