Kiwi crooners The Koi Boys - favourites on Channel 9's The Voice - are on the up and up with a major record label signing and multiple video releases.
I spent time recently in the studio photographing Kevin, Danny and Nuz - great guys who are working hard and having a ball as their star rises.
Tiki performs as part of the bill with PNC, P-Money & Savage for iHeart Radio.
Nikon D4/ Nikkor 16-35mm 4G/ 70-200mm 2.8G VRII lens, Lightroom 6
"I had to get some s**t out, I had to get it off my chest. It's like therapy, this album," Adam Lambert announced at the Civic Theatre last night (source: NZ Herald).
Nikon D4/ Nikkor 24-70mm 2.8G/ 70-200mm 2.8G VRII lens, Lightroom 6
Nikon D4/Nikkor 85 1.4G, SB-900/Orbis, Lightroom 6.
Culinary super heroes, Sarah and Otis Frizzell.
Sometimes its nice to revisit the files from an old shoot and see how you'd treat them today. Way back in February 2012, I was sent to Melbourne to shoot Erykah Badu as she performed with her Cannabinoids crew at the gorgeous old Palais Theatre in St Kilda.
I had the run of the theatre for the entire show - which is always nice - so had time to cover the performance properly and especially to look for those gestures and special moments which are almost impossible to catch under the typical "three song" rule. Photographing Erykah is easy as she's a proper Diva - talented and beautiful - and boy, she knows it. Her stagecraft coupled with her sheer confidence (arrogance?) means that she is in total command of the audience at all times, never letting their attention stray for a second.
Though the Cannabinoid crew are stellar performers in their own right, the eyes of the enraptured audience never once left Erykah, such was the intensity of her performance. My job was to try to capture some of that power and emotion.
Originally processed and output in colour, a new treatment in B&W, removing all possible distractions, seems now to be the only way to go with these images.
Nikon D300/ Nikkor 17-55mm 2.8G/ 70-200mm 2.8G VR1 lens, Lightroom 5
Where better to conduct a location portrait shoot for a lawyer in Auckland than the High Court?
At Will's suggestion, we returned to the site of his admission to the bar and took the opportunity to photograph him in his trial robes. The building has special significance for many lawyers and the Judiciary. Long superseded by the New High Court buildings, the original number 1 Court is now mainly used for ceremonial occasions, but is a reminder of New Zealand's legal heritage and a powerful example of Gothic Revival architecture.
Now almost 150 years old, the Old High Court building features striking plasterwork by craftsman Anton Teutenberg - including gargoyles of famous people of the day - making it an ideal spot to compliment Will's impressive legal bearing.
Nikon D4/ Nikkor 24-70mm 2.8G/ 85mm 1.4G/ 70-200mm 2.8G VR11 lens, Nikon SB900 Flash/ Westcott Rapid Box & Grid Spot, Lightroom 5
Randa wins the 2014 VNZMA Critics' Choice Prize sponsored by NZ On Air.
Lake South, Randa and Estere battled it out at the Critics' Choice Awards showcase at the King's Arms tavern in Auckland.
Most of my portrait sittings to date have been with performers and people working in the media. Ross Knight is neither - he is a barrister, specialising in relationship property and trust law. Quite a change of pace, then.
In fact, Ross was a total pleasure to photograph. I spent a couple of hours with him in his chambers on a rainy Saturday afternoon and we worked together to create some clean, graphic portraits as part of a website re-branding project.
Ross is certainly not the archetypical stuffy lawyer, and I think that his warm and friendly personality is captured nicely in these photographs.
Ross is ably assisted in his work by Maxine and Telise, and they joined the shoot to add their own vibe for the team portraits which were shot in and around the stairwell - too wet to photograph outside as originally planned.
A fine-looking legal team - and probably a happier bunch of people than your average musician or media personality..
This shoot was organised by Nikki Fogden-Moore (http://www.thevitalitycoach.com.au) - thanks for the direction/styling/assisting, Nikki.
Nikon D4/ Nikkor 24-70mm 2.8G/ 85mm 1.4G/ 70-200mm 2.8G VR11 lens, Nikon SB900 Flash/ Westcott Rapid Box & Umbrella, Lightroom 5
Driving around rural New Zealand, you will be treated with the sight of hundreds (thousands?) of abandoned work vehicles - a fair number of which seem to be Vauxhall Bedford trucks.
Sure, derelict trucks may be a photographic cliche, but these handsome beasts are often fascinating - particularly their beautiful rusting skins which are testament to the hard lives they have undoubtedly lead.
I discovered this eighties model quietly abandoned in a cul-de-sac adjacent to Tokatoka Peak in Ruawai. It seemed a perfect final resting place - overlooking the Dargaville River and across the dairy farms of Te Kopuru and out to sea.
However, I returned to this spot a few years later and it was gone - hopefully relocated to a final resting place with just as much dignity.
If you travel from Wairoa to Rotorua via the Waikaremoana Road, you will see dozens of 'retired' farm vehicles - especially around the tiny township of Ruatahuna.
This guy from the seventies sat in small field by the road facing the traffic and seemed almost to be begging for another chance to be put to work - you could almost felt sorry for him.
The aptly named Dry Road on the Whanganui Inlet in the Golden Bay area, hugs the shoreline alternately cutting through bush and traversing tidal mudflats on the way into the North West Nelson Conservation Park.
Along the way, I stopped for a classic sixties flatbed guarding the letterbox of a bush-hidden property. Standing proud in the baking midday sun, it's history writ large in the textured metal and fractured glass - had someone taken a shot at the owner? - I could only speculate.
This starts tonight.
Shot at White Studios using Profoto lighting.
I had offered to do some publicity images for them in between recording sessions, but as it turned out Tim was full of a cold on the night so I had them all to myself for a quick 45 minute photo session.
I started with the guys up against a black backdrop for some bad ass 'blues-style' shots and then followed up with a more contemporary look against white.
Nikon D4/ Nikkor 24-70mm 2.8G, Nikon SB900 Flash/ Westcott Rapid Box + Umbrella fill, Lightroom 5.
Its not so long ago that Scott Kelly turned forty. Now Paula Kelly (they're married) has reached the same milestone.
What can I say? Paula looks like she's thirty and acts like she's twenty (in a good way). Despite that, I managed to capture Paula looking her most serene. Mostly.
Its nice to catch up with friends around a significant birthday and to take a few photos. We had a nice cup of coffee and took a few photos while Chewie kept an eye on proceedings.
Nikon D4/ Nikkor 24-70mm 2.8G/ 85mm 1.4G lens, Nikon SB900 Flash/ Westcott Rapid Box, Lightroom 5.
Company executives typically require photographs that can be used not only for internal collateral (profiles, annual reports, etc.) but also LinkedIn, Facebook as well as for use in magazine and press articles.
Having a coordinated photoshoot means having a range of images to suit different needs, without the last minute panic to meet a deadline.
Here is sample from a suite of images I did recently for Sam Irvine of Freeview in and around his office in Auckland.
Nikon D4/ Nikkor 24-70mm 2.8G & 70-200mm 2.8G & 85mm 1.4G lenses, Nikon SB900/Westcott Rapid Box, Lightroom 5.
Occasionally, studio shoots for clients run ahead of schedule and you are left with a bit of spare time to do a mate a favour. Slave needed some new head shots, so I gave him a call and he joined me at White Studios after picking the kids up from school.
Using a Profoto head with a beauty dish against a bare white wall, we got to it and quickly got a range of different looks.
Powerful strobes allow you to work fast - just as well since the kids were getting restless.
Nikon D4/ Nikkor 85mm 1.4G / Nikkor 24-70mm 2.8G lens, Profoto Head/ Beauty Dish White, Lightroom 5.