PHOTOGRAPHING WSP – GLOBAL CITIES INDEX

Yesterday we photographed the GLOBAL CITIES INDEX established and hosted by WSP. Auckland ranked 13th with cities like New York and London higher up. At the top of the list were Seattle, Stockholm and Copenhagen. Guest speaker Phil Goff said Auckland was punching above it’s weight and that it was good to have something to work towards. Housing and traffic congestion let us down.  Auckland is a rapidly growing city and our basic infrastructure – water, waste water and public transport were not up to the mark. I’m not sure if healthcare or homelessness or terrorism or crime or racism were factored on the list – if so its a wonder that cities like New York and London perform better than us. Its no surprise that Scandinavian countries rank highly – people there have a high degree of trust in their governments and are willing to pay high taxes (sometimes up to 70% of their income) in return for having a high performing, secure city and lifestyle.

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Photographing a Science Conference

This year we were commissioned to photograph the Interface Science conference for Tech Week in New Zealand. Speakers from various research and innovation groups spoke on a podium. The key organisations were the MacDiarmid Institute and The Dodd-walls Centre, leading New Zealand research groups. For us, as photographers, we get the benefit of a paid contract as well as being able to dip into other fields and listen to fascinating lectures and presentations.

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PHOTOGRAPHING LEADING ARCHITECTS FOR M2 Man MAGAZINE

PHOTOGRAPHY FOR MAGAZINES:

One of the exciting things we get to do is photography for magazines, especially those magazines that want something a little more creative and arty. It gives us a chance to push the boundaries and experiment a little. In this instance we photographed a number of leading architects and designers for M2 Man Magazine for a 7 page spread they were doing. The photography took place in the studio of one of the architects so we had to improvise quite a bit to get the look and feel we were after. The creative director wantes something moody and dramatic.

It’s a constant challenge for photographers, where we are suddenly placed in a situation and have to find a way to make it work. But this also lends itself to creative photography that comes precisely because it is unplanned.  Continue reading “PHOTOGRAPHING LEADING ARCHITECTS FOR M2 Man MAGAZINE”

ANZAC DAY EVENT PHOTOGRPAHY

ACHEIVING VENDOR STATUS FOR AUCKLAND COUNCIL:

Freestyle Event Photography were recently awarded approved vendor status for Auckland Council. It means that our company and our performance have been vetted by Council, and that our legal and financial status is up to standard. So now we are able to be considered for all upcoming photography projects that council have. This is a very exciting milestone for Freestyle. We are delighted.

PHOTOGRAPHING ANZAC DAY EVENT:

Our first assignment for Auckland Council asked was to photograph the ANZAC day events located in Mt Albert and Mt Roskill. In attendance at the Mr Albert event where young cadets, old veterans and our Prime Minister, Jacinda Adern.   Continue reading “ANZAC DAY EVENT PHOTOGRPAHY”

PHOTOGRAPHING SIR GEORGE FISTONICH

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Villa Maria CEO Sir George Fistonich

We are often asked to do magazine photography. In this instance, M2 Magazine asked us to photograph Sir George Fistonich, founder of Villa Maria Wines. I didn’t want to take Sir George in what would be a predictable shoot – stand between grape vines. Rather I went for a cleaner look. When shooting for magazines, it pays to consider layout and where type might go.  Continue reading “PHOTOGRAPHING SIR GEORGE FISTONICH”