Birthday boy DJ Cruz had chosen for his birthday venue The Red Room, a private function room at Sky City, and chosen Freestyle Event Photography as his photographers. There seemed to be a bit of a red theme going on …
We photographed the speeches, with DJ countering with a wide smile any attempts at embarrassing him with stories from his past.
With finger food, an open bar and music for entertainment (though not much dancing), the atmosphere amongst the guests was relaxed, and the birthday scenes we photographed included many of people sitting and chatting or posing for the camera in tight-knit groups of friends.
The marketing manager of one of our existing clients, WSP OPUS asked for a series of portrait shots at the Auckland Waterfront, to be used for promotion and on the website. It was an early morning shoot, taking advantage of the crisp winter weather and avoiding too much sun.
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.
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”
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”
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”
The Volvo Ocean Race yachts were in Auckland for two days, and Freestyle Event Photography was asked to provide photos for HCL, responsible for the telecommunications technology for the race. On day one, we took photos of HCL staff with the race trophy during a tour of the HCL facilities at base, including a chance to look inside of two of the boats. Continue reading “Volvo Ocean Race – HCL”
Freestyle Event Photography were the official photographers for the ChoiceKids Christmas Party. ChoiceKids provides a fun, safe and educational environment where children will be cared for and valued. Our approach to the photography was more akin to street photography, where we roamed around the area, trying to stay in the background, then picking a decisive moment to photograph.
One of our regular clients, Nothpower, had their Christmas party at the Vector Arena in Manukau City. This year, guests came with a masquerade mask, which added wonderfully to the atmosphere. As photographers we always enjoy mixing and mingling with the people, getting them to pose and having a laugh with them. The event had a prize giving and a performance by a magician. The company speakers presented a culture of caring about people and family and it was great to see such a diverse group of people interacting as friends. We felt like we were part of a community.