Saturday, July 04, 2015

My EOD bomb suit shoot shared on Petapixel.com!

It was a surprise and an honour to recently find that my US Military EOD bomb suit shoot had been picked up and featured by one the worlds biggest photography blogs Petapixel.com!

The shoot originally came about when I had photographed Master Sergeant Matt Small's family photo session here on Okinawa and when he told me what he did for a living I thought it would be awesome to take a portrait of him in his suit doing his job. Matt was able to pull some strings and make it happen. But I didn't think we would also have access to various types of bombs, smoke grenades, and bomb disarming robots etc..


Check out the behind the scenes video of the shoot above 


The shoot was mostly shot with my Canon 1DmkIV as I knew I would want to have a fast burst rate to capture the C4 and diesel bombs going off. For the close in shots I was using my Canon 16-35mm f4L lens and for the ones with actual bombs going off I used the 70-200mm f2.8L.
For my off camera lighting for this shoot I chose to bring my two Alien Bee 320ws strobes powered by the Vagabond Mini battery pack


Heres a few images from the shoot. I wanted to make the smoke and some of the images look a bit grungy and edgy so applied some effects in Nik Color efex pro.







The photos were sent off to the EOD foundation head quarters in the US and they were nice enough to send me out a thank you letter and also an EOD collectors coin.

Eventually I plan to put together a Military action type portrait print series or photo book once I get a few more shoots like this under my belt.


Click the link below to be taken to the Petapixel page featuring my shoot!
http://petapixel.com/2015/06/06/a-bomb-suit-photo-shoot-featuring-c4-explosions/

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Okinawa Prewedding chapel rental location

Im happy to offer Pre wedding photo packages at the resort wedding chapel below.
Located in Moon Beach in Onna Village. Moon beach also has an awesome beach and nice locations around the resort we will also be able to use. Packages including 30-50 edited digital images from ¥80,000yen








Saturday, May 02, 2015

Okinawa wedding chapel at Kanna resort available for photoshoots!


Im happy to confirm two new chapel locations here in Okinawa that can be rented to use for Prewedding location photoshoots. Majority of the wedding chapels on Okinawa unfortunately can not be rented for photo shooting. The only way people can generally have their photos taken in one of them is to have a wedding there. But now I've teamed up with a couple of places that have allowed me access to their facilities. One of them is an indoor chapel overlooking the ocean which I'll talk about in an upcoming blog post, but for today I'd like to show you Kanna resorts offering. 

                             

Kanna resort is located about 30 minutes drive north from Yomitan along the east coast of Okinawa. 
The outdoor chapel has fantastic views of the ocean and access to a beach down below. 




The chapel will be decorated with bouquet flowers and some other accessories while using the chapel.


The front of the chapel faces the sun which is great for photography throughout the day. 


Pre wedding location packages at this chapel including the surrounding pool side, gardens and beach start at 70,000yen with 50+ digital images included. Click here for bookings and inquiries. 



Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Spider Holster Japan campaign




Just back from a fantastic wedding shoot in Australia! But more on that soon. My sponsor Spider Holster has a great deal for photographers in Japan right now. Info only in Japanese sorry.



Spider Holster is running a campaign right now if you get one from the Japan distributer ブラックファルコン Black Falcon Get your hands and cameras on a Spider Holster if you havent already! You'll never go back to straps!


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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Zen & Angeline Okinawa Prewedding BTS video



Zen & Angeline from Singapore: Okinawa Prewedding:

Spring is here in Okinawa and its warming up with great weather for prewedding location photo shoots around the island. Heres some samples from a recent location shoot from various locations around the island including an underwater prewedding location!


video
Check out the behind the scenes video put together by my good friend and videographer Joseph Vatchner. You can visit his website at Jsun Photo




Out on the walking bridges at a resort in Onna village



Enjoying the nature at Bios on the hill park



Atop the lighthouse at famous Cape Zanpa



Gala is a great spot for photoshoots and to view the sunset!



On the following day we went underwater even though it was a bit chilly. 
They both did a great job!


They even brought Mermaid tails to try underwater!

Interested in an Okinawa or overseas wedding or prewedding? Send me an email to book your date and lets make some magic!

Packages start from just $450 ($100 off specials now running for march/april!)
Include a minimum of 30 edited digital high resolution images. I always do my best to give extra photos free of charge! We are also now offering video packages with a professional wedding videographer! Contact for info. 

To contact with questions or bookings you can call on +818033390661 or drop me an email by clicking this link. Email me!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Prewedding photoshoot at Lazor chapel


I recently had the pleasure of photographing Lorintta & Peter's very special Okinawa prewedding where we rented out the Lazor chapel to use as our prewedding location. The Lazor Garden Christea chapel is currently one of if not Okinawa's most popular wedding chapels. Check out a few samples with Peter, Lorintta and her amazing wedding dress and behind the scenes from our photoshoot. 










And a few behind the scenes shots thanks to my assistant Keith Smith and my hair/make up artist Tomoyo. 





For bookings and details for your Okinawa or overseas prewedding or "big day" wedding shoot drop me an email here.  


Saturday, January 10, 2015

Riptide Magazine Australia


Happy to get a photo published in this months issue of Australia's Riptide bodyboarding magazine. 
The shot above of pro Japanese bodyboarder Akiko Sato on a pretty good size wave while we were in the Mentawai islands, Indonesia. Akiko was never afraid to charge even the biggest waves and even when she got pummeled she would get right back in there and catch some more. 

I made the published shot with my Canon 1DmkIV and 300mm f2.8L lens from a small Zodiac boat. Its amazing how good you can get at holding a long lens steady while rocking in a small boat for hours each day! Below is this months issue of Riptide and some other shots I made of Akiko in Indonesia below. Cant wait to get back there hopefully this year!  








If your interested in a dream surf trip to the Mentawai's then drop by www.mentawaiblue.com to book a tour. They run a bunch year and owners Ben and Frank really know how to put on an amazing trip! Awesome food, surf and people!!