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Tuki Huck: Freezing a Moment in Time

 

Bringing something from the movies into our real lives, Tuki Huck launched his business, FREEZETiME in June 2018. FREEZETiME is a large self-service photo booth that takes a series of images simultaneously using twenty Sony RX0 cameras. The outcome is a wicked video showing the subject from different angles — something described as the bullet-time effect.

“The bullet-time effect has been around for a while, and initially it was mainly used on movie sets and at high-profile events (like the red carpet). I thought that it would be a good idea if everyone could have access to this unique visual effect,” Tuki explains.

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Scott McAulay: Capturing the Inner Hero

Bringing out the hero in everyday people is something Scott McAulay always aims for in his photography. Whether he’s photographing his family and friends, or small business owners and television personalities, his end goal is the same: to capture the hero in everyone. So when the opportunity to photograph TVNZ’s Survivor NZ contestants came along, it was a perfect fit.

“My passion for photography stems from photographing real people in their environment and making them look a bit heroic. Survivor puts real people into harsh, volatile environments and follows them as they make their way through numerous social, mental, and physical challenges,” Scott explains.

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Maegan McDowell: Bold and Beautiful, Bugs and All

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Looking like they’ve jumped right out of a fairytale, Maegan McDowell’s recent beauty shoot creations are striking, captivating, and incredibly unique. Utilising flowers, insects , and metallic and bright tones, she brings to life a delightfully eclectic series of images. “I had been looking at ways to incorporate more colour and interest into your standard beauty shoot, and the idea of using insects has been on my list of things to shoot for awhile,” Maegan explains of the unusual concept.

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Lee Howell: An Englishman in New York

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Born and raised in the UK, commercial photographer Lee Howell spent several years travelling the world as a Formula One mechanic before moving to New Zealand in 2006 and swapping his spanners for a camera. Not surprisingly, Lee began his photographic career shooting motorsport, but he quickly developed his skillset and is now best known for his stunning portrait work. He has a knack for capturing natural and engaging images of people, and this has helped Lee attract a wide range of top commercial clients.

Late last year Lee landed a plum assignment for well-known outdoor clothing brand Kathmandu. The job involved travelling to New York City in January to create images for the latest Kathmandu winter campaign.

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Jay French: Fast and Loose at Farm Jam

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Jay French has always been into the outdoors, and enjoys activities like hiking, biking, and snowboarding. After returning to New Zealand from living in London for a while, he started photographing at events and on trips that he went on.

“One day someone asked to buy one of my images. The next they were asking me to go and cover an event. Next thing I knew, my whole business model had changed to content creation! I’ve been a full-time pro-shooter for about three years now.”

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Phillip Simpson: On the Road

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When experienced Auckland-based photographer Phillip Simpson got his hands on the new Sony α7R III, he decided to test it out by shooting a personal series in the lower North Island. “After a year of doing commercial work, I relished the opportunity to shoot a simple, low-key road trip series, with the windows wound down, the sun on my face, and no specific expectations from anyone other than myself,” Phillip explains.

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Rambo Estrada: Making Waves

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Wanting to induce jealousy was the instigator of Rambo Estrada’s photography career. Back in his university days, he’d take his camera with him on his surfing trips, just so he could take photos of the waves he scored to bring back to his friends, making them all jealous. From there, photography became a full-on passion.

“I’m a little OCD, and almost need to have something to be obsessed about. Photography became that thing, and it was inevitable it would become my full-time job,” Rambo explained.

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Marcus Adams: Traversing Cambodia and Vietnam

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For nearly four weeks, Marcus Adams explored much of Cambodia and Vietnam, travelling to Hanoi, Hue, Hoi An, and Siem Reap, before stopping at Ho Chi Minh City on his trip back to Wellington. His kit consisted of two Sony α9 bodies, three Sony G Master f/2.8 zoom lenses (16-35mm, 24-70mm and 70-200mm), as well as a Sony Zeiss 35mm prime lens. Using these bodies and lenses, he spent his days exploring the cities, capturing striking images of the people and the places he encountered along the way.

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