I have had quite a few people asking about my recent trip to Mauritius and my Mom has been asking to see pictures! I didn’t go to Mauritius to put my feet up and drink pina coladas, I went there on a commercial photographic assignment which was very different to the type of work I ordinarily do and very different to drinking cocktails in the sun!
About 3 months ago I got an email from a Brian asking me if I would be interested in going out to Mauritius to shoot an image library capturing the spirit of the island for a UK based advertising agency who were working for a financial institution in Mauritius. I am always game for aeroplanes and tropical islands so of course my interest was sparked immediately. After an internet stalk we found out that Brian Bainbridge is a very talented art director who is based in Cape Town but does alot of work for Uk based company called Luxury Branding. We began chatting and slowly the initial brief changed to include a number of set up advertising shots, and as the scale of the project became clear to me I realised I needed a digital assistant and a lighting assistant. My permanent assistant Liz came along to help with the digital side and my very talented brother in law Tyrone Bradley graciously came out to help me with lighting and all things technical. Ty is a brilliant photographer in his own right so I feel really lucky to have had him on board.
It was a gruelling shoot, we were up at 4.30 am most days and shooting until sunset, dinner time was spent talking logistics and then there was all the downloading, backing up and selects to do in between. I was mentally and physically spent after our 12 days but felt really happy that I accepted the challenge! I definitely couldn’t have done it without such a wonderful team! It was hard work but such a incredible experience, we got to see so much of the island and work with so many genuinely lovely people. Thanks so much to everyone involved!!!
I must also thank Stephen Segal from Nikon for organising me a D800 in the nick of time and sorting out my gear post shoot!!!
PS I unfortunately cannot blog any images until the campaign has rolled out but here are some behind the scenes! Huge thanks to Liz and Ty for most of these photos.