Advertising Shoot In Mauritius – Behind The Scenes

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.


  1. Lisa Bradley on February 10, 2015 at 3:58 pm

    Wonderful – looks like a very different Mauritius experience to mine!

  2. Howard on February 10, 2015 at 4:06 pm

    Really lovely pics. If these are the “holiday snaps” I can’t imagine how wonderful the ad shoot pics are! Tell Ty I want to know where he got that very cool shirt!

  3. Marie-Louise on February 10, 2015 at 4:17 pm

    WOW, if the campaign is as good as the ‘behind the scenes’, it’ll be awesome!
    Looks amazing.

  4. Tricia on February 10, 2015 at 5:15 pm

    We always get to see the spectacular results of your assignments, so it’s lovely to see what goes on behind the scenes as well! Working in such a magic location must have taken some the sting out of the long working hours!

  5. Carolyn McNeil on February 10, 2015 at 6:31 pm

    So proud of you Jax! And I have serious assistant envy right now … If you need an official bag carrier next time just shout 😉 Excited to see more xxx

  6. Lourika on February 10, 2015 at 10:26 pm

    WHHHAAAATTTT…these images are sick!!!!!!!!! Jacki, you….are just….the best!!!!!

  7. Debby on February 11, 2015 at 7:06 am

    Wow what a truly amazing experience that must have been and seeing behind the scenes is awesome well done to you and your team. xxx

  8. Andrew McGibbon on February 11, 2015 at 9:13 am

    Fantastic Jacki!
    Well done on such a monumental gig!

  9. Kim Van Loo on February 11, 2015 at 11:19 am

    YOU ROCK JACKI – can’t wait to see the results too x

  10. Jenny Davies on February 11, 2015 at 11:57 am

    Stunning photos – what an amazing experience. You and your team must be very chuffed!

  11. Monica Dart Photography on February 11, 2015 at 1:09 pm

    SO proud of you Jax!! …and so many beauts in there…looks like you, Liz and Ty had an absolute scream of a time. Looking forward to seeing the

  12. Chanelle Segerius-Bruce on March 6, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    Ummm this is awesome

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