What do we need to survive? Food, water and sleep. Yeap that’s about it.
What do we need to keep us happy and “sane”? Well that’s different for everyone. I myself need to go away, I need to get cold, I need to see things, I need to do the things I love to do. Without these things I don’t know what would happen.
Last weekend we went away with a beauty but cold forecast. To be honest I had kind of glossed over how cold it was forecast to be. Saturday we were greeted by a stiff Southerly breeze, skim exploration and some fun but disappointing diving
Sunday we woke with more than a little frost on the ground. This meant for a freezing night in the tent, my four blankets did their job but oh baby it was cold
This is what I love. Getting away, looking at stuff with no real commitments other that to go enjoy yourself and feed your soul. Plus those post dive showers are amazing!
Hands up if you like the water? To say I do is an understatement.
I am now offering services based around the Boating and any marine based sports and industries. This ranges from boat shoots, fishing, surfing, scenic, sales, social media, video, photo, documentary, diving aaand you get the point. The options are basically endless. More details are in the video below
Own a business and need to show it off to the world? Then I have plenty of options to suit. Want to capture the true feeling of a Game Fishing trip? I can be there shooting it all. Have you been on trips with your mates and are looking to capture it? I know how to do it! Water sport event won’t film itself? I can do it!
Capturing the adventure in still form is a favourite of mine, from under the water to multi layer aerial panoramas suited for canvas or framed prints. Here’s a few favourites.
One of the caves at Goat Isand
Underneath the action
Motorsport applications? No worries.
Exploration to some of New Zealands remotest coastline. We are actually in this shot.
A classic pano of home. The original copy is over 10000 pixels wide!
New Zealand love their boats. All applications are suited.
I quite literally have thousands of photos that I could add but if you’re curious for more then I suggest keeping up on Facebook or Instagram.
You can of course view my video work here on YouTube.
Creative ideas, plans and pricing are all available by emailing me firstname.lastname@example.org or call me 0211297511.
There are so many types of content floating around out there that I don’t even really know where to be begin.
In my first phase years ago of making stuff to put online it was all skimboard orientated because that’s what I knew. Fast forward a few years to where I am now. I tend to split between vlogs/day in the life stuff, informative and more nicely edited visual treats. Or however you want to explain it all.
Here’s some interesting stats of my own that I’ve learnt from my own content.
-Vlogs have a much higher initial engagement due to the personal aspect of them. You can see in this weeks one below
– Informative videos seem to work well once they’ve been in the system for a long time.
– Finely edited videos with very little personality expressed, don’t do as well as they did 5 or so years ago but…. If you create a video targeted at something specific then they can and do get on a little roll.
– The average spearfishing video possesses zero creativity. There’s no personality or context to what is going on.
– The average drone video possesses zero creativity. There’s so many people putting content out now that it has become overused and dull.
– Surfing related content creates a heeeeeap of interest but also the most negativity.
– Podcasts are rad and are booming. Is this the rise of real news from real people?
-Adventure based content from little businesses and/or groups is on a massive boom right now. Soon to be horribly saturated.
-Fishing content is so popular to the point that I don’t really think you can make anything original!?
-There’s a lot of negativity online but the channels I have created seem to get much lower than my average share, which is great!
That’s just a few things I can think of off the top of my head that I’ve noticed from my own experiences. As the online content market rises so do the opportunities for people, young people in particular.
It’s taken me a long time to work out my direction with my business.
From starting making skimboards in 08, which sold quite well. Expanding a bit into screen printing and finally making some effort to expand my future in the content creation world.
You see when you have so many things on the go it’s hard to get anywhere. I like too many things so when one thing is going well I want the others to which I feel tends to take away from the momentum of thing that was working. Put simply 10 10’s don’t make 100. Basically what this means as of late is that I’ve had to make a few decisions as to my future and I feel the photography and videography is where I’m heading.
The areas I’m focusing on are the boating and marine industry, golf and lastly, shooting all the stuff I enjoy shooting. The dream of making an outdoors based show is being put at the end of the list of priorities.
I’ve been on a few projects lately which have fitted the bill nicely. That has of course been a couple of videos for a local business supporting Emirates Team New Zealand. Below is a vlog or behind the scenes from one of the videos
It’s the time of year we’re blessed with no crowds, quiet beaches, ice cream headaches without ice cream and wetsuits.
To people who don’t skim, surf or spear the immediate reaction every time is, isn’t it cold?
Firstly yes. Winter is the opposite of Summer but we don’t do these things to be either warm or cold. We do it because we love doing these things. Simple. I don’t particularly enjoy freezing my ass off for things I don’t enjoy but for things I do wellll….
With the official winter season here, it isn’t that cold. In fact there has been a few Marlin caught this week just off the coast. It’s bloody awful out as I type this though.
Every so often a little session comes along that you will remember for some time. Last Saturdays session was exactly that.
As for those of you not into the outdoors then enjoy the next six months or so inside. I’m going to be out there with a big dumb smile on my face!
This blog is here for a multitude of reasons. One being to advertise my work, obviously.
Another is to just express my ideas and thoughts. Once again fairly obvious.
One thing I feel strongly about is our mental health. I do a lot of the things I do because they are fun, challenging and push me outside of my comfort zone. A long way outside sometimes. I’ve touched on it a bit with a fair few people.
I have very strong feelings towards a life where we just work, drink and “medicate”. I also have very strong feelings towards a life that you live sitting on your ass the whole time. I also have a few feelings towards the links to poor mental health as a result. I don’t claim to know everything but I do like to educate myself as much as I can.
In the wake of Chris Cornells death last week I sparked me into a little more research. Some of my friends express feelings of life, some don’t. As males we know we’re meant to more. I will follow this up more after you watch last Saturdays video. To say it cut up rough was an understatement
Now I filmed this clip on Saturday but I thought it deserved a single upload. We need to talk more, so here is a four minute talk
I consider myself a happy guy. I get dealt the shit that everyone else does but I don’t let it bother me. If everything was perfect all the time then how would we know it’s perfect?
How do we tackle this mental health issue/s? I would love to have a little bit of input from people.