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What It’s Like Moving Into A Van

As of the 22nd of October I’ve lived in a van. Before I get into this blog post here is the video from moving week

Before you gasp and ask the obvious questions I will post some obvious answers.

It’s not a tiny van, I can stand up.

I park mainly up at my shed space where I run my business from.

It’s not that difficult to find a toilet.

Solar or borrowed shower. I’m still working on a really solid option here.

Yes it helps me save a lot of money.

I don’t have a move out date.

To be perfectly honest as of right now, this is one of the best things I have ever done. The van isn’t quite finished but I’m chipping away at it. It doesn’t make me feel uncomfortable at all but it does make me feel warm, happy and freeeeee. Which is great!

So where to from here? Well I’m essentially rebuilding my business at the moment. The hardest thing I feel has been the volume of equipment i ave from boat stuff, van stuff, skimboards, surfboards, dive ear, print gear, you get the picture.

Overall I’m feeling super stoked on this and would encourage anyone out there thinking about it, to seriously look into it! I can’t wait to make some proper road trips happen very soon. Will keep the updates coming as I make progress.

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See you at the beach!

-Sam

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My Life Is Going More Mobile – Custom Van Build

What does a home mean to you? Is it a home or just a house? Maybe you’re only there to lay your head at night or maybe you spend all your time there, bored.

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I’ve always loved the idea of a Campervan. Recently as I pulled up to a campsite in the rain, on the coldest weekend of the year I really wished I had one.

So here I am, it’s time. I’m chucking in this paying rent thing we do (well the bulk of it anyway), bought a van that I’m fitting out and I’m on the move. I don’t really have a plan, this is no Summer move or a two year thing, it’s just a move. It could be and probably is a business move as I want to build more so it’s much like the property market, just smaller. It’s also going to be my mobile office where I can edit, upload and produce all my content from while not being at my desk at home.

Check out the intro video here

As for vehicle specs, it’s a 1998 Fiat Ducato 2.5 turbo Diesel. Straight enough especially considering the year and has plenty of room. I’ve been waiting a few weeks to start advertising this as I didn’t want it to affect anything at my current residence which now that I’ve given my notice, it doesn’t matter.

As I delve deep into this life I will fill you in on the details and I’m documenting it all.

See you at the beach!

-Sam

 

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Snapper Off The Rocks & Boating – Alive In New Zealand – Ep 12

Roughly one year ago I started making this series. I set out to make a little video about what happened in the month as I seem to get up to a lot of stuff that I felt needs to be all mashed together.

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Maybe it’ll motivate some others to come get involved? I thought.

12 episodes later that hasn’t exactly happened but I do feel I’m starting to get the series where I want it. So here’s the little celebration of this series 1st birthday!

The next episode is going to be a ripper!

See you at the beach!

-Sam

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Spearfishing & Surfing – Alive In New Zealand – Ep 11

Would you be surprised if I said I spent a lot of time in the water in May?

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One of my favourite things about putting this series together is looking back and being like yeahhh oh man that was fun. May was fun and the episode from May can be found below!

Winter is now on it’s heels and I’m charging into Spring!

See you at the beach!

-Sam

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Relaxing Drone Shots Of New Zealand – Ep 1

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In the fast paced world we need some time to sit down and relax. I’ve been thinking about making a little series for some time that would hopefully allow just that.

Nothing flashy, no overused soundtracks, no horribly jerky operating.  Just some relaxing shots of this wonderful country, New Zealand.

I will drop these edits basically as soon as I have the footage to do so. A little more variety is on the cards next time. For those wondering, I use a Phantom 4 Pro!

See you at the beach!

-Sam

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Golf Photography & Videography New Zealand

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Golf is a love or hate sport. Millions of people around the world are in love with the game. Millions of people think “chasing a little white ball around is stupid”.

Little do those people know is that the balls come in more colours than just white ha.

I’ve spent a lot of time on Golf Courses over the years. Hours upon hours practicing, mowing greens in the dark, playing tournaments and generally loving the manicured, green environments they provide.

The sport of Golf here in New Zealand is popular but my feeling towards how clubs market themselves are a little out of date. Social media and online applications are king and golfers love to see their favourite courses from different angles. In fact I would rate golfers as some of the most enthusiastic about their chosen sport. Social media engagement tells me this.

Before I get into a few more details, check the video below.

What does this mean for clubs? It means advertising that works. It gives the golfers a taste of what they can play, the views and colours of the course, the warm up before the warm up. You can pitch content towards corporate groups as to why they should be playing your course. Excite the members about playing their course and attract new ones to it!

For tournament golfers and those wanting to analyze their swing, it means high speed swing capture to see if you’re putting the club where you should be (or shouldn’t).

For social groups it means professional video and photos for your own personal and social uses. Document your 4 day golfing trip anyone?

With video certainly painting a bright picture, still photography has it’s own place

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Professional shots of professionals. Mike Hendry wedging into Omaha’s 13th.

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Suited for social applications!

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Corporate.

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How bad does this make you want to play.

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A unique perspective I mentioned earlier.

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Seasonal weather events are some of my favourite shots.

So there you have it, some examples of what I can do for you. I’m sure this blog post could go forever but if you’re interested about what I can do for you or your club then please email me sam@oxsenterprises.com

See you on the greens.

-Sam

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Can’t Get Enough

What do we need to survive? Food, water and sleep. Yeap that’s about it.

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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!

See you at the beach!

-Sam

 

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Chasing Swell & Far North Fun – Alive In New Zealand – Ep 10

Pheww episode 10 already! A milestone of sorts….

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Not really but this episode shot in April was too much fun. You hear that!? TOO much!

This little series has been going almost a year now. Has it gained traction? No, not really but I will keep it going.

See you at the beach!

-Sam

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Boating & Marine Sports Content Creation

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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.

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One of the caves at Goat Isand

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Underneath the action

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Motorsport applications? No worries.

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Exploration to some of New Zealands remotest coastline. We are actually in this shot.

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A classic pano of home. The original copy is over 10000 pixels wide!

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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 sam@oxsenterprises.com or call me 0211297511.

See you at the beach!

-Sam

 

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Creating Content

There are so many types of content floating around out there that I don’t even really know where to be begin.

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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.

See you at the beach!

-Sam