Category Archives: Assignment Notes

Notes taken while on assignment

I’m not sure entrance level cruising on a large vessel (1,900 guests, 700 crew, 11 stories high) is the best option for a non drinking, long-over-partying, workaholic photographer who has a True North cruise of PNG to compare it to but – as I lay here on the stern with a cool drink in my hand under blue skies with the sun shining and the horizon of the South Pacific unfolding in front of me (below), I’m thinking, it’s not all bad.

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I tend to shoot fewer resorts nowadays as my work with national tourism authorities keeps me pretty busy – but Sinalei Resort in Samoa is an exception to the rule; I enjoy shooting it and I’d recommend dropping in if you’re heading that way (www.sinalei.com)

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Its 4 am and I’m laying in bed in a guest house on Buka Island, Bougainville trying to ignore a ferocious cat fight that’s been going on for the past hour and regretting having forgotten the most vital of my travelling companions – my earplugs. The cats, the thumping boom box music and “steam” fuelled tirades (steam is the pidgin word for home brewed alcohol) have continued throughout the night in concert with my chattering air-conditioner.

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In my 15 years as a professional photographer, I’ve always insisted on having my model releases signed off before I start shooting – particularly when there’s paid talent involved. That way, both my client and I are legally protected and everyone knows where they stand regarding ownership of the photographs before the first frame is shot.

For those unfamiliar with the world of professional photography, it is the photographer who owns the images under international copyright law, unless otherwise agreed to. In my case, I license my images to tourism authorities to use for promotional purposes, with very few conditions attached.

In all this time, it’s never been an issue….. until a recent assignment.

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