I’m just back from a particularly productive 10 day shoot of Efate Island in Vanuatu for the country’s national tourism authority.

The brief: Cover at least 15 subjects on the Shot List we’ve drawn-up, primarily concentrating on scenery and the island’s tourism highlights. Include aerials (drone) and underwater. We’ll give you a car and plug you into our operators. Beyond that, we’ll try and get you some “tourist talent” but they will be local and you’ll have to work around their day jobs. Expect two half day sessions towards the end of the assignment.   

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I’ve just returned from back-to-back assignments, photographing two of Vanuatu’s boutique resort properties  – The Havannah and Ratua Island Resort and Spa, as well as postcard-perfect Erakor Island Resort. Twenty one days all up (so I’m looking forward to putting the camera’s down for a while and finishing off a few publishing projects). Short previews […]

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I’m just finishing up the Erakor Island shoot in Vanuatu before heading back.

The brief was largely to capture the personality of the island focusing on families, and to show Erakor’s features in their best light.

Here’s a short preview of some of the images from the shoot (ya gotta love the idea of laying on a lilo on a balmy night in the South Pacific and being served cocktails or popcorn while you’re watching a movie):

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It was supposed to be a leisurely four-day shoot to provide some interim promotional photographs for Ratua Island’s new owners to work with but, everywhere I turned, there was another photograph I simply couldn’t bare to ignore.

It was as if an army of stylists (including co-managers Jo-Jo and Peter) had run amok throughout the entire property before I got there.

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It’s been 18 months since I last shot The Havannah – Vanuatu’s premier resort property – so the shoot was about strengthening the image library we built last time, producing some ariels that did the property justice after Cyclone Pam and shooting to a more mature market.

Bringing in talent for four days was a blessing, making it a particularly productive and enjoyable assignment. Again, well done Sam and Daniel.

Here’s a short preview of some of the images captured.

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