I’m just back from an assignment of Fiji with South Sea Cruises, and I’m frantically getting ready to head to Singapore to press check my next coffee table book.

A week back and it’s off to Papua New Guinea on another cruise assignment (Coral Expeditions), followed by a resort shoot while I’m up there, then an assignment in the Solomon Islands which should see me done for what has been a pretty busy year.

Here’s a short preview of the productive cruise shoot I just returned from (largely due to a clear Brief, a comprehensive Shot List and, thankfully, good weather):

I’ve just done three days of shooting for The Sheraton and Marriott in Fiji, before heading off on a seven day assignment for South Sea Cruises, and I thought I’d start with a few editorial-style photos before going to my regular tourism fare (the editorial pics tend to be the ones that have been given a bit of attention in post production and are more suited to magazine usage).

Featured is the Marriott property at Momi Bay and the Sheraton Fiji Resort at Denarau Island.

I’m just wrapping up my third assignment for The Pacific Resort Group in the Cook Islands, having now shot four of its premier properties on Rarotonga and Aitutaki.

The brief was largely to highlight The Pacific Resort’s appeal in terms of its vicinity to Muri Lagoon, and the friendliness of the staff (which, given Aunties Mona and Teeiau were there, was never going to be a problem).

And there was the usual inventory shots – activities, food, rooms, public spaces etc.

Thankfully we got a couple of near-perfect days weather-wise so, as you can see from this selection, we were able to capture a broad range of appealing images.

I return to complete my coffee table book on The Cook Islands (with at least a couple of new photographs to add to it, he writes happily).

No sooner have we finished printing our coffee table book on Papua New Guinea (due to hit port any minute), than a request comes in to print a similar book on the Cook Islands.

And, I’m delighted. It’s one of my strongest destination galleries, and I think it will be a particularly popular publication.

Interestingly, I posted four cover concepts on my Instagram feed (www.instagram.com/davidkirklandphotography), asking followers to choose the one they liked. The request received the highest number of comments I’ve ever attracted, with this cover (above), resoundingly, the favourite.

We’re now flat-out ensuring the 150 page hard-cover book will be available for Christmas. It will be distributed exclusively by The Cook Islands Trading Corporation.

Otherwise, after three weeks with my publishing hat on, I shed the shackles of production and head for the Cook Islands on assignment tomorrow, shooting for Pacific Resorts (….during which I’m just a little bit hopeful I’ll end up with a couple of new images to squeeze into the publication before it heads to the printers😉).

My latest book on Papua New Guinea is about to hit the shelves, with advanced copies having just arrived.

The book has been six months in the making (though two decades of photography), with the production, the wheeling-and-dealing to pre-sell 3,000 copies, the printing out of Singapore and the shipping.

But it’s finally done, due to arrive in PNG late August.

It’s my 17th book and the second edition of a book that has already sold 3,000 copies so, hopefully, this updated and expanded version will move quickly. The retail price will be around US$50.

One of the selling features of the book is its size (21cm x21cm) which has proved popular as it’s easier to carry than a standard coffee table book.

While The Last Great Frontier can only be purchased in PNG through my publishing partners Chin H Meen, it can be ordered by e-mailing sales@chm.com.pg. I’ll also be selling a Signature Edition of just 100 copies which will be signed and presented in a gold embossed presentation case.

Here’s some page samples and a preview of the Signature Edition:

Signed Signature Edition

The Brief: Shoot for luxury, personality and nostalgia

(As well as food, rooms, public spaces, scenery, drone, fashion, staff and both Indian and Fijian cultures. All without talent).

Sometimes you get a brief which gives you a bit of latitude to be creative.

“ Yes, shoot stock images – but, at the same time, we’re looking for the shots that haven’t been done before that will bring “The Grand Old Lady of the South Pacific to life.”

So, inspired by the work of painter Henri Rousseau, some old black and white masters, and reference to a few fashion shoots, here’s some of the pics that resulted from seven days at The Grand Pacific Hotel, Fiji.

Filled with foliage – Inspired by 19th century painter, Henri Rouseau
The Vogue feel
A bygone era. Said the GM, “like the picture; not sure how we’ll use it though.”