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  • When nothing goes as planned: Do it anyways I like to do epic things, in exotic locations with amazing people – quite often on a zero budget, fuelled by nothing more than passion. As a result, things rarely… if ever, go 100% smoothly and according to plan. Over time, I have learnt that to be a good photographer you need to be an […] 0 Comments May 21, 2015
  • Hey Mom! I'm on Tee Vee! In 2009, I told a friend: “Mark my words! Before the age of 30, I’m going to be in a reality TV show!” At the time, I was only being half serious, but in September at 27 years old, I received an email from asian reality show Supermodel Me asking if I would be interested […] 0 Comments April 6, 2015
  • Hellgirl and Hurricane Von Wong – A first person POV You know that feeling when your stomach fills with concrete and the whole world slips a little left? That was my experience in September 2013 when I was unexpectedly laid off. Six months later, I would feel it fiftyfold—from the rooftop edge of a 40-story building. A habitual reader and career editor, I’m much more at […] 0 Comments March 13, 2015
  • How I Photographed Superheroes On The Edge Of A Skyscraper Every child has dreamed of being a superhero It’s a fantasy we’ve all had at some point. We imagine ourselves standing on the edge of a building, overlooking the city, hair blowing in the wind. As we get older, we stop dreaming. We stop believing that anything is possible because we’ve seen too much of what […] 0 Comments February 21, 2015
  • How to make a viral fundraiser Earlier this year, I made a video that went viral. This video — created to help fund a cure for a complex degenerative brain disease that 4-year-old Eliza O’Neill and thousands of others suffer from — took a flagging GoFundMe campaign that had only managed to raise $96,000 over 9 months and helped it to […] 0 Comments January 27, 2015
  • What It's Like To Shoot In A Real Life Disney Library Walking into Stift Admont was like entering Disney’s Beauty & the Beast library. Never before had a creative photoshoot been done in the Admont Abbey, the oldest monastic library in the world… yet here I was, standing at the entrance of what can only be described as the most magical mix of architecture and art […] 0 Comments December 19, 2014
  • A Stand Against Mediocrity To create great work, one must never settle for mediocrity. I like to plan my photoshoots around opportunity. Though I don’t have the luxury of having a studio or an in-house production crew at my disposal… I have managed to build, with time, a relatively large social following and numerous travel opportunities through my contracts […] 0 Comments December 13, 2014
  • From Fear To Success Oh. My God. Those clothes are absolutely phenomenal. How did you find that amazing costume?! In this case, it all began with me posting out a call on Facebook: “Anyone cool I should work with in San Francisco while I’m here?” I got a bunch of responses but the one that stood out was a […] 0 Comments November 9, 2014
  • 20$ Trick To Epic Portraiture SmugMug: “I’d like some black and white portraits of our employees doing something sporty” The first thing that comes to mind when one thinks black and white portraiture is old school, classical, traditional… but the Von Wong filter translated that into: edgy! impact! extreme! special effects! With only a couple days to pull something together, […] 0 Comments October 20, 2014
  • Transforming The Ordinary Into The Extraordinary Recently, I got picked up by Mamiya Leaf as one of their newest brand ambassadors and picked up Leaf Credo kit.  Up until then, I had only used medium format very sparingly and mildly irresponsibly (some jumping may have occurred…), and never got the chance to really got familiar with the system. It took me a […] 0 Comments October 5, 2014
  • Fantasy Lighting 101 With SmugMug It’s rare that someone comes up to you and says to you: “I’ll commission a shoot from you, just do something cool”. It’s even rarer that someone actually follows through with a promise like that, but that’s exactly what happened when the amazing folks over at SmugMug decided to let me have full creative control […] 0 Comments September 13, 2014
  • Photo Face-off with Rebecca Litchfield I believe that our job of as photographers, is to be able to deliver great images regardless of the challenges that are placed in front of us and though it is fun to meticulously prepare each and every photograph, sometimes its fun to let loose and see what happens when someone else takes care of […] 0 Comments September 1, 2014