Advertising Photography

Prudential print ads

Commercial print ads photo shoot for Prudential, shot at Plus Max studio in Phnom Penh. Agency Champagne, producer Piseth Chea, art director Sola Aurelien. This otherwise easy shoot was a nightmare, as the very young children casted, under 4 years old were completely unmanageable and cried the whole time.

What could have been shot in half a day went to about 10 hours + with little success when it came to the younger none talents. I managed to get hold of one of the final layouts pictured here. In the end we managed to capture a few good images with the very young kids looking good and happy. But haven't seen the final layouts yet. The young boy pictured here was excellent, he was about 7 years old.

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True Money

A recent composite billboard shoot for Champagne agency. The different image elements were shot between setups of a TVC shoot on Diamond Island in Phnom Penh. My assistant Manuth But and I set up a large white backdrop on a parking space on Diamond Island close to the TVC set. We shot the car, tuk tuk and cyclist against the backdrop using the natural sunlight and reflectors as fill. We moved the backdrop around to follow the suns direction to try to match the light on each of the vehicles for the composite. We shot the main talents using studio strobes against a blank wall in the shade. The blurry background buildings were shot on a separate day.

Art direction Aurelien Soula from Champagne and Bunsak But compositor and retoucher.

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Toyota Fortuner & Pianist

This commercial Fortuner car shoot a few months back was shot somewhere out at one of the many new (ish) concrete jungle extensions of Phnom Penh. No idea where I was! Perhaps towards the airport somewhere to the right. Phnom Penh is spreading by the day it seems, construction, dust, grime, garbage, nowhere to walk, no trees, heavy traffic. I'm happy to reside up north near the river even if it is tourist central.

Though Dream Studio was on a quiet side street and once inside a really good space large enough to shoot a car, but no huge overhead soft box and was painted black. The studio had been used to film the Fortuner TVC. But we took it outside to be shot on a flattened construction area cleared for a future condo project. Outdoors created many unwanted reflections but it was the better option.

Good to be working with art director/designer Mr Zacky from MSA. I used a polariser to rid reflections in different parts of the car over several shots at the same angle with camera on a tripod. Zacky will have used several layered shots in post. And lots of retouch, I don't envy him. As the pianist and piano was somewhat smaller, the black studio worked well and I got around it with some large white sheets, reflectors and four studio strobes.

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Tiger Street Football ads

Another commercial photography ad shoot we did at Slek Rith Films studio in Phnom Penh. Print ads for the Tiger Street Football event held in Siem Reap and around the country last month.

For this I used the rim lighting technique similar to my Dreamyland series. But instead of a beauty dish I used a small/medium soft box for the front fill. We shot several angles of each player for the composite.

Featuring French Khmer football star and fashion model Thierry Chantha Bin who plays for Phnom Penh Crown and the national Cambodian football team. Designer Bunsak But did the post production work on the players. As he did for my Dreamyland work.

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