The earlybird catches the wake skater! Got up early on this morning to shoot wake skaters at Camp Modin. Nothing like waking up at 4:15 and on the water at 5:00 am on a crisp 52 degree summer morning in Maine. These kids braved the cold and never once complained. When it’s chilly like that the water actually seems really warm!
Well summer is finally here and let the fun begin! Schools are out and it is time for kids everywhere to get out and enjoy all the things that kids get to do in the summer. As many of you know every summer we move our base of operations to Maine to the quaint little town of Belgrade Lakes. See the enclosed link to see some of the fun stuff we shot last summer and featured in a recent direct mail piece that went out to about 3,500 creatives at advertising agencies and client direct clients around the country. Click here or on the image below to see the mailer
This year we are looking forward to doing more great stuff. Shooting several new projects both in video and stills of everything from a beverage project of teens enjoying a day of rope swinging at the lake, to a video project of a grandpa and grandson out fishing and other fun lifestyle scenarios. I am also planning to start a personal series documenting real people such as river rafting guides, fishing guides, boat builders, commercial lobstermen and other local flavor.
I am looking to collaborate with as many people as I can on these projects so if you are a creative person or someone in the industry such as crew or talent or just want to come out and lend a hand and learn how we do what we do, give me a call at 305/557-0694 or drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
So my most recent lifestyle portfolio project is one that is all about color and energy. Back about a year ago, I was shooting at the Color Vibe 5K run and got some good images but thought that it would be even better to come back, and this time bring a handful of young models along with me to recreate the scene, but with a bit more control. This way I could provide them with direction and guide the energy the way I truly wanted it. It also gave me an opportunity to throw in some products and skew it a little more toward the commercial side so that it’s appropriate for my potential clients. This one ended up targeted toward Coke, as I and my reps have had several RFP’s and estimates this year for several large Coke projects, both for national and international campaigns. We’re actually up for two more as we speak. (fingers crossed!) The idea for this latest project was inspired by the traditional spring Holi festival. See below and more images to follow:
The inspiration for this event was of course the Holi Festival. It started as a celebration of the victory of the good over the bad and the beginning of the spring in India. It also happens to be super fun and has evolved into events ranging from private parties to festivals. People have just taken the idea and run with it, which has turned into a fun thing to do.
In this case, we used a Color Vibe 5K Run as our backdrop so that we could get the depth and volume of people to add to our background. Having shot the event last year, I knew there were going to be thousands of people there covered in color and getting crazy in the after-party of the run. I just brought in seven of my own millennial, ‘twenty-something’ models, our own giant box of multicolored powder and put them in the middle of the masses and directed them to have a great time. They kept throwing color and dancing to the music of the DJ that the venue had on the main stage. The models were awesome and really had a fun time with it.
I am planning a follow up to take this project one step further, shooting a motion version, all in variable speeds ramping from normal speed to extreme slow mo. The inspiration for this (more for the effect of the powder not the actual subject) is a great video on Vimeo that the folks at Variable did https://vimeo.com/40123818 I’ll be sure to share the results once we shoot it!”
I was recently asked to shoot for a really good cause for a program called “Flashes of Hope” This is a program where photographers donate their time and services to photograph young cancer pediatric patients and their families to help in the fight against childhood cancer. It is a fantastic program that raises money for cancer research for kids and also gives the kids and their parents a nice experience of being a star for a day and the parents receive a lasting memory of their child to cherish. Special thanks go to my assistant Abdiel Thorne and my make up artist Candace Wessinger who also generously donated their time for such a worthy cause.
Here is a new personal work project I’ve been working on shooting drag racers.
Like most guys, I have always liked going to the races. The only thing better than going to the races as a spectator is getting credentials to shoot them. I have had the good fortune to shoot many races over the years. From Formula One, to assignments from Dodge to shoot the Nascar races at Homestead Motor Speedway & Daytona, to projects for Bloomberg Markets shooting events where the a private luxury car club rents an airstrip for the day to race a multitude of ultra high end supercars at speeds of well over 200 mph.
Of all that I have shot, nothing trumps the thrill of drag racing. The sound of the engines roaring as the cars speed down the track. The smell and sight of the smoke of the burning rubber as they do their burn outs. It is thrilling. These guys are fearless. From the souped up street cars rocking 800 horsepower knocking out 10 second 1/4 miles, to the top fueled dragsters with up to almost 8,000 horsepower that go from 0 to over 300 mph in less than 4 seconds. Many equate it to the forces you’d feel taking off in the space shuttle as it puts 5 to 6 times the G forces on you as you rocket down the race track. They are the fastest accelerating land vehicles on the planet.
I love getting out and shooting all this. As you kneel down next to them when they do their burnouts you can feel the sound waves pounding you like someone beating you repeatedly really fast with large heavy pillows. It shakes the ground under you and were it not for the ear muffs, would permanently damage your hearing. It’s unnerving and super exciting all at the same time. These are just a few images from part one of an at least 3 part series of shoots. We have both still and video shoots planned at the Top Fuel NHRA races in Charlotte Motor Speedway in March and the IHRA Nitro drag series in April here in West Palm.
To see more of my work go to the Speed Racer section on my site @ http://www.petebarrett.com/Personal-Work/Speed-Racer/1 or follow me on Instagram @PeteBarrettPhoto and stay tuned for more exciting stuff in the coming months!
We recently had the opportunity to shoot the “Microsoft In Education” global print campaign. It was an awesome gig which had us creating 45 shots over the course of a fast paced 3 day shoot. Talent on the shoot ranged from young grade school kids up through collegiate age students and teachers. All in all the production from casting, scouting, prepro, shoot and post lasted just over 2 & 1/2 weeks. The Microsoft in Education program is a program that gives computers and software technology to schools around the world so that students of all ages can learn and grow. Working with an awesome team we were able to create a large amount of quality images in a short amount of time. Thanks go to our awesome clients at Microsoft, NHS and FCB. I wish all clients were as great to work with! Also could not have done it without my amazing crew! Here are a few of the first shots of some of the older students. More to come…..
Here is a compilation of video taken from the spots I recently directed for Pure Protein.
Client: Pure Protein
Director: Pete Barrett www.petebarrett.com
Cinematographer: David Hall www.iphotoinc.com
Editor: Emily Mitchell www.filmsaboutfamily.com
Here is the 2nd Commercial I directed for Pure Protein.
Here is the 1st commercial I directed for Pure Protein for Moosylvania.
Just wrapped an awesome shoot with St Louis based Moosylvania and Pure Protein! We spent the better part of a week in production shooting a series of 5 print ads and 5 commercials for Pure Protein to be released in the coming months. I can’t show anything just yet but we did some killer stuff! Shooting all sports and active lifestyle. Great clients and a fantastic crew, Thanks everyone! Images and footage to come as soon as I can show them.