New Year, New Mag, New Life

 

I am bunking this afternoon.

My photo editing “to do list” is looking for me and I am just not taking her calls. I know it means that I will have to go in over the weekend and do some catch up, but screw it, how often do you get to sit at home while the rain pours down on a drought stricken province. I even made some calming Vanilla Chai and I may even put on some Buddhist temple music while I enjoy this moment and reflect on 2015 and 2016.

What a year 2015. There were a lot of highs, a lot of lows, but mostly just a whole bunch of life that squeezed itself into too short a time.

Right now the end of the year is where my brain is resting so lets start there:

I arrived back in Ballito at the end of December, raced into the Lifestyle center and greedily helped myself to a few copies of a magnificent new magazine that launched  while we were away. Of course I am biased.. as the cover pic for Luxe Magazine was shot by yours truly during a shoot we set up with one of the legends of South African Sport. The Men’s Canoe Marathon World Champion Hank MacGregor, his wife Pippa and son Thor met us on the Salt Rock main beach at sunrise for an epic shoot which resulted in a front page image that matched the tone of this high end and classy looking publication.

Without going into detail, Hank is a Machine in the Canoeing World, (with a capital M, just trust me on this,) but it was quite nice to see the other family side of him. He and Pippa (who is also an athlete, a trail runner who is branching out and busy setting up her first Comrades Marathon) just enjoyed the beach at sunrise with their son in a very relaxed and natural way. Pics below:

 

 

Thanks to some amazing clients and friends I managed to organise a few trips to Angola, Kenya and JHB in spite of a crazy end of year shooting schedule. The assignments that took me there were varied and awesome, and allowed me to explore for fun and for business. Of course, once they were done I appreciate home and family on the far side of the trip. Here are a few pics from the adventures:

 

In November I also shot for another sports biography book which hasn’t launched just yet, (I will brag about that when it does 😉 ) but I believe our last sports novel subject Chad le Clos is still firing on all cylinders in the pool which is quite lekker.

Earlier in 2015 I blogged about the launch of Hello Tomato restaurants, and they are getting rave reviews on Zomato and other social media, so that too is cool, and the Architecture shoots keep getting more interesting. Here are a smattering of the properties that I had the privilege of covering:

 

But what about the last part of the title to the most action packed blog update ever? The new life bit? Welllll… good news! The Allan clan added a new member. Max was born! Tada!

(Gulp)

Yup.. I am a dad again and this time to a boy. So that should mix things up a little. Bring on the good times.. and may we smile and… sigh through the 3 am bad times.

chopsticks and max