Finding Atlantis

The Atlantis Resort & Casino in the Bahamas has been on my radar as a shoot destination since they opened. I’ve been visiting Nassau for years, seeing our friends and shooting in, around and under their crystal clear waters. I was thrilled to hear we were awarded the project to create a library of images of their water parks and attractions.   Creating artful libraries has become one of our fortes.  We often shoot under water and have become specialists at shooting lifestyle imagery around water, pools, and resorts as well as providing video and drone services as needed. You could say we create a 360° experience. Though it sounds somewhat glamorous, projects like this can be challenging and require a lot of forethought and specialized gear. We worked with an amazing producer and client that handled many of the important details. They coordinated talent and crew schedules getting us to the right place at the right time of day.   We’re very adaptable and have a lot of tricks and knowledge that we bring to the experience. We keep it light and fun and we shoot fast… so we don’t capture stale moments, but focus on authentic moments and having fun. We offer very strong support in post-production and retouching, We’ll often encounter a cloudy or rainy day that we transfix into a beautiful sunny experience. We don’t have the luxury of not shooting when we’re on a trip. We’re always shooting and there’s always a camera within reach. If you want real moments, you have to be willing to live in them, and I think that’s one of our strengths. We surpass client expectations and the challenges of returning from rainy days and challenging moments by loving what we do! We love our clients who allow us to bring our vision to their brands!    

While Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas was fortunate to have not been impacted by Hurricane Irma, the storm left devastation in her path across several family islands of The Bahamas. In service of the shared mission commitment made by Atlantis, to ensure a flourishing ecology and economy of the country, Atlantis has set forth multiple efforts to help support the rescue, regeneration and rebuilding of communities in Inagua, Ragged Island, Mayaguana, Acklins, Bimini and Grand Bahama. Atlantis will also use these efforts to support Red Cross efforts across the state of Florida, where many have been severely impacted.*

Atlantis Paradise Island has launched a fundraising campaign here on YouCaring. From now until October 31st, Atlantis will match all donations received dollar for dollar, with 100% of the proceeds going to The Bahamas Red Cross, and to the Red Cross efforts in Florida, up to $250,000.

*Atlantis, Paradise Island has also made a separate donation to help in recovery efforts in Houston in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

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Yoga for Life by Stency Apparel Collection

Stency Wegman's morning meditation
It was a wonderful surprise to hear from my friend and former model Stency Wegman. Stency was one of the two leading models when we were both in the early stages of our careers and working in Upstate NY. (Incidentally, I married the other one, my wife and partner Sherryl Kamper.) Stency and Wegmans Markets had launched her yoga line a couple of years ago and she was looking to us to create a fresh look to the photography for this year’s collection. The last time I saw Stency, we were on a trip with several Wegmans Chefs to Thailand and Japan to sample and learn about the various regions food and culinary offerings. Stency Wegman performing Eka Pada Padangusthasana B Stency Wegman performing Trikonoasana on rock Our mission was to infuse a new look to the photography for this year’s collection and continue the Wegmans approach of keeping the wardrobe, classes and DVD’s approachable for Wegman's employees and the average yoga consumer. We shot around Jamaica and overlooking the water. We had to be creative about how we could show off the poses and wardrobe while keeping the backgrounds simple and inspiring. Stency is a wonderful yoga instructor, model and client. It’s been a while since we actually shot together with her in front of my camera. We snapped into rhythm almost immediately, as if no time had passed since the days when she modeled full time and was one of the premier models in Upstate NY. We hired Alan Smith, a local Jamaican photographer who assisted us and we also relied on additional locals to help pull chairs and plywood to create a platform overlooking the water. We alternated between strobes and available lighting with sunbounces to create the look depending upon the position of the sun and time of day. Stency is the model in all the photos and does an amazing job not only keeping her look fresh and intense, but she hits the correct yoga pose almost immediately! I have to admit, I know very little about the variety of yoga poses and if they are being hit correctly. We relied on my wife Sherryl to keep an eye on getting them right and watching out for the wardrobe. We also worked with a hair & makeup artist who did a fantastic job keeping the make up and hair fresh and beautiful. All our BTS shots are from Sherryl Kamper. Stency Wegman performing Virabhadrasana Stency Wegman performing Vriksasana Stency Wegman transitioning to Baddha Konasana A

Swim Fan

I wanted to thank Carlos Suarez,  Publisher of Venice Magazine, for giving us another opportunity to create for Venice. We’ve been a fan of Carlos’s since his days at Ocean Drive Magazine, where he was the eye behind the creation of an Icon. He’s doing it again with the magazines he is helming at Whitehaus Publishing, and we’re happy to be part of the team.

Additionally, we work with a group of dedicated editors, techs, assistants, stylists, and models, and we’d like to take this opportunity to thank all those that help us make beautiful pictures.

The whole idea is to make the story look effortless, seamless, and beautiful; often times, with a very limited budget, resources, and challenging locations. Creating a story takes a great deal of work, determination, and quick thinking to make beautiful moments out of what could be everyday banality.

Thank you to all the story tellers and picture makers I admire and hope to be like when I grow up.

Black and white photo of model poolside Closeup of model emerging from water Black and white photo of model drying herself off Black and white photo of model staring out window Closeup of model holding vintage video camera Black and white photo of model laying on bench

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Stills on Set – Synchronicity

Balancing on a dolly taking stills during filming
George skating on the dolly with the DP

Shooting stills alongside a video crew filming tv commercials isn’t for the faint of heart. Foremost, you have to play well with others and know your way around a commercial film set. Additionally, you have to be a team player while focusing on what you’ve been hired to do -  stay out of the way and deliver great stills -   It’s kinda like magic. Now you see me, but mostly you don’t!

You could say I'm a pro since Ive earned 8 Tellies myself directing film, and have been shooting stills alongside tv commercials for many years. It takes skills that many do not possess, so Im excited to share with you some behind the scenes and final images from shooting alongside videos. 

Collage of behind the scenes stills from tv shoot

A quick pose shot with the director George taking a quick break on dolly cart

Collage of stills from various stills from the set\

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Kickboxing Freedom

As an advertising photographer who usually spends hours collaborating with a team of people to curate every detail weeks before a shoot, it was reenergizing to stand in the soles of a documentary photographer. Focused shot of Lacey working on her side kicks I’ve wanted to get back to the gym and start shooting real athletes again. Lacie, is a personal trainer as well as a serious athlete that devotes a great deal of her time working out in various forms. When I heard she was going to a Kick Boxing class, I was intrigued and asked if I could tag along. It was liberating not having to please anyone but myself. Just me, my camera and two kids in beast mode. Most of my work incorporates complex lighting and setups with models, art directors and clients. It was refreshing to shoot without any other voices, just being free to shoot and document what I saw while telling a story. It brings me back to my roots and energizes me to be more creative. Practicing side knee strikes on heavy bag Practicing low kicks with trainer Black and white photo of their regulation kickboxing training gloves Side kick demonstration and training Practicing low kicks on heavy bag Getting geared down after an intense sparring session

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Tato’s Polo Mallets

Shot for Equestrian Living Magazine, check out some of our photographs of the art of making custom crafted polo mallets at Tato’s. One of the very few creators that caters to the top Polo players from around the globe.

“The most important element of mallet making is the mallet cane, which is crafted from manau, a member of the rattan family typically harvested in Southeast Asia. We order the raw canes with the root, my father makes the decision where to cut it. He’s the one who knows exactly what our clientele is looking for.”

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Pegasus World Cup Invitational

Model posing with Pegasus statue at Pegasus World Cup Invitational

Blending  Equestrian Lifestyle and Fashion Photography, renowned photographer George Kamper created a spectacular Cover and spreads for the inaugural issue of Pegasus Magazine. Celebrating the Pegasus World Cup Invitational, George and his unequaled crew consisting of fashion stylist aficionado Danny Santiago, Make up Artist Leslie Munsell of Beauty for Real, with Hair Artistry provided by  Steph Milner Giles conceived the striking Cover and inside spreads.

The Pegasus statue is the 2nd largest free sculpture in the US, immediately following the Statue of Liberty. "Arranging our model and lighting set up for the magic moment was conceived by the team as the defining photo. Additional photos appear in the stables and throughout the Gulfstream grounds. Kamper’s challenges included the safety of the crew and horses and creating lighting and effects on site that would not interfere or scare the race horses.

Take a look at the results, we think they are stunning and worthy of helping to define the much-anticipated sporting event that will surpass the $10 million Dubai World Cup as the world’s richest thoroughbred horse race.

You can read more here: Pegasus Magazine: Pegasus World Cup Invitational - World Red Eye

Model posing by waterfall Model walking with Thoroughbred Horse Model posing by stable door with Horse Model looking back at camera in stable Model posing by stable wall

Can't wait to celebrate our first ever publishing title #PEGASUSmagazine tonight with cover model Karina Gubanova as well as the start of the Pegasus World Cup Invitational weekend. See you at the races! #WREfilms

Posted by Seth Browarnik on Friday, January 27, 2017

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Chasing Yachts in the British Virgin Islands with Photographer George Kamper

Capturing a full photography and video library for The Moorings while sailing the British Virgin Islands sounds like a dream project, and it is, if you know how to handle it.    Who did you create these images for? This library of images was created for The Moorings Yacht Charters.   What type of direction did you get from the client?  The client played an important role for us. The goal was to shoot lifestyle images of both a couple and a young family experiencing chartering Moorings yachts in the British Virgin Islands. We shot both stills, video and drone footage. The client would suggest scenarios and wardrobe and we would come up with suggestions as to what we might shoot and then execute the scenarios.     What experience do you have with boating? Was this a factor for the client when they chose you for this project?  I grew up around boats and especially love being on and around the water. My dad was also a merchant marine captain, so we spent a lot of time on very large freighters. At 18, he strongly suggested I procure my “able bodied seaman’s’” license. I dive, sail, and love taking my passion for photography underwater. Being Greek I think we have an inherent love of being near and on the water. We currently live on the Intracoastal waterways along a canal in the “Venice of America” so we’re always on a boat. I can’t say for sure, but I think my previous underwater and yacht photography had to be the deciding factor for them, choosing someone with experience and who knows their way around boats and water-above, below, and in a drone.     How is shooting a library of images for a client different from shooting to a specific image layout? Not everyone is cut out for shooting libraries. We love doing it because it allows us to explore various scenarios and shoot more off the cuff than working from a tight layout. There weren’t any layouts on this, just suggestions that we brought to fruition. Creating artful libraries has become one of our fortes’. We shoot under, on and over the water and boat. We’re very adaptable and have a lot of tricks and knowledge that we bring to the experience. We keep it light and fun and we shoot fast so we don’t capture stale moments, but focus on authentic moments and having fun.   How many days did you have to shoot this campaign?  We were gone for a full week. 6 days on the water in the British Virgin Islands.   How much gear did you bring? We were on 4 sailing yachts. The largest was 60’ or so. That means you can’t bring every piece of gear under the sun due to tight quarters. We brought a Ronin Gimbal for the video, sticks, and shot with the 5D’s. We also brought reflectors, a few led panels, custom cube lights, as well as a drone for the overhead video. It’s a lot of fun, but that comes with challenges including customs, carnet’s, lugging gear, speaking the language of the country, as well as working with the crew and overcoming travel and weather related issues. The norm for any type of travel or boat related photography.   How many people on crew did you bring with you?  I knew I couldn’t bring my usual crew of 5-7 members because of the circumstances of shooting on a boat and travel expenses. I brought my essentials, my multifaceted crew of two. My long time lighting and digital tech Zach, who was also a second shooter once we had the general scene set up and who contributed quite a few strong images to the library and my wife Sherryl, who not only steps in as a model from time to time, but is a Production Assistant and helps with general styling, keeping track of wardrobe, props, makeup and hair.     Was it a challenge working within such tight moving spaces like a sailboat?  Most of the work we were doing was above deck so we had a blast and were able to find great angles for everything. My crew is also very experienced with boating life, so no one got seasick or dropped anything in the water!   What is the most important element on this type of shoot? It’s all about the light when you’re on the water. Shooting ship to ship, in beautiful light, is an opportunity to create amazing images. Partnering with a great crew who love every minute of the opportunity. Offering very strong support on the back end as well, we very often encounter a cloudy or rainy day that we transfix into a beautiful sunny experience in post. We don’t have the luxury of not shooting when we’re on a trip. We’re always shooting and there’s always a camera within reach. If you want real moments, you have to be willing to live in them, and I think that’s one of our strengths. We surpassed client expectations and the challenges of returning from rainy days and challenging moments by loving what we do!   Was it easier working with a real couple and a real family?  The couple was authentic, that was great. The family had worked together many times before, so the whole crew was super tight and still communicate frequently. The first print ads just came out and it was actually the models who notified us and were super excited about the ads. Really cool gatefolds in Yachting magazines.     What was the biggest challenge?  We really would have liked to have had more time to explore the islands and a little better weather. We had cloudy days for 3 of the 6 days, so we dropped in skies in many of the print ads. Weather is something, try as we might, that we just can’t seem to control. This is where we rely on our in-house expert retoucher, Christine to lend a hand. Replacing skies, creating clouds and lighting to match the scene, compositing images, swapping heads and taking out entire landmarks are something out of a sci-fi movie, but a necessity when it comes to working in the real world shooting on location for advertising.   How did you like working with a drone on a project like this?  We love shooting with the drone. Drones automatically offer you a new and often times unexplored perspective. In video, the moves and possibilities are endless.     Being a father yourself and having raised your own family around boating and the water have any influence on this project?  Well, we certainly know how to have a good time around the water and can quickly create real action and authentic scenarios for our shots based on our prior experiences with the kids. My wife Sherryl is also in several of the main shots and has been instrumental in helping with keeping it real, checking on make up and general support on these shoots.   How many final images did you deliver?  We delivered all the raws and 70 or so final retouched files for reproduction.   How were the final images used? Print Ads, The Moorings website and their Blog.   To see the more of my shoot with The Moorings please visit my website at GEORGEKAMPER.COM Follow me on Instagram and Facebook!