Hot Flow Yoga

Posted by Simon Waterhouse

Hot Flow Yoga is a Christchurch based yoga studio offering a wide range of yoga classes in various yoga styles, they commissioned PXL to capture creative environmental portraits of their instructors. They wanted images that enhanced their existing brand to use in web and print materials. Specifically, they requested images that showcased their city location well, and had an urban flavour to them. Simon Waterhouse of PXL spent half a day in Hagley Park and at the Christchurch Art Gallery capturing images. Ambient lighting and reflectors were used in the park to keep lighting soft and natural, whilst flash lighting was used outside the Art Gallery to complement the strong lines of the building and produce slightly more ‘edgy’ images.


Thornton Tomasetti Commercial Portraiture

Posted by Simon Waterhouse

Simon was recruited by New York based design firm Russell Design  to provide commercial photography services to their client, Thornton Tomasetti – a structural engineering consultancy firm operating worldwide. They required a single environmental portrait to be taken in Christchurch for the company’s annual report, in which earthquake repairs to the Rydges Hotel building in the central city were to be profiled. A member of Hawkins Construction, Cory, and a Christchurch based Thornton Tomasetti employee, Cliff, were subjects for this portrait.

Simon liased with Russell Design & Thornton Tomasetti in New York, and Hawkins Construction in Christchurch to arrange a photoshoot in the Rydges Hotel building. The hotel was in the earthquake ‘Red Zone’, and so clearance had to be gained from CERA prior to shooting due to the special safety considerations of the area.

Simon shot multiple photograph options to fit within the annual report layout. One photograph was chosen in the end, and the client expressed great satisfaction with the result…

“The shots are just terrific. Just what we were looking for. And so much variety!  Great job.”
“Just a personal note — your shots are terrific, just great. Wish we could fly you to all of the other locations! Thanks for the great work.”


15 minutes with Te Radar

Posted by Simon Waterhouse

Way back in February I had an opportunity to spend a bit of time with Andrew Lumsden, A.K.A “Te Radar”. Radar is, (by his bio) “an award winning satirist, documentary maker, writer, stage and screen director, and amateur historian”. Add to this, “hilarious” and “all-round-nice-guy”. 15 minutes wasn’t nearly long enough, but I did manage to squeeze of a couple of quick shots in Riccarton House and Deans Bush.


Shag Rock – Post Earthquake

Posted by Simon Waterhouse

One of Christchurch’s iconic natural landmarks collapsed in the February 22nd earthquake. In the last couple of years, Shag Rock had shed a few kilos as part of a natural erosion process, but during the earthquake, it collapsed to less than half of its former size. Last week I headed down to the beach at sunset to shoot some landscapes, and lucked out with a perfect sunset. Here’s what I got.



Coffin Bay National Park, South Australia

Posted by Simon Waterhouse

Over Christmas, I spent 2 weeks in Australia visiting my family who all live in Adelaide. Adelaide if often the hottest city in Australia at that time of year (commonly exceeding 40degrees), so fortunately my family had arranged for us to spend a week on the coast in Coffin Bay National Park, on the Eyre Peninsula, some 10hours drive from Adelaide. The national park itself features massive sand-dunes, coastal scrub, more wildlife you can poke a stick at and some truly stunning beaches. The peninsula forms an inlet with sheltered warm water with no waves. As a contrast, the south-western side of the peninsula is open to the elements of the southern ocean, and features dramatic surf beaches, scenic cliffs and plenty of wind. Check out the photos of this beautiful part of Australia.