Christian is a lifestyle photographer and director who has been recognized by international awards in advertising, photography, and recently for his directorial debut short film 'LONGING'. He recently relocated to New York from Sydney, and now splits his time between the States, Sydney and Asia.
He is interested in how we connect with each other; how our humanity is expressed. This lead him to maintain the collection of personal work, ‘Connections’ on his blog.
One of his favorite moments on set was shooting with a BBC crew in Arnhem Land, Australia, “We were on sacred aboriginal land at dusk, on a top of a mountain watching them dance around a fire next to thousand year old cave paintings. Beyond that, directing beautiful emotive narrative shorts is opening up new interests for me.”
“I think everyone starts their career trying to prove they can shoot like the work they see being commissioned, and only after a while do we find our voice; and hope for commissions that need our ‘song’. I love it when clients tell me my ‘song’ is lush, emotive and cinematic.”
Fernando is an accomplished celebrity, portrait and advertising photographer based in Atlanta. He has worked on campaigns for Coca-Cola, Reebok, Wild Turkey Bourbon, and on celebrity shoots with Matthew McConaughey and Sofia Vergara. His work has been featured in publications such as AdWeek, Smithsonian Magazine, CNN and Bloomberg Businessweek.
His most recent plaudit is two first-place APA Awards. His first place in the APA Awards Celebrity/Musician category is a photo of Michael Phelps with his wife, Nicole, and his son Boomer.
“Simply, I can say I was there for the Huggies Little Swimmers ad shoot, but the truth is more. In a way, everything that happened up to this point in my life led up to me being here to document the Phelps family swimming together. I love to observe and make pictures of people where they have a great sense of belonging. For me, my camera is like a physical, portable sense of belonging. It gives me a reason to ask people for just a little more connection, a little more truth. That’s why I love this image. Because it’s not so much a picture of the greatest Olympian of all time as it is Michael Phelps, the father, playing with his son.”
Eric Kiel’s photography style has grown from a lifetime of adventures enjoyed in geographic extremes. His fascination with photography began while working as a dive instructor in the Caribbean. After literally getting his feet wet experimenting with underwater photography and film he ventured west on a journey that ended high above sea level with a gig assisting a prominent commercial photographer in Sun Valley, Idaho. But regardless of where he’s landed, he’s always held a deep appreciation for the beauty and quiet dignity of the people and places he’s had the pleasure of capturing through his camera.
His passion for photography and directing has rapidly developed into a successful career centering on Automotive, Active Lifestyle, Travel and Leisure, Portraiture, and Americana. He has brought his keen eye for compelling composition and humanity to a list of commercial clients that include Land Rover, Tabasco, GMC New Holland, John Deere, Pep Boys, XO Jets, Dicks Sporting Goods, Reebok, Fox Sports, Pfizer, Marriott, Cargill, Ski-Doo, HP, Asics, Patagonia, Outside, and Garden and Gun.
He believes there are an endless number of stories that can be told in the faces, landscapes, and environments he’s encountered. And he uses his love for surfing on his longboard, good eats, the south, and bourbon as a perfect excuse for constantly “researching” the wonders that can only be found by venturing off the well-beaten paths.
Currently he lives with his crazy-cool wife, three equally crazy kids, and a couple loyal canines, in the mountains of Idaho.