A shoot with Ruel

I recently had the opportunity to work on a very exciting project - an underwater shoot for the Sydney-based artist Ruel’s new EP. When I was contacted by Jeremy to shoot some images and video for the project, I was thrilled. The project was a challenging one, but I always love working on projects like this as they allow me to push my creative boundaries.

The brief for the shoot was clear - the creative team wanted some underwater content for Ruel’s new EP. However, I always find that these sorts of projects offer a lot of room for creativity and improvisation. As such, I was keen to explore some of my own ideas, and I was delighted to discover that the creative team was open to my suggestions.

Ruel was a dream to work with.   Comfortable in the ocean ( is a surfer) , and we nailed the shoot in about 30mins.  Too easy.  Cant wait to hear the music and see what they do with the content we shot. 

The first thing I did was scout the location - I needed a pool that was deep enough for the shoot and offered enough space for me to move around freely. I found a location that fit the bill, and we started planning the shoot.

We started with the shots that the creative team had requested, which were mainly focused on Ruel performing in the pool. We also took some shots of him underwater, singing and emoting into the camera. I made sure to get plenty of footage from different angles, using a variety of lenses to capture a range of shots.

Once we had the shots we needed for the client, I was able to focus on some more creative shots. I had brought along some props - a selection of colorful fabrics and materials that would look stunning underwater. We experimented with different poses and compositions, and the results were stunning. Ruel was a natural in the water, and he was game for trying out some of my more experimental ideas.

Overall, the shoot was a huge success. I’m very grateful to EllieBobbie for passing on the contact, and to Jeremy and the creative team for being so open to my ideas. It’s always a pleasure to work with artists who are willing to take creative risks and try new things, and I think the results speak for themselves. I can’t wait to see the final edits of the video and images, and I’m excited to see how they’ll be used in the EP.

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