Our photo/video toolshed is well-stocked with Sony FS7, A7SII, a bunch of lenses, DJI gimbals, Mavic Pro 2 drone (with FAA-approved pilot), lighting, rigging and sound kits, and we never pass up a ride in a helicopter. But we try not to get bogged down in gear and tech specs. We’ve found that building rapport, being flexible, and thinking quickly matter as much as having the right equipment.
BUILD THE STORY
With backgrounds in editorial writing and photography, we’re comfortable working with clients to identify and conceptualize stories, then execute from pre-production storyboarding to final edits. On the other hand, we’ll gladly take on dailies to augment a client’s in-house production.
The best stories can happen in the most enchanting or the most ordinary of places. The exploring, peeling-back part attracts us most.
We believe in Type II fun, the kind you enjoy later, after a long day in a swamp waiting for the light or hauling a big camera up a snow-capped volcano. We’re comfortable shooting in studios and corporate settings, but we don’t hesitate to tackle projects in challenging, remote environments.
MICHAEL HANSON liked baseball a lot, enough to sleep on an inflatable mattress in the kitchen of a two-bedroom apartment in Danville, VA for an entire season while playing in the Atlanta Braves organization. His greatest baseball move occurred near midnight on a routine speeding violation. Instead of getting a ticket, Michael had the two Georgia highway patrolmen swinging bats in the emergency lane. He signed the old wooden bats for the uniformed men and got off scotch-free. By the time that career ended, he was becoming more interested in documenting off-field baseball life with his Minolta X700 film camera. Fifteen years later, Michael can't throw the ball as hard after a whitewater-induced rotator cuff surgery, but he dominates all bar games: shuffleboard-cornhole-SkeeBall-ping pong. He's won a few photo awards, too : PDN30 New & Emerging Photographer (2013), POYi, and Communication Arts as well as One of the World's Top Travel Photographers by Popular Photography Magazine, and Images of the Year by American Photo. He's represented by National Geographic Creative and is a frequent contributor to The New York Times and Outside Magazine.
DAVID HANSON also played baseball, just not as well. Or not as fast. He used baseball as a pitch for his first travel story on a winter league played on Mexico's coast. (His real first assignment was a story on skinny-dipping in North Carolina's Linville Gorge.) David has gotten feverishly, call-your-mama stomach-sick in nearly a dozen countries. He has traveled long distances by bike, canoe, kayak, and veggie-powered school bus (with Michael for the 2011 University of California Press book, Breaking Through Concrete). He wrote, co-directed and "starred" in the award-winning doc film, "Who Owns Water." David has contributed stories for Preservation, Canoe & Kayak, Mountain, Southern Living, among others, and commercial clients include Starbucks, Lexus, Brooks Running, The Renewal Workshop, WhyHunger, and Keen Footwear. His podcast from the SW received a Lowell Thomas Award - Gold in 2017.