Client: Vango, AMG Group
Date: 11th - 18th July 2018
Job Type: Vango 2019 Technical Product Photography Shoot
Location: Chamonix, France
Our first day in Chamonix was focused on shooting mid-level tents, mats and sleeping bags. From Chamonix, we took a chairlift to one of the northern mountain summits, opposite Mont Blanc. Due to Chamonix’s strict camping regulations, we obtained permission for the photoshoot in advance. Even in the height of summer, Mont Blanc is covered in snow. This created a great backdrop for the shoot. After we finished, I agreed with the team to travel across to ‘Lac de Glace’ glacier for sunset.
The next day, our aim was to shoot high technical tents in a glacial environment. The four of us, led by a mountain guide, traversed down a tributary of the Argentière Glacier from an elevation of 3000m. Having lived and worked in the mountains for many years, our guide’s knowledge of the glacier was invaluable. Using our ice axes, we pitched the tent into the snow, overlooking the Argentière Glacier. After a couple hours of photography, a thunder storm forced us back down the mountain.
Day 3 consisted of shooting footwear and rucksacks in a low level forest located near Chamonix. In such a dense environment, it can be difficult to highlight the subject of an image. To combat this problem, I use a low aperture lens to blur out inessential details from an image.
The team agreed that I wake up early the next morning to catch the sunrise. The plan was to reach a mountain lake named Lac de Cheserys, 1400m up from Chamonix. The lake provided a great backdrop to photograph one of Vango’s adventure tents. After hiking back down, the team and I drove to a forest to shoot a variety of kit and tents.
Our final morning was spent back at ‘Lac de Glace’ glacier, photographing the remaining mats and sleeping bags. When shooting on a clear day, it’s important to be conscious of any lens flares that could mark an image. This can be avoided using a lens hood or alternatively by using your hand/object to block the lens from direct exposure to the sun.