As winter set in for the Northern Hemisphere we headed across the Atlantic to the far Western fringes of the Caribbean. Creating content through the eyes of Olympic free skier Katia Griffiths, we spent 5 days in the paradise of the Cayman Islands for the Dept of Tourism.
This was a dream assignment to shoot in a dream location. Cayman is blessed with the typical features of a Caribbean destination; stunning beaches, palm trees and crystal clear water. What we weren't expecting was the unique adventure to be had, from kayaking through mangrove forests as iguana sunbathed above us to swimming alongside Stingrays.
Every shoot day started early and finished late to make the most of the golden hours that provide some relief from the blazing sun during day time. When production for this shoot begun I had compiled a list of the on-Island adventures that I thought would deliver the best content. It was essentially the perfect holiday shopping list of experiences and our hosts delivered the perfect schedule.
It's often the interactions that stay in the memory when you return from such a unique shoot as this. The friendliness of the locals, the strength of their sublime dark and stormies and their willingness to ensure we left with the best possible impression of their home are what I will always remember.
Shooting conditions were ideal, and whilst it's hard to complain about bright sunshine when you come from the UK, it certainly offers challenges to work beneath. I find you have to seek out the atmosphere in every situation and this was no different. Katia was incredible in her willingness to tackle everything we suggested and it was clear why she had such a successful career in snowsport. Her athleticism and energy lent itself perfectly to horse riding and kite surfing and made shooting scenes that much easier.
The content sits on the Cayman Luxe website and their social channels globally, the video generating in excess of 100k views in under a week. since launching.
Full image set can be found here and the video here
A huge thank you to Rose and Don at Cayman DoT and all of the local suppliers who took part.