Thrilled to land the cover of this weeks Hollywood Reporter ‘New York Issue’ with funny man and fellow Liverpool FC supporter John Oliver.
Have to say that John was an exceptional sport and game for more or less anything. It does take some real style balls to mix a bespoke navy Burberry suit with white socks these days and to carry the look with such poise and confidence.
Go here to see a behind the scenes video of the epic production we put together for the portfolio. We had special effects (a bucket of water), props, a prop table, sets, multiple locations etc etc…
John’s new show ‘Last week Tonight' debuts on HBO April 27 so be sure to check it out.
Big thanks to the THR crew for such a fun assignment…

Thrilled to land the cover of this weeks Hollywood Reporter ‘New York Issue’ with funny man and fellow Liverpool FC supporter John Oliver.

Have to say that John was an exceptional sport and game for more or less anything. It does take some real style balls to mix a bespoke navy Burberry suit with white socks these days and to carry the look with such poise and confidence.

Go here to see a behind the scenes video of the epic production we put together for the portfolio. We had special effects (a bucket of water), props, a prop table, sets, multiple locations etc etc…

John’s new show ‘Last week Tonight' debuts on HBO April 27 so be sure to check it out.

Big thanks to the THR crew for such a fun assignment…

And here’s the spread…

And here’s the spread…

Every March 17 we Irish make the same (futile) appeal to our American brethren. Today is Saint Patricks, Saint Paddy’s or Saint Pat’s day. It is NOT Saint Patty’s. 
Have a good one and enjoy the craic and the gargle…

Every March 17 we Irish make the same (futile) appeal to our American brethren. Today is Saint Patricks, Saint Paddy’s or Saint Pat’s day. It is NOT Saint Patty’s. 

Have a good one and enjoy the craic and the gargle…

And to wrap up tear sheet Thursday a little summer sunshine and environmental awareness with “Waiter There’s A Lionfish In My Soup” to round out my contribution to April’s Outside mag.

The photographs were taken last July on the Long Island Sound and in Connecticut where I spent three truly memorable days hanging out with one of the most positive life forces you will ever meet Bun Lai.

Bun is an innovative sushi chef who has turned this particular culinary art on its head, much to the chagrin of the purists by serving invasive organisms amongst other non traditional fare at his New Haven restaurant Miya’s.

Just incase you don’t know your invasive from your evasive here’s the invasive skinny.

The first definition, the most used, applies to introduced species (also called “non-indigenous” or “non-native”) that adversely affect the habitats and bioregions they invade economically, environmentally, and/or ecologically. Such invasive species may be either plants or animals and may disrupt by dominating a region, wilderness areas, particular habitats, or wildland-urban interface land from loss of natural controls (such as predators or herbivores). Via Wikipedia

Miya’s is a sustainable sushi restaurant. Bun has taken endangered seafood species off the menu and has replaced them with invaisive’s which are considered ‘junk fish’ and are readily abundant. A lot of the ingredients are also foraged items that are threatening indigenous species.

I don’t think I have eaten any better on all my travels to be honest. Miya’s is a must must visit. Well worth the diversion even if you are just passing on the 95.

Massive thank you to Hannah and Amy at Outside for the most amazing of photo and life experiences. Also big ups to the writer Rowan Jacobsen and to Bun Lai and his crew…

As we continue with tear sheet Thursday its time to introduce the April Outside mag in all its worldly glory. Thrilled to have two features, the TOC and make the contributor page.

The first story is the latest shot back in January in Franklin Tennesse. ‘Young Man in a Hurry’ tells the tale of former photographer turned Lonely Planet mogul Daniel Houghton.

It’s a fascinating piece. Not only is it about Houghton who is 24, a complete unknown who has no previous mogul experience at all a part from managing his own wedding photography business. But it is also about Brad Kelley a reclusive billionaire who made his money in tobacco before selling up, opening a media company and then buying the flalling Lonely Planet guide travel empire, putting Houghton in charge with a view to remaking the legendary brand for the digital age. And while we are at it we get a schooling on the travel book industry, it’s history, its relevancy and future (the article is not available online at the moment).

Daniel hasn’t given up his love of photography in the process by any means. I asked whom he would have liked take his portrait for the story other then myself of course. “Dan Winters” says he…

Keeping it lean and muscular here on tear sheet Thursday now with ‘Hit The Road Jacked’ a story about how truck drivers are trying to keep it fit and healthy for Mens Health magazine.

Shot back in freezing January (yes that sun is deceiving but these guys are tough mofo’s) I first journeyed to the HQ of trucking company Prime Inc in Springfield Missouri. There I hung out with Siphiwe Baleka the mastermind behind the Driver Health And Fitness program at Prime.

Siphiwe is a former driver and a workout fanatic who went to great measures to take care of himself while on the road. He now preaches what the practiced and has put together a one of a kind fitness and nutrition program that’s open to all Prime drivers.

Long haul truck drivers certainly get a bad rap in the health category and its by no means easy to manage let alone maintain any sort of a healthy existence. Hours of driving are punctuated by breaks in god forsaken truck stops with little more to offer in terms of nutrition then the usual fast food fare.

Miles = money so that speaks volumes for the life of a trucker. It also takes real discipline then to break the stereotypes not only from outside but also from within the culture and carry work out gear in your truck (and use it), search out fresh food and generally take care of yourself.

I spent some time with two of Primes finest. Firstly I photographed Rodney McCloud who was the winner of Primes fittest driver competition. An imposing man he likes to lift weights during his rest stops and carries a whole set including a bench press in his cab. 

Then I actually took to the road for 36 hours with the second driver Justin Boosche and documented his routine for real. As you can imagine there was more driving then picture taking as we took off from Prime in Springfield picked up a load locally and headed east towards our drop off point just outside Columbus Ohio.

This was my first time driving shotgun in a big rig. I can’t begin to tell you how smooth the ride was in our state of the art Peterbuilt. After 7-8 hours sitting in the seat I had no problems jumping down from the cab and walking around. Felt like first class what with the air cushioned seat and the fine views from the elevated vantage point. Normally I am super stiff after a few hours sitting in a regular car.

The road can indeed be monotonous there is no doubt about that. Certainly not helped in the truckers case by the need to stick to deadlines which means there is little or no time even desire to take the scenic route. It does take a certain type of person, a lifestyle like this.

The key to the Driver Health and Fitness program is to work out at least 15 minutes a day at maximum intensity. As well as weights, resistance bands etc the tractor and trailer themselves can be used as an integral part of the work out. This is certainly a big help as I can’t imagine a gym being commonplace (or even exist) at truck stops.

Justin likes to work out in the morning after his mandatory rest stops before hitting the road. He is also fanatical about watching what he eats now after completing the program. He like to eat at Chipotle if possible and picks up fresh produce from Sam’s Club, fruit, carrots, rotisserie chicken, eggs and the like. Remember parking an 18 wheeler is a bit of an issue so stopping by a local farmers market in the center of town to pick up some fruit is never an option. Justin always chooses a Chipotle that has a mega store close by as it makes for easy parking. Helps too if its a Sam’s Club and Chipotle combo naturally.

Big thanks to Jeanne and the team at Mens Health and also to Siphiwe, Rodney and Justin for another memorable life experience…

It’s tear sheet Thursday here on WTJ? First up we have ‘The Outsider’ himself, country and western singer-songwriter Eric Church photographed on his property and in a local bar (not his) just outside Nashville Tennessee for Mens Journal.

Eric has a reputation as being a bit of a bad boy and first gained notoriety back in 2006 when he was kicked off a Rascal Flatts tour for playing too long a set. His spot was taken by Taylor Swift, so who knows what would have happened there had he abided by the clock.

Anyways Eric is doing just fine and is constantly a top the country music charts. Read the article ‘The Devil & Mr Church’ here.

Big thanks to Catriona and the MJ crew….

Delighted and excited to have 4 images selected for the American Photography 30th Anniversary Book including the image above from the SS Good Ship Kid Rock story for GQ.
Always a huge thrill to be included and The Party (this year November 6) is  one of my very favorite not to be missed photo events of the year…

Delighted and excited to have 4 images selected for the American Photography 30th Anniversary Book including the image above from the SS Good Ship Kid Rock story for GQ.

Always a huge thrill to be included and The Party (this year November 6) is  one of my very favorite not to be missed photo events of the year…

Following last weeks debut of The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon we have the new Late Night (later tonight) with host Seth Meyers. And whilst I have not yet had the pleasure of photographing Mr Meyers I did get to snap his new band leader Fred Armisen some time back for Maxim.
It was one of those fun shoots where Fred got to spend $500 of Maxims money however he chose. I seem to remember the purchasing of antiques, instruments and copious amounts of Momofuku Milk Bar treats amounted for most of the cash. I also read that Portlandia fans have nothing to fear as Fred’s new gig will not interfere with filming of future series. So there.
I am in the midst of a major website overhaul and update (ye yes my dears I know the excitement surrounding such a shiny new thing is palpable and whilst we don’t have a launch date set in stone it will be very very soon I promise) and came across this outtake from the shoot which will feature on the new site. How’s about that then for a sneak peak…

Following last weeks debut of The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon we have the new Late Night (later tonight) with host Seth Meyers. And whilst I have not yet had the pleasure of photographing Mr Meyers I did get to snap his new band leader Fred Armisen some time back for Maxim.

It was one of those fun shoots where Fred got to spend $500 of Maxims money however he chose. I seem to remember the purchasing of antiques, instruments and copious amounts of Momofuku Milk Bar treats amounted for most of the cash. I also read that Portlandia fans have nothing to fear as Fred’s new gig will not interfere with filming of future series. So there.

I am in the midst of a major website overhaul and update (ye yes my dears I know the excitement surrounding such a shiny new thing is palpable and whilst we don’t have a launch date set in stone it will be very very soon I promise) and came across this outtake from the shoot which will feature on the new site. How’s about that then for a sneak peak…

Outtake I quite likey from my shoot for Billboard with new Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon. Happy to see he made it through his debut last night with flying colors…

Outtake I quite likey from my shoot for Billboard with new Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon. Happy to see he made it through his debut last night with flying colors…

Hunting and guns aren’t my thing but experiencing different worlds, peoples and cultures is. Throw in a bit of photography, the chance of an adventure, trying something new and I am committed before you even hang up the email.

That was certainly the case when the great John Toolan over at Field and Stream contacted me last year to travel to Maine to work on a story about Snowshow Hare hunting. Sure I was more then game, the big niggle on this particular assignment being that I had never snowshoed in my life. Didn’t seem to bother John in the slightest but of course I had my own fears about letting the team down, getting left behind and being an embarrassment to my kind.

Turned out that I wasn’t the only snow shoe virgin on the trip as the writer T.Edward Nickens was also new to the endeavor being from the South and all. At least he was a skilled hunter of some repute mind so I was still a little hesitant although determined to master this new fangled mode of transportation.

We spent three days last March in and around Pine Grove Lodge in Bingham Maine. Up the crack of dawn each morning we went out on varying terrain, in varying conditions with various groups of hunters (dressed in various plaids as is the code up that way) and their dogs.

The dog of choice is the tiny Beagle. They track the hares for hours and hours running rings and rings around each other. The hares are a very smart lot and more often then not elude the dogs and the hunters. A hare can jump up to 15 feet in a single bound so their scent is hard to follow.

How the dogs got through the snow banks with their tiny legs is beyond me. It’s not like it wasn’t frigid on their paws for starters. But man they couldn’t of seemed happier. Chomping at the bit to get out and about. Their enthusiasm and commitment was astonishing. Just as touching was the bond between dog and handler. It was a joy to watch them go about their work and interact with each other.

It was certainly physically demanding and I was beyond exhausted at the end of each day. We covered endless miles in the snow through challenging terrain so it was tricky finding pictures at times. I worked solo without an assistant which was liberating in many ways on an assignment like this. One camera, one lens, one on camera flash was about all I could manage and keep dry (wah wah). It was very much a waiting game as much for me as it was for them. Patience and perseverance were key as always.

I thoroughly enjoyed it of course. The camera has given me access to the most amazing life experiences and I will be forever grateful for the opportunities that have come my way.

Bigs ups to JT, Eddie Nickens and all the hunters and their dogs…

rebeccasimpsonsteele:

February 2014 Reader’s Digest Magazine

photographer: Andrew Hetherington

RSS: assigning, production, styling, editing, on location art direction

Here’s a recent outtake of the foxy Ylvis boys from The Hollywood Reporters ‘Rule Breakers' issue on news stands now. For those not sure who or what Ylvis is they are the comedic duo (brothers) from Norway behind mega hit “What does the Fox say?”…
Go here to see a complete gallery from the issue with more Ylvis from me and images by Miller Mobley, Matt Furman, Christopher Patey, Dan Monick, Austin Hargrave, Ruven Afanador, Jimmy King, Ramona Rosales, Nathan Stoan, Smallz + Raskind and Ed Aruquel…
There is also a sizzle reel (their words), a video mash up with behind the scenes from all the shoots. Go here for that. I come on around the 2 minute 51 second mark if you want to skip through all the excitement…

Here’s a recent outtake of the foxy Ylvis boys from The Hollywood Reporters ‘Rule Breakers' issue on news stands now. For those not sure who or what Ylvis is they are the comedic duo (brothers) from Norway behind mega hit “What does the Fox say?”…

Go here to see a complete gallery from the issue with more Ylvis from me and images by Miller Mobley, Matt Furman, Christopher Patey, Dan Monick, Austin Hargrave, Ruven Afanador, Jimmy King, Ramona Rosales, Nathan Stoan, Smallz + Raskind and Ed Aruquel…

There is also a sizzle reel (their words), a video mash up with behind the scenes from all the shoots. Go here for that. I come on around the 2 minute 51 second mark if you want to skip through all the excitement…

It’s the Ironman World Championship in Kona Hawaii tomorrow. Honestly only seems like yesterday when I was there a couple of years back to cover the event for Outside magazine. Not only an epic assignment but also an epic life experience. Truly humbling when you get to watch and photograph the athletes endure and overcome what they do at such close quarters…
See all my pics here

It’s the Ironman World Championship in Kona Hawaii tomorrow. Honestly only seems like yesterday when I was there a couple of years back to cover the event for Outside magazine. Not only an epic assignment but also an epic life experience. Truly humbling when you get to watch and photograph the athletes endure and overcome what they do at such close quarters…

See all my pics here

Quack quack boom boom !!!! Here are the bearded beauties of Duck Dynasty in all their swampolicious glory. Shot on their home turf in West Monroe, Louisiana on a sticky humid August day for Mens Journal.
I watched a couple of seasons of the show on the plane down to educate myself about their ways. Feels like ones own reality show then when you roll up to shoot at the locations with the people you’ve just been watching on the small screen. Trippy…
Word is I might have scored the gig in part because of my own bearded business. I did discuss grooming tips with the boys. They don’t use any product at all apparently. I swear by Burroughs Beard Oil btw…
Big ups to Catriona Ni Aolain, Jennifer Santana, Paul Martinez and the crew at Mens Journal…
Scroll down for the turn art…

Quack quack boom boom !!!! Here are the bearded beauties of Duck Dynasty in all their swampolicious glory. Shot on their home turf in West Monroe, Louisiana on a sticky humid August day for Mens Journal.

I watched a couple of seasons of the show on the plane down to educate myself about their ways. Feels like ones own reality show then when you roll up to shoot at the locations with the people you’ve just been watching on the small screen. Trippy…

Word is I might have scored the gig in part because of my own bearded business. I did discuss grooming tips with the boys. They don’t use any product at all apparently. I swear by Burroughs Beard Oil btw…

Big ups to Catriona Ni Aolain, Jennifer Santana, Paul Martinez and the crew at Mens Journal…

Scroll down for the turn art…