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…

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February 2014 Reader’s Digest Magazine

photographer: Andrew Hetherington

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

Here’s my first outing for Field & Stream ‘The Gun Nut Challenge’ in quite some time. Photographed back in May on the first really hot day of the Summer it was quite the sweat fest as we battled through the challenges with two of the magazines finest sharp shooters.
The drills simulate real situations and aim to have you in tip top shape come hunting season.
As you can see we packed quite a lot into the shoot day. The heat wasn’t our only nemesis mind you. The old tick’s were out in force and one could feel them crawling up one’s pant leg with every step.
Oh and we shot the stills too (the merit badges). How’s about that then…
Big ups to John Toolan and the F&S crew for the gig and doing such a fab job with the layout.

Here’s my first outing for Field & Stream ‘The Gun Nut Challenge’ in quite some time. Photographed back in May on the first really hot day of the Summer it was quite the sweat fest as we battled through the challenges with two of the magazines finest sharp shooters.

The drills simulate real situations and aim to have you in tip top shape come hunting season.

As you can see we packed quite a lot into the shoot day. The heat wasn’t our only nemesis mind you. The old tick’s were out in force and one could feel them crawling up one’s pant leg with every step.

Oh and we shot the stills too (the merit badges). How’s about that then…

Big ups to John Toolan and the F&S crew for the gig and doing such a fab job with the layout.

Couldn’t be more chuffed then with this pic of Shane Smith and Tom Freston of Vice Media for The Hollywood Reporter’s New York Issue. The photo was for the Executive Suite section of the magazine which features industry players in their office environments.
Vice HQ is in Williamsburg and and as the company has undergone major growth has expanded into various adjoining buildings creating quite the media complex. Shane had a run of the mill desk and Tom is based for the most part in LA so he had no desk. As with everything Vice the whole set up is pretty cool and relaxed and thankfully for me the two like to sit on the couch and shoot the shit in the screening/conference/meeting room in full gaze of staffers when Tom comes to town.
Be sure to check out the new Vice series on HBO here if you have not already… 

Couldn’t be more chuffed then with this pic of Shane Smith and Tom Freston of Vice Media for The Hollywood Reporter’s New York Issue. The photo was for the Executive Suite section of the magazine which features industry players in their office environments.

Vice HQ is in Williamsburg and and as the company has undergone major growth has expanded into various adjoining buildings creating quite the media complex. Shane had a run of the mill desk and Tom is based for the most part in LA so he had no desk. As with everything Vice the whole set up is pretty cool and relaxed and thankfully for me the two like to sit on the couch and shoot the shit in the screening/conference/meeting room in full gaze of staffers when Tom comes to town.

Be sure to check out the new Vice series on HBO here if you have not already… 

Hard to believe I was working on these shoots only last week for The Hollywood Reporters New York issue and they are out already. Catch me at the 1.40 mark getting my shoot on with Shane Smith and Tom Freston of Vice. You can also see my pics of Alec Baldwin and the Today Show crew. More importantly a chance to catch some behind the scenes of the real pro’s in action, the great Miller Mobley and Wesley Mann…

The last time I shot for Cosmopolitan Magazine was back in the day when I was an aspiring fashion photographer. The story then was the rather frivolous underwear fashtacular ‘Panty Raid’. I discovered a polaroid from the session spring cleaning yesterday which I will post during the week in case you don’t believe me.
That outing was over 10 years ago and so much has changed personally and professionally since then. Last month I got an email from Alix Campbell the PD at Cosmo wondering if I would l like to work on a ‘Domestic Violence’ story for them.
Of course I would, not realizing at the time what an impact the experience would have on me. I was dispatched to 4 different states to photograph six women who had recently lost daughters, mothers, friends and colleagues to domestic violence.
The reality as I learned is that a lot of the violence doesn’t happen at home but “spills into the places we take for granted as safe-schools, stores, salons or any workplace” and how innocent bystanders can literally get caught in the firing line too.
It was a truly humbling assignment and it was such an honor to be able to photograph and  spend time with these amazing women. Their strength and spirit is truly truly inspiring. I would like to thank them all for letting me into their lives.
Also big thanks to Alix, Louis, Alex and the entire Cosmo crew. I am sure the feature will help make a difference in educating and raising awareness.
Please read the story here.

The last time I shot for Cosmopolitan Magazine was back in the day when I was an aspiring fashion photographer. The story then was the rather frivolous underwear fashtacular ‘Panty Raid’. I discovered a polaroid from the session spring cleaning yesterday which I will post during the week in case you don’t believe me.

That outing was over 10 years ago and so much has changed personally and professionally since then. Last month I got an email from Alix Campbell the PD at Cosmo wondering if I would l like to work on a ‘Domestic Violence’ story for them.

Of course I would, not realizing at the time what an impact the experience would have on me. I was dispatched to 4 different states to photograph six women who had recently lost daughters, mothers, friends and colleagues to domestic violence.

The reality as I learned is that a lot of the violence doesn’t happen at home but “spills into the places we take for granted as safe-schools, stores, salons or any workplace” and how innocent bystanders can literally get caught in the firing line too.

It was a truly humbling assignment and it was such an honor to be able to photograph and  spend time with these amazing women. Their strength and spirit is truly truly inspiring. I would like to thank them all for letting me into their lives.

Also big thanks to Alix, Louis, Alex and the entire Cosmo crew. I am sure the feature will help make a difference in educating and raising awareness.

Please read the story here.

Here’s a proper look at the opening spread of Jonah Berger’s mouth from the April ‘Making of a Guru 2013' issue of Fast Company. Jonah is the author of Contagious Why Things Catch On.
Leslie Dela Vega the PD at Fast Co. and I brainstormed about what would make for a strong opener and then asked me to come up with some concepts pre shoot which she would pitch. Normally I don’t go too heavy on concept and prefer to shoot by the seat of my pants but was happy to put pen to paper and put my artistic skills to good use scribbling down a few idea’s.
Turns out first one was the simplest and the best as is often the case. When I was doing research on the book I found Berger “reveals the secret science behind word-of-mouth and social transmission. Discover how six basic principles drive all sorts of things to become contagious, from consumer products and policy initiatives to workplace rumors and YouTube videos.” Et voila there you go, camera close up on Jonah’s mouth… Get it?
We tried out plenty of stuff on the day but thankfully the Berger mouth idea stuck. Well pleased with how it looks in print spread out over the two pages and all…

Here’s a proper look at the opening spread of Jonah Berger’s mouth from the April ‘Making of a Guru 2013' issue of Fast Company. Jonah is the author of Contagious Why Things Catch On.

Leslie Dela Vega the PD at Fast Co. and I brainstormed about what would make for a strong opener and then asked me to come up with some concepts pre shoot which she would pitch. Normally I don’t go too heavy on concept and prefer to shoot by the seat of my pants but was happy to put pen to paper and put my artistic skills to good use scribbling down a few idea’s.

Turns out first one was the simplest and the best as is often the case. When I was doing research on the book I found Berger “reveals the secret science behind word-of-mouth and social transmission. Discover how six basic principles drive all sorts of things to become contagious, from consumer products and policy initiatives to workplace rumors and YouTube videos.” Et voila there you go, camera close up on Jonah’s mouth… Get it?

We tried out plenty of stuff on the day but thankfully the Berger mouth idea stuck. Well pleased with how it looks in print spread out over the two pages and all…


Last month I was dispatched on a unique assignment for ESPN the Magazine; code name Operation ‘Base Jumpers’. My mission was to travel to the Gulf, to two military bases whose locations I cannot reveal and photograph 10 BMX legends who were there to entertain the troops. The crew who go by the moniker Bikes Over Baghdad are seasoned veterans at this sort of thing and have taken their unique show all over the middle east at great risk to themselves both on and off the bike.
The audience made up of of military personnel, median age 18-35, are usually entertained by doses of dodgy cover bands and comedians and just can’t get enough of these high adrenaline BMX bandits when they ride onto base. The show itself is full on with no expense spared either in commitment, quality, crowd participation, excitement and risk. The riders go all out. Something which the troops really react to. So there is much mutual respect and admiration.
This was one of those gigs that just hit it on so many different levels. Not only super fun and challenging creatively but one of those life experiences you could never pay for. You really had to be there to take in the magnitude of it all. The pics just don’t do the whole thing justice. Thankfully there was video too. Go here to see the adventure play out day by day.
Big ups to the whole crew: Alyssa and Ryan from ESPN, Christian and Zach Schauf of BOB and the riders: Nate Wessel, Ron Kimler, Mykel Larrin, Jeremiah Smith, Scott Powell, Brian Kachinsky, Mike ‘Rooftop’ Escamilla, Chad Kagy, Darryl Nau, Morgan Wade and to all the service men and women we encountered along the way. A truly humbling experience.
ESPN web gallery here and I will post more pics during the week…

Last month I was dispatched on a unique assignment for ESPN the Magazine; code name Operation ‘Base Jumpers’. My mission was to travel to the Gulf, to two military bases whose locations I cannot reveal and photograph 10 BMX legends who were there to entertain the troops. The crew who go by the moniker Bikes Over Baghdad are seasoned veterans at this sort of thing and have taken their unique show all over the middle east at great risk to themselves both on and off the bike.

The audience made up of of military personnel, median age 18-35, are usually entertained by doses of dodgy cover bands and comedians and just can’t get enough of these high adrenaline BMX bandits when they ride onto base. The show itself is full on with no expense spared either in commitment, quality, crowd participation, excitement and risk. The riders go all out. Something which the troops really react to. So there is much mutual respect and admiration.

This was one of those gigs that just hit it on so many different levels. Not only super fun and challenging creatively but one of those life experiences you could never pay for. You really had to be there to take in the magnitude of it all. The pics just don’t do the whole thing justice. Thankfully there was video too. Go here to see the adventure play out day by day.

Big ups to the whole crew: Alyssa and Ryan from ESPN, Christian and Zach Schauf of BOB and the riders: Nate Wessel, Ron Kimler, Mykel Larrin, Jeremiah Smith, Scott Powell, Brian Kachinsky, Mike ‘Rooftop’ Escamilla, Chad Kagy, Darryl Nau, Morgan Wade and to all the service men and women we encountered along the way. A truly humbling experience.

ESPN web gallery here and I will post more pics during the week…

#1Day1Game Photo All-Star Landon ‘gone to the dogs’ Nordeman used all his charm and guile to go all tiger whisperer on us to capture one of his favorite images of official LSU mascot Mike. Word is he used the same calming techniques to tame and photograph the infamous purple faceless fan too. Landon fired 4380 frames for his second one day one game outing…

#1Day1Game Photo All-Star Darren Carroll was tasked with game action duty but suffered terribly from wandering lens syndrome. Hence he has two favorite images from on and off the field. Darren shot 2221 frames and submitted 192 as his final edit…

Just in time for all the Thanksgiving excesses #1Day1Game Photo All-Star Brian Finke gets us in the mood and serves up four of his favorite bacchanalian tailgating vignettes. Brian turned in 197 tasty frames as his final edit…

At least for today anyways this is #1Day1Game Photo All-Star Rob Tringali’s favorite shot. Big congrats to Rob who also scored the cover. He shot 4500 frames capturing all the action…

At least for today anyways this is #1Day1Game Photo All-Star Rob Tringali’s favorite shot. Big congrats to Rob who also scored the cover. He shot 4500 frames capturing all the action…

Perennial #1Day1Game All-Star John Loomis, who is one of only three photographers to have taken part in all 3 ESPN Mag One Day One Game issues, was the first photographer on the ground in Baton Rouge. John covered a ton of shizz leading up to, during and after the game. He shot around 5000 frames total on all his happenings…

Perennial #1Day1Game All-Star John Loomis, who is one of only three photographers to have taken part in all 3 ESPN Mag One Day One Game issues, was the first photographer on the ground in Baton Rouge. John covered a ton of shizz leading up to, during and after the game. He shot around 5000 frames total on all his happenings…

#1Day1Game Photo All-Star Ross Dettman shot 3687 frames on the assignment. Here are two of his favorite…

Can’t say it enough how much fun it was to collaborate on ESPN Mags #1DayGame issue with 12 other photographers. Some I am friends with, some I knew only by their work and reputation. Ha ha yes there was plenty of healthy competition on the day of course but most of all there was oodles of mutual respect, admiration and awe for all the surrounding talent.

I asked the #1Day1Game Photo All-Stars to share their favorite shot(s) from the assignment to post here on WTJ?. First up we have the King of the Death Valley seamless Nathaniel Welch who shot 2824 frames on the day…