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Thompson Hotels


Shot a Branding Campaign for Thompson Hotels.  We created Urban, Sexy imagery in Toronto and New York.  (Later, we did some resort images in Miami, but that’s for another blog post).  I love the look of these hotels:  modern, clean, rich textures.  I cast actors (good looking ones) to act out the roles I gave them.  Makes for interesting interaction between them for the camera.

We shot stills and video for this campaign.  I’ve been doing a lot of dual visuals lately.  Makes sense from a production stand point as my workflow is having actors act out a scene; then I photograph and video record it.  Gives a consistent look to a campaign.



Creative Director: Scott Williams

Senior Creative Services Manager: Kelly Kruze

AH Producer: Brian Gibson

Stylist (New York): Joe Delate

Casting (New York): Donna Grossman

Royal Caribbean

I’m so happy to share this video I directed, one product of my week-long project with Royal Caribbean, exploring the luxury of the cruise line’s new suites. For those who love Behind-the-Scenes, I previously posted some of those images here: Royal Caribbean BTS. We shot on-board the Oasis of the Sea with a team of over 12 crew members. It was great to work with such an amazing creative team for this project: Ely Tomines, Tony Alligier, Tina Rossell, and Rene Lehouillier, the creative director. Thank you to everyone who was a part of this production.

Unleashed Emotion for













Launched just this week is my Global Campaign for, Amazon’s audible book company.  Shot over several days, we cast sensitive actors to listen and react to emotion-inducing stories.  I would work with each actor and put them through a series of emotions from Horror, to Suspense, to Laughter and everything in between.  We excerpted stories (even Shades of Gray), played mood-provoking music, and even verbally described a suspenseful scene in a dark hallway, all to produce some visual response.  R/GA did some wonderful type treatments for each based on a particular novel.

Barbara  Ward Thall – SVP, Global Brand Marketing –

Tom Monahan – Senior Manager, Brand Strategy –

Mike Rigby – Executive Creative Director, R/GA New York

Casting – Donna Grossman

Styling – Joe Delate

Cruisin’ Around the Caribbean

Can’t tell you the client. Can’t tell you the ship. Can’t show you the finals.

But I can tell you: we had a great time aboard one of the world’s largest cruise ships.

We were shooting still photos and video with numerous models and traveling around the caribbean.

For you tech heads, I got the chance to shoot with the new Sony FS-7 in 4k and slow-mo. We had two on-board: one for regular shooting and one for steadicam.

Thought I’d share a little behind-the-scenes with you.


This is the production blog for Photographer/Director Chris Sanders; filled with mutterings and musing to ponder. Please visit his website at Unless otherwise noted, all images are Copyright Chris Sanders. All uses are strictly reserved.

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