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About Us

How we work and what we do

The Visual Collective are a small, agile team of videographers, photographers and editors who have produced award-winning local and international campaigns.

We’re a Kiwi company with Kiwi values. We admire the Edmund Hillary or Peter Burling approach. Get the job done with minimal fuss. Take on the world, but don’t bang on about it.

Online is a hungry beast which requires constant attention. Thankfully, for you anyway, video & content production doesn’t need to cost the earth. It’s our job to provide the latest and greatest cameras and tech to make bespoke content to be viewed and shared across the web.

So grab a cuppa and check out our work.

Our team

We call ourselves a collective, which sounds grandiose given there are only three of us. Without blowing our own trumpet, we can shoot, write, design and edit, scaling up or down with the job.

Most importantly, if any one of our team take on a job, that person follows the job from start to finish. Should the job require more heads we take on extra manpower – but only those who we know will deliver the work. We’re just as capable working with a CEO in the Big Smoke as we are with a track maintainer in the deep south.

We just like meeting and filming people.

Hamish Hooper

Hamish grew up watching the Whitbread Round the World Yacht Race and landed the dream job as Media Crew Member on board Camper for the 2011/12 Volvo Ocean Race.

Which is all pretty weird given Hamish’s propensity for seasickness.

Hamish has the ability to film and edit in the toughest of work environments. If you can produce award-winning content while blasting along in a sodden ocean racing yacht than you can produce great content anywhere!

Having completed the Volvo Ocean Race, Hamish has worked closely with Emirates Team New Zealand, documenting and managing media from the lows of losing in San Francisco to the highs of redemption in Bermuda.

Hamish: ‘The greatest part about running The VC is the people you meet and the jobs you get to work on. We gaining insight into fantastic companies and brands and turn these into great stories. No job is the same. That’s the beauty of it.’

Brendon O’Hagan
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Brendon is one of New Zealand’s most experienced and reliable print photographers. With over 25 years experience, he has worked for some of the biggest media players on the globe. He has shot everything from All Blacks to super-yachts to street cricket in the slums of India.

He cut his teeth for three years working as a staff photographer for The New Zealand Herald before developing his craft further in Europe. On his return to New Zealand, he built a successful freelance business, working regularly for the Bloomberg , Kiwirail TVNZ and the NZ Government Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Brendon is known as a creative and versatile performer who always comes through with the goods. In short, he works bloody hard but enjoys every minute!

He also has the incredible knack of knowing every cafe in town so can recommend a goodie should you need to leave the office to talk ‘shop.’

James ‘jimmy’ McIntyre

Documentary, Sport, News, Reality, Music, Corporate, Online Advertising.

Name a genre or format and there’s a good chance Jimmy has covered it in his more than 15 years of editing and producing. This work has taken him around the world working with CNN, BBC, NBC and many more.

He even followed Hamish around the planet with The Volvo Ocean Race, albeit from the comfort of his air-conditioned edit suite and five-star accommodation.

Here in New Zealand, he has worked on X Factor, The Block and recently post directed a wildlife series for Animal Planet. Outside of broadcast Jimmy has also worked on corporate and online advertising content for major brands such as Coca Cola, Mastercard and Vodafone.

He is also is fluent in German, having spent seven years in Germany and Austria. Which we never had the chance test Jimmy out on this skill …