We spent a week in New York directing a couple of Perrier spots for their new campaign “District Perrier.”  It was a lot of work and great fun.  Our amazing team helped us pull off something magical.  Special thanks to A76 Productions, 11st Workshop and Ogilvy!



Sets being made at 11st Workshop

Sones checking out the goods
rickett_sones_perrier_bts-2‘Singing in the Rain’
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SHOOT DAY 1 - Loading in at Cinema World (Brooklyn)
rickett_sones_perrier_bts-5Sones going over the storyboards with the amazing AD Shad Melvin

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rickett_sones_perrier_bts-10 Shad helping our hand model balance for the first shot of the dayrickett_sones_perrier_bts-11 Shooting inserts on the barrickett_sones_perrier_bts-12 rickett_sones_perrier_bts-13 Setting up for the first establishing shot of the parlor (Red Dragon on the dolly)rickett_sones_perrier_bts-14 rickett_sones_perrier_bts-15 rickett_sones_perrier_bts-16 SHOOT DAY 2
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Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim editorial for Oyster magazine, shot by us.

Tim and Eric are very particular about everything they do, so we wanted to honor Eric’s idea of shooting this editorial with a “disposable camera look.”  Their “daughters” had no idea what was happening, but they played along and did an amazing job.

You can read the full article here, including a bit where they talk about the shoot.










We were a little chagrined when we arrived in Tulum and our old favorite restaurant Casa Banana, which was authentic and quaint when we last visited, had turned into a full-on New York club scene with fashionistas and pop music blasting.  We heard that the secret was out but we never imagined this would happen!

But, we quickly learned how to avoid the Tulum hipster scene and find the same magical experience we had the first time around.

Magical indeed.  We found new ruins, new cenotes, and new restaurants, but those same old Caribbean vibes still abound. And that water, don’t get us started on that water…


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We so humbly accepted when OCWeekly asked us to shoot the entirety of their 2014 People Issue last month. 30 photo shoots later and vioilà! Images can be found in the ‘Tears’ section of our site!

Many thanks to Dustin Ames for art directing, meticulous scheduling, nonstop people wrangling, carrying light stands, and paying meters just to name a few things :)

Mark Trumbo

On location: OC Weekly Cover Shoot

We had a great time shooting on location at the Pirate Speedway this weekend for an OC Weekly cover shoot.  A raging ring of fire and a stuntman on a fast bike with no brakes, can it get more exciting? Check out our final image in this weeks issue of OC Weekly.


Here is a portrait of our stuntman Shawn McConnell:


And last but not least, a Rickett and Sones “making of” video:

Ghost Riders in the Sky (Rickett & Sones Photo Shoot) from Ryan Rickett on Vimeo.

Jiro Schneider’s ‘Leap of Faith’

We lent our dear friend Jiro Schneider a helping hand on his “Leap Of Faith” shoot last month.  Nothing like watching your pals take a 30 foot plunge. You can check out Jiro’s final images at the JNA Gallery at the Bergamont station in Santa Monica this month.

Check out the behind the scenes photos that Sones shot (that’s Rickett in the sexy scuba gear):

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Rickett & Sones are now being repped by the (ahem) wonderful people at Wonderful Machine, and already they have been, well, wonderful!  This week they featured a shoot we did on their blog, check it out.  We are overwhelmed with gratitude and humbled by how great everyone at Wonderful Machine has been.