“When we aren’t working, we’re dreaming up our next trip. Often, that’s just a couple of days exploring California in our VW Westfalia van with our dogs,” explain Brinson+Banks, who share their adventures on Instagram with the hashtag #WestCoastExplorersClub and on their website. “So last fall, when the amazing team at Edelman reached out to us to create images for them using Samsung Galaxy phones, and could shoot anywhere, we said what if rent a VW van and bring the #WestCoastExplorersClub to Kauai, Hawaii?
“They said yes, and until we landed at Lihue airport and hopped into our rented retro VW Westfalia, we couldn’t believe it was true. We were working our dream job—exploring a beautiful place with our cameras and taking advantage of the environment and light to create photos.
“Then, a couple of months later, Samsung got in touch and said, ‘Hey, do it again! But this time, with snow!’ So in January, we rented a 4×4 truck with a camper and toured the ring road in frozen Iceland. We photographed waterfalls and hot springs, and glaciers and an ice cave, and were just stunned and inspired by the awesome landscapes there.”
Below, some of the highlights from both shoots, plus a glimpse behind the scenes. See more of Brinson+Banks’ travel photography here.
As I start packing for our upcoming trip to Iceland (how many layers is too many layers?), where we will be exploring the country in a truck with a camper, I can't help but reminisce about our trip to Kauai last summer. We rented a VW Westfalia and explored and camped in jungles and next to epic cliffs and by the ocean. We ate meals we prepared in the van with our headlamps on as wild chickens ran right outside the open door. There's no better way to get to know a place than to get out on foot and that's a lot easier when this is the view you wake up to. I can't wait for our next adventure @davidwalterbanks @brinsonbanks! Shot on the #GalaxyS7 for @SamsungMobileUSA #kauai #hawaii #homeiswhereyouparkit #sponsored #westcoastexplorersclub