Monthly Archives: July 2014

THE BIG GAME: Photographing A-List Sports Stars without Fumbling the Ball


One of the most exciting aspects of my becoming a professional photographer has been the opportunity to take portraits of celebrated entertainers and athletes, including Lakers guard Nick Young and Dodgers power hitter Yasiel Puig. Most recently, I had the honor of shooting the upcoming marketing campaign photos for pro football star, pro bowl, Brandon Flowers, a former Kansas City Chiefs cornerback who recently signed with the San Diego Chargers. Brandon Flowers formally with the Chiefs

With such great privilege comes great responsibility, however, and you can’t afford to disappoint a VIP. Celebrity photo sessions require even more preparation and fast, on-your-feet thinking than high-fashion shoots, in large part because the celebs’ time is so limited. You usually have only a couple of hours to get the shots you need before your subjects are whisked away to their next engagement. Indeed, my team and I were supposed to photograph several other athletes at this year’s ESPY Awards, but the players in question had such full schedules while they were here in LA that we now have to fly to their home state in order to shoot them. To make the most of the VIPs’ valuable time, we plan ahead with their agents, consulting them on how best to work around the stars’ commitments and on what types of images they need for their clients’ publicity.

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SCRIM VS. SOFTBOX: How a Little Hollywood Magic Can Give You a Lot More Flexibility with Your Lighting

The diffusion of light is one of the fundamental principles of photography, for every photographer wants to control how harsh or soft the lighting is in a shot to achieve a desired effect. The softbox remains among the most common tools for the diffusion of strobe lighting, one on which I relied for most of my early studio work. Ultimately, though, I've found softboxes limiting and cumbersome because they can only hold the diffuser at a single fixed distance from the light source. I want a quick and easy way to change the distance between my strobe and the diffuser so I can soften or sharpen my shadows at will. But how?

CLIENT SATISFACTION: It’s Not Just About Your Images

All photographers want to cultivate relationships with clients that lead to repeat business, enthusiastic referrals, and great word-of-mouth. But many talented professionals struggle to engender such loyalty despite producing superior and competitive work. That's why I strive to make sure my clients receive attention and service beyond the expected norm, catering to their individual needs the way larger adverting firms would.