January 9, 2014
February 25, 2013
By the time the NBA All Star Game rolls around, I have shot many of the top players in one fashion or another and have a sense of their game. But Damian Lillard was a surprise to me. Only a rookie, Damian won the Skills Challenge at All Star Saturday night and also competed in the Rookie/ Sophomore game. Aside from his on court events, he was a pleasure to shoot! While I was only able to photograph him for a few minutes, he was great and for a photographer, there is nothing better than a subject who takes direction well. I think you should expect to be hearing more from this talented young man.
December 13, 2012
I joined the Nike team out in Los Angeles last week for the launch of the Kobe 8 system. To represent the new shoe and Kobe’s speed, the space for the event had been designed with hundreds of paper airplanes suspended and each creation had the branding of the new Kobe sneaker. It was spectacular! It is always such an honor and pleasure to work with the people at Nike because they dont bother to do anything unless it is PERFECT. It makes me show up with my A+ Game and while I work my ass off, I know everyone else is right there with me – Kobe included. Kobe was a pleasure to photograph as he always is even though he was a bit under the weather. He even made a point to stick around to look at the final shots with this one being one of his favorites from the day.
October 5, 2012
Im a bit tardy in doing so but I would be amiss if I didnt give a shout-out to an awesome photography program down in Bethesda, Maryland at Walt Whitman High School. I was honored to speak to my nieces photo class and hear the amazing things being done by Mike Seymour who still runs a classic black and white photography program for high school kids. I was blown away by the work being done by both Mr. Seymour and his students and hoping that some of his kids will head north for college so that I can snag them up as interns. It was a truly inspiring afternoon to see the passion by both students and instructor – keep up the great work!
This past week was back home for a photo shoot with the New York Knicks at their practice facility up in Greenburgh, New York. Coming back after a few months away from hoops, the shoots that take place around training camp are sort of like the first day of school – catching up with old friends and finding out about the summer. It was great to see J Kidd who I hadnt seen in ages and newly exhibited photographer Tyson Chandler was checking out my Nikons. I got this great shot with Iman Shumpert who was sporting the old school “do.” It really worked with the lighting scheme and his expression.
March 15, 2012
I am a bit behind on my blogging but didnt want to miss out on posting about NBA All Star Weekend 2012 in Orlando. Its a long few days but its always fun to shoot the players – often several times over the course of the weekend. By Sunday, Blake Griffin, who I have been shooting since his days in Oklahoma, commented that it was like the fifth time I did pictures with him. While it wasnt quite that many times, I did see him pretty regularly over the three days.
Blakes partner in LA, Chris Paul, is one of my favorite players to see. He stopped by on Thursday looking especially dapper and had warm hugs all around for me and my crew. While the portrait I had planned was on a backdrop, the space I was shooting in had great natural light. I had to take advantage of it and created a beautiful image with Chris.
August 20, 2010
I am just about recovered after a phenomenal, but exhausting, week shooting with Nike for the World Basketball Festival in New York. I worked with the Nike team to photograph one player from each of the 5 countries represented in the tournament. We created content on each individual athlete and then created a group shot that would represent the event. The week was great and the 5 players we shot – Kevin Durant from the US, Yi Jian Lian from China, Boris Diaw from France,Carlos Arroyo from Puerto rico and Anderson Verrajao from Brazil – were excited to be a part of the project. While I love the group shot we did, I think my favorite image is the shot below of Kevin Durant.