After four days of shooting in Vegas, I made it home for about 8 hours and then was back at the airport on my way back to Europe. I am honored to be part of the first photo festival in Oberstdorf, where I am showing Behind Photographs and teaching a workshop for California Sunbounce. This place is magical!
It was a blast to work with Vernon and his PR firm to create images for his website. We spent part of a day in LA shooting both Vernon and his NFL brother, Vontae.
We are thrilled to once again have been selected to collaborate with EA Sports for the cover for NCAA Football 14. Voted in as the cover athlete by the fans was Denard Robinson from Michigan. We spent the day with Denard at the EA headquarters in Florida for the shoot. Denard is not only a talent on the field, but a class act to work with.
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We had a great assignment in NOLA and Orlando just prior to Super Bowl shooting 8 college football players for this years EA NCAA Football 14 Cover Vote. In the running were Eddie Lacy, Ryan Swope, Denard Robinson, Kenjon Barner, Tyler Eifert, E.J. Manuel, John Simon and Jarvis Jones. When it came down to the final two, it was Ryan Swope and Denard Robinson. Denard would go on to take the cover honors after nearly 5 million Facebook votes. Stay tuned for more on the cover shoot!
Here are a few tears from a project we shot in San Diego for Kym Abrams Design out of Chicago. Thanks to Kym Abrams and Gail McKernin for a fun day and assignment.
An honor to be included in the photo annual of Monster Children. This is a really amazing publication with beautiful photography and design.
My studio manager, Chris Park, has been working hard to help my son Lucas make a custom board. I shot photos of the jellyfish at a local aquarium which was then turned into a cloth laminate for the board. Here are a few pics of the process and the final surfboard.
I only met Ken Regan once, the day I photographed him for Behind Photographs in New York at the 20x24 Polaroid Studio. Ken told me he was very private and rarely allowed others to make portraits of him. He said that he wanted to only show a part of his face and hide behind the cover of his book, All Access. The book and the title could have not been more fitting for a photographer that was the rare shooter that could do it all. Ken covered sports, politics, music, celebrities and shot for a huge range of editorial and advertising clients. In the little time I spent with him, I can tell you that he was kind, genuine and generous to have shared an afternoon and a few of his most important photographs with an unknown photographer from San Diego. Thanks for believing in me Ken, may your images live on forever.
I had the privilege of working with Martin Sheen while he was recording a voice-over for a University of San Diego TV spot. I can honestly say he was one of the nicest people I have ever worked with and a true pro. Nice to meet someone you admire and have them exceed your expectations. We also shot the cover of Kevin the rabbit with our Phase One P45 back. Always a pleasure to see great design match up with great printing!
I will be giving a talk on Friday, September 7th as part of the inaugural year of Medium San Diego. Medium was started by Scott B. Davis, a very talented photographer, that has put a ton of time and energy into founding this event. Please check out the line up of speakers and events at http://mediumsandiego.org
Thanks to John Wilkens for the great write up and John Gastaldo for the portrait featured in the SDUT Sunday Edition. Here is a link to the article: http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2012/aug/25/capturing-the-faces-behind-famous-photos/
When my friend Graham Smith and I discussed the idea of him painting a portrait of me and us shooting a time-lapse of it, I really had no idea what to expect. When he showed up to the studio, he suggested finding something that had already been "Mantoani-onized" to paint on. I ended up pulling out a 20x24 Polaroid portrait of myself and he took the ball and ran with it. Here is the video. Thanks Graham, always an honor collaborating with you.
I just received a copy of the new USD Alumni Magazine with a few of my photos from our coverage of The Dalai Lama's visit to San Diego. Another great layout from the USD design team!
Congrats to Oscar Pistorius for making it to London. We photographed Oscar for Ossur and got to see him first hand in action. Oscar, thanks for your inspiration and best of luck in the Olympics.
Here are a few pics from the retrospective on Elliott Erwitt in Vienna. It is a true honor to have my portrait of Elliott included in the exhibit.
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