I first met Orlando model Lauren Thompson around 2005, a few years after moving to Orlando, Florida. The photos we took back then were for her website. Fast forward eight years. In the words of Lebron James, Lauren and I “took our talents” to Golf Channel. She’s one of the hosts of Morning Drive, Top Ten and Golf Now.
When Lauren needed photos for her upcoming website, she gave me a call. We met at Windermere Country Club at sunrise. Windermere CC is a beautiful track, just a short drive from downtown Orlando or the attractions. They also have a great staff and teaching facility.
Lauren’s makeup artist friend Summer joined us in creating the images you see. I had seen Summer’s name and photos for years here in Orlando, and it was finally nice to meet her!
We immediately went to the 18th hole, where a lone tree grows from a water hazard. The sun was rising and the fog on the water looked fantastic. I built my Profoto 7B with an Elinchrom 6′ octabank, and went to work. Working with Lauren is a photographers dream. There’s no coaching necessary.
We went to another hole for a different look, loverlooking water. Lauren changed in a gorgeous white dress, which you don’t see on the golf course everyday. I love the images we created. A simple white reflector was used for the backlit photos. I wonder if she got those green golf grips for the Masters???
We ended the photo session by having Lauren take some golf swings around the green and in the sand trap.
You can also see one of the photos in action on Lauren’s Twitter page. Make sure to follow her!
Congratulations to Lauren on all her successes, and tune into Golf Channel to see her live!
Cy Cyr is an Orlando based editorial, commercial and celebrity photographer. His work can be found at Golf Channel, Disney, Golf Digest, Siemens, Autumn Games and many more. In 2011 he created a sports photography agency. Follow him on Twitter or Facebook or Instagram.