Portraits of the top 70 golfers in the world.

PGA Tour Headshots

Many thanks to the Golf Channel for requesting updated and original headshot photography of the top 70+ golfers in the world in early 2017. Golf Channel wanted updated headshots for their Dell Match Play telecast from Austin, Texas.

I worked closely with the graphics department at Golf Channel to determine what was possible to accomplish. I had 6 weeks to photograph the top golfers in the world. Here were our challenges.  Not all golfers play in all tournaments. Not all golfers have time for a photo. The location of my photography studio can help or hurt my chances of success. Golfers are only likely to pose on practice days. I’ll have to set up a studio in Mexico City, Orlando and Austin. And to top it off, a Golf Channel employee suggested it wasn’t possible.

I traveled to Mexico City for the World Golf Championship event. I stayed at the Fiesta Americana Mexico Toreo, which was the site of a bull fighting arena. It was a beautiful and new hotel with a lot of shops and restaurants. PGA Tour officials had me setup upstairs in the women’s locker room. After talking with Courtney Holt, on-site officials and the locker room attendant, I quickly moved into the player locker room.  The move was a key to our success as we photographed 41 of the golfers on our list. My first player photographed was Bill Haas. I also photographed Henrik Stenson, Dustin Johnson, Matt Kuchar, Bubba Watson, Rickie Fowler and Rory McIlroy in the two days. I flew in on Monday, February 27, 2017 and was out on Thursday, March 2nd.

Two weeks later, I was set up at Bay Hill in Orlando, Florida. NBC and Golf Channel occupy a home at Bay Hill for the tournament week, which is where I was to set up my photo studio Tuesday morning. It was a great location for me, but a little out of the way for the players to conveniently drop in. Once again, Courtney Holt to the rescue. We got approval for a move to the driving range, which turned out great. The weather cooperated Tuesday and Wednesday and I was able to photograph another 15 players including Justin Rose, Charles Howell III, Kevin Chappell and Billy Horschel.

With two days left on the clock, I headed to Austin for the first time. I stayed downtown at the JW Marriott on the corner of Congress and 2nd. I was able to meet up with an old friend from Biddeford, Maine while in Austin. I was glad to hear that my buddy Thomas Neault is rocking the business world!

I set up my studio on the range on Tuesday, March 20th. The location would be fantastic, but was too inconvenient for the number of golfers I had left to photograph. So, Courtney Holt to the rescue!  We moved inside to the players locker room. I quickly made friends with Byron, Austin Country Club’s locker room attendant.  I set my photo studio up for the 6th and last time for the project. The next two days brought some very heavy hitters such as Phil Mickelson, Patrick Reed, Sergio Garcia, Jordan Speith and Jason Day.

Many thanks to Courtney Holt for her hard work, humor and friendship. None of this would have been possible without her.

It was great to watch the golf tournament on Golf Channel and NBC that weekend and see our work on the screen!

Graeme McDowell, GMac apparel.

Graeme McDowell for GMac Apparel

Graeme McDowell won the U.S. Open golf championship at Pebble Beach in 2010. The Irishman, who calls Orlando home, has his own line of fantastic apparel.

I first met Mike, the president of GMac Apparel, in 2015 at an Orlando function. He mentioned that they’ll need new photos for future marketing. Well, more than a year passed when I got a random call from Mike saying he remembered me from over a year ago, and to see if I was interested in the gig. I couldn’t believe Mike remembered my name, never mind my phone number.

We organized our make up artist, stylist and assistants. We used Lake Nona Golf Club, Nona Blue and Graeme’s home as locations.  The shoot, done in the summer of 2016, went fabulous.  It was great to hear Graeme be hands on with Mike about the fit and looks of the shirts and pants. Graeme isn’t just a pretty face for the brand, he’s very involved in every detail. I didn’t know what a placket was until I heard them talking about it. Graeme and Mike decided to change the piping color on a shirt during the photoshoot. Sounds like boring stuff for buyers, but real thought, energy, expense and hard work goes into each element.

It was great to visit Graeme’s office, as it had the US Open trophy on a shelf. We shot a few pictures in the office with the trophy in the background. And his garage was full of bags and clubs from tournaments past.

I look forward to more work with Graeme in the future and wish him nothing but success.

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Graeme McDowell, GMac apparel.

Graeme McDowell, GMac apparel.

Graeme McDowell, GMac apparel.

Graeme McDowell, GMac apparel.

Graeme McDowell, GMac apparel.

Graeme McDowell, GMac apparel.

Graeme McDowell, GMac apparel.

Graeme McDowell, GMac apparel.

Graeme McDowell, GMac apparel.

Graeme McDowell, GMac apparel.

Graeme McDowell, GMac apparel.

Graeme McDowell, GMac apparel.

 

 

Olafia Kristinsdottir is a Wake Forest alumni and first full time LPGA Tour player from Iceland.

Olafia Kristinsdottir, LPGA Tour

I had the wonderful opportunity to photograph the first full time LPGA Tour player from Iceland at Grand Cypress resort in Orlando on Wednesday, January 18, 2017. I made some putting, bunker, reaction and driving photos. We also made some portraits for my client.  Olafia arrived at 3pm, got a little make up on and then met us at the executive three hole course at Grand Cypress.

It’s great to ask a tour pro to drop a few sand shots in front of the camera, and it actually happens. Doing the same for amateurs is downright scary and dangerous. These pro golfers are fantastic to work with, and always the nicest.

It was great to hear from the client the next morning, saying how happy they were with the work.

Olafia has a beautiful swing that I predict will do very well on tour this year.

Check out Olafia’s Instagram account to follow her first year on the LPGA Tour!

Cy Cyr is a contract photographer for Golf Channel, Golf Digest, PGA Tour, Golf Now and works with many companies and other media outlets every year.

 

Olafia Kristinsdottir, LPGA Tour Golfer

Olafia Kristinsdottir, of Iceland, is an LPGA Tour rookie for the 2017 season.

Olafia Kristinsdottir is the first full time member of the LPGA Tour from Iceland.

Olafia Kristinsdottir is the first full time member of the LPGA Tour from Iceland.

Olafia Kristinsdottir is a Wake Forest graduate.

Olafia Kristinsdottir is a Wake Forest graduate.

Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy interview

Rory McIlroy interview

It’s best to photograph Rory McIlroy in his home country of Ireland. It’s also best to photograph the champion the day after he wins the 2016 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, hosted by The Rory Foundation.  It’s also best to bring along fellow Irishman David Feherty to conduct an interview for Golf Channel.

The stars aligned for Feherty and his crew in 2016. We met up with Rory McIlroy at the Carton House Hotel a few miles away from where he secured his first Irish Open victory at The K Club.

Rory came to the interview with his sparkling trophy and a big smile on his face for the sit down interview with Feherty. After the interview, Rory met up with Irish national team soccer players on the driving range for some tips and laughter.

 

Steve Monroe, World Long Drive,

Steve “The Predator” Monroe

Steve “The Predator” Monroe is my new favorite golfer. Dreads. Gold teeth. Breathes fire. I met Monroe while working at the 2016 World Long Drive competition for Golf Channel the WinStar Resort in Thackerville, Oklahoma.

I didn’t know about the predator mask until someone asked if I photographed him wearing it.  “He wears WHAT?”  Monroe takes the stage wearing a predator mask, please YouTube his entrances. It’s amazing to see in while holding a golf club.

The guy brings passion and excitement to the sport unlike any other competitor. And he delivers.  He hits bombs. And he breathes fire.

 

Steve Monroe, World Long Drive,

Steve “The Predator” Monroe

 

Ian Woosnam

Woosie.  WeeMan. Ian Woosnam won the Masters golf tournament in 1991 and has 50+ other victories worldwide. It was an honor to work with him while Golf Channel filmed his special instruction at Championsgate in Orlando, Florida.

Woosnam isn’t a very large man, but I wanted him to look larger than life when I made his portrait. Filming had to be delayed for an hour due to a rain storm, which brought in these fantastic dramatic clouds.

Erin Hills Golf Course, Wisconsin

Erin Hills Golf Course, Wisconsin

I got the opportunity to photograph Erin Hills Golf Club outside of Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 2016. When working with Golf Channel, we also get to work with the US Open Championship Trophy. When photographing a golf course, it’s best to work during the sunrise and sunset hours. We photograph the golf course a year in advance of the tournament to avoid the yet-to-be-built tents, grandstands and more. Also, because they start to build the TV graphics and promotional material months in advance.

Tune into the Golf Channel in June to catch the US Open coverage!

Erin Hills Golf Course, Wisconsin

Erin Hills Golf Course, Wisconsin

Erin Hills will be the home of the 2017 US Open Championship.

US OPEN trophy at Erin Hills

Photographer Cy Cyr poses with US Open trophy at Erin Hills Golf Club in Wisconsin.

Biltmore Golf Course

The Biltmore, Miami, Florida

 

I had the privilege of photographing The Biltmore Golf Course in Miami, Florida in late 2016. Photos will be used in billboards, website, social media and more.

Biltmore Golf Course

The Biltmore, Miami

Sean Foley Matt Every

Matt Every Bay Hill

Congratulations to Matt Every, back to back winner of the 2014 & 2015 Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando, Florida.

I was able to make a few photos of Matt warming up on the range with golf coach Sean Foley on Sunday, March 22, 2015.

Cart Girl

Cart Girl

The Secret Life of Cart Girls was published in the April issue of Golf Digest Magazine.  It involves many of my friends including models Tiffany and Dan.  Thankfully, comedians Nick Pupo and Jason Hunter also joined in the fun and provided many laughs throughout the day at Rio Pinar in Orlando.

The story can be found here:  http://www.golfdigest.com/magazine/2015-04/the-secret-life-of-cart-girls

Follow Tiffany on Facebook at:  https://www.facebook.com/OfficiallyTiff

Here’s a screen shot from golfdigest.com to promote the story:

Cart Girl

Cart Girl

Sandra Gal LPGA

Sandra Gal and Holly Sonders

Holly Sonders worked with the LPGA’s Sandra Gal in March of 2014 for Golf Channel’s Playing Lessons.  The filming took place at Keene’s Point in Orlando, Florida.

Gal was joined by family and friends as videographers documented Gal’s tips on the golf course. There was also dialogue about life as an LPGA tour pro, upbringing and goals.

Follow Sandra on Twitter @TheSandraGal and Instagram @sandygal007

arnold palmer and peyton manning

Arnold Palmer and Peyton Mannin at Bay Hill

Arnold Palmer and Peyton Manning

Arnold Palmer and Peyton Manning

Golf photographer Cy Cyr documented Arnold Palmer and Peyton Mannin in Mr. Palmer’s Bay Hill office during the 2014 Arnold Palmer Invitational.  Peyton was in town for an interview about Mr. Palmer’s famous autograph style.  The interview aired on Golf Channel. It was quite and honor to be in the room with these sporting legends. I have been lucky to photograph Mr. Palmer on several occasions for various media outlets throughout the years.

 

Core Golf Academy

Core Golf Academy

I love when my photos are displayed with great type, design and size!  It was great to work with Tom Jackson at Core Golf Academy on photography for his website and marketing materials.  And it was a pleasure to once again team up with designer Adrienne Sosbey.

Before this photo shoot, I had never photographed a golf academy.  If I went to this academy full time instead of golfing in Maine 6 months out of the year growing up, I might be on the PGA Tour right now!   Does it get any better than having Tiger Woods’ coach passing down his philosophies to your staff?  I don’t thing so. Read more

Gretzky Boys II

Paulina Gretzky Cover Spoof

Gretzky Boys

WOW.  A silly little photo shoot turned into something bigger than we all expected.  Thanks to (in order) Paulina Gretzky (photo by Walter Iooss) and Big Joe Ellicott, Casey Bourque, Jesse Dunbar,  my brother Jeff Cyr,  Ninja Federico Celano,  Ernie Fairles, neighbor Bill Canavan and Mike Wieland!

I’d like to think that Big Joe Ellicott and Bill Canavan are some of the nations top models right now.  They’re being called by the biggest ad agencies, companies and modeling agencies in the world.  You’ll most likely see them in upcoming advertising campaigns for pants, sports bras, Gillette razors and Adidas shoes.

Here’s the original blog post.

Thanks for Golf Channel for producing this amazing video!

Thanks to Walter Iooss, my photography idol and legend who photographed Ms. Gretzky for the cover of Golf Digest.  I’ve assisted Walter dozens of times throughout the years and appreciate all the lessons.   Walter has photographed the top international models in the last 40 years… and I failed miserably to follow in his footsteps.

We’d like to thank all our families and people enjoying this ride with us on social media.  It’s great hearing from so many people!   It all started with you.  Three of us in the photo are originally from Biddeford, Maine.  If you haven’t checked out the southern Maine coast, you should!

We’ll be rooting for Dustin Johnson to win The Masters!!!

Cy Cyr is a commercial and editorial photographer based in Florida.  Contact him for your next project.

Special thanks to Holly from MyFox Orlando, who put on THE sports bra and pants and struck a pose!  Thanks HOLLY!!!!
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Thanks to Carson Daly and the Today Show!  http://www.today.com/id/54896097/displaymode/1283/for/facebookvideo/

Thanks to Diane McInerney at Inside Edition  http://www.insideedition.com/entertainment/8087-golf-digest-cover-spawns-spoofs

Thanks to USA Today, one of the first to share the photo!  http://ftw.usatoday.com/2014/04/middle-aged-men-recreated-paulina-gretzkys-golf-digest-cover-and-the-results-are-hilarious/

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And the increasing number of news organizations and writers that shared our photo!

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Cover Spoof

Paulina Gretzky Cover Spoof

Gretzky Boys

Gretzky Boys

Gretzky Boys

Photographer Walter Iooss is my photography idol.   His recent Paulina Gretzky golf cover sparked nationwide interest in Golf Digest this week.  And well… I have a sense of humor and called a few friends.

I’d like to thank:

“Big Joe” Ellicott, an Orlando sports radio host and owner of Uncle Joe’s Coin shop in Orlando.  You can listen to Joe every morning on the CBS 810 APP!  Follow him on Twitter!

Casey Bourque, my buddy since the age of 5, when we played hockey together in Biddeford, Maine.  He played in the 2004 US Open at Shinnecock.  Oh, and he won the Maine Amateur in 1995.  Follow him on Twitter and check out his Orlando web design business.

Jesse Dunbar, an Orlando realtor that dropped by before his men’s hockey game. Follow him on Twitter.

Jeff Cyr, my brother.  He’s a flight instructor and will get plucked up by the airlines within the next year… unless they see this.  This is not his flight uniform.  He’s not on Twitter or Facebook.

Federico.   I don’t know him.  He’s a ninja.

Ernie Fairles, originally from Canada, and a golf instructor.  Ernie plays the drums and enjoys showing his fiancé jiu jitsu moves.

Bill Canavan, my neighbor and second father.  He served our country and has installed conveyor systems around the world.

Mike Wieland, who works for a golf company in town.

Then there’s me…  Follow me on Instagram or Twitter or Facebook.  I photograph a lot of golf.   I’d like to work on your next ad campaign!

Hey Paulina, DJ and Mr. Gretzky, need a fourth?  Maybe we can shoot some photos before the round!  :)

And thanks to my sports agency buddy Ryan Totka, for being a website guru!

Cy Cyr is an Orlando, Florida photographer that photographs celebrities, athletes and business people for advertising, commercial and editorial purposes.  Contact him for your next project.

Colin Montgomerie

Gleneagles Country Club in Delray Beach, Florida provided the backdrop for Golf Channel’s Academy show featuring Scotland’s Colin Montgomerie.  Filming took place on February 10th an 11th, 2014.

Before filming even started, it was cool to see the looks of the women participating in a cancer fundraiser at Gleneagles as Monty got on the microphone and wished them well and sent them off in their scramble.

Here is Colin’s official website.

I got the chance to make many portraits and action shots of Colin.  In addition to filming segments on putting, short game and driving, he took part in a Ryder Cup interview that will be broadcast later this year.

The Golf Channel team busted out their 32 camera GoPro system.  The results are here.

Colin entertained the crew for two days with his skills, British humor and personality.  Be sure to check out the Colin Montgomerie specials on Golf Channel! 

Click links at left to see other golfers I’ve photographed for Golf Channel, Yamaha, Mitsubishi and more.

Contact Cy to hire a photographer for your next portrait Nationwide.  We photograph golf courses, staff and products.

Colin Montgomerie

Golfer Colin Montgomerie

Colin Montgomerie

Colin Montgomerie

 

Colin Montgomerie

Colin Montgomerie

 

Colin Montgomerie

Colin Montgomerie

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arnold Palmer

Arnold Palmer

Arnold Palmer

I love photographing the “King.”

I worked with the video team from Brighthouse, an Orlando ad agency and the staff at Arnold Palmer Invitational for the stills promoting Mr. Palmer’s March 2014 golf tournament.

You can find multiple billboards (below) around Central Florida promoting the tournament.  Publix supermarkets also have stand alone and point of sale campaigns (last photo).  You can also find my work on arnoldpalmerinvitational.com (above) and banner ads if Google knows you’re a golfer!

The photos were taken in December 2013 at Mr. Palmer’s Bay Hill Golf Club in Orlando.

It was fun photographing Mr. Palmer raking a sand trap, cutting blades of grass, changing out flags, polishing the trophy, socializing with production staff, interacting with his dog, and inviting players to his tournament.

The Arnold Palmer Invitational 2014 tournament is March 17-23, get your tickets today!

Arnold Palmer Inv 2014

Arnold Palmer, December 2013 for Arnold Palmer Invitational

Arnold Palmer, December 2013 for Arnold Palmer Invitational

Arnold Palmer, December 2013 for Arnold Palmer Invitational

Arnold Palmer, December 2013 for Arnold Palmer Invitational

Arnold Palmer, December 2013 for Arnold Palmer Invitational

Arnold Palmer, December 2013 for Arnold Palmer Invitational

Arnold Palmer, December 2013 for Arnold Palmer Invitational

Arnold Palmer, December 2013 for Arnold Palmer Invitational

Arnold Palmer, December 2013 for Arnold Palmer Invitational

Arnold Palmer, December 2013 for Arnold Palmer Invitational

Arnold Palmer, December 2013 for Arnold Palmer Invitational

Arnold Palmer, December 2013 for Arnold Palmer Invitational

Arnold Palmer, December 2013 for Arnold Palmer Invitational

Arnold Palmer, December 2013 for Arnold Palmer Invitational

Arnold Palmer, December 2013 for Arnold Palmer Invitational

Arnold Palmer photographer

Arnold Palmer and photographer Cy Cyr

 

 

Lee Trevino for Yamaha

Lee Trevino for Yamaha

Lee Trevino for Yamaha

The Merry Mex.  SIX majors.  Marine.  Golf Hall of Fame. A rubber snake.  Struck by lightning.  29 PGA tour wins.  Yamaha Golf Car Lover!

We photographed Mr. Lee Trevino on December 15, 2013 at Reunion Golf Resort in Orlando for Yamaha.  Even at 8am, this legend had our crew laughing.  It didn’t hurt that we were also working with Adrienne Ferreira.  Please, Google her.

We made pictures of Mr. Trevino for about 6 hours.  We had multiple Profoto lighting setups and locations including 18th fairway, clubhouse, proshop, green screen and a private home.  We were using the Yamaha fleet vehicle, personal, transportation and a refreshment car.  Who the heck doesn’t like seeing that thing on the golf course!

It was also really interesting to hear Mr. Trevino work with a video crew for an hour.  He spoke of his beloved Yamaha Golf Car he had for 22 years.  It was unscripted and genuine.  Yamaha probably doesn’t advise this, my Mr. Trevino said he never changed the oil, spark plugs or anything for that matter.  You could tell he loved the product.

Yamaha is using the imagery on their website, advertising, brochures, collateral and more.  Below is a website screenshot.

It was great seeing my work displayed at the 2014 PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Florida.  Yamaha used 8 large prints high in the corners of the booth, four more large inside high, and dozens more inside the booth.  What’s really wild is that Donald Trump showed up in the booth during Mr. Trevino’s appearance!

Thank You YAMAHA!

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Lee Trevino for Yamaha

Lee Trevino for Yamaha

 

PGA SHOW 2014

PGA SHOW 2014

 

Lee Trevino and Donald Trump

Lee Trevino and Donald Trump

 

2014 Yamaha at PGA Show

2014 Yamaha at PGA Show

Lee Trevino and photographer Cy Cyr

Lee Trevino and photographer Cy Cyr

2013 Photography

In 2013, I was fortunate enough to work with some great clients, old and new.  This year, photography has taken me to Mexico, England, Toronto, Puerto Rico and my first working trip to New York City.   It even took me to Wolfeboro, NH, Dallas, TX and Columbus, OH!  It was my most successful year to date.

I began January 2013 on the golf course at ChampionsGate in Orlando photographing Christina Kim and Michelle Wie for Golf Channel.  I love working with Golf Channel!  In May, I got engaged to my girlfriend of 3 years, Robin! We have a September 2014 planned.  I ended the year in December a few miles away – across Interstate 4 at Reunion Resort in Orlando, photographing golf legend Lee Trevino for a national advertising campaign.

Here’s a funny story about 2013.  I was “reunited” with TV host Jimmy Roberts this year.  I photographed Jimmy at Cape Arundel Golf Course in Kennebunkport, Maine.  He was working with ESPN then, and doing a story with then President George H.W. Bush.   To read more about the reunion, click here.

I’d like to say thanks to all the photography agents that have trusted me with their assignments during 2013.  They have sent me to photograph a cardiologist in Ocala, dentists in Jacksonville, real estate agents in Orlando, Siemens VP’s, a Brazilian actress at Disney, law firm head shots in Orlando, politicians in New Port Richey and many more.

Here’s a list of some of the Florida cities I worked in:
Palm Beach
Jacksonville
Amelia Island
Port Charlotte
Ocala
Sarasota
Palm Beach Gardens
New Port Richey
West Palm Beach
Jupiter
Cape Canaveral
Orlando

Here’s a list of the many resorts, golf courses and locations I was fortunate enough to make photos.
Bay Hill Country Club
Medalist Club, Jupiter FL
Lake Nona, Orlando
Reunion Resort, Orlando
Championsgate, Orlando
Iberostar Cancun, Mexico
Glen Abbey, Toronto
Ritz Carlton, Orlando
Rio Pinar Golf Course, Orlando
TPC Sawgrass, Jacksonville
Dorado Beach Resort, Puerto Rico
Shingle Creek Resort, Orlando
Orange County National, Orlando
Core Golf Academy, Orlando
Lauren Oak Country Club, Sarasota
Waldorf Astoria, Orlando
Merion Golf Club, Pennsylvania
Royal Liverpool Golf Club, England
Hard Rock International Vault, Orlando
Disney World, Orlando
Orange County Convention Center
Muirfield Village Golf Course, Ohio

Some of these clients called me for the first time and some I’ve been working with for many years.
Middle Market Growth
Florida Trend
CBRE
London Times
Golf Channel
Golf Digest
TaylorMade
Direct Marketing News
Comcast
McGladrey
Arnold Palmer Invitational
Yamaha Golf Cars
Mitsubishi
Kirwin Norris
Waterski Magazine
Wakeboard Magazine
Business Jet Traveler
TekkFusion

Here are a few athletes and personalities that I have photographed in 2013.
Jerry Rice
Mark Rypien
Marc Bulger
Al Del Greco
Chris Doleman
Tim Brown
Arnold Palmer
Lee Trevino
Fred Couples
Fred Funk
Corey Pavin
Sean Foley
Jamie Sadlowski
Graeme McDowell
Chris DiMarco
Ian Poulter
Holly Sonders
Lee Westwood
David Feherty
Christina Kim
Michelle Wei
Michael Breed
David Fay
Ryan Winther
Carl Wolter
Joe Miller
Jimmy Roberts
Dan Hicks
Kelly Tilghman
Rich Lerner
Tempestt Bledsoe / Cosby Show
Writer James Patterson
Olympian Michael Phelps
Golf instructor Hank Haney
Cobe Mikacich
Raph Derome
Danny Hampson
Amber Wing
Aaron Rathy
Phil Soven
Businessman John Risotti
Brazilian Actress Nathalia Rodrigues

I also took the opportunity to work with a few photographers this year.  I love learning from fellow professionals.
Robert Seale with pitcher David Price
Dylan Coulter with golfer Brandt Snedeker
Toby Smith with businessman Elon Musk
John Huet with golfers Nick Watney and Russell Henley

Henrik Stenson

I photographed Henrik Stenson at Lake Nona Golf Club in Orlando, Florida on April 30, 2009.  After we got a few photos on the 18th green, we headed back to the clubhouse.  When I spotted a Tiger headcover on a golf bag, he gave me this pose.

Stenson couldn’t have been any nicer.  He gave me plenty of time to make a portrait for The Times in London.  Henrik grew up in Sweden.

Stenson won the Deutsche Bank on September 2, 2013 to take the FedEx point lead over Tiger Woods.

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Henrick Stenson

Henrik Stenson

Johnny Miller

Johnny Miller

Johnny Miller is a man of many talents. With 32 professional wins under his belt, the man definitely knows his golf. He serves as a golf analyst on television, and he is also a columnist for Golf Digest Magazine. Miller has even dipped his hand in the acting world, as he has appeared in a few television shows and movies playing none other than himself. In this photo, Miller is waiting to go on air at the Players Championship and bless viewers with his infinite knowledge.

Nick Faldo

Sir Nick Faldo

Nick Faldo

I got an assignment to photograph Golf Channel talent at the TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach in 2012.  After photographing Sir Nick Faldo in the booth on the 18th hole, he left for lunch.  Knowing he wasn’t going to walk a mile to the lunch tent, I asked him if I could hop on his cart for a quick photo op.  He was funny driving through the crowds, saying things like “foreign driver coming through!”

With nine PGA Tour wins and 30 European Tour wins, Sir Nick Faldo had a lot of success during his golf career. But he seems to be enjoying his down time now that he is an analyst of the sport he once played.

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Merion

Merion Hole 13

Merion Hole 13

I got the opportunity to photograph Merion Golf Club on April 21-23 for Golf Channel’s live coverage.  Many of the course photos I took will be used for an animated teaser for their shows.  I was also able to capture a photo of each golf hole and the clubhouse, trophy room, locker rom, plaques and signage.

 

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Dan Hicks

Dan Hicks

Dan Hicks

If you watch golf on TV, you know his voice.  Dan Hicks is the host of Golf Channel on NBC.

I got a call to photograph Dan Hicks’ appearance on Golf Channel’s new show, “Greatest Golf Rounds.”   Dan worked on a green screen at Leonard Chapman Studios in Orlando, Florida on Monday, March 18, 2013.

The photo above was before Dan left for the day.  He was doing read throughs and voice overs for several hours, with studio lighting.  When the crew opened the big bay door, I saw a perfect opportunity for a naturally lit portrait.  Anytime you can make a portrait in this situation, do it.

Along with his work with Golf Channel, Hicks has worked many sports for NBC Sports, including many years of Olympic coverage.

I have also photographed Dan in the booth with sports broadcaster Johnny Miller.

Make sure to watch Dan on NBC Sports and GOLF CHANNEL!

Dan Hicks

Dan Hicks recording audio.

Dan Hicks, NBC

Dan Hicks

Dan Hicks

Rickie Fowler

RickieFowlerRick Yutaka Fowler.  Golfer.  Oklahoma State University.  Red Bull. Bright Clothes.  Motocross.  “Golf Boys.”  Social Media.

I photographed Rickie Fowler in early December 2012 for the Golf Channel show “Playing Lessons” with host Holly Sonders.  Fowler is a social media champion, keeping in touch with his 600K Twitter, Facebook and Instagram followers.

Filming took place at the Medalist Golf Club in Hobe Sound, Florida.  Fowler and Sonders played a few golf holes at the private golf club.  Members gathered around the clubhouse while they were walking down the 18th hole.

I brought along my Profoto 7B and Elinchrom Octobank.  Fowler tweeted a photo of the Golf Channel crew after the film session, thanking everyone.

Fowler was kind enough to stick around for a few extra minutes after filming to pose for photos.

Check out the Golf Channel Gallery of my photos from this episode!

Rickie Fowler

 

Rickie Fowler InstagramMedalist Golf Club

Medalist Golf Club

Rickie Fowler and Holly Sonders

Rickie Fowler and Holly Sonders

Rickie Fowler and Holly Sonders

Rickie Fowler and Holly Sonders

Rickie Fowler and Holly Sonders

Rickie Fowler and Holly Sonders

Rickie Fowler and Holly Sonders

Rickie Fowler and Holly Sonders

Rickie Fowler and Holly Sonders

Rickie Fowler and Holly Sonders

Rickie Fowler and Holly Sonders

Rickie Fowler and Holly Sonders

Rickie Fowler

Rickie Fowler

Rickie Fowler wedge

Rickie Fowler

Rickie Fowler

Rickie Fowler

Rickie Fowler

Rickie Fowler

 

Rickie Fowler

Rickie Fowler

David Feherty

David Feherty

David Feherty

On a recent photography assignment with author James Patterson, I shared that I did some work with the Golf Channel.   His next question was, “have you ever worked with Feherty?”  I responded with, “many times.”  “What’s he like off camera?”  Well…..

The first time I photographed David Feherty was for his show open on green screen at an Orlando, Florida studio.  Golf Channel promotions people needed enough footage for the season and I was there making photos for advertising, marketing, social media and more.  Feherty worked the cameras and comedy for several hours that day.  I have photos of him blasting his own face with silly string, riding a bike and with his pants down like he’s taking a shit.  This would set the tone for all photo shoots.

The next shoot with Feherty was also for a show open.  It shows Feherty in a “psychiatrists” office.  Feherty explains to her that “Yes, I really do have a show on Golf Channel.”  The location used was a mansion outside of Dallas, Texas.

Here are the three things I’ll always remember from this shoot.  While talking with David by his matte black Chevy pick up, he shared how closely he works with US veterans on weapon assembly, time spent on gun ranges and charity events.  He created an organization called “Troops First Foundation.”   The second memory is that Golf Channel asked me to make some pictures of Feherty on his cell phone.  We created a few photos, but when he was done, he simply gave me the finger.  I thought it was damn funny, since I got what I needed.  Next, while filming in the “psychiatrist office,”  Feherty decided to once again, pull down his pants and moon the doctor.

I then got my first opportunity to photograph an actual taping of “Feherty.”   His guest was Lee Westwood.  The interview portion was recorded at a neighbors home.  If you’ve seen the show, you know about this crazy backyard. You’ll also see that once again, while filming in Westwood’s home under construction, Feherty drops his pants and asks for a little privacy in the unfinished bathroom.

Well…. “Mr. Patterson, every time I’ve photographed him he drops his pants, he’s given me the finger, he loves the US, he’s funnier off camera, he loves his family, loves people, jokes about genitalia, and is pretty much the funniest fucker I’ve ever met.”

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James Patterson

James Patterson

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“If you FANCY the portrait assignment with writer James Patterson, the gig is yours Cy.”   That was the offer from my Sunday Times editor in London, England.  “Since it’s Florida, we’d love to see some palm trees!”

I responded with “I’m available, and maybe Mr. Patterson has a guest house I can move into.”

I did my research to look for subject matter to talk about with Mr. Patterson.  I don’t like to talk with my subject about what they’re best known for because they’re probably bombarded by those questions on a daily basis.  After becoming a fan of his Facebook Fan Page, I saw that he recently had TWO holes in one.  Bingo, golf is enough subject matter for me!  I’ve played golf since the age of 10, and now do a lot of work with the Golf Channel.

I traveled down the Florida Turnpike a few days later on Monday, March 11th, 2013 with orlando videographer Craig Kotilinek.  Our address revealed a gorgeous Palm Beach oceanfront mansion.  A member from Mr. Patterson’s staff greeted us in the driveway, and showed us inside.  We set up a Profoto 7B on a light stand, overlooking his front yard and the Atlantic Ocean.   Mr. Patterson quickly came out of the kitchen and I introduced myself.  “Hello Mr. Patterson, my name is Cy.”  He responded with “Nice to meet you Cy, call me Jim.”

Golf was immediately the subject matter as I asked Jim about his recent hole in ones.  His eyes lit up.  He told us all about them, and the golf competition he enjoys with his wife Sue.

It was downright shocking to hear that Jim still uses a pad a paper to write.  I asked him if we could use them as a prop for a photo, he said they were upstairs in his office.  I didn’t want to trouble him, but then he invited Craig and I upstairs to his office.  I was amazed to see the inner workings of his business life.  There were dozens of manuscripts and screenplays in progress.  Everything was neatly labeled, and claims his assistant cleaned up the place a few short hours ago.  It was fun to discover a golf photo of Jim golfing in Thailand, surrounded by yaks.

Back downstairs, it was amazing to see a huge print of Micahel Phelps beating Serbia’s Milorad Cavic in the 100 meter butterfly at the 2008 Olympics.  The photo was taken with an underwater camera by famed Sports Illustrated photographer Heinz Kluetmeier.  Patterson’s wife is a former All-American national swimmer.

I talked Jim into going outside to make the portrait above.

In the hour I worked with him, I can tell you that he loves his family, loves to work, has no plans to retire, loves golf and enjoys sharing stories.  He’s a great guy, and I already look forward to working with him again down the road.

To read an interview with James Patterson in the New York Times, view this Jonathan Mahler article from January 2010.

Here’s a link to our Sunday Times article, written by Ali Hussain titled ” Fame and Fortune: I like a thrill but hedge my bets.”

James Patterson Sunday Times

 

 

Lauren Thompson

Lauren Thompson

Lauren Thompson

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!

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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.

Lauren Thompson

Lauren Thompson

 

Lauren Thompson

 

Lauren Thompson

Holly Sonders

I’ve had the good fortune of working with Holly Sonders on many occasions.  The most memorable assignments were with Rickie Fowler, Ian Poulter and Graeme McDowell as a part of her “Playing Lessons” show.

Holly worked with Rickie at Medalist, his home course in Jupiter, Florida.  Holly and Rickie played several holes together with a Golf Channel film crew.  After the action, they filmed a closing scene and then posed for photos on the 18th hole.

Ian Poulter and Graeme McDowell filmed their playing lessons on the same day at Lake Nona in Orlando, Florida.  Lake Nona is a private community, home to many of golf’s greats.   McDowell took the morning time slot.  The duo talked on the practice range about preparation and then hit the course for putting, strategy and driving the ball.

It was Ian’s birthday on the day they were filming.  Holly once again filmed on the practice facility at Lake Nona, then played a few different holes to talk about hitting driver, course maintenance, putting and goals. Make no mistake about it, Ian Poulter wants to win a major championship.  In my opinion, Poulter is a breath of fresh air in a world of political correctness.  I’ll be rooting for him.

Check out this video:  Holly and Ian also had a friendly bunker competition.  Holly chose the location, a 35 yard bunker shot, which wasn’t easy.  Tune into the Golf Channel on April 16th to watch the first episode featuring Poulter.  After the round, I took some photos of Holly and Ian together, which they both tweeted to their fans.  And they were damn funny, including the one above.  Gotta love the prom pose! When we were all done, everyone went back to the Lake Nona clubhouse and ate some birthday cake.

Congratulations to Sonders, who was recently featured on the cover of Golf Digest magazine for their May 2013 issue!

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Ian Poulter victory

Ian Poulter

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Holly Sonders Golf Channel

Christina Kim

Christina KimAnimated.  flamboyant, outgoing, colorful, successful.  Depression?

The Golf Channel called me to be the still photographer on the set of  LPGA’s Christina Kim’s appearance on InPlay with Jimmy Roberts.  Damon Hack was the show host.

The interview took place at ChampionsGate, a golf resort in Orlando, Florida.  Two adjoining rooms were set up with monitors, make up, cameras and lighting.

On camera with Damon Hack, Christina spoke about her successes, upbringing, family, style and golf. She also spoke of her depression, which she wrote about in her blog last year. Her good friend Michelle Wei also stopped by the set, and spoke about her relationship with Christina.  It was cool to be in the room with two of the games superstars.

Off camera, Christina took an interest in my Canon 5DMarkIII camera, and said she loves photography.

On the way to the next location to hit golf balls, I asked Christina if she had a minute to pose for a quick photo.  (Above)  Hotel staff was setting up some “grass” covered chairs for an event later in the day, and I simply thought it looked cool.

After a few jokes on the way back to her vehicle, Christina was on her way.  It was a great experience with one of golfs brightest stars.

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Raymond Floyd

Raymond Floyd

Raymond Floyd won two majors before I was born.  He won another two after I was born.  He has 22 wins on the PGA Tour.

The Golf Channel filmed a “7 Nights at the Academy” special show at Old Palm Golf Club in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida featuring Raymond Floyd.  Filming took place over two days on the range facility.

Golf Channel’s Martin Hall co-hosted the show.  Win McMurry took a behind the scenes crew through the show, and even hosted a Q and A with Mr. Floyd.

My photos were used to promote the show online, in banner ads, and on the Golf Channel website.

Mr. Floyd was great to work with, as we had conversations about his children, New England states, fishing and hunting.

Ian Poulter

Ryder Cup.  Match Play.  No Majors.  Crazy Hair.  Bright clothes.

That’s about what I knew about Ian Poulter before my Golf Channel assignment with him.  I now know that he’s a family man, and willing to do anything to win.  Anything.  He’s a breath of fresh air in the arena of politically correct lameness.  He tells it like it is.  He’s going to step on someone’s throat if it means winning his first major.  Golf Channel host Holly Sonders and Poulter played a few holes at Lake Nona in Orlando in the afternoon.  They even had a friendly competition at a sand trap.  Tune in for that!

After working with Poulter, I contacted several friends and said I’ll be rooting for him to win an elusive major moving forward.  The dude is a bad ass.

It was also Poulter’s birthday on the day of filming.  The thankful Golf Channel crew brought the Ryder Cup hero a cake to celebrate his big day.  We all had a piece after we wrapped for the day.

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Still Photographer

To me, being a still photographer on a video production means one thing:  Stay the hell out of the way, and do your job.

Being a set photographer is a challenge.  You’ll immediately recognize that you  are not the priority, which is difficult for most photographers to fathom. You need to stay out of the way of the video crew, make little noise, and deliver terrific photos.  Some of the normal angles you’re used to working from are most likely occupied by a videographer and audio guy.

Still photographers really need to speak up on set to get their needs fulfilled.  A set photographer may need a selection of portraits in each filming location.  If you don’t speak up, people will cruise on to the next location or scene.  You’ll want to work quickly.  Have a plan in place  to execute your ideas.

The photo above is a Golf Channel show with Hall of Fame golfer Raymond Floyd at Old Palm Golf Course in Palm Beach.  Two cameras on a tripod (one is also in background) and a camera on a jib.  If I remember correctly, Mr. Floyd was delivering lines into the camera during this particular set up.  You’ll also notice a lighting crew member holding a stand, which already has 10+ sandbags.  What you don’t see is many more crew members, consisting of jib operators, producers, director, makeup, audio, wardrobe, PA’s and grips.

Still photographers don’t usually show up when the crew does.  They spend hours setting up their cameras, scouting, calibrating and lighting.  I often get a call sheet, and my call time is 1 – 2 hours after the crew.  Let me be the first to tell you that you’ll be made fun of when showing up at 7am, when the video crew was there at 5.  I’d share my favorite come backs when this happens, but it’s best for you to learn on your own in this situation.

Here’s another tip:  Don’t mess with lunch!  Talent get cranky if they have to pose or take a few extra minutes right before their lunch break.

As a still photographer, get familiar with the lighting gear and crew.  Big productions bring in flags, scrims and generators to power their lighting.   Going back a paragraph, you’ll want to make friends with the lighting crew.  Once the crew calls “lunch” or “wrapped”, I can’t explain to you how quickly these lights shut down.  It’s milliseconds.   Make sure they know you’ll need these lights on for a few extra minutes.  They take several minutes to fire back up, and I can tell you first hand, that your subject will be GONE when they turn back on.

Which brings me to my last point.  Video crews work LONG days. They’re used to it.  Still photographers are not.  Get used to a 12 – 15 hour work day.  For a 15 hour work day, video crews may only create an hour long show.  There’s a lot of down time.

Feel free to email me any questions about being a set photographer.

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Michael Breed

Congratulations to Michael Breed for his 2012 Teacher of the Year award from the PGA!

I have worked with Michael on many Golf Channel episodes.  Big Break Academy Greenbrier, Big Break Academy Atlantis, Tony Jacklin, and Larry Nelson are some of my favorites.  Along with hitting the road on location, Breed also hosts “Golf Fix” on Golf Channel from their studios in Orlando, Florida.

Breed is excellent on camera.  He brings decades of golf knowledge and energy to every show.

Players love Breed’s instruction because he doesn’t change swings, he develops them.  Breed can dissect a players golf swing after 2 – 3 practice shots.  As a golfer, it’s impressive to watch.  Instruction immediately makes sense.

Off camera, Breed continues to work with the players.  He has even offered tips to the film crew!  Breed loves a good competition on camera or off.  He routinely crushes the dreams of Big Break players by breaking glass first, hits it straighter, further and less often.

 

Jimmy Roberts

I was 20 when I first photographed Jimmy Roberts.  He was working for ESPN.  He interviewed President George H.W. Bush at the Cape Arundel Golf Course in Kennebunkport, Maine.  That was 15 years ago.  I grew up in nearby Biddeford, Maine.  I was used to seeing or hearing about the President being in town, the F-16’s flying over, the warships off the coast and secret service.  I wasn’t used to ESPN film crews.

Cape Arundel head pro Ken Raynor asked me if I was interested in photographing the President playing golf that day, with an ESPN film crew.  I jumped at the opportunity.  I remember using film with my Nikon camera at the time.  They played quickly.  It was truly a thrill.  I even got my picture taken with the President.  One of my favorite pictures from that day was of the President hitting out of some tall grass.  I was behind him, and the grass was all over the club head.

The ESPN producer gave me his business card and told me to send him a bill for any photos I wanted to pass along.  So I did.  They sent me a check, and a thank you letter.

Fast forward to January 2013.  I’m freelancing for the Golf Channel.  Jimmy Roberts has a new show on TV called  “In Play with Jimmy Roberts.”   I got an assignment to photograph Jimmy for his upcoming shows.  Golf Channel needed documentary, portraits and end page photos.  After a few minutes of photographing Jimmy, I told him, “You probably won’t remember this, but I photographed you playing golf with the President at Cape Arundel Golf Course in Maine.”  He responded with “Not only do I vividly remember that day, but it was one of the best days of my career.”  Jimmy went on to say that it was one of his best golf rounds of his life.  He then told me that a mountain of photos were given to him, and a collage of photos now hangs in his home office.

It was cool to hear that Jimmy had my photos framed and have been hanging on his walls for years.

Watch “In Play with Jimmy Roberts” starting on March 12.

Hank Haney

I first met Hank Haney on the set of his show with Hall of Fame football player Joe Namath.  It was being filmed at The Breakers in Palm Beach, Florida.

Hank Haney loves golf.

One thing that sticks in my mind from that day was seeing Mr. Haney through the window on the putting green, as the film crew was eating lunch.  You could sense that he was working on his game, always trying to improve his skills and his students.  He eventually joined the crew at the lunch table, but got in a few extra golf swings.

I worked with Mr. Haney again on the set of Golf Channel’s Haney Project in Sarasota, Florida with Olympic Swimmer Michael Phelps in February 2013.  Again, I saw an incredible passion for golf.  Haney and Phelps have traveled around the world, working on Phelps’ golf game.  Haney is constantly telling Phelps to swing harder, have a consistent practice stroke and then physically moves Phelps into a proper swing position.  He’s also teaching Phelps about course maintenance and the mental game.

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A Fresh Start

Stephen Szurley, Golf Digest MagazineA new beginning.  A fresh start.  Out with the old.  In with the new.

You’ve heard the sayings…  I have too.  I didn’t know what it meant until I burned or trashed photos from the 2001 Super Bowl that I photographed in Tampa.  The spring training baseball games I photographed in Lakeland, Tampa and Kissimmee for a stock agency, for free…  The PGA Tournaments in Orlando.  The Orlando Magic games I photographed.  The Footvolley event I photographed in Miami for ESPN the Magazine.  The outdoor bowling I photographed in the Villages for Sports Illustrated.  Stock golf photos of my buddy Casey Bourque.  A waterskiing event in Orlando.   A women’s soccer match in Philly with Brandi Chastain and Mia Hamm.  Bucs Games.  Eddie Adams Workshop. slides.

I threw it out.  Or, I watched it burn.

It’s sitting on the curb right now actually… there’s still time.  I could go out and save it, but I’m not going to.

It feels good.

A lobster sheds its skin.  So does a snake.  So does a photographer.

I noticed slides from a Golf Magazine assignment from a while ago.   I sucked.  It was to photograph Australian PGA Tour players Robert Allenby and Stuart Appleby.  I was probably 23 years old.  I remember it like it was yesterday.  Allenby and Appleby are best of friends.  They’re Australian and play on the PGA Tour together.  After their practice round at Bay Hill, I photographed them sitting in chairs alongside of the 18th hole.  My punk 23 year old ass said, ” the editors said you’re best friends, I need some funny photos of you two together”  Allenby responded, “we’re friends mate, not lovers.”

I only saved my favorites.

I’m growing as a photographer.   It’s time to let go of the past.  I saved my selects.  But the rest will be picked up in the trash pile tomorrow, before you read this.

I had several boxes sitting in a closet for 10 years.  Some were older.

I found (and kept) a cherished photo of myself and Golf Digest Senior Staff Photographer Stephen Szurley from the 1997 Doral Ryder Cup PGA Tournament.  After graduating from Hallmark Institute in 1996, I cold called the Golf Digest magazine in late 1996 and told them I was visiting a friend in Lakeland, Florida during the Florida PGA swing.  A gentleman answered, took my name and phone number, and said that if any of their photographers needed help, they’d contact me. I was 19.   I wasn’t expecting a phone call.  This was before cell phones.  The number I left him was for my parents.  While in Lakeland, my parents called me.  Said a Golf Digest photographer called, his name was Stephen “Girley, Murley, Zurly or Turly, and he needed a hand in Miami for the PGA tournament.”  I had the time of my life.  Not only did I see my first Canon 600 f4, but I carried it like my life depended on it for several days.  Tiger Woods’ caddy told me to be steady.  Mr. Szurley introduced me to his friends, including Jacueline Duvoisin, who really liked my name.

My stack of photos was like a diary.  Photos of Joe Paterno, Kerry Collins, motorcycle racing, fishing in Maine, July 4th fireworks in Philadelphia and field hockey at Princeton, just to name a few others.

You have a few hours to pick them up on the curb, if you’re interested!

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Lee Westwood

Lee WestwoodPGA Tour.  European Tour. Consistency. World Number 1. Japan Golf Tour.  Asian Tour.  Ryder Cup.  Sunshine Tour.  English. PGA Tour of Australasia.  Five top 3’s in Majors.  39 Wins.

I photographed Lee Westwood’s appearance on the Feherty Show in January, 2013.  The interview took place in the Old Palm Golf community in Palm Beach Gardens.  At the time of the interview, Westwood was listed as the seventh best golfer on the planet.

As you’ll see on the show, the interview location was quite spectacular.  It’s a few houses down from Westwood’s new home.  Westwood is a quiet family man.  He spoke softly and brought out his English sense of humor often.  He spoke of the near misses in tournaments, the wins and downward spiral Westwood was in from 2001 – 2003.  The interview lasted about 3 hours, then Westwood gave a tour of the home he and his wife are building in the a few doors down.  This was followed by giving Feherty a ride in Westwood’s two door Bentley coupe sports car to a horse stable 25 minutes away.

I was able to make portraits of Westwood in multiple locations, including the stables (stables) and with David Feherty.

I sincerely hope Westwood claims his first major of his career in 2013.  I know I’ll be rooting for him!

Tune into the Golf Channel!

Here’s a gallery of some of the photos I took during filming.

 

Michael Phelps

Michael Phelps for Golf Channel

Were you watching the 2012 Olympics too? After Michael Phelps won a record number of gold medals, a promo came on TV about him appearing on the next Hank Haney project on Golf Channel. A light bulb immediately went off.  I wanted to photograph Michael Phelps’ golf efforts.

I could only assume that the footage had not been created yet, given Michael’s Olympic schedule. I texted my Golf Channel contact and offered my photography services for the show. They would need behind the scenes pictures, portraits, show openers, end pages, etc. My text was acknowledged.

I got a text a few weeks later while I was on the 17th green at Sawgrass in Jacksonville. “What are you doing the month of October, and do you have your passport?” I responded that “this sounds interesting, I have my passport, and what’s up?”  She responded, “Phelps is going to Scotland, China and Vegas, more soon.”

I got pretty excited. When you’re a photographer, plans are created all the time. Throughout the years, I’ve learned not to share much information about exciting jobs because they change so much. Maybe they’re delayed or canceled entirely. Some of the common reasons are that the subject has changed plans, the client went with a different story or the budget. A good time to share info is after it actually happens!

I made it to one of those locations to photograph Michael, but didn’t need a passport. The video and stills for his show opener were done at TPC Las Vegas in late October.  The golf course was in great shape, and the views were fantastic.  Michael hit a bunch of golf balls on the range, chatted with the crew, hit some putts and delivered some lines for the show open.  We spent 2 hours with the greatest Olympian of all time.

I lit Michael for this portrait above with a Profoto 7B and medium soft box.  Michael was standing under a 10′ scrim to keep the sun off of him.  I had the lighting crew spin a HMI 5K around to give him the rim light.

Since I keep a portfolio on my phone, I was able to show Michael a picture from the first time I photographed him.  Athletes always seem to remember where and when a picture of themselves was taken.  He immediately zoomed into the goggles he posed with in the photo. He got the year correct, and I helped him with the location of the blue wall I used as a background at the Swimming Hall of Fame in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

I also photographed Michael’s appearance in the Sarasota, Florida area.  Michael played Laurel Oak Country Club on February 20, 2013, then went to the Orioles spring training camp on the following day.  Michael played 18 holes with Haney and a film crew.  The beautiful golf course was chosen because of its proximity to the Orioles camp, and its private facilities.

The Orioles welcomed Phelps and Haney with open arms the following day.  They took batting practice, got a tour of the facility, met with head coach Buck Showalter and signed autographs.  It’s always interesting to see a pro athlete signing an autograph for another pro athlete.  Late in the day at the Orioles camp, a clubhouse employee went up to see Phelps in a blue Speedo, and asked him to race in the pool.  It got quite a few laughs!

Here’s a gallery of my Michael Phelps images on GolfChannel.com.

Be sure to watch the Hank Haney Project with Michael Phelps on Golf Channel!

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Annoying Golf Partners!

18 Annoying Partners

I was contacted by Golf Digest staff members in mid 2011 to create humorous photos of annoying golf partners.  I was honored they thought of me.  I guess my narrated video of Golf Digest writer Matt Ginella retrieving golf balls from a water hazard during a PGA tournament finally paid off!  (You’ll have to ask me for that).

The staff and myself came up with 22 photo ideas for the first installment.  We picked them based on the humor, photography options and time restraints for each photo.  Some were pretty easy, like the ball retriever guy and the cigar guy… both of which were portrait by my father, Don Cyr!   Others weren’t so easy, such as the parking lot pro and cheater.  Lighting, luck and expressions paid a large part to the success of the photo.

I wasn’t dealing with real actors.  I was dealing with a bunch of hack golfer friends and family!  Especially funny were the four Orlando comedians that made an appearance.  Special thanks to Jason Hunter, Clay Robertson,Nick Pupo and  Mark “Jiggy“.  Many others helped me including Dennis Card, Rob Overall, Doug and Alex Climo, Casey Bourque, Dan Cook, Evan Hoffman, Octavian Cantilli, Tiffany Crystal, Paris Nichole, Nancy and John Smith,  Craig Kotilinek and especially Nick Dunleavy and Rio Pinar Golf Course in Orlando, Florida.

It’s now in its second year.  We added another 18 annoying golfers to the slideshow in January 2013.  The first slideshow got many millions of hits, so they decided to keep going!

If you’d like to add the photos to your golf or humor blog, please ask me for some photos to share.

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Larry Nelson

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I photographed Larry Nelson for his Golf Channel lesson show at the Nick Faldo Institute of Golf in Orlando, Florida on January 4 -5, 2013.  Mr. Nelson is a quiet man with a smooth swing.  It was a great privilege to photograph him.  Mr. Nelson was in the golf headlines a few weeks prior to us working with him, as he was passed by for the Ryder Cup captain position.

On camera, Mr. Nelson spoke of full swing fundamentals, good posture, swing tempo, driving accuracy, weight transfer, club distance and much more.  Head over to http://www.golfchannel.com to see videos on how you can improve your golf game.

Mr. Nelson appears on camera with Michael Breed, the 2012 PGA of America Teacher of the Year and host of “The Golf Fix”  and other shows on Golf Channel.

 

Joe Namath – Hank Haney

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I love working with the Golf Channel. I grew up in Maine and started playing golf when I was 10. Our high school golf team won 2 state championships. At one time, we won 50 straight matches. I assisted a Golf Digest photographer when I was 19. Golf is in my blood.

You lose most control when working with a film crew. The photographer is secondary. TV needs their shots first. However, the Golf Channel people recognize the importance of still images, and are wonderful to work with. The photos are used in the actual show, online and promoting the show.

We traveled down to the Breakers Rees Jones Golf Course in Palm Beach, Florida. Hank Haney worked with Joe Namath on the range and on the course. They worked on driving, chipping and putting. Haney loves to teach. Off camera, he was still giving lessons to Namath. During our lunch break, Haney went out to practice his chipping for a few extra minutes. No wonder he’s one of the best golf coaches in the world.

Speaking of lunch, the crew sat down at a round table with Mr. Namath and Mr. Haney in a private room at the golf course. Broadway Joe was kind enough to talk about his days playing football at Alabama and for the Jets. I find it crazy how someone can talk with vivid detail about events long ago. At one time, Mr. Namath was recalling scores, plays and what players were saying during a PRE season game! I usually can’t remember what happened yesterday. However, I will remember my photo shoot with Joe Namath & Hank Haney for many years to come.

Make sure to check out “The Big Miss” on Hank’s website and cool collectibles on Broadway Joe’s website!


Joe Namath – Hank Haney – Images by Cy Cyr

The Villages

In French, “The Villages” means “holy shit there’s a lot of golf.” Well, that didn’t make any sense at all, and either do the numbers at The Villages. Golf World contacted me about photographing golf there. It’s like telling someone to see all of Disney World in one day. It’s impossible.

It was great to team up with writer Leigh Montville. Especially since he’s a fellow Red Sox fan.

Montville wrote that there are currently 504 holes of golf. 10 Country clubs, seven with 27 holes, three with 18. 29 exucutive, nine hole courses. 2.5 million rounds played last year. 84 miles of fairway. 10,000 golfers per day. Montville and I sat down with Ken Creely, director of country-club operations.

I’ve never seen so many golf carts in my life. And, they’re all personalized. Fire trucks, corvettes, alumni colors, 18 wheelers, sound systems, blinkers, coolers, tassles, wooden interiors and other tricked out carts.

Contact me to see inquire about available images.


Golf World Villages – Images by Cy Cyr