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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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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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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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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Head on over to GolfChannel.com to see the rest of my images!

Playing Lesson
Ian Poulter victory

Ian Poulter

holly sonders, golf channel

holly sonders

Holly Sonders smiling

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.

Follow Christina Kim on Twitter and Instagram @THECHRISTINAKIM

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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.

Shaquille O'Neal

Shaquille O’Neal

Shaquille O'Neal

The first time I met Shaquille O’Neal was while assisting a photographer for Sports Illustrated many years ago.  We rolled up to Shaq’s front door in the exclusive gated community of Islesworth in Orlando, Florida, and the big man himself answered the door.  He was massive.  Shaking his hand was like holding a box of tissues.

I had just watched the MTV Cribs episode that features his massive home featuring a basketball court, insanely deep swimming pool, lake home, cars and staff.

The last time I photographed Shaq was for the 2012 March Madness advertisements for Dove Men + Care.  A production company filmed him on a green screen in his garage, and I was the set photographer.   Shaq shared early life stories from growing up, and his time at LSU.  The pictures I made that day ended up being displayed millions of times when people logged into their March Madness bracket choices.

After the green screen, Shaq took us to his three story closet.  Yes, you read that correct.  His closet is three stories.  Above, Shaq exited the closet wearing his favorite outfit.

It was great to photograph the big man, and I hope to do it again soon.

Shaq for Dove Men + Care

Carter Oosterhouse

Carter OosterhouseI got a call to be the still photographer on the HGTV show “Million Dollar Rooms” hosted by Carter Oosterhouse in Geneva, Florida.

The Danville Bed and Breakfast in Geneva, Florida hosted the show and featured their airplane hangar, city, pub, runway, entertainment center, movie screen, planes, cars, photo booth and massive garage door.  Here’s a video teaser of the show on Youtube.

The ladies at Danville were excited to learn that none other than Carter Oosterhouse would be hosting a show at their place.  Sally Bush guided Oosterhouse across the properties many features.  Property owner “Mayor” Dan Shaw took Oosterhouse for a ride in a Piper J3 and also fired assault rifles on the property.

Everyone had a great time on the shoot!  Check out the show!

Best DSLR Camera

best dslr cameraBeing a photographer, I get asked all the time, “What’s the best dslr camera I should buy?”

I never give a specific answer.  I only ask questions.

How much do you want to spend?

Do you realize how big and bulky a DSLR is compared to a point and shoot?

What do you want to photograph with this new camera?

Budget is a big topic when it comes to purchasing your DSLR.  You need to consider the actual camera body, a lens or two, flash, compact flash or SD cards, a bag to carry it all, tripod, and extra storage on your home computer or external drive.  Another thing to consider is depreciation.  Cameras these days are like cars or computers, they will not hold their value.  As soon as you drive if off the lot, it’s worth less.  Professional DSLR’s can reach $7000 and entry level cameras start at $500. A dslr camera that I purchased for $4600 in 2009 is now worth about $1400 in 2013.

If you’re looking to make most of your pictures outside, in bright daylight, then a camera kit is probably a good option.  Kits come with “slow” lenses, with a maximum aperture of 4.5 or 5.6.  If you’d like to make some pictures inside a darker room, for example a recital or sports game, you need a faster aperture, such as 2.8, 2 or 1.8.  A great lens is a 50mm 1.8.  It’s fast and affordable.

There are many great entry level DSLR cameras out there to fit any budget.  I tell friends to visit their favorite big box retail store to experience different cameras.  Some may feel great in your hands, but the buttons don’t make any sense.  Or vice versa.  It’s a personal preference.  I can tell you that the new dslr cameras these days are so good, that an amateur photographer won’t notice the small nuances in megapixels, speed or image quality.

Once you’ve been in the big box stores and have decided on a camera, double check with the online retailers.  One of my favorites is http://www.samys.com in Los Angeles.  I also like http://www.bhphotovideo.com.   Sometimes a store like Walmart, Target or Costco will have the best deal.

Good luck!

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Orlando Videographer

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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