Banana George

"Banana" George Blair

“Banana” George Blair

Best nickname is sports.

I photographed  “Banana” George Blair for the first time when he was 90 years old in his Florida home.    Banana George was born on January 22, 1915.  He wore many hats, but to me will always be known as a barefoot waterskier.

Banana George and his wife JoAnne welcomed me into their home in 2005.  I set up a yellow background in their yellow garage after they pulled out their yellow car.  I had Mr. Blair put on a yellow suit, and he sat on a yellow chair.  After the shoot, Mr. Blair showed me his yellow boat garage, which was storing his yellow boat.  Waterski magazine published several photos from the shoot.

A few years later, I photographed Mr. Blair for Boating magazine.  They were doing a story about crazy people in the boating industry.  They featured Mr. Blair, well, because he was in his 90’s and still barefoot waterskiing!  I had Mr. Blair sit on a yellow chair, overlooking his yellow boat, yellow boathouse and yellow wind sock on the lake.  Since he was a barefooter, I had him take off his yellow shoes.  He was wearing yellow pants, yellow shirt, yellow hat and yellow tinted glasses!  He was also wearing a Mayor of Cypress Gardens button, yellow of course.  I lit the scene with a Profoto 7B and softbox.

I asked Mr. Blair for an estimate on how many bananas he thinks he’s eaten in his life.  He responded with 25,000.

That’s a lot of yellow.

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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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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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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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.

CC

PocketWizard

Special “THANK YOU” to PocketWizard for featuring me on their website blog and Facebook page on January 21, 2013!

I have been exclusively using PocketWizards for my entire career.

The assignment they wrote about was the Golf Digest “18 Annoying Golf Partners” assignment from 2012 and 2013.  We have now photographed 36 annoying golfers such as cigar guy, ball retriever guy, 4 foot gimme, crazy cart driver and many more.

Thanks for visiting, and check out the PocketWizard brand of radio transmitters!

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Larry Nelson

LarryNelson10 PGA Tour wins.  3 Majors. US Army Veteran. 3 time Ryder Cup player. 19 Champions Tour victories.  Elected to World Golf Hall of Fame in 2006.

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.

 

Gulf of Mexico Fishing

Gulf of Mexico Fishing

I traveled with Boating Magazine editor Robert Stephens from Orlando to New Orleans. We got off the plane and headed to Venice, Louisiana. Since we drove at night, we didn’t get to see much, but seeing the GPS, we knew the Mississippi River was by our side. And it’s shadow indicated it was at a higher level than the road we were on.

We met up with the Coastal Conservation Association members Tony Berrigan, Sam Elliot and Executive Director David Cresson. Their group tags and releases thousands of fish annually. When they’re caught again by sportsman weeks or even years down the road, the tag has a phone number to call to describe the current condition of the fish including size and weight.

Growing up in Maine, I had never boated on the Gulf of Mexico. When you leave the Mississippi River, and the gulf is flat, there are so many oil rigs and oil equipment, it looks like more land on the horizon. The view blew my mind. Tony, Sam and David were fantastic hosts. We learned a lot of about their conservation efforts and the massive group of members that care about the fisheries.

Keep up the good work gentleman!


Venice Fishing – Images by Cy Cyr

Arielle Metzger

Scholastic Books contacted me about photographing Arielle Metzger in Sanford, Florida. Arielle and her family were homeless, living in a converted van for many months before 20/20 featured them on their tv show. Through generous donations and community involvement, Arielle and her family have a place to call home. Here are my photos from the photo shoot:


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Mark Billingham

Mark Billingham for the Sunday Times

Mark Billingham for the Sunday Times

I was asked to make a portrait for the Sunday Times (London) of British crime writer Mark Billingham. Billingham has a vacation home in Sarasota, Florida for when he isn’t working in London. Excuse me… It’s a “Holiday” home. The Sunday Times editor sent me some great examples of past work for the Homes section, which I was working for. The magazine needed some portraits of Mark and his family and some interiors of the home.

I did some research for the photo shoot by visiting Mark’s website and finding the home on Google Maps.

I called Mark on the way down from Orlando to Sarasota. I left nice and early. We scheduled an 11am meeting at his home on Wednesday, July 25th. The Billingham’s couldn’t have been any more pleasant. I had to turn down multiple offers of tea. I felt bad, but I’ve never been a tea or coffee drinker.

Their home was beautifully decorated with a British and holiday theme. There were portraits of writers, the Queen, punk rockers and more. I loved the British flag over a couch and an antique sign they purchased at a yard sale over the master bed. They also had an older London subway map in the master bathroom. Claire, his wife, pointed out many decorations in the home including some Ringling Brothers art and statues of monks. Other things that caught my eye were a wooden chicken sitting atop the fireplace mantle, a colorful “Hamburgers, Ice Cream, Malts” sign and antique Pepsi memorabilia in the kitchen and a cow skull in the living room.

I asked Claire if it was weird having a photographer photograph every room in their home and she replied, “no, we’re used to it.” She even kicked her son out of his room so I could go in for a few minutes. (Sorry Jack!) I also asked Claire how many books Mark has sold. She didn’t know either, so she went to ask him. She returned and said “seven million.” I was really impressed with the figure, but Mark has another book coming out soon, and the number will rise.

Since I grew up in Maine, I brought up the only fiction crime writer I knew… Stephen King. I got the chance to photograph King before the start of a Rays and Red Sox game many years ago. King also has a home near the Billingham’s, and Claire said she’s seen him out and about a few times but has never said hello. (I’d love to get back to the Sarasota area to make a portrait of Mr. King! Hint Hint.)

I then made portraits with my Profoto 7B and Elinchrom Octobank of the family and Mark alone. We started in the kitchen, moved to the living area, then near the pool and finally in the front yard. We had a few wardrobe changes during the session much to Mark’s dismay. We also loosened up their French doors so they both open!

The clip is from the Sunday, August 5 edition of the Sunday Times in London, England.

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Centurion Boats

Bri Chmel for Centurion Boats

Bri Chmel for Centurion Boats

I recently traveled to Lake Las Vegas to photograph Centurion boats and their riders for editorial and commercial purposes. Although it was a lifestyle shoot, I took it upon myself to ask Centurion wake surfer Bri Chmel for a quick portrait session overlooking the lake. She happily accepted the offer.

I set up a Profoto 7B with a magnum reflector while Bri relaxed in the air conditioned rental car. It was so hot that I thought the rocks she’s standing on would’ve melted her feet. The harsh direct light of the magnum wasn’t ideal, but it was super windy on the hill and anything else would have blown away. I was alone with no sandbags, but Profoto came through again! We lucked out with some nice clouds and Bri and Centurion were excited with the results.

Check out Centurion Boats website. The photo is also featured on Bri’s website.

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Monarchy

It was one of the most bizarre assignments of my life. I was to meet members of the band Monarchy at their Orlando hotel to make portraits of them. At the time, nobody knew their identities, and it would stay that way. They arrived via car. They were wearing suits. And masks. It was awesome.

They chose to release an album in the central Florida area because of the space program in Cape Canaveral. They held a private concert the following night at an amphitheater on the space coast. It


Monarchy – Images by Cy Cyr

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

Mike Jacks, Coke Executive

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Modern Materials Handling contacted me about making a portrait of Logistics Systems Manager Mike Jacks in Coca-Cola’s Lakeland, Florida distribution center. Jacks is in charge of a VoIP system that Coke uses in their warehouses across the country. I’d explain what that is, but maybe you should google it.

My assistant and I scouted this gigantic warehouse before Mr. Jacks came in. Pallets and pallets of Coke products, stack high for as far as the eye can see. I got shot down on a few of my ideas because of safety reasons…”Can we lift Mr. Jacks in that hole up there between the Coke and Sprite pallets?” “Can Mr. Jacks sit on the forklift with a pallet of Coke?” No to both of those, but we were allowed to build our own set at ground level, so that’s what we did. I lit the scene with a Profoto 7B with an Elinchrom octobank. We had it ready for Mr. Jacks when he walked in, and were done in 20 minutes. We experimented with different brands, poses and props.

Just for the record, Mike was a great sport, and would have agreed to be lifted high among the pallets for a great photo. :)


Coke Cola Exec – Images by Cy Cyr

Clem Lucine

My job never sucks, but some days are better than others. Waterski Magazine called and asked if I was available to make portraits of world waterski champion Clem Lucine. I’ve photographed her before for the magazine, boxing with her friend Natalia Berdnikova.

This time was different. Lucine just scored 10,040 points in tricks, becoming the first woman to break the 10,000 mark. It also elevated the world overall record. We made some portraits where she trains and then went down the street, to photograph her with her Ski Nautique boat. We had a great two hours of shooting… dramatic clouds, high energy jumps and posed rope handles.

Clem was terrific to work with. Days after the shoot, she headed back to France for the winter and celebrated her achievements. Congratulations Clem!


Clem Lucine – Images by Cy Cyr

Maine Tuna

maine tuna fishing

My buddy Kyle is a fireman, EMT, electrical technician and tuna fisherman. He has a Maine fishing Charter based in Biddeford. The first time he took me tuna fishing, in 1999, we landed a 650 lb bluefin tuna. I say “we,” but I had no part of it. I was actually laying on the floor while Kyle shouted “Fish On”, sick of puking up cheerios. I’ll never forget the day. The fight lasted 1.5 hours. The boat traveled 1.5 miles during the fight. The fish almost didn’t fit through the “tuna door” on his boat. I took pictures the whole time. It was amazing. It was the first time I had sushi. A dealer came to the dock and prepared it for its immediate trip to Japan. I love hearing other peoples fishing stories. Little trout, salmon, bass, etc. I’ll whip out my phone and watch peoples jaw drop. They think the picture is photoshopped. It isn’t.

Kyle landed another Bluefin while I visited in 2010. I wasn’t on the boat this time, but I was pumped to meet him at the Biddeford Pool dock. And, I’m happy to say… it wasn’t as big as when I was on the boat… :) The link to those photos are below.

http://sportphotographer.photoshelter.com/gallery/maine-tuna-fishing/G0000iVwiFY8X3Uc

maine tuna fishing – 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

WWE’s John Cena at Daytona

Let me start off by saying John Cena is a class act. I had great access to his time at Daytona. I have pictures of him with Carl Edwards, Mitt Romney, military veterans, hospitalized children, Tony Stewart, Joey Logano, Rutledge Wood and many more. The guy loves his fans. He loves children. He makes a difference with his celebrity status. He signed a ton of autographs.

I didn’t know what to expect. I’ve been to a few NASCAR events. I’ve seen WWE on TV. Mix the two together and follow the WWE’s biggest star, and you have mayhem for 48 hours. Fans shouting, screaming, seeking autographs and pictures from all directions. The guy is a rock star. I photographed him being interview, press appearances and at the drivers meeting.

Cena was supposed to wave the green flag to start the Daytona 500, but weather didn’t allow that to happen. I photographed the Daytona Driver’s meeting right before race time, then sat in the infield for a while, hoping the rain would stop. The rain and forecast only got worse. I never got a photo of John waving the green flag, because it never happened. It was a dull finish to my damn exciting time with John and his staff.


CENA DAYTONA – Images by Cy Cyr

Cigarette Boat out of a helicopter

“Can you photograph a 39′ Cigarette boat off of Miami in 3 days?” I responded, “absolutely.” And then fear set in, mostly because I’m scared of heights, and I’ve never been in a helicopter before. Photographing a boat from a helicopter is one of the coolest things I’ve ever done. I highly suggest contacting helicopter pilot Trish at Florida Coast to Coast Helicopters. She put me at ease. And she didn’t make me feel like a giant pussy. Trish pointed out some of the highlights along the way down to Key Biscayne Bay.

Doing circles around a speed boat going 80 mph with a helicopter may be normal for some, but it was a little nerve racking for me. Our helicopter was a Robinson 44, a four seater. Orlando videographer Craig Kotilinek also made the trip with me. He has great footage of the Cigarette boat.


12132011_PMYCYR – Images by Cy Cyr

Here’s a link to some out takes while cruising around South Florida in a Robinson 44.


South Florida Aerials – Images by Cy Cyr

Florida Photographer

I didn’t start out in Florida, but I now call it home. I’ve been living in Orlando since 2001. I moved for the sports, weather, friends and opportunity. Florida has been very good to me. I’ve worked at a World Series, Super Bowl, NCAA, PGA and LPGA events. I’ve photographed a swimsuit edition for Boating Magazine in Fort Myers and Destin, Florida. I’ve been down to Key Largo to photograph a solar powered boat. I’ve covered PGA Tour events in Miami, Orlando and Ponte Vedra Beach. NASCAR events in Homestead and Daytona Beach. Waterskiing and wakeboarding take place throughout Florida.

Maine Magazine

maine magazine lobster woman cover by Cy Cyr

I photographed Melanie Kratovil in the summer of 2011 on board the boat “West Wind.” The boat is a working lobster boat, moored in Biddeford Pool, Maine. It’s owned by the hard working, fearless Randy Desmarais. Randy has been a lobsterman since the age of 9. He is friends with Kyle, my buddy since childhood. Kyle has a Maine fishing charter. Kyle organized my photo shoot on the West Wind so my girlfriend and I could experience a few hours on a lobsterboat.

I brought my profoto 7B, and a medium softbox. Before we went in for the day, I asked Randy to pull the boat in front of the Wood Island Lighthouse, off the coast of Biddeford. We shot some pictures of them on the back of the boat, then near the cockpit. I really liked the photos, and quickly shared them with Randy and Melanie.

A whole winter went by when Melanie contacted me about Maine Magazine representatives seeing the photo on her Facebook account, and being interested in using a photo from that day as their next cover. I uploaded a few images to photoshelter so the editors could preview a few photos. I always had a hunch someone would appreciate the pictures, and was excited to see them land on a great Maine magazine.

Jimmie Johnson

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I was pumped to be contacted by Jimmie Johnson’s Autumn Games representatives about making the cover portraits of his video game, “Anything with an Engine.” The photos were taken in July 2011, at a private airplane hangar in Daytona Beach while Jimmie was in town for a NASCAR race. Helping me with the shoot was buddy Mark Ashman and Orlando make up artist Gina Lamm with About Face Design Team.

Jimmie was super interested in the look of the video game and our photos. He was very hands on, and even provided some art direction. He gave us plenty of time to make a full range of portraits. It was an absolute pleasure to work with him.

We lit Jimmie on a white background with Profoto lights and an Elinchrom octobank. Because of the hot July weather, we brought in an additional commercial A/C unit to cool the hangar.

The owner of the hangar had the initials “C.Y.” This was also the start of his N-Number of his Lear Jet parked 40 feet away. I asked him to take it for a spin, but he kindly turned me down.

Brittany Lincicome for Kate Lord

brittany lincicome for kate lord

I was excited when Kate Lord / Ahead representatives contacted me about making portraits of LPGA Tour golfer Brittany Lincicome for their advertising. Attached is a screen shot from the Kate Lord website, featuring my photo. I photographed Brittany at Grand Cypress Golf Club in Orlando on the Tuesday before her tournament. I used my Profoto 7B and Elinchrom octobank. Brittany was a pleasure to work with, and tied for 21st in the tournament.


11162011_Lincicome – Images by Cy Cyr

July 4 Fireworks

I have crazy neighbors. I didn’t expect to see commercial grade fireworks being lit on my residential street in Orlando, Florida. It’s usually a quiet neighborhood, but heading outside on a July 4th sounds like a war zone. So what would any photographer do? Grab a camera of course!


July 4 Fireworks – Images by Cy Cyr

18 Annoying Golfers

golf digest_18 annoying golferSometimes you’re a perfect fit for a job. This is one of those assignments. Golf Digest came to me with an idea to showcase the 18 people that annoy you while playing golf. For example, the cell phone guy, ball retriever guy, over celebrator and more.

Rio Pinar, an Orlando golf course, was our gracious host for the day.

11212011_AnnyoingGolf – Images by Cy Cyr

NBAA

I love working with Aviation International News. They’ve sent me to Geneva, Switzerland, Las Vegas, Houston, Orlando and Atlanta. It’s my job to photograph the CEO’s of business jet manufacturers such as Gulfstream, Falcon Daussalt, Airbus, Boeing, Honda, Cessna and many others.

I’ve had the opportunity to photograph pilots Harrison Ford, Fig Newton, Randy Babbitt, Sean Tucker and more.

NBAA Pilot roundtable

Mercedes

Mercedes Benz Golf Tournament at Pinehurst

I was honored to be asked back to Pinehurst, North Carolina to cover a Mercedes Benz amateur golf tournament. The regional tournament winners moved on to a national tournament in August, Georgia. Mercedes knows how to put on a great weekend. Guests are treated to golf, food, celebrities, comedians and musical acts. The cars on display throughout the resort are absolutely beautiful.

Mercedes Benz Golf Tournament at Pinehurst

Shaq for Dove

Shaquille O’Neal is the biggest and nicest humans I’ve come across. I photographed Shaq on a green screen in his garage while a film crew was producing ads for the 2012 March Madness. The production crew and I pulled into Shaq’s Orlando mansion at 7am. A green screen was erected, lights put in place and then showtime. After reading lines and freestyling for a few hours, the production took pictures with Shaq. He also signed a few autographs.

Shaq told me about a few cameras and lenses he owns. I didn’t know he was a camera buff.

Shaquille O'Neal for Dove Men + Care

Shaquille O’Neal for Dove Men + Care

Cancer Today

I was contacted by Cancer Today Magazine to photograph Tampa resident Bob Samuels at his home for their Summer 2012 cover. Samuels is many things. Banker. Veteran. Cancer survivor. Chairman of National Prostate Cancer Coalition. Father. Husband. Author. Pioneer. Advocate.

Tampa photographer Edward Linsimer helped me set up Mr. Samuels portrait on his front porch, then his back patio. We took notice of Mr. Samuels pictures with politician, leaders, businessmen and celebrities. One thing that caught my eye was Mr. Samuels Olympic torch that he carried before the 2002 Olympic Games. It was in Salt Lake City that year. I got goose bumps when he allowed me to pick it up.

Mr. Samuels and his wife Lillie later posed together for a portrait on their back porch. We had a great photo shoot. It was an honor to spend a few hours with Mr. Samuels.

Portrait of Bob Samuels for the cover of Cancer Today Magazine.

CERN

A few years ago, I had the opportunity to photograph the EBACE show in Geneva, Switzerland for Aviation International News. I didn’t think much of it then, but writers and editors suggested we go drive by CERN in a nearby town. CERN is the European Organization for Nuclear Research. To read more about CERN, click here. I was simply happy to snap a quick camera phone photo during a rainy visit at night.

Cern at night, in the rain