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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.

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

Sarasota Florida

Sarasota Florida

Sarasota Florida

Sarasota Florida

Beach and ocean goers were in for a real thrill on August of 2014 as a dolphin made several jumps out of the water not far from shore.  This photo was taken from the fifth floor of the Lido Beach Resort in Sarasota, Florida on the Gulf of Mexico.

Lightning and the Milky Way in Sarasota, Florida

Lightning and the Milky Way in Sarasota, Florida

A lighting storm in the Gulf of Mexico can be seen under the Milky Way.

 

 

 

 

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.

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arnold palmer and peyton manning

Peyton Manning with Arnold Palmer at Bay Hill

arnold palmer and peyton manning

arnold palmer and peyton manning

Golf photographer Cy Cyr documented Peyton Manning with Arnold Palmer 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.

 

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

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.

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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

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Arnold Palmer and photographer Cy Cyr

 

 

Corporate Event

It was great to work with a health insurance company in early January 2014. The corporate event was held at the Swan and Dolphin hotel at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. I photographed meetings, portraits, speakers and stock photos the company will use for upcoming years. One of the guest speakers was the owner of an NFL team. It was very interesting to hear first hand stories about what it’s like to own a team.

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

Political Photography

Last year while rebuilding a different website, I added “Political Photography” to our portrait categories.  Upon launching the website, I was immediately called by a firm in Washington, DC about my services.  But before I even worked the first one, the would be client referred me to another firm in DC.  Because of the scheduling, I ended up working the referral first.

It was great to work with the candidates on their marketing strategy.  I photographed young and old, nearby in Orlando, Deltona, Daytona, Palm Beach, Miami and far away in Pennsylvania.  I photographed candidates ranging from state senators to legislators to commissioners.  I recently found out that my personal win-loss record was really good!

The photo shoots consist of the candidates appearing with supporters.  They’re usually engaged in conversation, listening and the center of attention.  It’s my job to make them look good.  Their hair, clothing and make up.  I find nice pleasing backgrounds to don’t take away from the subject.  Sometimes I’ll light them up with my Profoto 7B, or simply use a bounce card.  I bring the same visual approach as when working with celebrities and business people.

I like to use the word “approachable” while working with politicians.  Often, it works so well, that random people on the streets come up and ask what we’re doing.  We recently were approached by a man opening a business nearby.  “What are you guys taking pictures for?”  Someone responded “this young lady is running for XYZ.”  Well, he then wanted to be in some photos, was willing to sign a model release and we made it happen.  That’s happens a lot.

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Natallia Rodrigues

Natallia Rodrigues

Natallia Rodrigues

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I got a call from a photo agency in California asking me to work with a beautiful Brazilian actress at a few Orlando locations in August 2013 for the Brazilian magazine Quem.  The magazine had set up times and locations to meet up with Disney media relations cast members at the Magic Kingdom and at the Mall of Millennia.

I met Natallia Rodrigues at the Hilton at Bonnet Creek, just outside of Disney property.  Quem writer Giulianna Campos was also there to lead the way, and provided great artistic direction.  Since I knew that Portuguese was the primary language of Brazil, I also asked my friend Jason Crane to come along.  Jason travels to Brazil for work as a real estate agent, and has picked up the language.

Two Disney shuttles escorted us to the Magic Kingdom, where Natallia spent some private time with Mickey Mouse!  Next was a quick stop at Gaston’s Tavern for LeFou’s Brew, a frozen apple drink.  We then rode a few rides, including Goofy’s Barnstormer Roller Coaster, Mad Tea Party and Dumbo.  The Disney safety team had a special harness for me to wear, so my cameras wouldn’t go flying on any of the rides we went on.

We then traveled to the Mall of Millenia in Orlando, where Natallia shopped at Carmen Steffens for shoes and purses.

Natallia loved her visit, and even went back to Disney the following day… without me.  :(  She loves the photo app Instagram, and posted several photos during our day.

I had a great day with Natallia and wish her the best!

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Natallia Rodrigues

Natallia Rodrigues

Natallia Rodrigues

Natallia Rodrigues

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

Vacation Photographer

I just read an article about families hiring professional photographers to go on vacation with them.  How fun!  Please add me into the mix of this exciting spin off of travel photography.

It makes perfect sense for any family to make this investment.  A photographer’s job is to capture action and events as they happen and smiling faces enjoying family time together.  Great photographers are also able to compose portraits at any given location under any lighting conditions.  And just admit it, your previous vacation photos stink.  It’s OK, there’s help on the way.    You’re not in them, Timmy’s head is cut off, there’s limbs missing, the flash is so bright Jenny looks like an alien, red eye and a whole host of problems.  Oh sure you got one good one from the 3000 you took, congratulations!

I can picture traveling with my canon cameras, underwater housing, apple computer and profoto lighting onto a private jet or yacht and working hard with a family that appreciates the talents of a professional photographer.  I’d expect no set hours, a lot of fun, great scenery and being treated like family.  I’d like to think I’d be a fly on the wall in great locations such as Caribbean, Europe, South America, Bora Bora, Alps or an African safari!

I’d treat your family vacation like I’d treat one of my assignments for Golf Channel, HGTV, Discovery Channel, Golf Magazine, or the many number of clients I’ve gained in my 17 years of photography.

I’ve already been in helicopters, planes, million dollar boats, celebrity homes, exclusive resorts and more.  I’ve worked with Shaq, Bobby Flay, author James Patterson, Jimmie Johnson, Arnold Palmer, Michael Phelps,  billionaires Sol Kerzner and Sam Zell, chef Robert Irvine and a whole list of pro golfers.  I’d fit right in!  Come on, take me!  And yes, I have my passport.  And yes, I’m used to non-disclosure agreements.

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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

 

 

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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Holly Sonders Golf Channel

Miguel Cotto

Miguel Cotto

Miguel Cotto

18 Annoying Golfers, 2012 18 Annoying Golfers, 2012I don’t photograph much boxing, but Miguel Cotto is a beast.  I watched the guy jump rope for an hour.  He climbed a rope to the ceiling from a seated position.  He threw jabs for 30 minutes.  He brought his own music.

Cotto was training for a WBA light-middleweight fight against Austin Trout at Madison Square Garden in NYC.  Cotto ended up losing the battle, his second consecutive loss.  The other was against Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

Cotto has 37 wins (30 KO’s) and 4 losses in his career.  He is a Puerto Rican and four time world champion in three divisions including light welterweight, welterweight and light middleweight.

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!

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.

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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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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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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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.

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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:


12302011_Metzger – 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

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