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Steve Monroe, World Long Drive,

Steve “The Predator” Monroe

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

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

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

 

Steve Monroe, World Long Drive,

Steve “The Predator” Monroe

 

Ian Woosnam

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

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

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

Paulina Gretzky Cover Spoof

Gretzky Boys

Gretzky Boys

Gretzky Boys

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

I’d like to thank:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Colin Montgomerie

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

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

Here is Colin’s official website.

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

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

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

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

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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

Arnold Palmer photographer

Arnold Palmer and photographer Cy Cyr

 

 

Lee Trevino for Yamaha

Lee Trevino for Yamaha

Lee Trevino for Yamaha

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank You YAMAHA!

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Lee Trevino for Yamaha

Lee Trevino for Yamaha

 

PGA SHOW 2014

PGA SHOW 2014

 

Lee Trevino and Donald Trump

Lee Trevino and Donald Trump

 

2014 Yamaha at PGA Show

2014 Yamaha at PGA Show

Lee Trevino and photographer Cy Cyr

Lee Trevino and photographer Cy Cyr

2013 Photography

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Henrik Stenson

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

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

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

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Henrick Stenson

Henrik Stenson

Johnny Miller

Johnny Miller

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

Merion

Merion Hole 13

Merion Hole 13

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

 

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Rickie Fowler

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rickie Fowler

 

Rickie Fowler InstagramMedalist Golf Club

Medalist Golf Club

Rickie Fowler and Holly Sonders

Rickie Fowler and Holly Sonders

Rickie Fowler and Holly Sonders

Rickie Fowler and Holly Sonders

Rickie Fowler and Holly Sonders

Rickie Fowler and Holly Sonders

Rickie Fowler and Holly Sonders

Rickie Fowler and Holly Sonders

Rickie Fowler and Holly Sonders

Rickie Fowler and Holly Sonders

Rickie Fowler and Holly Sonders

Rickie Fowler and Holly Sonders

Rickie Fowler

Rickie Fowler

Rickie Fowler wedge

Rickie Fowler

Rickie Fowler

Rickie Fowler

Rickie Fowler

Rickie Fowler

 

Rickie Fowler

Rickie Fowler

David Feherty

David Feherty

David Feherty

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

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

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

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

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

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

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James Patterson

James Patterson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

James Patterson Sunday Times

 

 

Lauren Thompson

Lauren Thompson

Lauren Thompson

I first met Orlando model Lauren Thompson around 2005, a few years after moving to Orlando, Florida.  The photos we took back then were for her website.  Fast forward eight years.  In the words of Lebron James, Lauren and I “took our talents” to Golf Channel.  She’s one of the hosts of Morning Drive, Top Ten and Golf Now.

When Lauren needed photos for her upcoming website, she gave me a call.  We met at Windermere Country Club at sunrise.  Windermere CC is a beautiful track, just  a short drive from downtown Orlando or the attractions.  They also have a great staff and teaching facility.

Lauren’s makeup artist friend Summer joined us in creating the images you see.  I had seen Summer’s name and photos for years here in Orlando, and it was finally nice to meet her!

We immediately went to the 18th hole, where a lone tree grows from a water hazard.  The sun was rising and the fog on the water looked fantastic.  I built my Profoto 7B with an Elinchrom 6′ octabank, and went to work.  Working with Lauren is a photographers dream.  There’s no coaching necessary.

We went to another hole for a different look, loverlooking water.  Lauren changed in a gorgeous white dress, which you don’t see on the golf course everyday.  I love the images we created.  A simple white reflector was used for the backlit photos.  I wonder if she got those green golf grips for the Masters???

We ended the photo session by having Lauren take some golf swings around the green and in the sand trap.

You can also see one of the photos in action on Lauren’s Twitter page.  Make sure to follow her!

Congratulations to Lauren on all her successes, and tune into Golf Channel to see her live!

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Cy Cyr is an Orlando based editorial, commercial and celebrity photographer.  His work can be found at Golf Channel, Disney, Golf Digest, Siemens, Autumn Games and many more. In 2011 he created a sports photography agency.  Follow him on Twitter or Facebook or Instagram.

Lauren Thompson

Lauren Thompson

 

Lauren Thompson

 

Lauren Thompson

Holly Sonders

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Playing Lesson
Ian Poulter victory

Ian Poulter

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holly sonders

Holly Sonders smiling

Holly Sonders Golf Channel

Raymond Floyd

Raymond Floyd

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

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

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

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

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

Ian Poulter

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

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

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

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

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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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Annoying Golf Partners!

18 Annoying Partners

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

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

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

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

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

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Larry Nelson

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.

 

Joe Namath – Hank Haney

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

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

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

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

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


Joe Namath – Hank Haney – Images by Cy Cyr

The Villages

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

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

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

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

Contact me to see inquire about available images.


Golf World Villages – Images by Cy Cyr

Brittany Lincicome for Kate Lord

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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