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Sandra Gal LPGA

Sandra Gal and Holly Sonders

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

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

Follow Sandra on Twitter @TheSandraGal and Instagram @sandygal007

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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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!

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Dan Hicks recording audio.

Dan Hicks, NBC

Dan Hicks

Dan Hicks

Rickie Fowler

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rickie Fowler

 

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Rickie Fowler and Holly Sonders

Rickie Fowler and Holly Sonders

Rickie Fowler and Holly Sonders

Rickie Fowler and Holly Sonders

Rickie Fowler and Holly Sonders

Rickie Fowler and Holly Sonders

Rickie Fowler and Holly Sonders

Rickie Fowler and Holly Sonders

Rickie Fowler and Holly Sonders

Rickie Fowler and Holly Sonders

Rickie Fowler and Holly Sonders

Rickie Fowler and Holly Sonders

Rickie Fowler

Rickie Fowler

Rickie Fowler wedge

Rickie Fowler

Rickie Fowler

Rickie Fowler

Rickie Fowler

Rickie Fowler

 

Rickie Fowler

Rickie Fowler

David Feherty

David Feherty

David Feherty

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Lauren Thompson

Lauren Thompson

Lauren Thompson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lauren Thompson

Lauren Thompson

 

Lauren Thompson

 

Lauren Thompson

Holly Sonders

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

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

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

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

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

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

Follow photographer Cy Cyr on Twitter and Instagram @sportsphotographer .  Contact Cy to inquire about your next photography project.

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

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Christina Kim

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Follow Christina Kim on Twitter and Instagram @THECHRISTINAKIM

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Raymond Floyd

Raymond Floyd

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

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

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

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

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

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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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

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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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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.