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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.

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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

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

 

 

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

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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Robert Irvine

Robert Irvine

Robert Irvine

Restaurant Impossible:  Hard ass.  Jerk.  Harsh.  Abrasive.

Not the Robert Irvine I met….  I got a call to photograph celebrity chef Robert Irvine for a New York magazine.  The Grand Bohemian hotel in Celebration, Florida would be the location for the photo shoot.  The magazine asked for a portrait of Irvine and his beautiful bride Gail Kim.  Irvine’s two daughters were also a part of the photo shoot.  Irvine couldn’t have been any nicer.  He’s a true pro in front of the camera.  He made my photo shoot very fun and brought a lot of energy.

We created some photos in the kitchen of the Grand Bohemian, and then we went outside to the Bohemian’s balcony overlooking the water.  The magazine story had to do with their recent marriage and relationship.  They couldn’t have been any cuter together.

I lit the scene with a Profoto 7b and beauty dish.  With all the highly reflective stainless steel in the kitchen, it’s best the keep your light source on the smaller side.

Irvine is the host of Restaurant Impossible on the Food Network.

I had a blast photographing Irvine and his family, and hope to visit his restaurants in the near future.

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Lauren Thompson

Lauren Thompson

Lauren Thompson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lauren Thompson

Lauren Thompson

 

Lauren Thompson

 

Lauren Thompson

Holly Sonders

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Playing Lesson
Ian Poulter victory

Ian Poulter

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holly sonders

Holly Sonders smiling

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.

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.

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Shaquille O'Neal

Shaquille O’Neal

Shaquille O'Neal

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

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

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

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

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

Shaq for Dove Men + Care

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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A Fresh Start

Stephen Szurley, Golf Digest MagazineA new beginning.  A fresh start.  Out with the old.  In with the new.

You’ve heard the sayings…  I have too.  I didn’t know what it meant until I burned or trashed photos from the 2001 Super Bowl that I photographed in Tampa.  The spring training baseball games I photographed in Lakeland, Tampa and Kissimmee for a stock agency, for free…  The PGA Tournaments in Orlando.  The Orlando Magic games I photographed.  The Footvolley event I photographed in Miami for ESPN the Magazine.  The outdoor bowling I photographed in the Villages for Sports Illustrated.  Stock golf photos of my buddy Casey Bourque.  A waterskiing event in Orlando.   A women’s soccer match in Philly with Brandi Chastain and Mia Hamm.  Bucs Games.  Eddie Adams Workshop. slides.

I threw it out.  Or, I watched it burn.

It’s sitting on the curb right now actually… there’s still time.  I could go out and save it, but I’m not going to.

It feels good.

A lobster sheds its skin.  So does a snake.  So does a photographer.

I noticed slides from a Golf Magazine assignment from a while ago.   I sucked.  It was to photograph Australian PGA Tour players Robert Allenby and Stuart Appleby.  I was probably 23 years old.  I remember it like it was yesterday.  Allenby and Appleby are best of friends.  They’re Australian and play on the PGA Tour together.  After their practice round at Bay Hill, I photographed them sitting in chairs alongside of the 18th hole.  My punk 23 year old ass said, ” the editors said you’re best friends, I need some funny photos of you two together”  Allenby responded, “we’re friends mate, not lovers.”

I only saved my favorites.

I’m growing as a photographer.   It’s time to let go of the past.  I saved my selects.  But the rest will be picked up in the trash pile tomorrow, before you read this.

I had several boxes sitting in a closet for 10 years.  Some were older.

I found (and kept) a cherished photo of myself and Golf Digest Senior Staff Photographer Stephen Szurley from the 1997 Doral Ryder Cup PGA Tournament.  After graduating from Hallmark Institute in 1996, I cold called the Golf Digest magazine in late 1996 and told them I was visiting a friend in Lakeland, Florida during the Florida PGA swing.  A gentleman answered, took my name and phone number, and said that if any of their photographers needed help, they’d contact me. I was 19.   I wasn’t expecting a phone call.  This was before cell phones.  The number I left him was for my parents.  While in Lakeland, my parents called me.  Said a Golf Digest photographer called, his name was Stephen “Girley, Murley, Zurly or Turly, and he needed a hand in Miami for the PGA tournament.”  I had the time of my life.  Not only did I see my first Canon 600 f4, but I carried it like my life depended on it for several days.  Tiger Woods’ caddy told me to be steady.  Mr. Szurley introduced me to his friends, including Jacueline Duvoisin, who really liked my name.

My stack of photos was like a diary.  Photos of Joe Paterno, Kerry Collins, motorcycle racing, fishing in Maine, July 4th fireworks in Philadelphia and field hockey at Princeton, just to name a few others.

You have a few hours to pick them up on the curb, if you’re interested!

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PocketWizard

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

I have been exclusively using PocketWizards for my entire career.

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

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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.

 

Monarchy

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

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


Monarchy – Images by Cy Cyr

July 4 Fireworks

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


July 4 Fireworks – Images by Cy Cyr

18 Annoying Golfers

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

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

11212011_AnnyoingGolf – Images by Cy Cyr

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