Congratulations to Matt Every, back to back winner of the 2014 & 2015 Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando, Florida.
I was able to make a few photos of Matt warming up on the range with golf coach Sean Foley on Sunday, March 22, 2015.
The Secret Life of Cart Girls was published in the April issue of Golf Digest Magazine. It involves many of my friends including models Tiffany and Dan. Thankfully, comedians Nick Pupo and Jason Hunter also joined in the fun and provided many laughs throughout the day at Rio Pinar in Orlando.
The story can be found here: http://www.golfdigest.com/magazine/2015-04/the-secret-life-of-cart-girls
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Here’s a screen shot from golfdigest.com to promote the story:
WOW. A silly little photo shoot turned into something bigger than we all expected. Thanks to (in order) Paulina Gretzky (photo by Walter Iooss) and Big Joe Ellicott, Casey Bourque, Jesse Dunbar, my brother Jeff Cyr, Ninja Federico Celano, Ernie Fairles, neighbor Bill Canavan and Mike Wieland!
I’d like to think that Big Joe Ellicott and Bill Canavan are some of the nations top models right now. They’re being called by the biggest ad agencies, companies and modeling agencies in the world. You’ll most likely see them in upcoming advertising campaigns for pants, sports bras, Gillette razors and Adidas shoes.
Thanks for Golf Channel for producing this amazing video!
Thanks to Walter Iooss, my photography idol and legend who photographed Ms. Gretzky for the cover of Golf Digest. I’ve assisted Walter dozens of times throughout the years and appreciate all the lessons. Walter has photographed the top international models in the last 40 years… and I failed miserably to follow in his footsteps.
We’d like to thank all our families and people enjoying this ride with us on social media. It’s great hearing from so many people! It all started with you. Three of us in the photo are originally from Biddeford, Maine. If you haven’t checked out the southern Maine coast, you should!
We’ll be rooting for Dustin Johnson to win The Masters!!!
Cy Cyr is a commercial and editorial photographer based in Florida. Contact him for your next project.
Special thanks to Holly from MyFox Orlando, who put on THE sports bra and pants and struck a pose! Thanks HOLLY!!!!
FOX 35 News Orlando
Thanks to Carson Daly and the Today Show! http://www.today.com/id/54896097/displaymode/1283/for/facebookvideo/
Thanks to Diane McInerney at Inside Edition http://www.insideedition.com/entertainment/8087-golf-digest-cover-spawns-spoofs
Thanks to USA Today, one of the first to share the photo! http://ftw.usatoday.com/2014/04/middle-aged-men-recreated-paulina-gretzkys-golf-digest-cover-and-the-results-are-hilarious/
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!
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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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.
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.
Contact Cy about your next family vacation!
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!
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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Head on over to GolfChannel.com to see the rest of my images!
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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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.
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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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!
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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