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.
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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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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I got an email on April 4, 2013 to photograph John Galloway, Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Hard Rock. I brought along my assistant Craig to the Hard Rock Vault, a warehouse in Orlando with an incredible amount of rock and roll history. Craig and I set up a Profoto 7B near a wall of guitars. Not just any guitars, but those belonging to rock Gods.
We were to create portraits for the cover and inside of Direct Marketing News magazine.
We noticed outfits, drums, paintings, guitars, toys, autographs, speakers, props, documents, cases and many other instruments from rock and roll’s greatest names such as The Who, Elvis Presley, Eric Clapton, Poison, Eagles, Prince, Oasis, Beatles, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Roy Orbison and Pink Floyd. Artifacts make a stop in the vault before heading out to Hard Rock’s locations worldwide.
Craig and I spent an incredible two hours in the warehouse. It’s location will remain a secret as it’s not open to the public.
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.
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.”
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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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!
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.
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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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.
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.
I got a call to be the still photographer on the HGTV show “Million Dollar Rooms” hosted by Carter Oosterhouse in Geneva, Florida.
The Danville Bed and Breakfast in Geneva, Florida hosted the show and featured their airplane hangar, city, pub, runway, entertainment center, movie screen, planes, cars, photo booth and massive garage door. Here’s a video teaser of the show on Youtube.
The ladies at Danville were excited to learn that none other than Carter Oosterhouse would be hosting a show at their place. Sally Bush guided Oosterhouse across the properties many features. Property owner “Mayor” Dan Shaw took Oosterhouse for a ride in a Piper J3 and also fired assault rifles on the property.
Everyone had a great time on the shoot! Check out the show!
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.
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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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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!
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Here’s a gallery of some of the photos I took during filming.
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.
Special “THANK YOU” to PocketWizard for featuring me on their website blog and Facebook page on January 21, 2013!
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The assignment they wrote about was the Golf Digest “18 Annoying Golf Partners” assignment from 2012 and 2013. We have now photographed 36 annoying golfers such as cigar guy, ball retriever guy, 4 foot gimme, crazy cart driver and many more.
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