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Ian Woosnam

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

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

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
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.

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

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John Galloway, Hard Rock International

John Galloway, Hard Rock International

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.

Here’s a link to a Tampa Bay Times article written by Sean Daly about the place.

Hard Rock Vault

John Galloway, Hard Rock International

John Galloway, Hard Rock International

 

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

David Feherty

David Feherty

David Feherty

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

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

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

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

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

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

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James Patterson

James Patterson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

James Patterson Sunday Times

 

 

Middle Market Growth

Middle Market GrowthI photographed PNC’s Scott Wall at a studio in downtown Orlando.   Scott is Vice President, Corporate & Institutional Banking, PNC Financial Services Group and president of ACG Orlando.

It was a great situation for a photographer.  All I had to do for this quick studio shoot was bring my cameras.  The lights were already up in this rental studio and mostly set in place.  I tweaked the Alien Bee’s for a few minutes before Scott showed up, and I had him out of there in 45 minutes.

I was happy when Scott came in with a lot of energy and excitement for this photo shoot.   Middle Market Growth magazine used 5 of my photos to go along with a Q&A from Scott.

Middle Market Growth

 

 

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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Holly Sonders Golf Channel

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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Carter Oosterhouse

Carter OosterhouseI 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!

Lee Westwood

Lee WestwoodPGA Tour.  European Tour. Consistency. World Number 1. Japan Golf Tour.  Asian Tour.  Ryder Cup.  Sunshine Tour.  English. PGA Tour of Australasia.  Five top 3’s in Majors.  39 Wins.

I photographed Lee Westwood’s appearance on the Feherty Show in January, 2013.  The interview took place in the Old Palm Golf community in Palm Beach Gardens.  At the time of the interview, Westwood was listed as the seventh best golfer on the planet.

As you’ll see on the show, the interview location was quite spectacular.  It’s a few houses down from Westwood’s new home.  Westwood is a quiet family man.  He spoke softly and brought out his English sense of humor often.  He spoke of the near misses in tournaments, the wins and downward spiral Westwood was in from 2001 – 2003.  The interview lasted about 3 hours, then Westwood gave a tour of the home he and his wife are building in the a few doors down.  This was followed by giving Feherty a ride in Westwood’s two door Bentley coupe sports car to a horse stable 25 minutes away.

I was able to make portraits of Westwood in multiple locations, including the stables (stables) and with David Feherty.

I sincerely hope Westwood claims his first major of his career in 2013.  I know I’ll be rooting for him!

Tune into the Golf Channel!

Here’s a gallery of some of the photos I took during filming.

 

Michael Phelps

Michael Phelps for Golf Channel

Were you watching the 2012 Olympics too? After Michael Phelps won a record number of gold medals, a promo came on TV about him appearing on the next Hank Haney project on Golf Channel. A light bulb immediately went off.  I wanted to photograph Michael Phelps’ golf efforts.

I could only assume that the footage had not been created yet, given Michael’s Olympic schedule. I texted my Golf Channel contact and offered my photography services for the show. They would need behind the scenes pictures, portraits, show openers, end pages, etc. My text was acknowledged.

I got a text a few weeks later while I was on the 17th green at Sawgrass in Jacksonville. “What are you doing the month of October, and do you have your passport?” I responded that “this sounds interesting, I have my passport, and what’s up?”  She responded, “Phelps is going to Scotland, China and Vegas, more soon.”

I got pretty excited. When you’re a photographer, plans are created all the time. Throughout the years, I’ve learned not to share much information about exciting jobs because they change so much. Maybe they’re delayed or canceled entirely. Some of the common reasons are that the subject has changed plans, the client went with a different story or the budget. A good time to share info is after it actually happens!

I made it to one of those locations to photograph Michael, but didn’t need a passport. The video and stills for his show opener were done at TPC Las Vegas in late October.  The golf course was in great shape, and the views were fantastic.  Michael hit a bunch of golf balls on the range, chatted with the crew, hit some putts and delivered some lines for the show open.  We spent 2 hours with the greatest Olympian of all time.

I lit Michael for this portrait above with a Profoto 7B and medium soft box.  Michael was standing under a 10′ scrim to keep the sun off of him.  I had the lighting crew spin a HMI 5K around to give him the rim light.

Since I keep a portfolio on my phone, I was able to show Michael a picture from the first time I photographed him.  Athletes always seem to remember where and when a picture of themselves was taken.  He immediately zoomed into the goggles he posed with in the photo. He got the year correct, and I helped him with the location of the blue wall I used as a background at the Swimming Hall of Fame in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

I also photographed Michael’s appearance in the Sarasota, Florida area.  Michael played Laurel Oak Country Club on February 20, 2013, then went to the Orioles spring training camp on the following day.  Michael played 18 holes with Haney and a film crew.  The beautiful golf course was chosen because of its proximity to the Orioles camp, and its private facilities.

The Orioles welcomed Phelps and Haney with open arms the following day.  They took batting practice, got a tour of the facility, met with head coach Buck Showalter and signed autographs.  It’s always interesting to see a pro athlete signing an autograph for another pro athlete.  Late in the day at the Orioles camp, a clubhouse employee went up to see Phelps in a blue Speedo, and asked him to race in the pool.  It got quite a few laughs!

Here’s a gallery of my Michael Phelps images on GolfChannel.com.

Be sure to watch the Hank Haney Project with Michael Phelps on Golf Channel!

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Arielle Metzger

Scholastic Books contacted me about photographing Arielle Metzger in Sanford, Florida. Arielle and her family were homeless, living in a converted van for many months before 20/20 featured them on their tv show. Through generous donations and community involvement, Arielle and her family have a place to call home. Here are my photos from the photo shoot:


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Centurion Boats

Bri Chmel for Centurion Boats

Bri Chmel for Centurion Boats

I recently traveled to Lake Las Vegas to photograph Centurion boats and their riders for editorial and commercial purposes. Although it was a lifestyle shoot, I took it upon myself to ask Centurion wake surfer Bri Chmel for a quick portrait session overlooking the lake. She happily accepted the offer.

I set up a Profoto 7B with a magnum reflector while Bri relaxed in the air conditioned rental car. It was so hot that I thought the rocks she’s standing on would’ve melted her feet. The harsh direct light of the magnum wasn’t ideal, but it was super windy on the hill and anything else would have blown away. I was alone with no sandbags, but Profoto came through again! We lucked out with some nice clouds and Bri and Centurion were excited with the results.

Check out Centurion Boats website. The photo is also featured on Bri’s website.

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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

Mike Jacks, Coke Executive

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Modern Materials Handling contacted me about making a portrait of Logistics Systems Manager Mike Jacks in Coca-Cola’s Lakeland, Florida distribution center. Jacks is in charge of a VoIP system that Coke uses in their warehouses across the country. I’d explain what that is, but maybe you should google it.

My assistant and I scouted this gigantic warehouse before Mr. Jacks came in. Pallets and pallets of Coke products, stack high for as far as the eye can see. I got shot down on a few of my ideas because of safety reasons…”Can we lift Mr. Jacks in that hole up there between the Coke and Sprite pallets?” “Can Mr. Jacks sit on the forklift with a pallet of Coke?” No to both of those, but we were allowed to build our own set at ground level, so that’s what we did. I lit the scene with a Profoto 7B with an Elinchrom octobank. We had it ready for Mr. Jacks when he walked in, and were done in 20 minutes. We experimented with different brands, poses and props.

Just for the record, Mike was a great sport, and would have agreed to be lifted high among the pallets for a great photo. :)


Coke Cola Exec – Images by Cy Cyr

Clem Lucine

My job never sucks, but some days are better than others. Waterski Magazine called and asked if I was available to make portraits of world waterski champion Clem Lucine. I’ve photographed her before for the magazine, boxing with her friend Natalia Berdnikova.

This time was different. Lucine just scored 10,040 points in tricks, becoming the first woman to break the 10,000 mark. It also elevated the world overall record. We made some portraits where she trains and then went down the street, to photograph her with her Ski Nautique boat. We had a great two hours of shooting… dramatic clouds, high energy jumps and posed rope handles.

Clem was terrific to work with. Days after the shoot, she headed back to France for the winter and celebrated her achievements. Congratulations Clem!


Clem Lucine – Images by Cy Cyr

The Villages

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

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

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

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

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Golf World Villages – Images by Cy Cyr

Jimmie Johnson

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I was pumped to be contacted by Jimmie Johnson’s Autumn Games representatives about making the cover portraits of his video game, “Anything with an Engine.” The photos were taken in July 2011, at a private airplane hangar in Daytona Beach while Jimmie was in town for a NASCAR race. Helping me with the shoot was buddy Mark Ashman and Orlando make up artist Gina Lamm with About Face Design Team.

Jimmie was super interested in the look of the video game and our photos. He was very hands on, and even provided some art direction. He gave us plenty of time to make a full range of portraits. It was an absolute pleasure to work with him.

We lit Jimmie on a white background with Profoto lights and an Elinchrom octobank. Because of the hot July weather, we brought in an additional commercial A/C unit to cool the hangar.

The owner of the hangar had the initials “C.Y.” This was also the start of his N-Number of his Lear Jet parked 40 feet away. I asked him to take it for a spin, but he kindly turned me down.

Brittany Lincicome for Kate Lord

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I was excited when Kate Lord / Ahead representatives contacted me about making portraits of LPGA Tour golfer Brittany Lincicome for their advertising. Attached is a screen shot from the Kate Lord website, featuring my photo. I photographed Brittany at Grand Cypress Golf Club in Orlando on the Tuesday before her tournament. I used my Profoto 7B and Elinchrom octobank. Brittany was a pleasure to work with, and tied for 21st in the tournament.


11162011_Lincicome – Images by Cy Cyr

Cancer Today

I was contacted by Cancer Today Magazine to photograph Tampa resident Bob Samuels at his home for their Summer 2012 cover. Samuels is many things. Banker. Veteran. Cancer survivor. Chairman of National Prostate Cancer Coalition. Father. Husband. Author. Pioneer. Advocate.

Tampa photographer Edward Linsimer helped me set up Mr. Samuels portrait on his front porch, then his back patio. We took notice of Mr. Samuels pictures with politician, leaders, businessmen and celebrities. One thing that caught my eye was Mr. Samuels Olympic torch that he carried before the 2002 Olympic Games. It was in Salt Lake City that year. I got goose bumps when he allowed me to pick it up.

Mr. Samuels and his wife Lillie later posed together for a portrait on their back porch. We had a great photo shoot. It was an honor to spend a few hours with Mr. Samuels.

Portrait of Bob Samuels for the cover of Cancer Today Magazine.