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!
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.