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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.

Follow Robert Irvine on Twitter.

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Follow Cy Cyr on Twitter.  He is an advertising and editorial photographer based in Florida.

Banana George

"Banana" George Blair

“Banana” George Blair

Best nickname is sports.

I photographed  “Banana” George Blair for the first time when he was 90 years old in his Florida home.    Banana George was born on January 22, 1915.  He wore many hats, but to me will always be known as a barefoot waterskier.

Banana George and his wife JoAnne welcomed me into their home in 2005.  I set up a yellow background in their yellow garage after they pulled out their yellow car.  I had Mr. Blair put on a yellow suit, and he sat on a yellow chair.  After the shoot, Mr. Blair showed me his yellow boat garage, which was storing his yellow boat.  Waterski magazine published several photos from the shoot.

A few years later, I photographed Mr. Blair for Boating magazine.  They were doing a story about crazy people in the boating industry.  They featured Mr. Blair, well, because he was in his 90’s and still barefoot waterskiing!  I had Mr. Blair sit on a yellow chair, overlooking his yellow boat, yellow boathouse and yellow wind sock on the lake.  Since he was a barefooter, I had him take off his yellow shoes.  He was wearing yellow pants, yellow shirt, yellow hat and yellow tinted glasses!  He was also wearing a Mayor of Cypress Gardens button, yellow of course.  I lit the scene with a Profoto 7B and softbox.

I asked Mr. Blair for an estimate on how many bananas he thinks he’s eaten in his life.  He responded with 25,000.

That’s a lot of yellow.