Brad Smith, the former director of photography at Sports Illustrated, says, “Photo shoot is Latin for “‘problem.’” Problems are relative, of course, but there is something about a photo shoot that seems to generate more than its fair share of hurdles to clear. Overcoming those problems can be one of the most satisfying parts of creating photographs—especially when you’re working with more than 70 of the world’s best athletes at the MLB All-Star Game.
Whether on skis, at the gym, or in the studio, Lindsey Vonn is hard-wired to work at the highest level. She’s an Olympic gold medalist, the women’s record holder for World Cup victories, and she is one of the most naturally beautiful women I’ve ever photographed.
You never know how a day of photography is going to turn out. Some projects can be one challenge after another, while others proceed without a hitch. One thing you never expect is a day of photography that ends with someone almost dying.
Football players are built differently than the rest of us. They’re taller, they’re wider, and some of them weigh as much as three cheerleaders. But what happens when you have to include 19 of these big men in the same frame for a Sports Illustrated magazine shoot?
With just the mildest case of failing vision, one could easily mistake David Ortiz for a bowling ball with an icebox underneath for support. The Red Sox designated hitter is 6’4″ and 250 pounds, but he seems much more grande than that. And he is. Not just when he’s in front of the camera, but […]
There’s no way to imagine what it must be like to have so many devoted followers waiting for you to say something. But, if you’re Justin Bieber, that’s exactly what he experiences each time he has something he wants to share with his fans on Twitter. All 29 Million of them. The first time I […]