Amateur car racing attracts an especially dedicated kind of individual. It's not cheap, it takes a lot of time, involves a fair amount of travel, has a very real risk of injury. All of that and the payoff is little more than a good time. Personally, I can understand the thrill of flogging a machine around a course while those all around you are doing the same. Perhaps in another life I could have been a racecar driver, but for now, photographing the sport is thrill enough.
A "Cinematic Pin" or "CinePin" for short is actually a series of photographs at high framerate that we make into a little movie. It sounds easier than it is...
This fall, Josh Lane, a film Director at Target reached out to me with a new and uncharted project. Pintrest had added a "video" option to their page, but it came with some tricky restrictions. We spent one afternoon testing our equipment options out to see which configuration of camera/lenses/settings would net the best outcome for this challenge.
Then we spent two days in the studio creating what you see here. It was challenging at times, but as such was a total blast, because our ideas worked! Check them out:
Director: Josh Lane
Producer: Alex Calingaert
DP: T.C. Worley
Gaffer: Jeff Fisher
Grip: Sev Perman , Gerhard Riauchtschnig
Art Director: Tony Vu
Prop Assist: Melissa Loop, Logan Ley
Wardrope: Amy Shelter
Manicurist: Heidi Semrau
PA: Amy Lovestrand, Jesse VanDenElzen
Talent: Shayla Weatherby, Blanca Schellsmidt, Lalita Zapata
Sometimes you have to experience something to care about it.
I spent 4 days in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area of northern Minnesota this November. I gathered with a few other outdoor journalists at the invite of Sportsmen for the Boundary Waters and BackCountry Hunters and Anglers. Both organizations exists to protect wild areas so that outdoorsy folk like myself can freely visit and enjoy them well into the future.
For full details of the trip, visit The Gear Junkie and view the article. In the meantime, enjoy these unpublished photos of the area:
Three things I love: Water, Canoes and photography. All these came together in one glorious week of shooting this summer! I was honored to be selected to shoot the 50th Anniversary campaign for We-no-nah Canoes and delighted to spend it all in/out of and near the water to make it happen.
This job was a mix of both still photos and video, so we had our hands full! We put in some long days to take advantage of both sunrise and sunset, but it was 100% worth it. Big thanks to my hustling team and all the talent that worked so hard for us!
As of right now the website is still under-construction and awaiting some updates, but it should be all polished up soon. 2017 paddling season can't come soon enough!
This Summmer I've been engaging in a personal project that I dreamt up sometime shortly after purchasing my business vehicle - a 2016 Dodge ProMaster Van. I realized that one of my favorite portrait lighting set-ups would actually fit inside my van and that I could feasibly make portraits anywhere I could drive my van. I got pretty excited about that!
People have really responded well to the images and many have tried to hire the #PortraitVan, as I began calling it. But, I didn't want it to be like a food truck for photography, I wanted it to be something more special and personal for me. If it became a job or work, I would not be as likely to want to do it. This idea and thus project really needed to stay about passion and excitement for making beautiful imagery. At this time, the project is at invite-only status.
The idea has evolved somewhat, and I have even had an opportunity to use the project as a vehicle (pun totally intended) for social change - or at least awareness. I visited the Standing Rock Reservation a few weeks ago to have a feet-on-the-ground look at what is happening out there. I was honored to be able to photograph a handful of American Native's while I was there and use the images to help spread the word about the injustices happening in North Dakota.
I don't know where the #PortraitVan will take myself or my work in the future, but I'm excited for new ideas and opportunities to pop up. To see all published #PortraitVan images, visit my stills portfolio page or search #PortraitVan on your social media outlets.
My super talented team and I got the pleasure of spending a fun-filled, if hard-working day at the Minnesota Zoo this Spring. Our objective was to create the latest and best-ever spot to show off the experiences that the Zoo offers.
Challenges: We had a single day to shoot this piece and the zoo was open for business the whole time! It was quite a day, but we got it done and are proud of the results.
Adventure Advertising and I assembled the following team of awesome people to get the job done:
Producer: Tanya Silver Director/DP: T.C. Worley 2nd Cam: Travis Higgins 1st AC: Brian Suerth Gaffer: Gerhardt Riatschnig Hair/Makeup: Ashlee Ellert Prep/Wardrobe: Julie Caruso PA: Ami Lovestrand
Post: Edit: Joseph McMahon Color: Nice Shoes / Oscar Oboza
Talent: Taous Claire and Liberty Felton
WolfTooth Components, a boutique maker of high-end cycling parts & accessories hired me to creat 2 films for them last fall. This is the first of 2.
Big ups to my crew and our hard-charging cyclist/model Jack Hinckens.
Director/DP: T.C. Worley
Editor: Joseph McMahon
Drone Op: Fresh Sights Media (Joe and Renee)
Assist Cam: Travis Higgins
Talent: Jack Hinckens
This Spring I traveled to Oahu for C4 Waterman to document their paddleboards for a refresh of the website and marketing for 2016.
Hawaii is such a gorgeous place, and with happy, beautiful people to photograph, we had a great week of shooting in the sunshine. Many thanks to my wonderful crew and to C4 for trusting me with this responsibility!
Genesis Archery, the youth division of Mathews Bows contacted me to create some branding material for a new bow model they have released. We spent a fine fall day in the outdoors fake deer hunting and practicing target archery. If you've got a teen or woman whose draw weight maxes out at 40lbs, this model would be a great fit. See the product page here: Genesis GenX
Male- Joshua Howe
Female- Tabby Marsh
Youth- Jack W.
This last October I partnered with American Ethanol (and agency: Fresh Produce) to direct and shoot three :30 spots. AE sponsors a good number of UFC fighters and I got to work with some of their more accomplished athletes.
Luke Rockhold (above) just clinched the UFC middleweight championship title in a very decisive win over his opponent. It was a bloody battle, not for the weak stomached!
Ryan Bader (below) is fighting later this month for his chance at the middle heavyweight champion spot. In short, these guys are no joke -- some of the best fighters in the world. It was an honor to work alongside them.
Challenges: We had VERY limited time with most of these athletes and were not able to choose specifics like time-of-day to shoot like we typically would. We also had several last minute location changes to juggle. My whole team was 100% engaged when it was time to shoot and we were able to get what we needed in minimal time. Big ups to them all!
My team and I shot these three pieces over 4 days in Santa Cruz, San Hose and Phoenix. From sunrise sessions on the beach to sunsets in the Arizona desert, we chased these guys around to show that much like you and I, we're all more than what we appear.
Daniel Cormier, (below) is an Olympic wrestler and current middle heavyweight champion.
These commercials are part of a bigger social media push from AE entitled #MoreThanAFuel. Dig around on social outlets if you're a UFC fan and I'm sure you'll see some fun stuff.