Last year while rebuilding a different website, I added “Political Photography” to our portrait categories. Upon launching the website, I was immediately called by a firm in Washington, DC about my services. But before I even worked the first one, the would be client referred me to another firm in DC. Because of the scheduling, I ended up working the referral first.
It was great to work with the candidates on their marketing strategy. I photographed young and old, nearby in Orlando, Deltona, Daytona, Palm Beach, Miami and far away in Pennsylvania. I photographed candidates ranging from state senators to legislators to commissioners. I recently found out that my personal win-loss record was really good!
The photo shoots consist of the candidates appearing with supporters. They’re usually engaged in conversation, listening and the center of attention. It’s my job to make them look good. Their hair, clothing and make up. I find nice pleasing backgrounds to don’t take away from the subject. Sometimes I’ll light them up with my Profoto 7B, or simply use a bounce card. I bring the same visual approach as when working with celebrities and business people.
I like to use the word “approachable” while working with politicians. Often, it works so well, that random people on the streets come up and ask what we’re doing. We recently were approached by a man opening a business nearby. ”What are you guys taking pictures for?” Someone responded “this young lady is running for XYZ.” Well, he then wanted to be in some photos, was willing to sign a model release and we made it happen. That’s happens a lot.
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I photographed Henrik Stenson at Lake Nona Golf Club in Orlando, Florida on April 30, 2009. After we got a few photos on the 18th green, we headed back to the clubhouse. When I spotted a Tiger headcover on a golf bag, he gave me this pose.
Stenson couldn’t have been any nicer. He gave me plenty of time to make a portrait for The Times in London. Henrik grew up in Sweden.
Stenson won the Deutsche Bank on September 2, 2013 to take the FedEx point lead over Tiger Woods.
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.
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!
I got an assignment to photograph Golf Channel talent at the TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach in 2012. After photographing Sir Nick Faldo in the booth on the 18th hole, he left for lunch. Knowing he wasn’t going to walk a mile to the lunch tent, I asked him if I could hop on his cart for a quick photo op. He was funny driving through the crowds, saying things like “foreign driver coming through!”
With nine PGA Tour wins and 30 European Tour wins, Sir Nick Faldo had a lot of success during his golf career. But he seems to be enjoying his down time now that he is an analyst of the sport he once played.
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While home in Biddeford, Maine in early August 2013, I headed to the Fortunes Rock Beach area to shoot some night exposures of the Milky Way. I chose the beach because of its optimum viewing area and minimum light pollution.
I brought along my Canon 5D Mark III. My exposure settings were 1600 iso, 30 second shutter speed and my aperture was f2.8 with a 16-35mm lens set at 16mm. The photo was taken at 9:59pm.
I brought the raw photo into Digital Photo Professional for color correction and to tweak the exposure and sharpness. No colors were added to the photo.
Upon closer review, you can notice a few satellites and planes flying. The small waves in the photo are blurry due to the long exposure. There also appears to be a sand castle in the lower left hand of the frame.
The Milky Way is visible to the naked eye in the dark areas of southern Maine. Get your camera and tripod out and make some photos!
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Take a cruise around my website. I’m a photographer with Golf Channel, Golf Digest and many magazines.
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 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.
I got the opportunity to photograph Merion Golf Club on April 21-23 for Golf Channel’s live coverage. Many of the course photos I took will be used for an animated teaser for their shows. I was also able to capture a photo of each golf hole and the clubhouse, trophy room, locker rom, plaques and signage.
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.
I just read an article about families hiring professional photographers to go on vacation with them. How fun! Please add me into the mix of this exciting spin off of travel photography.
It makes perfect sense for any family to make this investment. A photographer’s job is to capture action and events as they happen and smiling faces enjoying family time together. Great photographers are also able to compose portraits at any given location under any lighting conditions. And just admit it, your previous vacation photos stink. It’s OK, there’s help on the way. You’re not in them, Timmy’s head is cut off, there’s limbs missing, the flash is so bright Jenny looks like an alien, red eye and a whole host of problems. Oh sure you got one good one from the 3000 you took, congratulations!
I can picture traveling with my canon cameras, underwater housing, apple computer and profoto lighting onto a private jet or yacht and working hard with a family that appreciates the talents of a professional photographer. I’d expect no set hours, a lot of fun, great scenery and being treated like family. I’d like to think I’d be a fly on the wall in great locations such as Caribbean, Europe, South America, Bora Bora, Alps or an African safari!
I’d treat your family vacation like I’d treat one of my assignments for Golf Channel, HGTV, Discovery Channel, Golf Magazine, or the many number of clients I’ve gained in my 17 years of photography.
I’ve already been in helicopters, planes, million dollar boats, celebrity homes, exclusive resorts and more. I’ve worked with Shaq, Bobby Flay, author James Patterson, Jimmie Johnson, Arnold Palmer, Michael Phelps, billionaires Sol Kerzner and Sam Zell, chef Robert Irvine and a whole list of pro golfers. I’d fit right in! Come on, take me! And yes, I have my passport. And yes, I’m used to non-disclosure agreements.