This is what I’ve been asked a few times in the last few years after golf crowned a new major champion. So, I was curious too. Who have I photographed, and how did they do in major golf tournaments?
I trace this back to photographing Zach Johnson in early 2007. My assignment with Golf Digest was to photograph coach Mike Bender at his academy (at the time) at Timicuan Golf Course in Orlando. Who shows up? Zach Johnson, out of the blue. I think I googled him during a quick break in photography action. Zach made 3 birdies on the last 6 holes to win the Masters by two shots.
I also photographed Justin Rose in March 2007. I photographed him for an international newspaper at Lake Nona in Orlando. I took my brother along, who was in school to be a pilot. Justin didn’t win, but was high on the leader board for 4 straight days with winner Zach Johnson.
Charl Schwartzel in 2011 was the best. I assisted my photography idol Walter Iooss for a portrait shoot at Charl’s house in South Florida. We built a photo studio in his front yard, the neighbors must’ve wondered what the hell was going on. Charl was great, super nice guy. As we were leaving, I remember telling him “Hey Charl, why don’t you go out and win the Masters next month?” I think he responded with a “that would be nice” type of response. Walter then added that he’d take a photo of Charl and his wife hugging on the 18th green when he wins. Well, I’ll be damn….
In February 2014, I worked with Scotland’s Colin Montgomerie for two days at Gleneagles Golf Club in South Florida for Golf Channel. ”Monty” never won a major championship on the PGA Tour. However, in May he won the Senior PGA Championship by 4 shots over Tom Watson. And in July, he won the US Senior Open Championship in a playoff.
I photographed Jonas Blixt with Golf Channel’s Holly Sonders at TPC for her show Playing Lessons in March 2014. I told all my friends that if they went to Vegas, to put money on Jonas Blix to do well in the Masters. Nobody listened, because nobody knew Jonas Blixt. Blixt finished tied for second with Jordan Spieth to Bubba Watson’s victory.
This one is a stretch, but I photographed Martin Kaymer winning the Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass in May 2014. The following month, Kaymer won the US Open at Pinehurst by eight shots.
Next up in 2014 was Rory McIlroy. I photographed Rory in Florida in early June. Rory tied for 23rd at the US Open later that month, then Rory led the whole way at the Open Championship in July. And then won the Bridgestone. And then the PGA Championship.
I know I’m missing a few, but these are the most memorable occurrences.
Arnold Palmer hosted Peyton Manning in his Bay Hill office during the 2014 Arnold Palmer Invitational. Peyton was in town for an interview about Mr. Palmer’s famous autograph style. The interview aired on Golf Channel.
I love when my photos are displayed with great type, design and size! It was great to work with Tom Jackson at Core Golf Academy on photography for his website and marketing materials. And it was a pleasure to once again team up with designer Adrienne Sosbey.
Before this photo shoot, I had never photographed a golf academy. If I went to this academy full time instead of golfing in Maine 6 months out of the year growing up, I might be on the PGA Tour right now! Does it get any better than having Tiger Woods’ coach passing down his philosophies to your staff? I don’t thing so. (more…)
WOW. A silly little photo shoot turned into something bigger than we all expected. Thanks to (in order) Paulina Gretzky (photo by Walter Iooss) and Big Joe Ellicott, Casey Bourque, Jesse Dunbar, my brother Jeff Cyr, Ninja Federico Celano, Ernie Fairles, neighbor Bill Canavan and Mike Wieland!
I’d like to think that Big Joe Ellicott and Bill Canavan are some of the nations top models right now. They’re being called by the biggest ad agencies, companies and modeling agencies in the world. You’ll most likely see them in upcoming advertising campaigns for pants, sports bras, Gillette razors and Adidas shoes.
Thanks for Golf Channel for producing this amazing video!
Thanks to Walter Iooss, my photography idol and legend who photographed Ms. Gretzky for the cover of Golf Digest. I’ve assisted Walter dozens of times throughout the years and appreciate all the lessons. Walter has photographed the top international models in the last 40 years… and I failed miserably to follow in his footsteps.
We’d like to thank all our families and people enjoying this ride with us on social media. It’s great hearing from so many people! It all started with you. Three of us in the photo are originally from Biddeford, Maine. If you haven’t checked out the southern Maine coast, you should!
We’ll be rooting for Dustin Johnson to win The Masters!!!
Cy Cyr is a commercial and editorial photographer based in Florida. Contact him for your next project.
Special thanks to Holly from MyFox Orlando, who put on THE sports bra and pants and struck a pose! Thanks HOLLY!!!! FOX 35 News Orlando
Photographer Walter Iooss is my photography idol. His recent Paulina Gretzky golf cover sparked nationwide interest in Golf Digest this week. And well… I have a sense of humor and called a few friends.
Casey Bourque, my buddy since the age of 5, when we played hockey together in Biddeford, Maine. He played in the 2004 US Open at Shinnecock. Oh, and he won the Maine Amateur in 1995. Follow him on Twitter and check out his Orlando web design business.
Jesse Dunbar, an Orlando realtor that dropped by before his men’s hockey game. Follow him on Twitter.
Jeff Cyr, my brother. He’s a flight instructor and will get plucked up by the airlines within the next year… unless they see this. This is not his flight uniform. He’s not on Twitter or Facebook.
Federico. I don’t know him. He’s a ninja.
Ernie Fairles, originally from Canada, and a golf instructor. Ernie plays the drums and enjoys showing his fiancé jiu jitsu moves.
Gleneagles Country Club in Delray Beach, Florida provided the backdrop for Golf Channel’s Academy show featuring Scotland’s Colin Montgomerie. Filming took place on February 10th an 11th, 2014.
Before filming even started, it was cool to see the looks of the women participating in a cancer fundraiser at Gleneagles as Monty got on the microphone and wished them well and sent them off in their scramble.
I got the chance to make many portraits and action shots of Colin. In addition to filming segments on putting, short game and driving, he took part in a Ryder Cup interview that will be broadcast later this year.
The Golf Channel team busted out their 32 camera GoPro system. The results are here.
Colin entertained the crew for two days with his skills, British humor and personality. Be sure to check out the Colin Montgomerie specials on Golf Channel!
Click links at left to see other golfers I’ve photographed for Golf Channel, Yamaha, Mitsubishi and more.
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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!
The Merry Mex. SIX majors. Marine. Golf Hall of Fame. A rubber snake. Struck by lightning. 29 PGA tour wins. Yamaha Golf Car Lover!
We photographed Mr. Lee Trevino on December 15, 2013 at Reunion Golf Resort in Orlando for Yamaha. Even at 8am, this legend had our crew laughing. It didn’t hurt that we were also working with Adrienne Ferreira. Please, Google her.
We made pictures of Mr. Trevino for about 6 hours. We had multiple Profoto lighting setups and locations including 18th fairway, clubhouse, proshop, green screen and a private home. We were using the Yamaha fleet vehicle, personal, transportation and a refreshment car. Who the heck doesn’t like seeing that thing on the golf course!
It was also really interesting to hear Mr. Trevino work with a video crew for an hour. He spoke of his beloved Yamaha Golf Car he had for 22 years. It was unscripted and genuine. Yamaha probably doesn’t advise this, my Mr. Trevino said he never changed the oil, spark plugs or anything for that matter. You could tell he loved the product.
Yamaha is using the imagery on their website, advertising, brochures, collateral and more. Below is a website screenshot.
It was great seeing my work displayed at the 2014 PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Florida. Yamaha used 8 large prints high in the corners of the booth, four more large inside high, and dozens more inside the booth. What’s really wild is that Donald Trump showed up in the booth during Mr. Trevino’s appearance!
It was great to work with a health insurance company in early January 2014. The corporate event was held at the Swan and Dolphin hotel at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. I photographed meetings, portraits, speakers and stock photos the company will use for upcoming years. One of the guest speakers was the owner of an NFL team. It was very interesting to hear first hand stories about what it’s like to own a team.