Champion Boxers

 

I recently had the opportunity to photograph Regis Prograis, a local welterweight on his way to the US Olympic trials this year held in Mobile, AL. A few years ago I had the pleasure to photograph Juan “Baby Bull” Diaz for the same editorial client at the same gym here in Houston. Just as the last time, everyone was incredibly nice at the Savannah Boxing Club. As a throwback to my first shoot there, I made the same lighting setup for Prograis. Prograis and his people were easy to get along with and we all had a great time.

Big Oil CEO

In celebration of BP finally slowing down the oil leak into the gulf I thought I’d post this portrait of Rex W. Tillerson, chairman and CEO of ExxonMobil Corporation, that I took a few months back. Tillerson was in town to speak at a luncheon at the Hilton Hotel Americas┬áin downtown Houston. I was able to pull him aside as he left and took these two portraits in 30 seconds. No exaggeration. Working with very little time I decided to use the giant floor to ceiling windows outside of the ballroom where Tillerson spoke as my light source. I also really liked the slanting columns in the background as the angles draw the viewers eye to the subject. When photographing CEOs or celebrities it is very important to be respectful of their time. While I would have preferred to shoot a little longer and work the angles a little better, there just wasn’t time. As it was, the editors (my clients), were very happy with my take for the day.

Flashes of Hope

I recently finished a project for Flashes of Hope, a national non-profit organization that provides “uplifting portraits of children fighting cancer and other life threatening illnesses” to the families of the patients. I became involved with Flashes of Hope through my local ASMP. The shoot itself went very smoothly. We photographed 12 families in one morning, including one from Scotland and one from Nepal.

Flashes of Hope also provides a makeup artist for the patients and families which is really nice for kids going through chemo and parents who haven’t had a full night’s sleep in days. Well, ok, so the guys could have done without it but women always love a free session from a professional makeup artist.

The Flashes of Hope representative and hospital staff said afterward that everyone there had a great time. Even the teenagers I photographed enjoyed the experience! Wow, I wouldn’t have guessed that one. I had a blast. My sense of humor couldn’t resist bringing a pair of high-brow disguise glasses. I went into the shoot hoping I could get at least one kid to wear them, but it turned out that almost everyone wanted to pose in the goofy glasses. I really enjoyed working with the kids and families, I hope they enjoy the prints from Flashes of Hope.

Flashes of Hope

Flashes of Hope

Flashes of Hope

Flashes of Hope