I recently had the opportunity to photograph projected 2018 1st round NBA draft pick, Anfernee Simons for SLAM Magazine. I met up with with Anfernee down in Bradenton, FL at the IMG Academy. Anfernee recently declared he is foregoing his NCAA eligibility to go straight into the pros. Simons was a humble and easy to work with. In about 90 minutes, we were able to shoot quite a few different scenes. Check out some of the images!
I have been loving the opportunities to shoot for SLAM magazine. I grew up playing basketball so now being able to photograph some of the top players in the nation is pretty rad. Darius Garland was a blast to photograph up in Brentwood, TN which is just south of Nashville. Darius was a super funny kid and kept the shoot pretty lighthearted. He is committed to play at Vanderbilt this fall. I went out on a limb during the shoot to try something new. I had my assistant John Mofield paint Darius with a red gelled flashlight while I dragged the shutter on the camera and popped the strobes at the end of the shot to freeze him. We didn't have much time to play around with it so I only had a few chances with it. I was super excited to see that the magazine liked it enough to use in print. Let me know what you think.
Nassir Little is a top 10 recruit from Orlando Christian Prep who is committed to play at the University of North Carolina. I was given the assignment to photograph the 6'7" basketball standout at his high school in Orlando. We needed to shoot some portraits in his uniform and some with street clothes on outside of the gym. My assistant, David Cooke, and I arrived early to scout where we could shoot outside the gym. We found a couple spots that worked. One was a small playground just off of the back of the gym that had some swings on artificial grass and the other was what appeared to be an alley way with a staircase right off of the side of the gym. What can I tell you about Nassir other than basketball stats you can search on google? Super nice kid, funny hearing myself say that because he towers over me, down to earth, a little quiet but has a big laugh. He took direction well and seemed to have fun while we were shooting.
I was recently commissioned to travel over to Alabama and jump on board a shrimping boat to spend the day shooting photos out on Mobile Bay. I got to spend the day with Captain Sidney Schwartz of the Capt. Sid along with deckhands Mike Cheatwood and Kenny Krause.
I had an absolute blast shooting Florida State's Heisman candidate running back, Dalvin Cook #4, and thier freak sophomore safety, Derwin James #3 for ESPN The Magazine's 2016 College Preview Issue. My crew (assistants Patrick Coughlin & Ryan Willaims, producer Stephanie Boerjan) and I departed Pensacola at 4am to make it to FSU by 8am. We are CST in Pensacola so we lose an hour driving east on I-10. The early travel was well worth the trip. Derwin and Dalvin were amazing to work with and really brought some great energy to the set. Best of luck to this season guys!
Thank you Jason Potterson for the assignment. Also, thank you to Zach Stipe, Christa Salerno, Billy Clark & Maxo Jean at FSU for helping make our shoot go so smooth.
Here are a few behind the scenes photos from the shoot.