When I saw an email sitting in my inbox from Wonderful Machine that Anastasia Pleasant, a photo producer/editor for SI, was in need of an image of a high school football player, I was ecstatic about the opportunity. With the help of friend, Sara Papantonio, I got in touch with Gulf Breeze High School senior Xan Sarra that night and organized the shoot for the next day. Xan, who is a wide receiver for the Gulf Breeze Dolphins, was a great athlete to work with and took direction very well.
After the shoot, I was honored to find out that SI is using my shot on the cover of this advertorial brochure that they are going to distribute nationally to High School football programs across the country.
You can learn more about Sports Illustrated and Powerade's program, Underdogs, by visiting http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/specials/underdogs/ and viewing the stories.
And here are a few behind the scenes shots that Xan's mom, Michelle Sarra took while she was watching the shoot.
Me spraying down Xan with a nice mix of water and glycerine.
Me lying down on the job.
Me dusting off my football skills and trying to show Xan a thing or two.