Another years slides by and it’s time to take a look back. What a great year for us! The business is growing and the gigs are getting better. I am getting pretty good at this video stuff. In fact, we are going to really push it in 2015. We did some traveling. Went on 2 vacations! What? I not only got to nick a few things off the bucket list, I was able to see and visit one of the my top things, the Eiffel Tower. My parents hit a couple of big milestones, my Pop’s turned 70 and they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary! I caught a new species of fish on the fly, a snook. We are all healthy, the dogs are all great and life is good. More of the same please for 2015!I wish everyone a great and happy 2015!
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I got a call from a new client,The Hollywood Reporter about photographing someone for their Next Gen feature. It’s a look at the up and coming who’s who in Hollywood. They had shot all but one person in a large shoot in LA. My guy, Isaacc Klausner was here in NC shooting a movie and couldn’t get back to the shoot. So our shoot was on, then it was off, then it was back on! Such is your schedule when dealing with Hollywood producers! I met Isaac on the set of Paper Towns, I was set up and ready to go. On a side note, I have been working on movies sets this year since we joined the Cinematographers Union, Local 600, as a Unit Stills Photographer and it was awesome to so many people I knew working! We hit it off and he couldn’t have been a nicer guy. So nice in fact, that I received an email from him after the issue came out thanking me for such a nice portrait and that his mother particularly loved it! I wish Isaac the best of luck in what I am sure will be a stellar career! – pt
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Last night Peyton Manning broke the all time passing touchdown record with 510 TD passes! I watched it as did millions of other people.
I thought back to May of 1998, Orlando Florida. The NFL had brought the rookie class down to show them off to the media. I was working with Allsport ( now Getty Images ) and we had set up about 4 or 5 photo stations for the rookies to come thru. There was a lot of other media there too, the AP, all the card companies ( it was 1998 ) etc. We had a shot set up on the field with large cushions that the rookies would be diving onto, a locker room shot, etc. Just trying to get as many different looks as we could. I set up in large room and my style was to be a more dramatically lit shot. My station was the last shot of the day for the guys. The started rolling thru, a pretty good crowd of rookies including Andre Wadsworth, Jacquez Green, Takeo Spikes, Tim Dwight, Tony Simmons, Jason Peter, Ryan Leaf and Peyton Manning. The guys were all really cool and fun until Ryan Leaf came in. He couldn’t have been more difficult to work with and still stands as one of my worst shoots ever. Peyton came last and couldn’t have been a better dude. We took a lot of photos and chatted and had a blast. I wished him a great season and that was that. As he was leaving he remembered that he had brought along an autographed photo of his dad, in case anyone wanted to photograph him with it. Um, yes, yes Peyton I do. We took a couple of more shots and he then said, ‘Hey, would you like this photo?” Again, um, yes, yes Peyton I would!
Congratulations to Peyton Manning!
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Today is Tear Sheet Thursday!
I did a shoot for Adweek at Boxman Studios of their CEO David Campbell here in Charlotte. Boxman Studios does some amazing things with shipping containers. That’s it, thetas what they do! They build pop up lounges and stores and interactive displays for clients like Samsung, Nike and Hyundai. Some of them electricity, plumbing charging stations, etc. Of course all of this stuff also means that some of them have bars built into them! I enjoyed seeing the warehouse where all the magic takes place and all the containers in the different a stages of construction from raw to finished.
Here is the webpage and a couple of outtakes!
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I needed a break. I had been busting my hump for a few months and needed to fish in a beautiful space with big skies. I called Ben and said ‘Hey, can I come fish with you at you favorite secret spot?’ He said ‘Sure come on!’ I then said ‘Maybe we can make a video?’ Can’t keep my mouth shut, can I. And we did. We filmed for 3 days. Ben fished most of the time, I fished here and there ( I did get to fish for a couple of days after filming ) and we made a pretty cool video. No screaming logos, no one shouting about their ‘insert brand name’ rod, just a good story about a good friend and his spot. And a big fish.