Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Walmart World Magazine Assignment

Back in May I got a great assignment shooting for Walmart World Magazine. They were doing an employee profile and wanted me to go out and photograph one of their employees who climbs mountains on his days off. So I set off to Granite Mountain to hike to the top with Farzad Ahmadi. I soon realized why this man is so special. Greeting everyone on the trail with a huge grin, Farzad's good nature poured out of him. He offered to carry my gear, fed me a delicious lunch including special cookies from his home country of Iran and patiently followed my slow pace up the 4 mile 3800 foot gain to the granite boulder topped peak. He regaled me with stories of climbing Mt Rainier, Mt Shasta and more and he gladly posed for many photos along the way. After I caught my breath at the top, I had a moment of really realizing how lucky I am to do what I do. Here I was combining my love of the outdoors with photography AND getting paid for it. I get to go to new, beautiful places and meet wonderful people. But enough bragging, here are my favorite shots including the feature photo that went to print.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Shoot for American Express at US Open

Last month I was hired to photograph for American Express at the US Open in Tacoma, Washington. It was pretty exciting to be on the course during the game and feel the energy of the event. For four days I received rock star treatment as I was golf carted to the AmEx tent across the course, where I photographed the amenities provided to their members. It was fun to work with the Momentum Worldwide event team and meet everyone that came through. Unfortunately I wasn't allowed to photograph any players, but I did get to meet and photograph The Shark (aka Greg Norman)! Here are some of my favorite shots from the week.