Last month I photographed a professional mascot charity football game and a mascot factory for the “Zoom” section of ESPN the Magazine. It was an incredible, weird, wacky amazing assignment and it set off a string of very bizarre assignments after it. I am incredibly thankful to Erik Daenitz for assisting me on this shoot. We looked ridiculous on the sidelines of this game. Me, the only photographer there without a zoom lens and Erik, the 6 foot 5 beast hovering over me, sprinting around with a strobe in hand me as we navigated the sidelines of the game. ESPN has put up a huge gallery online and it looks really great. take a look!
Alberto Salazar screws in track spikes in Provo, Utah for ESPN the magazine.
Alberto Salazar is Galen Rupp’s coach with the Nike Oregon Project and he is something of a legend in the running community. The guy was relentless on the morning we shot, jogging or doing pushups and situps most of the time while he coached Galen on speed work. Him and Rupp have been together since Rupp was 14 when Salazar was coaching highschool track and cross country. Pretty crazy. Full edit here.
Shout out to my homie Erik Daenitz for assisting on this shoot. He mitigates my organized chaos well and is tall enough to hang my seamless without a step ladder.
A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of shooting olympic distance runner Galen Rupp for ESPN the Magazine (which was a dream in and of itself). For me, I geeked out more shooting a world class distance runner than I would shooting an NBA player. I grew up running long distance and my dad is a hardcore distance runner so this was very cool. We are the same age so that means when I was suffering, trying to run an 18 min. cross country race, Galen was winning national championships. He was very cool and totally wasn’t weirded out at all when I asked him to take his shirt off for this shot. The lack of body fat on this man is unreal.
There is a full edit from the brutal speed work session he did over on my website.