Power Systems Fitness Equipment Photography

Fitness Equipment Photography

Back in the day, one of my first “big” jobs was shooting at Power Systems for a local Public Relations firm. Fitness equipment photography was all new for me, but all went well! Lately I have been doing quite a bit of work directly for Power Systems based here in Knoxville, TN.

It’s a true team effort as there is a TON of work involved setting these shoots up, everything from securing locations/models, setting up the sets, and a hundred other things…all before we even start worrying about photography. 🙂 Super great bunch of people to work with and we have all came up with some pretty cool concepts and techniques for making these shoots go as smoothly as possible. One of my favorites is that my images are instantly transferred to an iPad or Laptop that the Power Systems folks are looking at, so the models and I get instant feedback (OK, sometimes there’s a small bit of yelling involved, but it’s all in good fun) 🙂 regarding posing, angles, technique, etc.

And be sure to check out the Power Systems website, give them a follow on  FaceBook, or Twitter, and they have an awesome Instagram Feed. Plus I want to give a huge shout out to Harvey Elkins (Director of Sales) and Christy Browning (Brand Manager) for all of their assistance.

Anyway, here’s a few of my images from the last several months of use in catalogs, social media, trade shows, etc. And please get in touch with me to discuss any fitness equipment photography needs you may have!

Football Photographer MaxPrep’s Preseason Top 25

Football Photographer?

Football Photographer in April/May? Yep, that’s me 🙂 Excited to be able to share some of what I have been up to the past five weeks!

I’ve been photographing for MaxPreps for quite a while now, and they are still one of my favorite clients, so I was excited to have the opportunity to photograph four of the top twenty five high school football teams for them this year.

I started with three teams in the Ft. Lauderdale/Miami area. Just so happens there are some reasonably priced flights from here to there and my brother lives in the area, so logistically speaking things worked out well. Traveling with an entire outdoor studio setup was a bit of an issue, but thankfully between Think Tank Photo, Pelican Products, and some nifty Amazon Prime shopping I had everything I needed.

First up was #11 American Heritage in Plantation, FL. Gorgeous campus, great athletes and staff! (link to full gallery here)

4-29-2016 MaxPreps Preseason Top 25 Photo Shoot at American Heritage High School in Plantation, FL.

4-29-2016 MaxPreps Preseason Top 25 Photo Shoot at American Heritage High School in Plantation, FL.

4-29-2016 MaxPreps Preseason Top 25 Photo Shoot at American Heritage High School in Plantation, FL.

4-29-2016 MaxPreps Preseason Top 25 Photo Shoot at American Heritage High School in Plantation, FL.

Next was #16 Central in Miami, FL. Another awesome bunch of people, and you just have to love it anytime you get to use a rocket in your images, plus the clouds cooperated well! (link to full gallery here)

5-2-2016 MaxPreps Preseason Top 25 Photo Shoot at Miami Central High School in Miami, FL.

Photographer above obviously has some skills!

5-2-2016 MaxPreps Preseason Top 25 Photo Shoot at Miami Central High School in Miami, FL.

Last one for me in Florida was #1 St. Thomas Aquinas in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. As usual, great people, another amazing facility, and the clouds remained friendly to me here as well! (link to full gallery here)

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I owe my brother Michael and some other friends a huge shout out for all the help assisting me in Florida, I could not have done it without you guys!

 

Finally got home for a few weeks and got my last school, #15 Central Catholic in Pittsburgh, PA scheduled for their shoot. (link to full gallery here) More great people, and the school is located downtown with some amazing architecture. Even with a lot of construction going on, you simply have to love the place, especially after you realize that this is where Dan Marino went to school! Michael Messing (super assistant and awesome photographer himself) came along on this trip and all the “Behind The Scenes” shots are his. (Thanks Mikey!)

5-24-2016 MaxPreps Preseason Top 25 Photo Shoot at Central Catholic High School in Pittsburgh, PA.

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Laying down on the job! With all the construction going on, finding clean backgrounds was a chore.

5-24-2016 MaxPreps Preseason Top 25 Photo Shoot at Central Catholic High School in Pittsburgh, PA.

 

5-24-2016 MaxPreps Preseason Top 25 Photo Shoot at Central Catholic High School in Pittsburgh, PA.

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According to my exhaustive research on Google Earth prior to this trip, that is a simply gorgeous hillside behind us 🙂

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No, your OTHER left!

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Here’s the link for the for the entire Top 25 from MaxPrep’s, looks like there is going to be some amazing high school football played this year! Big thanks to MaxPreps and especially Todd Shurtleff (Director of Photography) for this great opportunity, let’s shoot for 8 teams next year! 🙂

For all the photography minded people out there, practically everything was shot with a Canon 5DIII and the 24-105mm lens. Lighting was all Paul C. Buff White Lightning 1600’s and/or Einsteins, normally a three light setup. All power came from the Vagabond Mini Lithiums. Used an Octabox on the main light in Pittsburgh, everything else used either standard or 8.5″ reflectors. And yes, it was too windy for me to set anything on fire 🙁

 

On The Road Again!

It’s been a busy month of May for me! Over 26 days I have been on the road 19 days, driven 3,735 miles, and photographed 19 different events/sessions for 3 different clients. 13,932 images in total. No wonder I’m tired!

First up was the Winn Dixie 300 and the Geico 500 at the Talladega Superspeedway, where Dale Jr. won the 500.

 

May 3, 2015; Talladega, AL, USA; NASCAR crew chief Chad Knaus and Sprint Cup Series driver Jimmie Johnson (48) before the Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

May 3, 2015; Talladega, AL, USA; NASCAR crew chief Chad Knaus and Sprint Cup Series driver Jimmie Johnson (48) before the Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

May 3, 2015; Talladega, AL, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Jeff Gordon (24) and driver Jimmie Johnson (48) and driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. (88) and driver Kevin Harvick (4) and driver Carl Edwards (19) and driver Denny Hamlin (11) during the Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

May 3, 2015; Talladega, AL, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Jeff Gordon (24) and driver Jimmie Johnson (48) and driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. (88) and driver Kevin Harvick (4) and driver Carl Edwards (19) and driver Denny Hamlin (11) during the Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

May 3, 2015; Talladega, AL, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. (88) makes a phone call from victory lane after winning the Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

May 3, 2015; Talladega, AL, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. (88) makes a phone call from victory lane after winning the Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

May 3, 2015; Talladega, AL, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. (88) and driver Jimmie Johnson (48) after winning the Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

May 3, 2015; Talladega, AL, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. (88) and driver Jimmie Johnson (48) after winning the Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

May 3, 2015; Talladega, AL, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. (88) celebrates from victory lane after winning the Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

May 3, 2015; Talladega, AL, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. (88) celebrates from victory lane after winning the Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

 

From Talladega I traveled west and had 2 days of some kick butt posed action shoots for one of my favorite clients. Too bad it’s all secret squirrel stuff until the images are published. 🙁

 

I made it back home for a day or two then headed off to Raleigh to help my very good friend and most excellent photographer  Bennett Scarborough  photograph the attendees of a new WakeMed Hospital grand opening. It was a super cool event that was VERY well organized, and we set up two different locations in one large room and shot straight to dye sub printers…everyone that came through recieved a couple of free 5X7’s before they even left the room.

 

Twinkle from Wake Med

Twinkle from WakeMed

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WakeMed Medical

Bennett workin' hard at Wake Med

Bennett workin’ hard at WakeMed

 

Then back home for a few days then off to Charlotte for the NASCAR Sprint Showdown and All-Star races. Kyle Busch returned to racing after breaking his leg in a crash at Daytona earlier in the year, and Denny Hamlin won the All-Star race.

 

May 15, 2015; Concord, NC, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kyle Busch (18) during an interview after practice for the Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

May 15, 2015; Concord, NC, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kyle Busch (18) during an interview after practice for the Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

 

May 15, 2015; Concord, NC, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Clint Bowyer (15) leads during the Sprint Showdown at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

May 15, 2015; Concord, NC, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Clint Bowyer (15) leads during the Sprint Showdown at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

May 16, 2015; Concord, NC, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Jimmie Johnson (48) makes a pit stop during the Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

May 16, 2015; Concord, NC, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Jimmie Johnson (48) makes a pit stop during the Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

May 16, 2015; Concord, NC, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Denny Hamlin (11) does a burn out after winning the Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

May 16, 2015; Concord, NC, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Denny Hamlin (11) does a burn out after winning the Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

May 16, 2015; Concord, NC, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Denny Hamlin (11) after winning the Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

May 16, 2015; Concord, NC, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Denny Hamlin (11) after winning the Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

 

Another few days off then back to Charlotte for the Xfinity Hisense 300 and NASCAR’s longest race of the year, the Coca-Cola 600.

 

May 23, 2015; Concord, NC, USA; A crew member waits for NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Chase Elliott (9) (not pictured) to make a pit stop during the Hisense 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

May 23, 2015; Concord, NC, USA; A crew member waits for NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Chase Elliott (9) (not pictured) to make a pit stop during the Hisense 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

May 23, 2015; Concord, NC, USA; NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Austin Dillon (33) does a burnout after winning the Hisense 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

May 23, 2015; Concord, NC, USA; NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Austin Dillon (33) does a burnout after winning the Hisense 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

May 23, 2015; Concord, NC, USA; NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Austin Dillon (33) celebrates winning the Hisense 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

May 23, 2015; Concord, NC, USA; NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Austin Dillon (33) celebrates winning the Hisense 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

 

And finally, the Coca-Cola 600 won by Carl Edwards! (with a little ZZ Top thrown in)

 

May 24, 2015; Concord, NC, USA; The band ZZ Top performs for members of the U.S. Military and fans before the NASCAR Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

May 24, 2015; Concord, NC, USA; The band ZZ Top performs for members of the U.S. Military and fans before the NASCAR Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

May 24, 2015; Concord, NC, USA; F-18's fly over before the NASCAR Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

May 24, 2015; Concord, NC, USA; F-18’s fly over before the NASCAR Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

May 24, 2015; Concord, NC, USA; Members of the US Military perform an exercise before the NASCAR Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

May 24, 2015; Concord, NC, USA; Members of the US Military perform an exercise before the NASCAR Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

May 24, 2015; Concord, NC, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Carl Edwards (19) poses for a picture with members of the military before the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

May 24, 2015; Concord, NC, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Carl Edwards (19) poses for a picture with members of the military before the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

May 21, 2015; Concord, NC, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Jeff Gordon (24) has a selfie taken with fans before qualifying for the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

May 21, 2015; Concord, NC, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Jeff Gordon (24) has a selfie taken with fans before qualifying for the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

May 21, 2015; Concord, NC, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Danica Patrick (10) before qualifying for the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

May 21, 2015; Concord, NC, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Danica Patrick (10) before qualifying for the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

May 21, 2015; Concord, NC, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kyle Busch (18) rides a motorized cooler to a press conference before qualifying for the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

May 21, 2015; Concord, NC, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kyle Busch (18) rides a motorized cooler to a press conference before qualifying for the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

May 24, 2015; Concord, NC, USA; General view during the  NASCAR Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

May 24, 2015; Concord, NC, USA; General view during the NASCAR Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

May 24, 2015; Concord, NC, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Matt Kenseth (20) and driver Joey Logano (22) lead a pack of cars during the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

May 24, 2015; Concord, NC, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Matt Kenseth (20) and driver Joey Logano (22) lead a pack of cars during the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

May 24, 2015; Concord, NC, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Carl Edwards (19) and his crew celebrates winning the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

May 24, 2015; Concord, NC, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Carl Edwards (19) and his crew celebrates winning the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

May 24, 2015; Concord, NC, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Carl Edwards (19) crew celebrates winning the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

May 24, 2015; Concord, NC, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Carl Edwards (19) crew celebrates winning the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

May 24, 2015; Concord, NC, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Carl Edwards (19) celebrates winning the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

May 24, 2015; Concord, NC, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Carl Edwards (19) celebrates winning the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

May 24, 2015; Concord, NC, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Carl Edwards (19) celebrates winning the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

May 24, 2015; Concord, NC, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Carl Edwards (19) celebrates winning the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

 

It was a wild and crazy 26 days! As always, I want to give a huge shoutout to Canon Professional Services for their AMAZING support and gear (I had images shot at ISO 12,800 run published across the nation)  and also to Think Tank Photo for their amazing bags and gear. One last shoutout to Robert Caplin and The Photo Brigade for keeping me awake with all of the podcasts, pretty sure I listened to every single one of them while driving!

Video, NASCAR, and Richard Petty. Yes, THAT Richard Petty…

I was covering the Michigan race this June when I got a call from USA Today late Friday asking if I was able to shoot video. Sure!, I say, knowing that most of my video gear was back at my house about 500 miles away…

Thanks to Amazon Prime next day Saturday delivery, I managed to get a few video lights and a Rode VideoMic sent to me. Went to Best Buy and bought the “nicest” tripod they had (think it’s in the trash now), and by Sunday morning I was good to go. What followed was one of the coolest things I have ever been a part of.

I have been a big NASCAR fan my entire life, and of everything that I get to cover I get more excited over NASCAR than anything else. Which is not necessarily a good thing, I have to work a bit at controlling my emotions, especially when doing something really cool 🙂

Sunday morning I got hooked up with USA Today NASCAR writer Nate Ryan and we proceeded to Mr. Petty’s motorhome. I had about 10 minutes to get setup (as nice as The King’s motorhome is, it’s a pretty dark place for video/photography). Overall things went very well (wish I had my lav mic) but it was a super simple shoot on my end.

What impressed me the most was listening to Mr. Petty discuss everything from the global economy to “partnerships” (not “sponsorships”) to the newspaper industry to about 30 other wide ranging topics. I’m here to to tell you, The King is one intelligent dude! My favorite part was during a break I asked him if he by chance remembered the name Tootle Estes (an East Tn racing legend, my dad built dirt track cars for him back in the 50’s) and Mr. Petty replied, “Tootle from East TN, Knoxville I think?”. Just wow, Tootle passed away in the early 80’s.

Big Thanks to Nate Ryan and the rest of the gang at USA Today for the great work on the video, and also to the 43 crew for giving me great access to shoot during the race. And of course a HUGE thanks to Mr. Petty for his time and wonderful hospitality!

Here’s my one crappy cell phone image I took during the shoot, followed by the video. Enjoy!

Nate Ryan interviews Richard Petty for an USA Today video.

Nate Ryan interviews Richard Petty for an USA Today video.

 

Knoxville Athletic Trainer Mason Burks

A few months ago I had the awesome opportunity to work with H.I.P. Consulting on a project they were working on for Mason Burks Training. Mason has worked with athletes like Tobias Harris and Nick Reveiz, and if anything I realized just how bad out of shape I am. 🙂 Be sure to check out Mason’s site here for more information (and see the awesome site that H.I.P. built for him), and he is currently running a special that includes one week of free training!

Here’s some of my favorites from my day with Mason!