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!

Ohio at UT Football

Football Time! Tennessee 28, Ohio 19

Hard to believe this is the third Vols game I’ve photographed this season and it was the first time UT has been home on a Saturday! Even with the early (noon) kickoff, it was awesome to get back to something close to a routine.

UT got off to a fast start, then things got interesting, but in the end they pulled off the win over a very determined Ohio team.

Since this is the first of two daytime games in a row, I decided it was time to give the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens a good workout, so I had the fine folks at LensRentals.com send me one. I wound up using it with my Canon 1.4x III extender on a 7D Mark II most of the day and I must say I was very well satisfied with the results…now I just need to convince everyone that ALL football should be played in the daytime! 🙂

Here’s a few of my favorites and thanks for stopping by!

Sep 17, 2016; Knoxville, TN, USA; A Tennessee Volunteers fan before the game against the Ohio Bobcats at Neyland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Sep 17, 2016; Knoxville, TN, USA; The Tennessee Volunteers gather before the game against the Ohio Bobcats at Neyland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

 

Sep 17, 2016; Knoxville, TN, USA; General view before the game between the Ohio Bobcats and Tennessee Volunteers at Neyland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Sep 17, 2016; Knoxville, TN, USA; General view before the game between the Ohio Bobcats and Tennessee Volunteers at Neyland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

 

Sep 17, 2016; Knoxville, TN, USA; Tennessee Volunteers wide receiver Jauan Jennings (15) dives for garage against the Ohio Bobcats during the first half at Neyland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Sep 17, 2016; Knoxville, TN, USA; Tennessee Volunteers wide receiver Jauan Jennings (15) dives for garage against the Ohio Bobcats during the first half at Neyland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

The image above of Jauan made the ESPN’s Best Of College Football Week 3 Gallery.

 

Sep 17, 2016; Knoxville, TN, USA; Tennessee Volunteers defensive back Cameron Sutton (23) returns a kick against the Ohio Bobcats during the first quarter at Neyland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Sep 17, 2016; Knoxville, TN, USA; Tennessee Volunteers defensive back Cameron Sutton (23) returns a kick against the Ohio Bobcats during the first quarter at Neyland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

 

Sep 17, 2016; Knoxville, TN, USA; Tennessee Volunteers head coach Butch Jones during the first quarter against the Ohio Bobcats at Neyland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Sep 17, 2016; Knoxville, TN, USA; Tennessee Volunteers head coach Butch Jones during the first quarter against the Ohio Bobcats at Neyland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

 

Sep 17, 2016; Knoxville, TN, USA; Ohio Bobcats quarterback Greg Windham (14) throws a pass to running back Papi White (4) during the first quarter against the Tennessee Volunteers at Neyland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Sep 17, 2016; Knoxville, TN, USA; Ohio Bobcats quarterback Greg Windham (14) throws a pass to running back Papi White (4) during the first quarter against the Tennessee Volunteers at Neyland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

 

Sep 17, 2016; Knoxville, TN, USA; Ohio Bobcats running back Papi White (4) runs the ball against the Tennessee Volunteers during the first quarter at Neyland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Sep 17, 2016; Knoxville, TN, USA; Ohio Bobcats running back Papi White (4) runs the ball against the Tennessee Volunteers during the first quarter at Neyland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

 

Sep 17, 2016; Knoxville, TN, USA; Tennessee Volunteers defensive back Todd Kelly Jr. (24) tackles Ohio Bobcats tight end Mason Morgan (86) during the first half at Neyland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Sep 17, 2016; Knoxville, TN, USA; Tennessee Volunteers defensive back Todd Kelly Jr. (24) tackles Ohio Bobcats tight end Mason Morgan (86) during the first half at Neyland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

 

Sep 17, 2016; Knoxville, TN, USA; Tennessee Volunteers running back Jalen Hurd (1) jumps for a touchdown against the Ohio Bobcats during the first half at Neyland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Sep 17, 2016; Knoxville, TN, USA; Tennessee Volunteers running back Jalen Hurd (1) jumps for a touchdown against the Ohio Bobcats during the first half at Neyland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

 

Sep 17, 2016; Knoxville, TN, USA; Tennessee Volunteers defensive back Nigel Warrior (18) and Ohio Bobcats running back Papi White (4) dive for a fumble during the second half at Neyland Stadium. Tennessee won 28 to 19. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Sep 17, 2016; Knoxville, TN, USA; Tennessee Volunteers defensive back Nigel Warrior (18) and Ohio Bobcats running back Papi White (4) dive for a fumble during the second half at Neyland Stadium. Tennessee won 28 to 19. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

 

Sep 17, 2016; Knoxville, TN, USA; Tennessee Volunteers fans during the second half against the Ohio Bobcats at Neyland Stadium. Tennessee won 28 to 19. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Sep 17, 2016; Knoxville, TN, USA; Tennessee Volunteers fans during the second half against the Ohio Bobcats at Neyland Stadium. Tennessee won 28 to 19. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

 

Sep 17, 2016; Knoxville, TN, USA; Tennessee Volunteers quarterback Joshua Dobbs (11) runs the ball against the Ohio Bobcats during the second half at Neyland Stadium. Tennessee won 28 to 19. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Sep 17, 2016; Knoxville, TN, USA; Tennessee Volunteers quarterback Joshua Dobbs (11) runs the ball against the Ohio Bobcats during the second half at Neyland Stadium. Tennessee won 28 to 19. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

 

Sep 17, 2016; Knoxville, TN, USA; Tennessee Volunteers wide receiver Tyler Byrd (10) breaks a tackle from Ohio Bobcats safety Toran Davis (24) during the second half at Neyland Stadium. Tennessee won 28 to 19. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Sep 17, 2016; Knoxville, TN, USA; Tennessee Volunteers wide receiver Tyler Byrd (10) breaks a tackle from Ohio Bobcats safety Toran Davis (24) during the second half at Neyland Stadium. Tennessee won 28 to 19. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

 

Sep 17, 2016; Knoxville, TN, USA; Tennessee Volunteers quarterback Joshua Dobbs (11) after the game against the Ohio Bobcats at Neyland Stadium. Tennessee won 28 to 19. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Sep 17, 2016; Knoxville, TN, USA; Tennessee Volunteers quarterback Joshua Dobbs (11) after the game against the Ohio Bobcats at Neyland Stadium. Tennessee won 28 to 19. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

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 🙁

 

UT Lady Volunteers Softball Shoot

Last month I had the privilege of photographing the preseason #1  Lady Vols softball team. It was a cold and long day but other than a few mild cases of frostbite (just kidding!) everything went really well. And just like my last big softball shoot, we just had to set some bats on fire! The girls did an excellent job, but I think a few of them are still mad at me for threatening to turn off the heaters in the dugouts…and I also learned that it is incredibly difficult to see their eyes when they slide. 🙂

Big thanks to James Dean, Jeff Jacoby, and my wife Laura for all the help setting stuff up and moving it around! Andrew Bruckse was also there photographing, and you can see the full set of our images here. And of course a huge shout out to the athletes for all the great cooperation, and to UT Athletics Photographer Donald Page for getting everything setup! All images are ©2014 University of Tennessee Athletics and GO LADY VOLUNTEERS!

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Floods, Fires, Wrecks, and Darkness. This is Talladega!

It was just five and a half years ago that my wife and I attended the fall NASCAR race in Talladega. It was our first time there and we really enjoyed the trip but what I will always remember about that trip is something that changed my life. A good friend of mine heard we were going to the race and insisted that I take along a DSLR camera that he was trying to sell. I did not really want to take the big thing along, but my friend (Jim Norman) was pretty aggressive and I finally gave in and took him up on his offer.

I had no idea how to operate the camera, did not know how it worked, and really had no clue about what I was doing…but by the time we were heading home I was absolutely in love with photography. I bought the camera and a lens, started studying, shot everything I could, and got frustrated as you know what. Luckily I stumbled across a non credit digital photography class at UT that kept me from throwing the camera off of a cliff, and slowly but surely began to learn and understand what I was doing. After a few more classes and a ton of time reading and shooting, I knew that I was going to be making a drastic career change 🙂

Fast forward to last weekend, where I covered the Aaron’s 499 NASCAR race at Talladega for USA Today Sports Images…it felt like my own homecoming. It took me a day or so to get the layout and flow of the track figured out (HUGE thanks to everyone who helped me get going there, especially Marvin, J.D, and Mark), but racing is racing and I was pretty happy by the time the race ended Sunday night.

Yep, I said Sunday night. And no, this track does not have lights…Sunday’s race ended around 7:15 CDT and Saturday’s ran until 7:30 or so. Saturday’s race started out with a flood and ended with a fire. Sounds like a typical weekend Talladega race to me! After the track got dried, we finally got around to running the Nationwide Aaron’s 312. It was cold and wet, and the race was not completed until 7:30 PM CDT.

 

 

By the time Sunday rolled around we all felt the weather was going to be a factor again. And we were right. I did not cover much racing action because we had three other photographers there, so I was responsible for driver introductions, pre-race stuff, the Denny Hamlin story, pit and garage areas, and victory lane. All went well for a while, then we had a small rain shower but NASCAR was able to get the track almost dry before a huge storm rolled through the area. After a long rain delay they were able to get the track dry again, and finally the race was over around 7:15 PM CDT. Big congrats to David Ragan on the win!

 

 

So I learned a lot about covering large tracks and really appreciate all the help I received. You can see our full take from the Nationwide Race here and the Sprint Cup Race here. Up next for me is the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway at the end of the month. Thanks for stopping by!

 

 

May 6, 2013 issue of USA Today

May 6, 2013 issue of USA Today

 

UT Football Media/Photo Day

Yesterday I had the chance to assist the UT Athletic Department and Staff Photographer Donald Page at the football team photo day. It was a bunch of fast paced work, but all in all everything went very well. I got tasked to photograph individual portraits of the players inside the locker room, and of course the players (for the most part) 🙂 and I had a blast!

Here’s the car all loaded up. Four 13′ lights stands, four AB-800’s, two White Lightning 1600’s,  reflectors, two strip boxes, two soft boxes, one large octabox, extension cords, generator, eight sandbags, two Vagabond mini lithiums, and I think the kitchen sink is in there somewhere…

 

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Here’s the lighting setup inside the locker room…

August 18, 2012; Knoxville, TN, USA; Photo setup inside the locker room during the University of Tennessee 2012 Football Team media/photo day at Neyland Stadium.

 

Of course, the players were very relaxed and were being themselves, which led to quite a few interesting images 🙂

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Linebacker A.J. Johnson (45) is either scared or about to hurt someone…

 

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Random water bottles were flying…

 

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Here is linebacker Herman Lathers (34) with his best, “Take the darn picture already!” pose…

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Could this be defensive lineman Gregory Clark’s (93) best side?

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Offensive linesman Alan Posey (67) looks ready to take on some side line coaching duties…

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During a break, I got to sit with defensive lineman Isaac Mobley (75)  (who graduated from West High here in Knoxville) and we discussed a lot of local high school football, I was way impressed with his knowledge of the local football scene! So he gets a real image here 🙂

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I normally just see these guys in their 110% all business/game day mode, so it was cool to see see them in a more relaxed atmosphere! I’m photographing at least eight of their games this season, so Go Vols!

Bristol Food City 500 March 2012

So in between getting all of my gear stolen and finally getting it replaced (HUGE thanks to PMR, Jerry, and Russ for loaning me many thousands of dollars worth of gear through this time!), we decided to have a few NASCAR races in Bristol, TN. Thanks to my Dad (hey Son, see if you can crawl up the track in that corner right there…funny ha-ha) I’ve been hanging around this track since I was 8 years old, and for years it’s been THE sold-out-the-hardest-ticket-to-get-in-NASCAR kind of crazy. Not anymore, since they resurfaced/re-configured the track it’s nothing short of boring, and I do not see how anyone who owns a motel up there can sleep at night (Super 8, 20 miles from the track, $354.06 for two nights), but Bruton Smith is hard at work on at least the track part, and that’s a good thing.

But as always, It’s Bristol Baby!, and although it’s still the most strenuous thing I typically cover, it’s still one of the coolest. Where else can you photograph Trevor Bayne, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jimmie Johnson, Kellogg’s Tony the Tiger, and Sarah Palin all in the same day? 🙂

Here’s my two favorites from the week…

 

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Food City 500

Mar 18, 2012; Bristol, TN, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Jimmie Johnson (48) and his wife Chandra Johnson and their daughter Genevieve Johnson during the national anthem prior to the start of Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-US PRESSWIRE

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Food City 500

Mar 18, 2012; Bristol, TN, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. (88) leads the pack during the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-US PRESSWIRE

And I finally had something run in color in USA Today 🙂

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Food City 500

Mar 19, 2012 USA Today

Tauren Poole on Sports Illustrated Cover

There’s a pretty tight community of sports photographers, photojournalists, reporters, etc. on Twitter so when I started getting a few “Big congrats!” and “Congrats on the SI Cover” tweets late yesterday evening I was quite certain that April 1st had arrived for a second time this year. 🙂

After a quick phone call to a friend and the mad dash to the local grocery store news stand, I must say I am still more than a little surprised. Be sure and pick up a copy, there is a lot of awesome photography in it including images from some other local photographers, including Wade Payne and Adam Brimer (and those two have been a HUGE help to my photography career).

It is a regional cover (other areas in the Southeast may have different covers), but I’m still way excited! Here is Mr. Tauren Poole, my new favorite football player  (sorry Peyton), in action during the Nov. 2010 Kentucky game..

Tauren Poole running against Kentucky Nov. 27, 2010