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Sean // Black on White


Experiment in contrast

Supplies: a sheet of white seamless paper, black paint, direct sunlight, and a willing model.

These were actually the results of Plan B. Plan A was a black fabric backdrop and a bag of flour. Though we got some interesting shots, the results didn't produce the sharp contrast I was hoping for. Luckily, Sean was up for round two.

Photographed July 2015


Olympian, Steven Nyman


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Back in black

I had been wanting to get Olympic alpine ski racer, Steven Nyman, back in front of my lens for the longest time. I first photographed him (along with his brothers and the Hale sisters) back in 2006 for a magazine article and I let my nerves and lack of experience behind the camera get the best of me. Feeling defeated, I only hoped I might get another chance to work with him in the future.

That chance finally came.

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More sweat than snow

We shot up in Park City, Utah, where I had tapped up white seamless paper to the backside of a local business (permission granted) to create an instant studio.

He was a champ, enduring the 85+ degree summer heat in black leggings and ski boots and up for anything.

Photographed July 2016


Shaquille


These shots, of track athlete Shaquille Walker, were taken back in June 2012, while I was working on my first personal project featuring college athletes and their bodies. Shaquille had tagged along with fellow athlete Justin Hedin -- who I photographed for the series. After working with Justin, I asked Shaquille if I could take his portrait. Since then, it's been fun to watch his success on the track. This guy can run.

Photographed June 2012

Utah Athlete Portrait Photographer