I was able to work with Aaron on his rise to success (2018 Rookie of the Year). I’m often called upon to integrate myself, and my team, with a larger motion production. In this case, I was creating stills while the motion team shot a TV spot for one of Aaron’s sponsors, CBT Nuggets. Part of the work is building a relationship with the talent in the tiny moments where I can interact with them between takes, or setups. Fortunately for me, Aaron is an incredibly nice guy, very genuine and present. He took my direction superbly and put an amazing amount of effort in being ‘on camera’ talent—even for veteran celebrity athletes, it’s a different and intense process to work for the camera and the photographed moment.
The work I created of Aaron is very satisfying for me—we accomplished a lot in a series of intense bursts, and at a quality level that is tricky to pull off when my time is measured in single digits.
Sometimes you get an opportunity to just to experience the joy of doing photography—it’s still work, with getting up at 3am, or pulling 16 hour days chasing sunrise and sunset, but getting to be on a glassy alpine lake for early light? Or to be in a beautiful location all day long—even the parking lots are stunning 😉
I was awarded the project to do a multiday shoot for the Central Oregon Visitors Association (COVA) —the goal was to create family adventures, and to bridge the gap between the intense rock climbing extreme adventuring and the sit-at-the-pub beer adventures that Central Oregon is known for. We spent 3 days chasing sunsets and sunrises, working around thunderstorms and downpours, waiting for perfect sunsets and working two real families—who were amazing and great to work with!
I’m looking forward to our next campaign—it’s always fantastic to head to Central Oregon and find new beauty with my camera.