Aaron Wise, Pro Golfer & 2018 Rookie of the Year.

Former Oregon Duck Aaron Wise earns PGA Tour card with win at Air Capital Classic

photographed by Andy Batt

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.

-andy

Aaron Wise wins the 2018 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year, and is more than ready for his second season to get underway.

What to do when it all falls apart?

Last week, we had a great opportunity to work with an actor/author that was coming through town on a press junket. We were excited to add him to our entertainment portfolio, and use the work in social media. The bad news? He never showed up. It sucked, and we were bummed.

But we aren’t easily deterred. The stage was set, what good would come out of putting it all away, and being mad about it all weekend? So we got onto Instagram, reached out to several local models that have shown interest in testing with us, booked h/mu stylists, and we were set.

Monday/Tuesday of this week, we made some exciting photographs to add to our sport portfolio, creating conceptually driven action and portrait shots, including video footage! Andy created dark, cinematic shots using moody lighting and gels to create an otherworldly effect. I can’t wait to get this work out into the world, but until then, here’s some hot BTS action!

Dramatic basketball photographer Andy Batt shoots with here with Canon cameras and glass, and Broncolor Lighting.
Photographer Andy Batt shoots basketball with Kojo Aidoo, with help from Galvin Collins and Tracy Schulz

Dramatic boxing photographer Andy Batt shoots here with a Canon C-300MII
Photographer Andy Batt behind the lens and flanked by Terri Lodge as Sonachi Umeh shows us his boxing moves

Dramatic athletic photographer Andy Batt shoots with Canon and Broncolor gear
Photographer Andy Batt shoots with Sonachi with help from Terri Lodge