How many tees does it take to effectively make it rain on a professional golfer? I'm not that sure, but its definitely more than the 1,000 I brought to photograph Brooks Koepka for Golf Digest's Think Young, Play Hard monthly feature. Out in the Oct. issue, Brooks was a terrific sport on a extremely steamy day in south FL at his local course. The good thing about shooting on golf courses in the FL summer? -- they're completely empty as its so damn hot; so you can just about do whatever you want. Thanks as always to Christian Iooss for the call on this fun one, and to my assistant Mike for picking up 1,000 tees a couple of dozen times.
Let's start this drizzly NYC week with one that slipped through the cracks from this summer -- a portrait of GoRuck founder and former Army special forces member Jason McCarthy for Men's Health. I headed down to the beaches surrounded Jacksonville, FL to hang out with Jason. Of course a couple of cold beers were on in the agenda as well at Go Ruck's HQ, sort of an ultimate man cave space where the military inspired gear company partially runs its global Challenge events. Thanks to PE Amy McNulty for the call; here are a few more:
Penn State University head strength coach Craig "Fitz" Fitzgerald is one intense, sweat-soaked, energized dude. I travelled back to Happy Valley to wake up super damn early (call time: 3:30 am) and get pumped with Fitz for Men's Health and the story of how this coach was part of the glue that kept the Nittany Lions together in the fallout of Sandusky hell. It was a long, sweaty, fun morning that included the entire Penn State football team slow-clap cheering me (PHO-TOG-GRA-FER!!) to join them in the giant sandbox of hell to do 20 up-downs (I declined cuz I sort of had a job to do). Even without the sand I got plenty of workout in by the time we wrapped with the lead portrait at 9 am. Many thanks to Fitz and his crew for their insane energy, and to MH photo editor Joe Rodriguez for the call - here are a few more:
Around this time of the year some men (most men?) start to find themselves smiling for no particular reason, even as the dog days wear into their third month. The reason is of course that football season is just around the corner, and college football in particular has always near and dear to my sports-loving heart. To that end I was dispatched on deadline last week to sweltering Columbia, SC by ESPN the Mag. to hold an audience with potentially the most important college player this year (some say any year, and at least 1 person, a rival head coach no less, says perhaps the best anywhere at any level of competition), Gamecocks defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (story link), famous for his 2012 bowl game clobbering of Michigan's Vincent Smith, which became universally known as "The Hit." In person, and I only mention this because this is way less common than you'd imagine, Clowney is even bigger than his stats - 6'6" and 275lbs. He's a huge young man and has just about as big a smile and laugh as an ability to crush quarterbacks. Our shoot clocked in at just under 30 minutes, during which time we got sweaty and moved Jadeveon around, often coming right at me (I casted myself in the role of the opposing QB), before ending up with a bit more personality in the shade inside Williams-Brice Stadium. Many thanks to picture editor Stephanie Weed for the call... here are a few more favorites: