1. I finally got out and shot some photos of the cafe racer project that I finished up this summer.  100+ hours, dozens of beers, 2 batteries, one hole in the drywall and this puppy is a wrap!

     

  2. Hind Performance Athletics Part 3 

    After beating the team up in the gym, it was time for the final push so we headed towards Denver’s RiNo neighborhood to finish the day up with some urban running.  

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    An afternoon rainstorm threatened to take a bite out of our shoot schedule so we posted up inside Crema Coffee House to take a quick break and wait out the showers.

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    After the skies dried up and some much needed caffeine was consumed we hit the streets of Denver’s RiNo district to capture some city running.

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    I’ve always really liked city running photos.  I feel like most people run in the city, but every photo you see in magazines and advertisements are always out in some field or park somewhere.  When Hind said to me that they wanted to capture some city running, I thought that it would be the perfect balance to the trail running that we shot a few hours earlier.

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    Everyone was dead tired at this point, but we all pressed on and the crew ran their butts off.  We shot through the afternoon, through the sunset and even picked up a few shots running through some puddles after the sun had hidden behind the mountains.

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    Even after a nonstop 14 hour day, the entire group felt completely energized as we wrapped up.  It’s a rare treat when a shoot goes as smoothly as this one and everyone steps up and puts their best foot forward.  

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    A gigantic thank you goes out to the athletes, Andy Orley for filming, and  Jessica Douglass and Josh Manilow from Collective International for making this such a productive and fun shoot.  Can’t wait to do it again!!

     

  3. Hind Performance Athletics Part 2

    We rendezvoused at Crossfit Colfax and hit the pixel wrangling hard again.  They have these great skylights there that were raining perfect light down on some pull-up bars, so I got Justin to work doing about a zillion pull-ups.  Justin competes in Crossfit competitions so he pretty much ruled at everything we threw at him.  

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    Over the next 4 or 5 hours, the athletes all stepped up and took all the punishment we threw at them like the total professionals that they are.  It’s definitely a flaw of mine that I just don’t like being in gyms.  I’d rather be out on bikes or hiking.  I feel like the gym is where the true dedication in these guys comes out.  I’m quite sure they’d all rather be out in nature bounding across the landscape, but they all bite the bullet at some point and put in their dues at the gym.  

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  4. Hind Performance Athletics part 1

    Holy crap, it has been waaaaaaay too long since I’ve done a blog entry!  This summer’s been a busy one filled with photo projects, motorcycle projects, and home improvement.  I’m guessing the best place to start is back at the beginning of the summer since that’s about the last time I posted anything.  

    Late in the spring I was approached by my friends at Collective Licensing International about shooting a campaign for their athletics brand, Hind.  Hind has been around since the 70’s and has been pushing the boundaries of performance gear ever since.

    Bright (well not bright, it was still dark) and early one early summer morning, the team and I met up with filmer, Andy Orley, and commenced upon the daunting task of banging out an entire campaign in a single day.  Our athletes included Leslie St. Louis, Nichole Gugliardo, Justin Jindra, Lauren Udwari, and Eric Lee.  We had three different locations and scenarios in front of us and about 15 hours to get it all done.

    With a faint glow in the sky, we hit the trails atop Mount Falcon Park just west of Denver for our first scenario, trail running.   The second the sun started peeking out from the east, the shoot was on.  

    We shot each of the athletes individually as well as in groups on trails, in the trees, and in the middle of gorgeous pastures.  As the sun got higher and the light got harsher, we wrapped it up around 10 a.m. and headed into the city for some crossfit gym shooting.

     

  5. Yeee Hawww!

    A couple of weeks ago I got the chance to shoot a bull riding event down in Pueblo.  Although I’d never shot bull riding, I always thought it looked pretty awesome so I jumped at the chance.  Everything in bull riding happens FAST.  You’ve got about 2 seconds to get your shot before most of the riders are tossed through the air onto their heads.  Amazingly, every single guy got up and walked out of the arena, despite some being knocked out moments before.  Talk about tough, these guys don’t mess around!

    Despite not knowing what to expect, I definitely see what the hype is about now.  I’m hoping I’ll be able to shoot another one soon!

     
  6. Sooo excited about my first Transworld Japan cover with the man, Sage Kotsenburg!  

     

  7. This past January, Element Skateboards got in touch with me to shoot paralympic snowboarder, Amy Purdy, for its women’s brand, Element Eden. Andy Orley and I met up with her on a bottomless powder morning to ride with and get to know her. For those that don’t know, Amy lost both of her legs from the knees down due to a bacterial meningitis infection when she was 19. Not one to let little things (like legs) get in her way, she powered on to become one of the fastest females in adaptive snowboarding, bringing home a bronze medal in the recent Paralympic Games in Sochi. More recently, she’s gone on to compete in Dancing With The Stars where it’s looking like she’ll last to the bitter end. Amy was a total pro and an absolute treat to hang around with while Andy and I stuck cameras in her face all day, and I’m holding her to the serious summer road biking that she promised me!

     
  8. Snow Camping, February 2014.

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