Sometimes a badass has to wear a shirt of a badass.
GSP showed up to our covershoot in a sick Dolce and Gabana Mike Tyson Tee - We shot him wearing it and it made our cover.
I had the idea of getting Mike Tyson to a shoot in Las Vegas wearing a GSP shirt as a 'Ying/Yang' look that probably would have been the most hilarious shit ever - but it didn't happen and now it's just a memory.
Nothing really fancy here, shot with my 50mm f1.4 and my 24-70.
Interesting side note to this shoot: After shooting over 60 UFC/Strikeforce events - I've never had the chance to shoot GSP. Ever elusive, but I finally got it done. Behold. GSP at the TUF gym in Las Vegas for UFC 360 Magazine.
In a whirlwind of work and a twist of fate - I was called upon by the Gracie's to shoot the press/promotional studio portraits for the athlete's at The W in Westwood for Metamoris II - arguably the biggest submission only BJJ invitational in the world. It was a lot to get together in a short period of time, but pulled through with the help of Eric Coleman and a slick 4 light set up, we pulled off some pretty great shots. I probably didn't hurt that we used the Hassleblad H4D for the shoot.
These fighter portrait shoots aren't really too hard to shoot however, there is an element of pressure because the atlhletes on this go around didn't expect to be photographed, and they really just wanted to get the photos out of the way and get on with their day. The highlight was shooting Shinya Aoki, William Burkhardt of BJJPix, Rob Zeps, Ralek Gracie and E. Coleman. Here's a quick edit of Rob:
The next day, Scott Hirano, Eric Coleman and William Burkhardt comprised of the 'All Access' team designated to shoot the event. We ended up getting some great shots backstage and of the event by taking advantage of this access. The guys got some sick shots - here's a look at what I got. (but before the gallery - my favorite shot - Shinya Aoki leaving the backstage area)
A quick note - it only took 3 minutes and 36 seconds for Cain to beat one of the most respected and feared heavyweights in the world to earn his title shot with Junior DosSantos.
Back in February I produced a cover photoshoot with Cain Velasquez in concert with Harley Davidson for UFC 360 Magazine. I reached out to The Wade Brothers and dialed in a location shoot in San Jose, California - about an hour out of San Francisco. After conferring with Randy and Seth and getting the green light, we pulled the trigger on the theme.
The concept for the shoot was simple - a man and his Harley. Life on the road and in the saddle. Channeling some 'Easy Rider' was all the inspiration we needed.
I flew out there a few days early to meet up with Lyndon to scout the location for the shoot - not far from American Kickboxing Academy, the home base for many upper echelon fighters, we found the perfect places for rolling shots on a long stretch of road, some twisties, a rest area and an old bridge.
I got in touch with Harley and had 2 different bikes delivered from a nearby dealer - and stored them at AKA until out shoot. Knowing i'd have to ride one or both bikes to the location meant I had to grab a helmet and gloves at a nearby motorcycle shop. What I didn't expect was a 30 minute ride with the UFC heavyweight champion the very next day. A very surreal experience. I never get star struck while working with the athlete's but I certainly won't soon forget riding side by side with Cain Velasquez down a long stretch of road as the sun was setting over the hills .
When i'm not the primary photographer on a shoot, I always shoot behind the scenes photos of what's going on in hopes of adding to my personal portfolio, but also to contribute to the magazine's digital version. Check out one of my favorite shots form the day as well as some images that earned Cain his 2nd title shot and a few leading up to it with the trouncing of 'Bigfoot' Silva.
I shot cageside at both UFC 146 and UFC 155. At UFC 146 Velasquez fought and beat Bigfoot Silva. And at UFC 155, Velasquez went 5 rounds with JDS and earned a unanimous decision to take back his championship as the heavyweight champion of the world.
And last but certainly not least - the UFC Ultimate Insider piece shot by the crew from Positive Image.
Hampus: (noun) - of Swedish decent. Master of the Universe, maker of epic Spotify playlists and afficianado of boss accoutrements.
My homie hampus just started a CALI13 blog for his time here in the US while he studies entrepreneurship at UCLA. His brother Felix did something similiar while studying at UCSD called, CALI2006. Felix's CALI2006 was probably the largest force in my inspiration to become a photographer. Now, Hamp is making his version of the fabled blog that started it all for me; Hamp already cooked up a great video to kick off the launch of his blog - so take a peek. I'm really looking forward to see how Hamp see's things. Expect some great stuff over the next 6 months.
I got to chill with him up in LA a few weeks (or months) ago. We cruised around the LA River culverts, Downtown, Chinatown, ran into a Mercedes-Benz commercial, a stunt bike crew and a few gangbangers. We didn't get shanked, robbed or arrested so all in all, it was a good day. Peep the pics from the D3.
Hamp - you know how it works - dont look so surprised
This last photo is a portrait of me - shot by Hamp that is actually he and I. INCEPTION//////
This is Ryan - he takes pictures, and does it well. We went on a little adventure while I was in Miami for 8 hours. We couldn't find me a hotel so we decided to dedicate a roll of ilford to this regal beagle.