1. Alistair Overeem channels his concentration as he makes his first appearance in the octagon. He is captured in almost no available light. ISO 6400 at 1/30 at f2.8 2. Anderson Silva delivers the now infamous footercut to Vitor Belfort. This image helped generate awareness for my passion for sports photography, but a lot of this shot is based on a combination of preparedness, anticipation and most of all - a lot of luck. Almost every photographer from the octagonside location got the shot in various states of kicked face glory, but my shot ended up being used by media, advertisements, video games and Getty Images.
6. Having Shinya Aoki, world class jujitsu and MMA star in the studio was a complete honor and a very last minute agreement. Just hours before his fight in Strikeforce - Ryo Chonan arranged for Aoki and his entourage for a photoshoot. Ryan Loco and I put together an auction for the Tsunami victims of Japan in concert with Jaco Clothing, the accompanying photo and a signed Jaco Clothing Hat. We successfully contributed to the Tsunami Relief effort for 580$ USD.
7. Jason Palomar arrived at the photo studio a muscled and trained member of San Diego State University's Army ROTC program - This session commemorates his commissioning into the United States Army and his evolution into an individual who found his strength and honor during his 4 year transformation into a 2nd Lieutenant.
8. Jack Law stands proudly for a portrait to commemorate his commissioning into the United States Army. He worked very hard to score in the top 10% percentile of the total ROTC cadates in North America and earned a prestigious spot in the Aviation branch. Jack officially started his aviation training today in Alabama.
9. Ryan Loco is photographed for the Deft Perception's 'Friends and Foes' collection of 2011. Batteries not included; eye patch, moustache, nixon watch and faux cigarette sold separately.
12. Chloe and I used the stairwell for this shoot and some of the best shots happened when she was transitioning between poses.
18. TJ Lavin is back on his bike after a near fatal accident one year from the time this photo was taken. He was bed ridden and in a severe coma and has since made a near 100% recovery. Image shot for Headrush/Monster Energy in April.
22. Anderson Silva recovers between rounds. I was very happy with this shot mostly due to the textures on his forehead and face, and the way his body is positioned. I shot this in black and white and just added a touch on contrast.
23. Rashad Evans drills in a famous boxing gym in Philly. I don't usually pull out the flash for work out shots, but in this case I tethered it and extended the strobe as far as I could to the left. One of my all time favorite shots of Rashad - Second to everything Ryan Loco has been doing with Authentic Sports Management in Florida.
24. Alistair Overeem hits pads. It was his first time wearing UFC gloves. Big, big gloves. He tried the first XL pair on and casually threw them aside. 'Too Small' were the first words I heard him utter.
Alistair... everything is too small for you.
25. Cheick Kongo makes an unscheduled appearance at workouts. I used a 50mm G lens at f1.6. It was also the time that I made the conscious realization that I had an affinity for low angle, action shots.
33. Mark Munoz poses for a portrait in what has become my favorite photo session of the year. Ryan Loco was there shooting and offered invaluable advice and direction throughout. I would't be the photographer I am without Ryan. 34. Mark Munoz - Black and White on black and white.
38. Justin had beer goggles on ALL night. It was only fitting that we took the liberty of affixing some real beer goggles while he was passed out. The first thing he did when he awoke from his slumber was: 'I'm wearing beer goggles, aren't I'