Jason Mayhem Miller

Best of 2010 - MMA Culture Photos

This post was originally featured for Deftperception.com This year started with shooting local fights for fun to shooting cageside at the Ultimate Fighting Championships for Heavy MMA along side Esther Lin and Tracy Lee. These 2 have been shooting for a long time and have helped my growth enormously; going from looking at their pictures behind my desk to actually being there is quite a trip. My personal highlights include shooting my first UFC cageside and working with All Elbows for the KJ Noons Strikeforce promotion alongside E. Casey Leydon. I've always loved their work and being included on one of their projects was a true honor. Working along side Loco throughout this time has been one of the best experiences of my life.

We spent the beginning of the year photographing fighters from K1, including Mark "fightshark" Miller, Strikeforce fighter Conor Huen and WEC's Dominick Cruz. At the time, Dominick was preparing to battle Brian Bowles for the title. I also was able to shoot and work with Fabricio "Morongo" Camoes, who tapped me out for photos, which was a first.

I shot some various cage setup's with Vanguard MMA's Eric Lee. He builds and fabricates some of the best custom cages in the business including RVCA, Blackhouse, The Noguera Brothers Gym, Huntington Beach Ultimate Training Center and others.

Enjoy the photos!

Photos by James Law

Dominick Cruz

Jason Mayhem Miller

KJ Noons

Conor Heun

Mark "Fightshark" Miller

Mark Doze

Morongo

Steamy Bro

Eric Lee of Vanguard MMA

Alex Soto of Undisputed Gym in San Diego

Ryan Loco

Strikeforce Trip | Fedor Vs. Rogers | with Loco, Doze and Mayhem

StrikeforceOctforWeb-81 So I'm on Twitter. And Facebook. And Linked In. And Yes, I have more forms of social media than you average high schooler teeny bopper and I love it. I wake up in the morning and see what everyone is up to in the world. I usually start with facebook to see if my roommate has made any really silly updates, and then scan to see if Doze has transcribed some sage-like yet phonically cryptic and syntactically odd statement. I'll also look for Loco's updates; he makes some funny observations, and he beats me in Jeopardy, so that makes him insanely intelligent.

I'm still hunting for that feeling that I got when I first logged on. People talk about crackberry and how they're always on it. Well now that there's apps for twitter for the blackberry, I'm wondering how much more time people spend on those things. I know I can't stay off my iPhone for more than 5 mintues at a time. How are we supposed to get any work done?

But I like to save the best for last....

Twitter. Yes, it's addictive. I know this. I don't tweet like crazy, but I do read it like crazy.

I follow Dana WhiteSpencer Pratt, Dana White, Mayhem, Cesar Milan (The Dog Whisperer), Deepak Choprah, Mental Floss (great fun facts), Loco, Doze, Jaco Clothing, Triumph United, a few photogs that I admire and Rev Run. I wont mention the porn stars that I follow for giggles. It's just one anyway, so who am I hurting... really? Point is, recently I've been looking forward to the collection of these people because their messages are surprisingly VERY positive and inspiring. For example, Cesar Millan will talk about positive energy and calm nature when dealing with you pet.... If you think about it, his suggestions would work with human interaction and probably help keep my blood pressure down. Mayhem has been asking his thousands of followers to write down their 2010 goals and Rev Run has been my personal filing station for motivation by posting at least 6 messages per day, here's just one from Rev Run:

Unload all unnecessary foolish baggag NOW! Free urself! Be happy! Breathe again! ahhhh feels good!

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Back in October, I was invited to Mayhem's Strikeforce debut against Jake Shields in Chicago. Yes! The Windy City. I've seen enough TV shows about that city on Nat Geo and the Travel Channel to know exactly where I want to go. Getting to do all of them will be the challenge - that's how it goes when you travel with buddies. Flew from San Diego to Chicago, walked around the city and had a blast. Met up with Tracy Lee and Dan Henderson and saw a glimpse of Babalu at a club that night. From the pictures you'll see that we hung with Mayhem pre and post fight and and a generally great time. We had a mustache party in a hotel restaurant and stayed up way too late, to the point where if my step dad saw this, he'd whoop me good - he'd whoop me anyway, but you get the idea.

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Ryan's: Parsons and Loco

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Casey interviewing King Mo

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I'll be heading to UFC 108 with Loco this weekend in Vegas, so keep an eye out.

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Photography Highlights: James Law | Fight Culture and Product Shots

About me - briefly. I started photography 3 years ago with the development of the San Diego nightlife promotion company Encore Entertainment. As our company grew I branched out into the MMA world and began photographing fights and events for various publications in San Diego, CA. Much of my personal shooting involved snapping photos of friends in various capacities. Some of my most exciting and appealing shots have come from the people I love doing what they love. For example - my brother Jack is an Apprentice Falconer and trains and hunts with a Red Tail Hawk. I was able to photograph every milestone in the training process, from their first day together, to his first hunt and flight to his release in Carmel Valley near the 56 Freeway in San Diego.

Jack releases his Red Tail Hawk 2009 from James Law on Vimeo.

Recently, Encore Entertaiment has seen a surge in popularity and will be taking an active role in becoming the face of Napkin Nights San Diego along with other industry partners. As that area of photography has grown, I have focused my efforts into building my own personal brand of photography to include fight photography, product photography, engagement shoots, lifestyle photography, candid photography and others including a range of experimental photography. In this capacity, I have made a name for myself as the resident photographer for the MMA Division at Fit Athletic, a boutique gym in Downtown San Diego. Additionally, I am working as a photographer for IA-MMA, a local San Diego based MMA promotion with exposure and connection with the CW television syndication in local cable.

I have experience in product photography/clothing photography and have worked with Do Or Die Clothing, specializing in the Brazilian Ju Jitsu market and demographic with high quality gi's and apparel. Other recent clients include Dress Elea, a women's boutique clothing line and an iPhone accessory line at AccessoriesforiPhones.

Please take a moment to view the gallery for the full selection of images at a high resolution. You can subscribe to my blog by clicking here

Also, I suggest viewing my full fight portfolio here

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Dress Elea:

Dress Elea Promo

Do Or Die Promo Shots:

Mark Doze - Do Or Die

Fit Athletic, Bad Boy with Fabricio Morongo Camoes of the UFC:

Portrait of Morongo

Fit Shoot for Mike Altman and Bad Boy:

Portrait of Altman - KJ Noons early trainer

iPhone Product Shoot for Website:

AccessoriesforiPhone Promo

James Law | jamesowen.law@gmail.com | 619.200.3577

jameslawphotography.com | flickr.com/photos/jameslaw