Spent a week driving through the midwest with a profeesional storm chaser looking to get sexy shots of these cars racing through storms. We started in Denver and headed East through Wyoming and across South Dakota and into Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska and ended in Illinois. We had several great storms where a few funnel clouds popped down for a quick hello and then dissipated. Never quite got a full touch down but that's what Mother Nature gave us. It's so fun looking at weather models and trying to predict exactly where the cold and warm air masses will collide. We'd wake up each morning with sunny, blue skies where you'd never thing a tornado warning would go into effect, and by about 5 pm all hell would break loose. It was a lot of driving around, looking for low lying clouds and seeing where they would bunch up. We'd then race towards that mass and then just sit util shit started to whirl and then race along with it until it would die down. It was fun seeing legions of other chasers out, zooming all around as the clouds were forming and wondering if they knew something we didn't. Its this perfect balance of technology and good old fashion looking up at the sky and trusting your intuition. I find there are lots of similarities between chasing news assignments and weather. Adrenaline, instinct, timing and heading into the action while everyone else is fleeing, and no fear, well, not too much fear.
I'm not quite ready to quit my day job but I could chase tornados and never get tired.
Had some really fun, interesting assignments the last month or two. Lots of time down on the border due to Trump's yuuuuge wall proposal, tornado chasing through the midwest, Hillary, Bernie, Trump campaign visits, a couple of pro athletes including shoots with Colorado Rockies Nolan Arenado, Heavy weight boxer Chris Arreola and Belgium cyclist Greg Van Avermaet and of course the Orlando shooting and a few other things. It's still great fun and fulfilling doing the news, I also love the challenge of creating branding dynamic campaigns for corporations. Hopefully that phone will keep a ringin'. Have a great Summer and thanks for stopping by!
Spent a good part of the day shadowing Colorado Rockies 3rd baseman Nolan Arenado for ESPN The Magazine a few weeks ago while they were in a 3 game series with the Padres. It was quite an honor to get a call from the great folks over there and I hadn't been that nervous for a shoot in quite a long time. As with most athletes, Nolan was a bit camera shy and was uncomfortable having a snapper trailing him all day, especially in front of his teammates. Seemed like every time I put up the camera, he would conveniently be turned away. I had to constantly remind myself that this was an honor for him as well to be featured with ESPN and this could help his brand, and dammit, I needed to be kinda pushy to get the shots I needed. First, he denied me access to the locker room which is mainly what the cient wanted, behind the scenes shots, so I was able to negotiate 10 mminutes, uh, yeah, woo hoo. Then, I had to just wait on the field for him to pop out and do pre-game stretching and BP. I did get decent access to the dugout so was able to hang there for awhile. All in all it was a pretty tough shoot but a great experience, the client was happy and my Padres won that night.