Freddie and Manny are two of my favorite subjects. I have been lucky enough to photograph them both several times over the past three years for different publications. This time the New York Times sent me to do images for a story, writer Greg Bishop is doing on the upcoming Marquez fight. There have been lots of changes at The Wild Card Boxing Gym over the years. The laundry is no longer downstairs, which means the woman who owned it isn’t chasing everyone in the parking lot. We once washed my sweatshirt over and over to appease her during a shoot. Freddie no longer lives in an apartment attached to the gym, he is now in a nice house. Pepper Roach no longer works at the gym every day. I bumped into Pepper in the parking lot, and while he wasn’t sure who I was from his recent strokes he did ask to marry me, which was our usual banter. I always reply, I’m single…but You are married! It was great to see him up and about.
Manny was going to be late, no surprise there. I shot portraits of Freddie and we caught up on his new girlfriend who seems awesome, his Mom Barbara who no longer is dying her hair blue. Freddie says she is growing up. This is why I love these people. Marie gave me a big hug and said how happy she was to have me back shooting at The Wild Card. This place is full of heart, besides being the training ground of the top boxers. Manny arrived and seemed really relaxed and happy. Every training camp has a feel, and this one seemed very mellow. Manny has become deeply spiritual and involved in politics. It will be interesting to see how this will affect keeping the killer instinct so needed in boxing. Manny plans to keep boxing through 2014 and I hope to be here for the ride.
I was lucky to hang with the legendary music producer Charlie Plotkin for a few days. Charlie produced Bruce Springsteen’s albums for 15 years and worked with Dylan, James Taylor and the list goes on. He is the most humble … Continue reading →
I am so happy to see my great client and friend Bas Rutten out in Here Comes The Boom. Bas was my first feature portrait shoot for Fight Magazine a few years ago. Since then I shot all the images … Continue reading →
I was lucky enough to be invited by my good friends to stay with them in their mountain home in Crested Butte for a few days. They were the perfect fall days, crisp and clear with sun. The yellow … Continue reading →
Wolf Haven is a wolf rescue up in Olympia Washington. They take in wolves that have been injured or kept by hoarders. The goal when possible, is to re-release them into the wild. Wolves and coyotes mate for life, … Continue reading →
I love Mammoth Lakes, California especially in the summer and fall. Everywhere you look there is beauty. We hiked up to Devil’s Postpile an incredible rock formation and beyond to Reds Meadow. Hiking at 7,000 feet makes you tired, but … Continue reading →
I’m obsessed…..I’m the first to admit it. The first time I visited Bodie I couldn’t believe how amazing it was. What used to be a booming mining town up in the mountains of California, is now a ghost town in … Continue reading →
I headed to Silverado, CA for Memorial Weekend to Lightning In A Bottle Festival. It was a gathering of the kindest people I have ever met. When was the last time you were somewhere with thousands of people and never heard one negative word. Every smile is returned with an even bigger smile. It is a cleansing from the materialistic LA environment to a simpler time. There are sound stages playing music and dancing at all hours of the day or night. There is yoga and lectures up on the hill for those who need a break. We sat in the grass and ate delicious food made by the local vendors. Lightning is the largest Green festival in the U.S. Every trash site has compost, recycle and landfill bins, and someone to help you decide, if you aren’t sure. People are free, happy and carry a piece of this weekend with them for a long time after. Special Thanks to The Do Lab for making it all possible. Everyone associated with them was stellar!
I recently did photos of a Dad about to ship out to Iraq for the next 14 months. His ex-wife was the one who hired me, which is incredibly special. They have two young sons who are going to miss their Dad so much. If anything happened to him, she wanted them to have special photos of them together. How wonderful is that? These boys love their Dad so much, I can’t imagine them not seeing him for over a year. Our kids change so much in that short time. I was honored to be able to spend time with such a great family and capture the love they all have for each other. I put the images up on a web gallery so the Dad can see them anytime while he is away. I am sending out a big wish that he comes home safe and early to his boys!