Thursday, February 25, 2010

An Actual Workout

I love mixed martial arts fighting. Yesterday was one the few times I've had the privilege of shooting an MMA fighter workout. The fighter I photographed, LC Davis, is a very hardworking and gracious guy. It was nice because he is not very well-known and he was actually WORKING OUT! A lot of the time, for the more famous fighters, a "workout" is just a disguised photo opp and media event.

(Here's the Las Vegas Sun story, complete with awesome headline)

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Also, Obama in Vegas

My photographic duties during President Obama's quick visit last Thursday/Friday were strictly confined to McCarran International Airport. Arrival and departure. Coming and going. My favorite photos, obviously, didn't have the President in them.

Our awesome 1970's style airport tower. Bye-bye Obama.

The President is in this one a little bit.

Air Force One flanked on all sides by the Secret Service.

Fat Tuesday

My Fat Tuesday 2010 was spent on the Fremont Street Experience, where the drunken hordes from all cultures and nationalities collide. I love Fremont Street. That's all I have to say.

Disco Santa and the Mermaid girls.

Tourists from Mammoth Lake, California.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Rural Road Trip

Last week reporter Michael Mishak and I took a three-day trip through rural Nevada with gubernatorial candidate Rory Reid. It was fun and challenging, and I saw more of Nevada than I ever have before. We drove from Reno all the way to Wells on I-80, then down to Ely on U.S. 93 and back west on highway 50, a.k.a. "The Loneliest Road in America." Here are some outtakes from the rural road trip.

The Owl Cafe. Eureka, Nevada.

Food that I couldn't eat. Lovelock, Nevada.

Another Owl Cafe. Battle Mountain, Nevada.

Sturgeon's Restaurant. Lovelock, Nevada.

The Red Lion Casino and Hotel. Elko, Nevada.

Owl Cafe. Eureka, Nevada.

Earthquake damage from 2008. Wells, Nevada.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

A Day in the Studio

Today I spent 12 hours in the photo studio, which is rare me for. It turned out to be nice in more ways than one:
a) It was rainy and cold outside all day, and I was inside.
b) I remembered to bring my iPod, so I could force my own music on others.
c) I was working on a really great project for Las Vegas Weekly's Valentine's issue about everyday vegas couples and love, etc. It was a blast to shoot and I learned a lot of life lessons from the six excellent couples that we shot. Here's an outtake I snapped during one of Trent and Sarah's video interviews...

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Tough Boy PDA

I love it when tough boys hug. That's why I was very happy to capture this moment between two Bishop Gorman football players, ecstatic during the national signing day ceremonies at their school. They are headed to UNLV and USC, respectively.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

I Love the Bootlegger!

I'd never been in this cute little back party room at the Bootlegger Bistro until tonight, when I came for a Brian Sandoval event. Sandoval's running for Governor. I would love to have a party in here. Great wallpaper.

Republican volunteers listen to Sandoval.

Nevada's former Lt. Governor Lorraine Hunt is a Sandoval fan.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Out With the Old

A whole block in downtown Las Vegas is being torn down the make way for the new city hall. The Queen of Hearts and Apache Motel signs were taken down today, on their way to the Neon Boneyard, their final resting place. It's sad to see them go. Read and see more in the Las Vegas Sun story.

Monday, February 1, 2010

A Happy Story, For Once

It's nice to work on an upbeat story about good things happening to good people. For this story, reporter Michael Mishak profiled Culinary Union members who used a program through the union to purchase a home. A bright spot in dark times.

Carla Henderson, a booth cashier at Paris Las Vegas, with her granddaughter Elisha.

Minjia Li, Bus person at the Mirage, with his dog Buster.

Read the Las Vegas Sun story.