Life Time Chicago Triathlon

I was commissioned by Life Time to shoot Chicago Triathlon. They wanted to use some new images for Chicago Triathlon promo. Chicago creates a perfect background for any type of outdoor event but there is a catch with this sort of work. You need to shoot live during the race which means anything can happen. A typical shot would be on Lakeshore drive over the bridge looking West with all the skyline under a perfect sun. Guess what? Murphy’s Law! It’s been raining for a week and every morning was almost foggy. The night before the race I drove the race course again. Goal was to capture something unique to Chicago. Something that stands out from the other triathlons. And I think I found it. This morning it started foggy and dark as usual. We had the pro athlete start at Chicago Triathlon early morning. In the past it was always noon start due to TV broadcasting and waiting for the course to clear. But this year for safety reasons they moved the professional race before the age group race. This was a huge challenge since its pitch dark at 6 AM. I could live without swim shots but given the length of the swim it would be roughly 6:20 when they start the bike and add the overcast stormy sky, not ideal! Oh and we had a brand new course this year. Instead of doing two laps on the scenic Lakeshore Drive, it is now one lap at Lakeshore Drive and head into the Batcave under Wacker Drive. Yes it is actually the same location where they filmed Batman chase scenes.


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Yes Cross is coming! We are almost in September and this is a sign that CX season is almost around the corner.

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Powerbar promo shoot with Jacqui and Ryan Giuliano. Usually I do this behind a minivan or a motorcycle but today I didn’t have an assistant and this had to be done. I placed two 650 Watt strobes high at the back of an SUV, camera was attached at the level of the riders with Manfrotto Magic Arm, firing was done with Pocketwizard remotes. Run a lan cable from the camera to the laptop on passenger seat for tethered shooting.

We also had a very limited time. I wanted to do the shot at 7-8 AM but both of the athletes were coming from San Diego at 1 AM, had to do their  workout early morning and come to the shoot around 10:30. And they had to go to a wedding after the shoot.


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Ironman 70.3 Racine

This was probably my 6th or 7th visit to Ironman 70.3 Racine which includes 2 times competing. I had couple of athletes to cover and shoot specific images. Let me remind you, this is a race, even though they ask me to shoot specific photos there is no guarantee. Everything has to come together.

Here are some images from today’s race and I believe one day, one day I will be back on this course as a competitor.

Additional images can be found in Client Access.

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Dare2Tri Paratriathlon Camp

Some random images from this week’s Dare2Tri Triathlon Camp held in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin.

Back in February I was contacted by Dare2Tri to photograph their new campaign for the season. They were planning to use the images for their web promotions, print advertising and some promo displayes at the ITU World Championships.

Challange was the timing. Camp was scheduled for 3 days and almost every minute of those 3 days were filled with activities and workouts leaving almost nothing for a seperate photoshoot with the athletes. On top of that the turnaround time needed to be fast to meet the deadline for the print campaign.

Additional images can be found in Client Access.


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Glencoe Grand Prix

The Glencoe Grand Prix is the seventh stop on the National Criterium Calendar (NCC). This is the third year the GGP has been on the calendar that brings riders from all over the U.S. to compete for overall individual and team titles. In 2010, the GGP was selected to host the U.S. Pro Criterium Championship and has been on the cycling community’s radar as one of the best one-day races in the U.S.

This year also marks my third year covering the event for Chicago Athlete Magazine. This is one of my favorite races for many reasons but the best part, it is located 15 minutes from my home.

Additional images can be found in Client Access.


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