In between Redhead Project shoots I took a morning this past week to photograph Kristen Klein in Vero Beach. Kristen is an amazing competitive barefoot beach runner with over 50 medals to her name. It was nice to finally feel the sand between my toes after a long three days in the studio.
A few years ago I had the opportunity to photograph Olympians living in the Washington, DC area for The Washington Post Magazine. I had the honor of photographing Tom Dolan and Crissy Perham (Ahmann), two very highly decorated swimmers.
U.S. Olympic Swimmer Tom Dolan won a gold medal and silver medal at the 2000 Summer Olympics and a gold medal at the 1996 Summer Olympics. He held the world record in the 400 m individual medley longer than any other swimmer in history.
Olympic swimmer Crissy Perham (Ahmann) won two gold medals and one silver in the Barcelona games in 1992.
I recently had the opportunity to photograph several U.S. Olympic Athletes. It was great to meet some whose names I recognized (ie: Dorothy Hamill and Dominique Dawes) and others, such as Lacey O’Neal and Charles Jenkins, who were unfamiliar to me. Ms. O’Neal was in the 1972 Games in Munich and has an amazing story about a close friend who was on the Israeli Olympic team. Charles Jenkins won a gold medal in the 400m relay in the 1956 Games in Tokyo, and his son Chip won a gold in the same event 40 years later, marking the first time in U.S. history that a father and son won gold in the same event. While the time I spent with each athlete was memorable, nothing compared to the chance I had to skate with Dorothy Hamill!.
Here are some of the images. You can see more on my web site under Olympians.