A Brooklyn Back Yard

I get the chance, every so often, to photograph celebrities, but rarely in their backyards.  Late last month I had another photo shoot for TeachersCount,  this time with actors Maggie Gyllenhaal and Austin Pendleton.  With no room for a 9-ft white background, our only option was to incorporate the garden.  It’s slightly different from the usual white seamless in past TeachersCount shoots, but I like the feel.  Here are some outtakes.  The poster is due out in September.

With Kevin Love

Here are some outtakes from my ongoing assignment with the TeachersCount’s ad campaign, “Behind Every Famous Person is a Fabulous Teacher.”  This time we photographed Minnesota Timberwolves forward-center Kevin Love with his high school math teacher, Scott Buchanan.  We shot on location at the NBA headquarters in NYC, and as you can see we didn’t have much room to work with.  A 6-foot-10 basketball player can easily make a room look very small.


I don’t know many of the American Idol contestants.  I rarely watch the show.  But for some reason I had heard of Scotty McCreery.   Not sure why – he’s a country singer (I don’t listen to that genre), he won last season’s American Idol (I didn’t watch it) and he lives in Garner, just outside of Raleigh (I’ve never been there).  So, when I got the call to photograph him at his high school (Garner Magnet School) I was thrilled – I love new experiences.  Photographed on location in the library of Garner High School for TeachersCount, we took portraits of Scotty alone and with his teacher/mentor Derek Goffena.  I also had a little help from the high school yearbook staff and my assistant Elizabeth Larson and stylist Claudia Gunn.   Here’s the poster:

With CC Sabathia

Another photo shoot with TeachersCount.  This time with pitching great CC Sabathia.  Standing next to him you really get a sense of how intimidating he must be when pitching.  Off the mound though he’s a giant teddy bear; quiet, loves to laugh and very giving of his time.  His mentor is Abe Hobbs, CC’s PE teacher in middle school.  They’ve kept in touch over the years and now work together at baseball camps in California.  Abe’s family came along (kids are big Yankee fans) and we had some time to take photos before CC arrived.  Getting people on set who are not use to being photographed is a lot of fun.  Usually shy at first, but give them a minute, show them what you’ve shot and boy do they open up.  Here are a few outtakes from the shoot.

CC with the Hobbs family / CC with his mentor Abe Hobbs

Hamming it up before CC arrives
Two wonderful assistants, Rita Tongco (stylist) and Ellis Au (assistant)