I loved watching the 2012 Summer Olympics! I am in awe of the talent and the physical condition of some of the athletes. Don’t you remember watching as a kid and the next day you would try your hand at being “the fastest man on earth”, long jump, and the hurdles over your mom’s TV trays? Sorry mom, I know you had to put them out for the trash after that track and field event! This year was no different. I upped the miles on my mountain bike to probably the equivalence of a roll around the block for Olympians and pros.
Pip Taylor happens to be one of those amazing athletes that logs hundreds of miles riding, running, and swimming every month. Pip is a professional triathlete from Australia, who splits her training between down under and Lawrence, Kansas. I have such respect for these athletes because they are so disciplined in their training and their nutrition. In fact, Pip is so dedicated to the nutrition part of training that she consults other athletes and blogs on the subject.
Pip is definitely one to watch; I know what you are thinking guys-she is nice looking, as a triathlete she is proving to be quite formidable.
So long Summer Olympics until Brazil 2016! If they can have rhythmic ribbon as an Olympic event I think Brazil should have the first ever beach badminton bikini event. If the Olympic committee sanctioned solo synchronized swimming for three Olympics, surely we can convince them of couch potato virtual athlete. I have a few buddies that would sweep the podium with their form, longevity, and array of snack and beverages.
Recently, I had the oppurtunity to work with Jenny Fletcher for a Garmin ad campaign. This would be one of the moments where you think to yourself ”okay, they say to play the cards that life has dealt you, but how is it some people end up with a royal flush?” Jenny Fletcher is definitely one of those people. Her life’s course is anything but ordinary. At 15, she was discovered by Mode Models, an international agency who soon had her flying off to Japan for her first shoot. Jenny had always been involved in sports so it was natural that some of her modeling assignments took advantage of that ability. In addition to modeling for the runway and photoshoots, she may look familiar from the Deal Or No Deal game show as one of the briefcase toten’ models. After several years of modeling, Jenny decided to explore a passion that she had held for many years, to be involved in a sport that would allow her to go from an ameteur to a pro athlete status. She had participated in several pentathlon events and tried a triathlon and was hooked.
She and her husband moved to California where she has been training for the past three years at the professional level. The Garmin ad campaign features Jenny with her Forerunner 910XT , which she is an advid user.
“Here comes Santa Claus, here comes Santa Claus, lookin’ good on a Harley! Yes, even the big man in red has a wish list and as you can see from the photo, he has tagged this bad boy!
Garmin International is known for it’s humorous ad campaigns, especially at Christmas. The point of advertising is to have your product stand out from the rest. The oh so talented creatives at Garmin got those wheels a turnin’(no pun intended) and concepted Santa’s wild side ride!
You know the ol’ saying “A bad day of fishing is still better than a good day at work”, this is the best of both worlds! On a recent campaign for Garmin International, I photographed Scott Martin doing what he does best; finessing the line to catch yet another hog.
Outdoor photography stirs the soul and provides such inspiration for me. Preproduction for such shoots requires anticipating the unexpected and at the same time, unlimited opportunites. Okay…..so I’m like a kid in a candy store when I’m involved in outdoor/sport/fishing/hunting photoshoots, notice I didn’t say work,cause it’s all GOOD to me!
Three-fourths of the Earth’s surface is water, and one-fourth is land. It is quite clear that the good Lord intended us to spend triple the amount of time fishing as taking care of the lawn.~Chuck Clark
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