Sunday, July 15, 2012

Portrait: Green Bay Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings

With the NFL Network gearing up for the launch of their new NFL A.M show, I photographed head shots of the new talent, including the likes of Nicole Zaloumis, Brian Webber, Eric Davis, and Mark Kriegel - more on this in a later post.   I also had to get ready for a portrait shoot with Green Bay Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings during all of this, and the original plan was to go with a white backdrop.  As luck would have it, the set-builders were in the midst of constructing the new NFL A.M set, and as I wandered around the studio, I came across a pair of moveable textured walls that immediately caught my attention.  Instead of the white backdrop, I decided that I wanted to base a portrait around these walls.  I put two of them together in a V-formation, and set up my lights.  I think Greg was a little surprised to walk into a full-on construction zone for a portrait session, but was at ease once he stepped in front of the camera.  I didn't realize it until after it was done, but one of his family members had taken a photo of the session, and Greg later posted it to his Twitter account.  When I first saw the image, all I could think of was one thing:  "Man, I really need to improve my posture!"  And with that said, here's my favorite images from that session.


Green Bay Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings shows off his style.  Those cufflinks are actually mini compasses.  I gotta get me some of those!  (Johnny Vy/NFL)
Here's a close-up of the detail on the cufflinks. 
By the way - a quick search revealed that the cufflinks are by Ravi Ratan.  Though I still think they are awesome, I came across these, which may be better suited for me.  But man those compass links are pretty stylin'.


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