Инстаграм @rnicholsonphoto Ryan Nicholson
So first a little background on the images in this collage. Thanks to some serious LA traffic issues I arrived way behind schedule in downtown with three badass runners and a quickly fading sun. I also had no idea of what the immediate location offered and moving to a different spot wasn’t an option. These are situations that I find to be great learning experiences with nothing to rely on but me, myself, and I. No assistants, no strobes, just a single camera body and whatever exists between my two ears. I did have three great athletes who were ready to get moving to stay warm. So I basically sent them off and chased them, we roamed around looking for light and interesting environments to utilize and I think it is the most productive shooting I have done in quite some time. In 45 minutes we hit a variety of spots and created some work I am really proud of and can’t wait to share with all of you.
I’ve always said there is good crazy and bad crazy. These runners are definitely in the good crazy camp! How else can you explain their willingness to get up early on a chilly morning in LA to run around Santa Monica for my camera?? I even made them run stairs (had some flashbacks to the coaching days) for a stretch which yielded some of my favorite images of the morning. Big thanks again to everyone involved including my guys @jasontracyphoto and @travis_carroll_2.1 for the helping hands. Again much more to come...
It’s currently 34 and raining in Kansas City. Take me back to Thursday morning snapping images of these speedsters floating along the beach in Santa Monica.
And here is the evening run crew who hit downtown LA with me a few days ago. I had to grab a quick group photo of them in between interval runs. Lots of talent and heart in this group! Much more to come...
Running Squad Goals! Thanks to all these amazing athletes that gave me some of their precious time today. Such a fun day I just had to post a quick shot of the squad from the morning portion of the shoot. Much more from this effort coming soon. Special shoutout to @gordonclark for playing talent agent and location scout on this one! Additional high fives to @jasontracyphoto and @travis_carroll_2.1 for the extra sets of hands.
On a day to day basis much of the work I do as a photographer is in isolation. Whether I am corresponding with clients via email, marketing to potential clients over the phone, or prepping images on my computer most of that work is typically done with me in my office alone. I don’t mind working alone but it certainly feels isolating at times. However a fringe benefit is that it makes time on shoots with subjects feel extra precious and the opportunity to collaborate with talent, crew, and clients even more special. And when you have a great moment that you capture on camera.... man that feeling is difficult for me to put into words but I think this image does the job. I don’t remember if @satkinsongrier was laughing with me or at me but either way totally worth it.
Some #recentwork that was recently released to the wild. I was commissioned by @emdashdesign and @williamwoodsu to create images of two sport athlete 🎾+⚽️ @simicc96 for their alumni magazine. The initial art direction was pretty loose something along the lines of “create something playful or surprising” and with the help of prop stylist @grace_knott_stylist and a steady tripod I think we pulled it off. Big thanks to everyone involved 🙏🏻
Don’t blink you might miss it 👀 Just a very quick teaser of my new motion reel (go to the link on my bio for the full length version). The reel features work I produced, directed, and some I even shot 😉I will be producing more video work this year and I am looking forward to collaborating with other directors, DP’s and the like. Soooo many great collaborators are featured on the reel including @birdseyeproductions who captured the drone footage during my time at @altis. @scottbainphotography on the drone footage of @melvinechard, @kevin__berg on the @rockhursths footage, @Jason tracyphoto on the Malibu Creek trail runners. Everything else was shot by yours truly. Edited by @bt_productions and features tons of amazing subjects including @themillerjames @tonyltemple @obiwanknoche @blainestrong @caseysolo @thee_chief_chidi @mr._200 @allisonstokke @joeyduck1 @gallo_gomez90 @theoriginalchingator and even @manoa.nicholson. Sorry for the long post and all the tags just want to give credit and sincere thanks to everyone involved!!
Not sure where 2019 will lead but I plan for it to include adventures both big and small with people I love in places that make me feel small and demand time spent in quiet reflection. Who’s joining me?
I don’t know that “best nine” is factually correct but it is interesting to see what posts garnered the most reactions in 2018. And it gives me an opportunity to say thanks to everyone that has followed along, liked a post, left a nice comment, etc. As always sincere thanks to my subjects/collaborators! Here’s to more adventures in 2019!