Posts Tagged ‘alida duff sullivan photography’

A new perspective on cage fighting, literally

January 11, 2010

More MMA!

Last time I shot Round 1 Fight Night for Shihan Jeff DeVore, I was sitting cage-side and having a blast. As you can see here, I was shooting through the cage and that worked pretty well. This time they had an improved setup with a little platform attached to the cage:

Up on my perch

It was about a foot and a half square, so I had to be pretty careful, especially when the cage started shaking from the fighting. Sure my feet got tired, but it was worth it to be perched above the action.

One of Alida's wonderful photos

I am editing the video now, and hope to have it up very soon. You know where to find it once it’s done!

Click the photo to visit Alida's facebook fan page!


Zane’s Photo Shoot

January 3, 2010

Back in October, Alida’s photography class did some ghost photos (long exposures paired with creepy models).  Zane was one of those creepy models, and is always game for a photo shoot.

Since he is such a fantastic model, we figured it would be fun to go out and do a shoot just with him. Good idea.

I love this photo

We had a blast watching Zane rock his eccentric clothing and prop combo. I’ve been sitting on this footage for a while and decided to do something with it while I take a break from some client projects. Enjoy!

Make sure you visit Alida’s Facebook fan page and get the updates when she does more work! And feel free to contact us if you want to do a photo shoot of your own. As Zane proves here, you don’t have to be a high school senior to do a cool photo shoot!

Happy “Noon” Year!

December 31, 2009

Today I was introduced to a fantastic ritual at the Children’s Museum of Illinois, here in Decatur. The idea is simple: get the celebration over with early, so the kid’s aren’t up late.

When my brother and I were little and spent New Year’s Eve at my Aunt’s house, she had the same idea, and told us it was midnight when, in fact, it was about 9pm. We would get just as excited, count down, celebrate, bang pots and pans, and pass out. The Museum took that a couple steps further.

Today tons of kids stood under a net that held up balloons and confetti. At noon, they celebrated the new year with a bang. Who were the only adults allowed into the ground zero of confetti? The media! I love my job!

Me covered in confetti (Photo by Stephen Haas)

As we were all scrambling to get shots of the kids running amuck with hands full of confetti and balloons, I noticed one boy dumping out an entire bag onto somebody. That somebody happened to be the Herald & Review photographer, Stephen Haas. Luckily for me, the camera was rolling for that one. You can hear reporter Annie Getsinger in the background telling him what he has to look forward to, since he’s a new father.

After the crowds dissipated and the mess was cleaned, I made my way to the door and noticed something that I had to get a shot of. There is a life-sized pin thing (those things that you stick your hand in and it makes the shape in pins), and somebody had lifted up a baby and shoved it in, face first. From the expression on this imprint, the baby did not think it was as fun as whatever adult shoved it in there. Either way, I thought it was hilarious.

Terrifying or hilarious? I vote both.

So that was the beginning of my New Year’s eve. You can check out the full-length video on the Herald & Review’s site HERE.

I’m also knee deep in about 3 different videos right now that I’ll be finishing as we enter 2010. The one that will be done the soonest is from a shoot that we did with Zane. You may recognize him from the ghost video that I did. If you aren’t already a fan, I suggest checking out Alida Duff Sullivan Photography on Facebook, where you can see more pictures like the following!


So look forward to that, but for now have a happy and safe New Year!

Shooting Shavon

October 19, 2009

Do you remember the fashion shoot video I did with my phone? The one with the crazy awesome models? Well Shavon was the girl in the prom dress.

After she saw the photos that my wonderful wife took, she immediately booked Alida for senior portraits. This time, I made sure to bring a real camera.

Be sure to check out the amazing photos HERE on my wife’s blog!

Summer Cage Wars… and more!

August 24, 2009

Saturday night was Round 1 Fight Night’s Summer Cage Wars! It was an intense mixture of kickboxing, Muay Thai, and MMA fights, and Alida and I were sitting cage-side to do the photos and video! I love shooting these events, and can’t say enough about how awesome Shihan Jeff DeVore is.

I will be working on the video very soon, and will post it as soon as it’s done. Until then, I have a little teaser. During one of the fights Alida and I were both splattered with some blood from a fighter. We took photos of each other with the blood on our faces. I don’t have those right now, so I’ll have to post those when I post the finished video. What I do have ready now is a clip from the fighter that bled on us. Enjoy!

Aside from that, here’s what else is going on:

  • Found out we didn’t place in the LLCU video contest. Bummer, but I had fun making it, and if I made a few people laugh, that’s cool with me.
  • The iris ring on my new XHA1 is faulty, and I have to send it in for repairs. At least it’s under warranty, so it wont cost anything.
  • I’m finishing up the dog video for the contest I alluded to in a previous post. I’ll be sharing more on that later.
  • Alida shot senior portraits for Shavon, and I tagged along again, this time with a real camera instead of my Xenon.
  • Alida and I shot a wedding a week ago. We had a ton of fun in Champaign, even when we got stormed on in the park!
  • A few weeks ago I tagged along with Alida for a huge family portrait session at Nelson Park. Got some nice behind-the-scenes footage for that.
  • And, as always, I’ve been shooting lots with Troupe Dynamic. My newest assignment: blooper reels!

So that’s what I’m up to now. I have lots to edit, and that means lots to post!

Maggie and Andrew Wedding

August 12, 2009

During the engagement shoot I could tell that Maggie and Andrew were a fun couple. That makes it really easy on the photographer/videographer when the subjects are up for trying fun poses and locations. We were in luck when it came time to shoot the wedding.  The entire wedding party was outgoing, photogenic, and not camera shy at all.

Another awesome part about this wedding was the groom. Instead of a tux, he wore his Navy uniform. You don’t see that all the time, and it was pretty sweet.

Here’s a look at the day, from prep to recep…tion.

For a look at some of the shots my beautiful wife took, check out her blog!

Maggie and Andrew Engagement shoot!

August 6, 2009

I really like the idea of shooting video for engagements. It’s less formal than the wedding day, and definitely less hectic. You can take your time, go to as many locations as the couple wants, and really capture something great. This couple was lots of fun. You can tell by the way they’re looking at eachother that they can’t possibly wait any longer for the wedding to come. I’m glad I was able to capture that for them.