And now Photographer Gregory Heisler

In a recent post on the Strobist he posted a video about Arnold Newman, a fantastic watch in which I learned a lot. Upon further investigation I bring you a video about his assistant Gregory Heisler (from Profoto). He camped out on Arnold Newman’s doorstep until he let him be his assistant.

“His iconic portraits and innovative essays have often graced the covers and pages of many magazines, including Life, Esquire, Gentlemens Quarterly, Geo, Sports Illustrated, ESPN, and The New York Times Magazine, yet he is perhaps best known for his more than seventy Time cover portraits.”

Photographing the Bellator Fighting Championships VII – Aragon Ballroom Chicago, Illinois

That's me, I'm pretty cool.

There were a lot of great fights when I was cage side photographing the Bellator Fighting Championships in Chicago, Illinois May 15, 2009. I have a new found respect for anyone who steps into a ring or cage. Being up that closing and hearing each blow as a glove or foot connects on their opponent. I enjoyed mixed martial arts before I went to see Bellator and photograph is for Sherdog.com, now I am just in awe. It was a long night of work, but I enjoyed it immensely and hope to do more mixed martial arts photography.

At the end of the night I need to file some pictures to go along with the report so I found where all the writer’s tables and started to upload my pictures onto my laptop. All around me they were tearing down everything from the event, I thought to myself “I hope I have enough time to FTP my pictures to Sherdog’s server.” Then about 15 minutes later one of the workers asked me “Are you almost done?” Seeing the situation around me, I planned for this occasion – I used to be a Boy Scout and “being prepared” is a motto I’ve taken to heart. So, I bailed out of the venue and drove to the Des Plaines Oasis where they had free wifi.

It was actually nicer to work there because the lighting was better, it was quiet and I had plenty of space to work. I filed everything on time and then the next day uploaded my full gallery of pictures. They will be showcased later this week on Sherdog, I’ll make sure to post the link. Below are a few highlight shots from that night, hope you enjoy!

You might be able to see me on the ESPN coverage on Bellator’s YouTube page – http://www.youtube.com/BellatorMMA the event I was at is listed under the “Bellator VII” videos.

Eddie Sanchez knocked out his opponent in just 10 seconds that night - a Bellator Fighting Championships record!

Eddie Sanchez knocked out his opponent in just 10 seconds that night - a Bellator Fighting Championships record!

Eddie Sanchez jumped up onto the cage celebrating his 10 second victory.

Eddie Sanchez jumped up onto the cage celebrating his 10 second victory.

Alonzo Martinez in Victor Mezas guard - blood tends to make it easier to get out of people holds when grappling (and for really cool visuals).

Alonzo Martinez in Victor Meza's guard - blood tends to make it easier to get out of people holds when grappling (and for really cool visuals).

Victor Meza tapping out from Alonzo Martinezs rear naked choke.

Victor Meza tapping out from Alonzo Martinez's rear naked choke.

Tis Been Too long – It’s MMA Photography Time!

Hello everyone I’m back, I’ve been in hiding for a while sorting some business stuff out – I’m still in the process of doing that as well. I hope you’re doing well. I have a very cool updates I have a new photography gig coming up this coming Friday May 15, 2009 in Chicago.

It’s at the Bellator Fighting Championships at the Aragon Ballroom. I can’t wait for this gig to happen I am an avid MMA fan so it will be fun to see some great fighting and probably have the best seat in the house. The company I’m doing the photography for is Sherdog which is the largest MMA website in the United States and is an ESPN affiliate.

So, that’s all for now I will have links, videos and pictures to come! Here a clip from a Bellator fight below and here’s a great article about Bellator in the Sun Times.