Check out my chat with Beyond the Image host James Patrick about developing and fostering creativity, nurturing working relationships, the importance of paying attention and then some. Listen up HERE.
Behind the Scenes shoots are my favorite. They are challenging, stressful and fun, and they force me to let go. My first BTS story for WWE was for the magazine in 2008 (pre-Instagram and Snapchat!). It was a whole different game then. No one was allowed to take photos backstage at all. We got permission and then went to various shows capturing the BTS experience. Years later, I’d be capturing BTS for WWE Digital & Social Content regularly. I am always with the photographer directly to help them capture the right moments, be at the right place at the right time, and to push them to explore. Sometimes you get one shot to capture a moment. Sometimes you’re running ahead to shoot what is happening next. And sometimes, it’s a beautiful chaos of moments happening around you that you get to choose from. Andrew Boyle captured some great moments on his first BTS at MSG. See the entire gallery HERE.
WWE’s YouTube channel, UpUpDownDown focuses on the world of video gaming. UUDD is hosted by WWE Superstar and avid gamer, Austin Creed (aka WWE Superstar Xavier Woods) who plays games of all kinds with WWE Superstars, friends and special guests. WWE has a powerful presence on YouTube, having served 12+ billion video views in the last year and boasting more than 6.4 million subscribers, making it the No. 1 Sports channel on the platform ahead of the NBA, MLB, NFL, NHL, ESPN and NASCAR. UUDD is nearing 1 million subscribers.
I worked closely with our VP of Digital Development on producing the photography that would be used throughout the entire UpUpDownDown All-Star Madden Challenge; YouTube, Instagram Stories, Twitter and Facebook. Scott Miller covered behind the scenes and set up lighting to shoot portraits, all in the same room that the coverage of the gaming was happening. Professional football players, Kansas City Chiefs’ Travis Kelce, Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Gerald McCoy, Los Angeles Chargers’ Melvin Gordon, Carolina Panthers’ Greg Olsen, and Tennessee Titans’ DeMarco Murray took on our very own Seth Rollins on the digital gridiron.