One morning last month, I received a call from a client of mine, five-time Olympic medalist, John Naber. He asked if I would be interested in photographing a Russian Olympian, Vladimir Morozov, who trains at USC here in Los Angeles, for the cover of a Russian swimming magazine. Of course, I was interested!
Around noon, I was able to speak with the editor, Dmitry Volkov (also an Olympian and three-time medalist) about his ambitious concepts, and the unique “swimming-as-art” nature of his magazine. To make things interesting, the shoot needed to take place the next morning! I spent the remainder of the day preparing equipment and finding available studio space, a hair and make-up artist, and photography assistant. It was definitely short notice, but we pulled it off and I’m so pleased with the results.
Morozov is an incredibly talented swimmer. This year, he won the NCAA Division I Championships in the 50 free and 100 free. At the 2012 Olympic Games in London, he won a bronze medal in the 4 x 100 meter freestyle relay, and at the 2012 European Short Course Swimming Championships he won seven medals. It was a privilege to photograph him and to be surrounded by other incredible Olympians in the process.
Thank you, John Naber, for the introduction and opportunity, and thank you Carl (photography assistant), Evan at Dream Factory Los Angeles, and Susie Chhuor (hair and make-up) for helping me on such short notice, and contributing to the success of the shoot!