New Directing work for The University of Alabama at Birmingham

Proud to announce that Spots Films, commercial production company out of Atlanta, GA, is now repping Ben Van Hook as a director. Peter Siaggas, Principal / Director, and Scott Knollenberg, Executive Producer put together a great crew up in Birmingham, AL for shooting three :30 broadcast spots for The Campaign for UAB.
Production Company: Spots Films
Agency: THB, Inc.
Director: Ben Van Hook
DP: Henry Lynk

Cover shoot for Ian Poulter’s Autobiography

PGA star and European Ryder Cup team member Ian Poulter has written an autobiography, available on Amazon HERE, and we got the call from his London based publisher to shoot the cover. Set up a studio at his house and he was intrigued with the 4×5 camera and the stash of Polaroid Type 55 film we brought, but the frame they ended up choosing was shot on the Canon 5D MKlll with a medium format 80mm Mamiya lens adapted for the Canon. He’s always fun to work with and he didn’t disappoint this time.

Serena Williams photographed for Sports Illustrated

As Serena Williams continues to play fabulous tennis thought I’d post a few pictures from our shoot with her in New York right before the Open started. After the shoot Serena produced her dog Chip from a purse, dressed him in a bow tie, and was all smiles while I held him and shot a few more pictures for her. Thanks to Picture Editor Miriam Marseu, Director of Photography Brad Smith, Taylor Ballantyne, and Milena DeVincenzo. Special thanks to Serena’s agent Jill Smoller at William Morris Endeavor for giving me some breathing room :-) The magazine ended up using them in color although I really love the black and white.

Photographing Michelle Wie for Sports Illustrated

Photographed LPGA star Michelle Wie for Sports Illustrated a few weeks back, impeccable timing as she won her first major, the US Women’s Open on Sunday.
Beautiful display in the magazine and wonderfully written by Alan Shipnuck. Thanks to Christine Sonnenberg, Milena Devincenzo, James Biscardi, Irene Ferdinand, Mike Rado, Christopher Crumb. Great editing by Miriam Marseu. We built a wall out of 100 of Michelle’s instagram photos to use as a backdrop.

Matt Fitzpatrick for Golf Magazine

Flew up to Atlanta to photograph Matt Fitzpatrick, U.S. Amateur Golf champion Matt Fitzpatrick for Golf Magazine. Storm clouds in the morning made for some nice mood. Got to play in the Masters at 19 years old!

Bubba Watson for Sports Illustrated

Great day with Masters champ Bubba Watson when he returned home to tiny Bagdad, FL to give back to his town. The day was filled with emotional moments as he stopped by all three of his schools to give a donation and talk with the kids. What a class guy and he’s got a hell of a pitching arm.
Thanks to Director of Photography Brad Smith and Picture Editor Miriam Marseu.

PGA star Jason Day for Sports Illustrated

Spent some time with PGA star Jason Day, his wife Ellie, and son Dash (love that name!) for Sports Illustrated. Written by Alan Shipnuck, read the story HERE. Wonderful family.

Kevin Spacey for Propellor Films and WBK Bank Poland

Had the honor of photographing two time Academy Award winner Kevin Spacey in New York for WBK Bank Poland’s worldwide ad campaign. This is our third body of work for them, including actors John Cleese and Antonio Banderas. Kevin was a sweetheart to work with and one of my all time favorite actors. Shot at the beautiful Steiner Studios in Brooklyn.

Kevin and agency/clients look over the take.

Milena finds new friends in Times Square after we wrapped.

Most Beautiful Women in Golf

Great time photographing 4 of the Most Beautiful Women in Golf for Golf Magazine. Here is Beatriz Recari from the LPGA…enjoy!

Visit Orlando – Change Your World TV spot

Directed and produced this :30 broadcast spot for Visit Orlando with our friends at PUSH advertising agency. It is airing in the UK now. The Orlando Sentinel wrote a front page story about the production today. Found the London cab up in Charleston, SC and had it trucked down here. First we had to have the
alternator replaced (it wouldn’t start), then we replaced the passenger side window when someone smashed it out while we filmed in downtown Orlando making it double as downtown London. Loved our talent we found. Great crew overall. A few behind the scenes pix..