When I photographed Hugh O'Brian

I had the chance to photograph the very hunky (and I am a straight dude using the word "hunky") actor Hugh O'Brian twice at his home in Los Angeles, CA. Hugh passed away today at the age of 91. I photographed him once through a friend and colleague, Julie Walke, and for "Cowboys and Indians Magazine." 

Hugh told me that he created the military Marines word "Hoorah." Hugh fought in WWII and was a drill instructor. And when his men were out relieving themselves and could not be seen by the troop they were to use the word "Hoorah" to let the others know where they were. 

Here are a few of the portraits I took of Hugh O'Brian. I love the photo of him with the cowboy hat and skull as he had a strong sense of pride and confidence in who he was. I think that his aged skin and the white skull texture play off of each other well as it adds to his toughness as he neared the end of his life. He was most well known for his role as TV star Wyatt Earp and was in many movies. 



SENIOR LIVING Photographer and Film, Belmont Village

I had the pleasure to shoot a vast majority of the Belmont Village photographs for their new website and I was a filmmaker/assistant director on the Belmont Village biography 15 minute film. See some of the images and film below:


For someone like myself who's only association with professional car racing is drinking beer and getting sun burned while wearing a tank top watching cars drive in boring endless circles, I have to admit my world has been opened to a culture I now appreciate since photographing professional race car drivers. Michael Wheldon seen below told me heavier set race car drivers do not perform as well because they take up too much space in the cockpit (not sure if cockpit is the right terminology) of the car and can't maneuver as well someone more fit. I had know clue there was athleticism related to car racing.  



And Sabrina Pecora is a role model and inspiration to women as a professional drag racer in a male dominated sport. Sabrina Pecora is a registered nurse that works in an emergency room in Napa, California. Pecora began racing when she was in high school running sport drags with her restored 1970 C 10 Pickup and has been racing ever since. Sabrina races about every other weekend throughout the year.