Brock Lesnar for WWE Summerslam PPV Poster

While WWE produces Pay Per View events year-round, their two biggest events of the year are Summerslam and Wrestlemania.

Former UFC Heavyweight Champion and returning WWE wrestler Brock Lesnar was chosen to the the face of the event from a shoot we did on April 9 in Washington, DC.

Kudos to the WWE creative services team for art direction and post production.

Brock Lesnar for WWE Summerslam Poster



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New Work: Rap artist Machine Gun Kelly

I spent a few hours in the studio recently with fast rising rap artist Machine Gun Kelly at a shoot for WWE.

Kelly’s music is being used as the theme song for Wrestlemania XXXVIII and he will be performing entrance music for Superstar John Cena live at the show prior to his match with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

Kelly was recently signed to Diddy’s label and, my guess is, before long he will be a household name.

Here’s few of the images I liked best from the shoot.


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New American Voter Project

This has been a great Spring. Work has been interesting and rewarding, I have my first ever intern and I’ve been shooting like crazy.

I’m knee deep in some personal work and wanted to share a quick taste of it .

New American Voters: One new citizen, age 79. One 18 year-old high school student

Leading up to election day, I thought it would be interesting to find out who the newest American voters are. I had a hard time finding the statistics of “new” voters in America, but I wanted to know who these people were. I decided that high school seniors (easier to find) and newly naturalized US citizens would be an interesting group for a personal photo project.

Personal photo projects always seem more glamorous in thought than reality and this was no exception. I hit every road block known to mankind. I’ll spare you the long details, but I finally found a judge who liked the idea of the project and allowed me access to a federal court house in Bridgeport, CT (with all of my equipment) so I could shoot portraits of newly naturalized citizens right after their ceremony and oath.


Traveling light: Had to keep the equipment to a minimum

Setup at the Federal Courthouse in Bridgeport, Connecticut. We were traveling light and had to keep the equipment to a minimum

Intern Audrey filling out digital model releases on the iPad

Court room on Naturalization Day in Bridgeport, CT

The project will continue through September, but I am having an amazing amount of fun, meeting some very cool people and enjoying the creative process. Here is a taste of the project with much more to come soon.




Tom Buchanan - June 12, 2012 - 12:31 pm

That sounds like an interesting project. You should be able to get copies of all new voter registrations directly from Town Clerks, or wherever the voters actually register. Here in Vermont voter registrations are public information and anybody can walk into any Town Clerk and get the basic information about every single voter as soon as they are registered. You might also contact a local high school and see if they have a scheduled registration date/drive.

Another interesting component of the same question is the eligible citizens who don’t bother to register. It especially boggles my mind that so many of our young voters don’t engage, which strikes me as a manifest failure of our education system.

richardfreeda - June 12, 2012 - 12:38 pm

Thanks for the info Tom. I actually helped my intern get registered while we were at the court house. The League of Women Voters was there with forms and I grabbed one for her to fill out. I did not know this was public information, but it is remarkable how few US citizens actually take the time or care. The schools I was in did have voter registration drives and they were eager to have me in to photograph the seniors who registered. It’s been a fun and enlightening project.

Misty - June 12, 2012 - 1:32 pm

Rich – This is such a great project! (And beautiful in so many ways.) I can’t wait to see more.

Robert Hammond - June 12, 2012 - 1:43 pm

What a terrific idea, Rich — and beautiful work, too.

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