Behind-the-Scenes: Capoeira

Capoeira–a Brazilian art form that combines elements of dance, martial arts and music. A few months ago my rock star make-up artist/stylist, Paula Dahlberg, came to me with the idea of shooting this amazing sport as a portfolio project. Immediately, visions of amazing movements, intense action and stark beauty filled my mind. We choose Bonneville Salt Flats State Park on the border of Utah and Nevada as our location for this shoot for it’s unique natural beauty. I hope you enjoy the video above from what turned out to be my largest self-funded portfolio shoot ever. More of the final images can be viewed in the Latest Work gallery on my website at www.miketittel.com.

Sunday, July 17th, 2011 Behind-the-scenes, Recent Shoots 2 Comments

Our Crew

Wow. Time seems to be flying by at an alarming rate these days. These past few weeks have been truly remarkable on a deeply personal level. For those who don’t know, my wife and I welcomed our first child into the world on May 16. My son, Crew, is one amazing little dude who totally rocks my world. I’m sure every parent out there can relate. For those who aren’t–let me just say that having children is one of the most amazing experiences in life. Period. Nothing else I’ve experienced in my 34 years has come even close. Although it has only been a short time since my son’s arrival I cannot image life without our little guy. I just can’t seem to get enough of him. It’s an exciting chapter, and I look forward to the new adventures ahead.

I’ve been on a bit of a babymoon these past few weeks and haven’t really done much other than spend tons of quality time with my little guy and our family. I do apologize for the recent lack of posts but trust that you all understand. I’m finally back into the swing of things full time and there is lots on the horizon. More soon . . .

Friday, June 24th, 2011 Miscellaneous No Comments

Race for the Cure

Some things in life leave you speechless. This past weekend I took my own advice and headed to downtown SLC to photograph our local Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure event. Like millions of others, breast cancer is a disease that has affected my life personally. In the spring of 2008, a few weeks before my wedding, my mother shared the news that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer. It was one of those moments in life that totally took me by surprise. How could my mother–the kindest, most loving and amazing woman I know–have to battle something so terrible? And why now, during a time of joy for our family? Hearing the news was a scary moment that I’ll never forget. Three years later my mother is doing fine and her journey has brought all of us closer together. After two rounds of chemo/radiation it appears the battle has been won.

Although photojournalism is not something I’m normally drawn to or hired for, my personal connection to this disease spawned an interest in the event. I had no real objective–just a strong desire to pick up my camera and see where the day would take me. A few moments before the race started emotion took over. In that moment I was taken back to the evening my mother called to tell me of her news and diagnosis. All of it came flooding back as I stood there looking at the sea of 20,000 people. I couldn’t help but wonder how many of those people where in similar shoes? How many of them were just diagonised or lost someone they loved to such a terrible disease? I just stood there watching unable to lift my camera, taking it all in–husbands and wives, mothers and their children, sisters and brothers, and best friends all affected in some way. It was clear cancer does not discriminate.

As the morning progressed my somber mood quickly changed to one of joy and at times even pride. The event proved my personal belief that adversity and tragedy brings out the best in people. The amount of love, support and positive energy was astounding. Life and the human spirit never cease to amaze me.

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011 Recent Shoots 4 Comments

2011 Wenger Watch Catalogue

Back in February I posted about my work for Wenger over the past two years. I recently received an e-mail with the latest from the project–their 2011 Watch Catalogue. Thought I would share a few of my favorite clips here. I must admit I wasn’t much of a watch person until I started working with them a few years ago. Their GST Chrono hooked me. It’s a beautiful time piece that is extremely well built. Looking at the 2011 line-up I’m drooling over the new Squadron Series. If they keep this up I just might become an accessories man. Check out all their latest at www.wengerna.com.

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Monday, March 28th, 2011 Published Work, Recent Shoots 1 Comment

Columbia Sportswear Spring/Summer 2011

The weather here in Utah is definitely changing–spring is in the air. With the change of seasons comes the new campaign I shot for Columbia Sportswear this past summer here in Utah. We shot two full days of hiking and trail running in the Wasatch Mountains outside of Salt Lake City including one of my personal favorite trails–Catherine Pass.  Below are a few shots from their website along with a couple of pics of the new in-store signage. More of our work can been seen in their retail displays around the world as well as in Columbia’s own retail stores. Make sure you check out their new spring/summer collection as well–www.columbia.com–both the crew and models were so impressed we had a hard time returning the samples from the shoot.

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Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011 News, Published Work, Recent Shoots No Comments

Tornado Alley

I don’t know about you but tornados get me excited–especially since I grew up in Western Kansas and tornados were a huge part of my childhood. Check out the trailer for the new IMAX film Tornado Alley by film maker Sean Casey. Back in May of 2009 I was blessed with the opportunity to tag along and photograph Sean and the Vortex 2 project for 10 days including their historic day on June 5. (You can read about it here.) What an experience! Sean is one of the most passionate film makers I’ve met dedicating over 8 years to this project. Needless to say I cannot wait to see this on the big screen!

Friday, March 18th, 2011 Miscellaneous 1 Comment

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