Sports lifestyle photography of the top NFL rookies for Panini America by Chicago Sports Photographer John Gress
Sports lifestyle photography by Chicago photographer John Gress was hired by Panini America to take portraits of the Top NFL rookies in Los Angeles for their trading cards.
This was by third photoshoot with Black Ink Crew Chicago star Katrina Jackson. Stylist and art director Stephanie Alexis wanted to create a sexy wet look which I married with a behind-the-scenes looking images shot on a Gravity Backdrop and paired with a Mole-Richardson 1000 Watt Baby Fresnel on location at Lacuna Artist Lofts.
When it come’s to Instagram followers, aside from @BernieSanders, Katrina Jackson may be the biggest celebrity I have had the pleasure of photographing in recent years. That is if you don’t include professional athletes.
It was another star studded jam packed day photographing the top 40 NBA draft picks for Panini America at the New York Knicks training facility in Tarrytown, New York. And just like NFLPA Rookie Premier, I set up two lighting setups on the same set so I could take more portraits in the same amount of time.
For the second year in a row, Panini America hired me to photograph the NFLPA Rookie Premiere in Los Angeles. Each spring, following the draft, the league’s 40 top prospects converge on the Los Angeles Memorial Colosseum for a day of photoshoots with a few select photographers.