Chicago Sports Photographer John Gress was hired by Panini America to take portraits of the Top NFL rookies in Los Angeles for their trading cards.
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.
Editorial Portrait Photography: Things have sort of come full circle….. when I was a teenager my best friend introduced me to his family past time, meeting professional athletes and getting their autograph. This kind of went hand in hand with collecting trading cards. Both of which were my primary hobby until I fell in love with photography.
A little more than 20 years later I found myself creating portraits of the top NFL draft pics for their rookie football cards.