Last month I had the opportunity to photograph professional cyclist Ben Jaques-Mayenes for Road Magazine. It all came about when I randomly got a text message from the magazine editor, Drew Juliano, asking if I was available that week to shoot some portraits. I have actually know Drew for a long time as we have both been regulars on the local bike racing circuit, but he moved to So Cal a year or so ago, and I had no clue he was working in the publishing business. A nice, unexpected surprise when I saw his name pop up on my phone. Anyway, a few emails, a phone call, and two days later, later I found myself driving down to Santa Cruz heading to Ben’s home.
I had pretty little art direction for the shoot. The only thing in stone was a strong black and white portrait for the cover. For the rest he had referenced some of my previous work and said to have fun for some additional shots to run in the article. Here’s how everything came out.
Unfortunately I was working solo on this shoot and didn’t have anyone to grab any BTS photos, but here’s an out take of Ben showcasing his reflexes that only a pro athlete has, to narrowly escape getting pooped on.
A huge thanks to Drew Juliano at Road Mag for throwing me the opportunity and Ben for being a pleasure to work with! You can find the issue on news stands now or read it digitally at roadmagazine.net. I must say however, that Road is one of best quality printed periodicals out there. I highly suggest looking for the real thing!