There's no tactful way to tell a big ol' wrestler that you want to photograph his backside. So that night at a wrestling match in Villa Rica, Ga I just told Bulldog, "Look, if you're going to have words on your booty, I'm going to want to photograph it.". He laughed and turned around.
Sometimes people question why I photograph the subjects I do. Hanging out in honky tonks til the wee hours, riding horses and camping out on a weeklong elk hunting trip or spending an evening in a high school gym with wrestlers... And the simple truth is, I love it. I really enjoy spending time with powerhouse CEOs and up and coming fashion designers but there is something special about telling the stories of those that can be overlooked. I love finding out trucker's CB handles, I love drinking bourbon with cowboys around a campfire and I love that moment where someone reveals something extraordinary about their "ordinary" lives.
Just think if I hadn't been there that night with Bulldog, I never would have known who let the dogs out.