This is a promotional photo I did for the Jim Rose Circus. Jim Rose and his circus are best known for appearances on television shows The Simpsons, X Files, and David Letterman. They also toured in Lollapalooza, with Nine Inch Nails and other bands. The group is going on tour with professional wrestler Jake the Snake Roberts and needed a photo to distribute to media. Many people believe the character from the movie The Wrestler was based on Roberts' life. It was great to meet Jim and his wife and hear about their stories from the road.
The World Arm Wrestling League (WAL) has all the bravado of professional wrestling with the same competitive legitimacy of UFC. I arrived for WAL's annual championship held at The Orleans in Las Vegas. My main focus was on the British competitor "Mighty" Paul Maiden and his recent comeback from a life threatening illness. On the first day I setup a backdrop in the wrestler registration area for to do some portraits. On the second and third day I mostly focused on the competition and doing one light portraits around the arena. The whole event was such a blast to shoot and filled with so many interesting competitors.