I was really excited when I was asked to take publicity photos for the original play Oscar: A Good Man. The play, written by Derek Stonebarger, is a tribute to Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman and follows him during his life. Goodman, who used to work as a lawyer for members of organized crime including Anthony Spilotro, will soon reach the end of his term as mayor. His wife Carolyn is running to replace him in what is shaping up to be a close race against Clark County Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani. The play is currently running at Theater 7 in Las Vegas.
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.