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So I have a website now. You can find it at MaxCollinsPhotography.com. The portfolio is only temporary because I’m in the process of applying to the Buffalo News for an internship next summer and using the site to display my work specifically for the job.  Until that is figured out, I’ll be in the process of designing more pages so I can call the entire site my own instead of hosting through carbonmade.

I have some new work to show.  Last week, the michigan daily put out their annual hockey preview section. The feature story was goalie Bryan Hogan.  We met up at Yost Arena before the team started practicing to get some shots inside the locker room as well as a portrait of Mr. Hogan.  As it goes in the world of sports portraits we were given no time to work as we were only allowed less than five minutes with the goalie to photograph him.  I’m not thrilled with the end product, but with the constraints; not bad.  Fellow photographer from the paper Said Alsalah assisted on lights.

Check it:

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The DMF fall line released last weekend in the form of 4 new shirts, 2 hats, and a new website under the name Smooth Criminals.   The guys over there did an awesome job of putting it all together and hopefully the photos do all their work justice.

Details about the shoot:

We had a room at the Tuckett Inn in Buffalo to ourselves for a few hours, two models, and some lights.  We have some behind the scenes shots courtesy of Mr. Brett Mikol, the creative designer at Dazzle.

I’m going to have to cut this post short because I have somewhere to be in 10 minutes, but check the photos and more importantly, the new Dazzle Me Formal website.

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Drove back to Ann Arbor from Buffalo on saturday for the annual Michigan football media day.
Being limited with extra hands, I was able to bring my good friend and life long Michigan football fan, Dan Brown to assist me.

BIG NEWS:

The Pahokee story (part one/part two) is done!  I was waiting for media day to do a portrait of the three of them.  It ended up being three photos stitched together, but i’m pretty darn happy.

More to come

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To add on top of the already depressing economy of Michigan, the Ann Arbor News saw it’s last days of print last week.  For those unfamilar, the paper has been around for 174 years, so you can imagine how big of a loss this is.  The news building is up for sale, more than half of the staff is without jobs; most with families.  It’s just awful.    Although I was only in town for half the day I tried to do as best I could covering the final farewell.  I headed down to the printing facility where the delivery trucks made their pickups and met up with a delivery woman, Kathee Atkins  that works for the Washtenaw News Company.

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I stayed up all night watching Breaking Bad trying to catch up before the season finale on sunday, so I ended up sleeping all day until game time and not doing anything interesting with my time.   We got to the stadium about 45 minutes early and we both headed up to the roof, where we would find two guys photographing with a camera on a twenty foot pole.  They later explained they produce 360 degree tours by stiching a bunch of photographs together. They had us pose so we’ll end up being in one of the tours.  HOW COoL?!  Check it. We’re down and to the left.

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Back on the road again for the Daily, this time for an actual event: Women’s College World Series. And a little less of a drive than the last trip: 16 hours. This is the first time in my life I’ve built some sort of travel tolerance which is cool.   It’s been a lot of driving in the fast couple weeks, but it’s been to some pretty neat places and provided some thooper photos.

The girls whooped some rear tonight showing up Alabama 6-1 against a pitcher who came into the game throwing back to back no hitters.  They weren’t expected to do much in the tournament, so this win turned some heads.  Who knows, maybe this could be the year for Michigan softball to make that unlikely run.  ( I just want to be able to say it before it happens)  I was proud of my team,  but not like the rowdy Michigan section of the stadium made up by the dedicated family members and friends of the players.  It was interesting to catch a small glimpse into the world of softball parents, seeing these overly intense fathers yell together relishing in the fact they can still do the whole vicarious living thing through their daughters.

I kid.   It was special to see all the passion with the families first hand.  You can imagine all the years of practice, camps, games, and relentless dedication that went into producing these division I athletes and how it all came together into one moment.

*My boy Mike Florek has been covering the team all season and we’ll be putting up content as the games continue at MichiganDaily.com

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Pahokee – Day Two

Another interesting day in the Muck City.

-Went to the rec center, met with defensive coordinator Coach Rick James.   The center is where all the kids start playing football when they were eight years old.  On the same grounds as the center was the weight room where the team works out, which he referred to as “THE HOUSE OF PAIN! we don’t joke.”  There was a list of clubs on the wall for different weights of bench pressing.  The highest weighted club was 500+ which had a surprisingly long list.  The most recent addition was in the form of a 52 year old man.

-At practice, former Pahokee defensive back Alphonso Smith (who played at Wake Forest and was just drafted by the Denver Broncos in the second round of the draft) was in town and helping out the team he once played on.

-Went back to the rec center to go to a work out in the HOP and walked in on a superstar pick up game.  In the gym, there were players who were at Wake Forest, Florida, Tennessee, West Virginia, University of Buffalo, Denver Broncos, Jacksonville Jaguars, and the BUFFALO BILLS!  I ended up breaking too many ankles once I got in the game, so I was shown the door before I ended another career.

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