Sunday, January 30, 2011


Just back from VFL MMA's 29th installment of mixed martial arts action. The Mason Dixon Showdown V took place Jan. 29th 2011. It was a card of mixed martial arts, and boxing. 8 MMA bouts and 6 boxing bouts.
Quick results from the evening.
Jared Ferguson Defeated Cory Dawson via UD.
Nelson Moody Defeated Edward Spiker via UD.
Spencer Strube Defeated Samuel Martin Via Knock Out 9 Seconds Rd1
Brandon Wheeler defeated Sean Diehl via Triangle Choke 1:24 of Rd 1
Mark Krumrine defeated Timothy Lafferty Via Walk Over (opponent didn't show to fight).
Jay Haas defeated Stephen Franklin via Arm Bar 42 seconds Rd1
Justin Hickey defeated Ryan Harder Via TKO 3:37 Rd 2
Tenyeh Dixon Defeated Jeremy Carper via UD

Rodrigo Alonso defeated Terrence Dixon Via Decision
Jesse Athey Defeated Christian Madranno Via Decision
Darius Dukes defeated Christopher Glenn Via Decision
Devar Ferhadi defeated Hasan White via Stoppage Rd 3
Matthew Bowling Defeated Javier Lopez Via Decision
Lionell Royer Jr defeated Dave Monteith Via Decision.

Jared Ferguson and Cory Dawson at 145 lbs was the first match-up of the evening. The two traded blows on the feet and positions on the ground looking for submissions. It was competitive, but ultimately the Red corner's Jared Ferguson would win a hard fought UD.
Nelson Moody and Edward Spiker at 135 lbs was the second match-up for the evening. They both fought for take downs, Spiker regained positions, but spent a lot of time on his back. UD to Moody.

The third match-up of the evening, Spencer Strube against Samuel Martin took place at 165 lbs. The match lasted 9 seconds, with Strube landing one shot... The shot that ended the fight. The after math lasted longer than the match, the walk outs, and introductions. Martin was knocked for a loop and thought he was still fighting, even though the commission director, and doctor were trying to reach him. They had him held down, and he still was moving about. Thankfully, after the paramedics got him boarded, and got oxygen to him, he was "aware" when he was taken away. The fights were briefly halted as a result of there not being an ambulance available (Martin was taken away via ambulance, and there must be one ready at all times, so until a replacement came the fights were halted.)

As soon as the ambulance arrived, the 4th match up with Brandon Wheeler and Sean Diehl at 145 lbs took place. After Wheeler dropped Diehl, they exchanged positions on the ground, with Wheeler having secured an armbar, and transitioned to a triangle choke. Wheeler wins via Triangle choke. This is not without controversy as the fighter claims to have no tapped. The referee informed the fighter that he had lost consciousness and it was stopped for his safety. The fans far away thought it was a bad stoppage. The ringside officials thought it was a good stoppage.

The 5th match that was supposed to happen was Mark Krumrine and Timothy Lafferty at 265 lbs. Mark won the match, because his opponent didn't show up.

The first pro bout of the night was Jay Haas and Stephen Franklin at 155lbs. Haas acted quickly, securing an armbar after an initial scramble. The referee stopped the action, and Franklin claimed he didn't tap. Cageside officials sided with the referee's stoppage, as do I (It was in my field of view and I was the next closest person besides the referee to the action). The arm was hyperextended (I seen this_, and the fighter let out a yell and slapped his arm. (this is what the referee told me) The referee jumped in immediately and stopped it. It is my opinion that the referee stopped that young man from needing surgery, whether or not the kid believes it. Haas wins via armbar.

Justin Hickey and Ryan Harder at 135lbs was a fireball of action. Both fighters exchanging heavily in the pocket, content to stand and trade. At one point Hickey reminded me of 1990's Vitor Belfort bum rushing his opponent and throwing bombs. Harder stayed with it until the 2nd round, at which point Hickey just overwhelmed his opponent and won via stoppage.

In the MMA main event, game veterans Jeremy Carper and Tenyah Dixon squared off at 170 lbs. The story of this fight was Dixon overwhelming Carper with what appeared to be his strength and tired ground work. Dixon won a convincing, though underwhelming unanimous decision.


The first boxing bout took place after the promoter's crew tore down the cage and assembled the boxing ring (you need to see this, as it's a work of art. No wonder ancient man was able to construct the pyramids!)

Rodrigo Alonso fought Terrence Dixon at 125 lbs. Alonso controlled the action, knocking down Dixon several times. Alonso won a well earned decision.

Christian Madranno fought Jesse Athey in the 140lb division (I think these were juniors, or something. They were both in their teens?). Madranno put Athey on the receiving end of a few standing 8 counts en route to a decision win.
Darius Dokes and Christopher Glenn squared off at 114 lbs. These two young men exchanged knockdowns, and slips in an exciting fight between two juniors. Dokes wins in decision fashion.

Devar Ferhadi and Hasan White faced off at 170 lbs, with White being on the receiving end of quite a few good smackings. The exchanges had Ferhadi coming out on the better end each time, with White having 3 standing 8 counts in the 1st, 2 or 3 in the second, and being stopped in the 3rd round. Ferhadi wins via TKO.

Mathew Bowling and Javier Lopez faced off at 135lbs. Bowling controlled the fight, and came out the better of the two in the exchanges. Bowling won via decision.

In the main boxing event, Lionell Royer Jr faced off against David Monteith at 180lbs. This match was competitive, with both fighters landing punches and combinations. At one point Lionell's coach and father yelled "When you listen, it works! 1-2-3-2". The fight was back and forth, but popular opinion (including the referee who was stunned when the winner was announced) was that Monteith was winning the decision, however Royer won by decision. Chants of "bullshit" erupt from the crowd.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Details on the model search

Okay, the search is going well. I'm still interested in gathering just a couple more girls for this, but as it stands it's coming along well. There's a few out there that contacted me about this, but then nothing back when I sent the information, so I"m crossing them off of the list.

As of this moment, I'm going to shoot this over 2 days. Not a full 2 day project, but I'm going to shoot a few at a friend's place (Wendy), and a few at another location I've secured (date to be determined on that one).

So I've got to post some more details about this shoot, and I figured what I would do is type them up here on the blog, and send the link to the girls, rather than retyping it 10 times over. Also this can serve to perspective girls some more information about the project.

What I'm doing with this project is, I want to create a beauty portrait of several women. This will be a head and shoulders photograph (both in the horizontal and vertical aspect, as in I'll be shooting both). It will be cleanly lit, bright white background, but also if space/time permits I will shoot against black too (for the contrast AND I don't want to do the project then wish I shot both!).

Wardrobe- Doesn't matter what you wear. For the project, you'll have a clean/clear neckline. for this you'll need either an off of the shoulder shirt, a sleeveless shirt and strapless bra, or strapless bra and a tank top that you can slide the straps down. THIS IS NOT A NUDE SHOOT! This is not near nude and there is nothing provocative about this! If you look at your collar bone, and about 1-3" below that, that's all the more that is showing! That means if you want to wear sweat pants and flip flops, you can!

However, if time is permitting we can shoot some full length photographs too, so if you come wearing sweat pants and flip flops, perhaps bring something else full length too! This can be anything from suit jacket and skirt/pants, or jeans and a t-shirt or an evening gown. Doesn't matter. I figure if you're volunteering for my project and we've got time, why not shoot a few fun photos too!

Makeup--This is something important. I'm not looking for anything outlandish or over the top. This picture serves a pretty good example (and actually what I want to do for the project). NOTE I DID NOT TAKE THE BELOW PHOTO! This is from Scott Kelby, a prolific writer and photographer. This is only to show an example of what I'm looking to do.

This doesn't mean that I'm not interested in shooting more crazy makeup or anythign like that. Just like I said above, after we shoot for the project, we can shoot other images as well. The other thing is, for this, it would be great if you can pull your hair into a pony tail, BUT that's not 100% required, just helps with the clean lines.

Okay! Any questions, don't hesitate to get a hold of me, and let's get this project rolling!


Monday, January 3, 2011

Model Search

I'm going to be as brief as possible, so I don't confuse with too many details.

To the point;

I am looking for female models for a photo project that I have desire to start.
Here's the details.

  • There is no pay for this service. No travel expense. No make-up expense. None.
  • There is no cost for this. It is an even exchange. Think of it as time for jpeg/time for cd.
  • Model must be 18 years or older.
  • This is NOT for a NUDE shoot. This is FULL clothing.
  • Not everyone will be accepted. Inquiry doesn't constitute acceptance.
  • If you agree and schedule, then you need to reserve the date/time. There are no reshoots because the dog ate your home work. My time is valuable, just like yours. Don't waste mine if you're not interested in following through, as I won't waste yours.
  • You do not need to be a professional model.

So if you agree/meet the above, then read this.

I'm looking for 6-10 female models with good-excellent facial features/expression, for a head/shoulders beauty project that I would like to complete. You would be given a cd of images from the shoot, and have rights to reproduce them. I will also retain rights to the photos to do with what I wish also (advertise/post, so on so forth). You will have to sign a model release, but I will also be signing a limited copyright release for you, so this is an even exchange. You get my expertise, work and product. I get your time and modeling work.

Again, YOU DO NOT NEED TO BE A PROFESSIONAL MODEL for this! Amateurs are welcome! Speaking candidly, this is the perfect chance to get a great head shot from a professional photographer for no outward cost.

Location will be in the Altoona area (space being secured and date(s) being set). Wardrobe/hair/make-up to be discussed. While I'm not really looking for outlandish make-up (just standard beauty make-up) I'm not opposed to shooting a few of those, after we get what I'm looking for.

For inquires, check out the website, e-mail or facebook me your information and we'll talk!