John Leguizamo, Shake Shack, Edible Queens, and the New York Mets

When I got the call for this assignment I was excited to hear it was going to be my first magazine cover..and when I found out it would be with John Leguizamo I was even for into it, as I’ve always enjoyed him from his films to the HBO specials he’s done. The story was for Edible Queens, a NYC based food magazine where I’ve been doing a lot of photography recently. We went to Mets stadium and John ate some Shake Shack Burgers and some sushi for the story.

The shoot was great and John was a lot of fun to work with, and afterwards the Mets people treated us all to some Shake Shack burgers and fries, so how could you complain (its one of my favorite burgers in the world).

Then to top it off the in house photographer at the Mets asked me during my shoot if he could take a few shots of John, so the Mets would have some photos to use.  I always try to be friendly to fellow photographers so I made sure he got a few good ones in. Afterwards he came up and thanked me and said, “Hey anytime you want to come to the stadium and sit down with the press photographers let me know and I’ll have you come in and take some shots.” How could I pass that up? So last week I made it to the Mets vs. Colorado game with Johan Santana (one of their ace pitchers) on the mound. It was an awesome game and I got a chance to try out a 300mm lens which was pretty cool (brings you close to the action). Now I just hope no one gets mad at me for saying I’m a Yankees fan 🙂

7 thoughts on “John Leguizamo, Shake Shack, Edible Queens, and the New York Mets”

  1. Great and fun story! Excellent shots too. I’m coming to New York the end of next month…think I shall grab one of them burgers. 🙂

  2. Good stuff Smoothy. The stuff with John is great…keep working on those sports shots tho. 😉

    I do like the shot of Reyes in the dugout…spot on.

  3. Wow, what a dream gig! I love John Leguizamo, and Shake Shack is the best burger joint in NYC hands-down.

    Great cover shot. Did you use any diffusion? Or is that just natural light? I really like the gradient look of the seats.

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