I had the honor of photographing an interview with a high-profile athlete…if you follow the NBA or are a sports fan in general, there’s no mistaking who Carmelo Anthony is. Thanks to SportsGirl and her sports news website, a fashion person like myself actually had a clue whose presence I was in that day. Just a simple web search alone will paint a picture of all that Carmelo has accomplished at such a young age, which includes leading the USA Olympic team to a Gold Medal in the 2008 games.
The NY Knicks made a big investment this Spring to bring a superstar like Carmelo to infuse new energy and hope back into the New York basketball scene. Being more of a life & style photography site, I’ll leave the real sports info to a friend and fellow blogger, Heather Brooks over at www.ilovesportsgirl.com who did an interview with Carmelo at Milk Studios.
Below are images from the interview & behind the scenes:
Carmelo off the courts is also quite the impressive gentleman. In addition to possessing superstar status and good looks, he is articulate, engaging, completely down to earth and drew us in to his “melo” energy. He dedicates a large part of himself to various charities which speaks volume of who he is as a person.
From talking to his rep for Johnson Products Company, maker of Ultra Sheen Men’s hair care line, which is Carmelo’s preferred product choice, he also takes his personal fashion style seriously. Being 6’8″, he has no choice but to get most of his clothes custom-made. Hey Carmelo, if you’re reading this (or if you help dress Carmelo), consider Stephen Seo, master in bespoke suits of the Savile Row league who also does suits for Entourage.
From talking to the Creative Director of Johnson Products
(different from Johnson&Johnson and SC Johnson), I learned what an inspiration this company truly is and how it deserves a lot of credit for the way the firm operates. They were the first African-American based company to be listed on the NY Stock Exchange. Even more interesting is that this was the company which kept Soul Train alive, at one point, becoming the sole sponsor of the telecast before the show gained recognition and eventually gained additional sponsors. Without the backing of the Johnson Products Company, we all would have missed out on secretly copying a few soul train moves in our living room while growing up…or was that just me…