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Top Web Searches To Find My Blog Of The Week 1/25/12

Every week I look through the web statistics of my photography portfolio website and my photo blog (this one) to analyze what drives traffic to my sites so I may learn how to produce more attractive content and figure out better ways to share with my various forms of social media. Much like a race car driver or athlete may look at tapes from old competitions to see how they can improve their game, I do the same with my web analytics. In time, I noticed an alarming trend of increasingly strange web keyword searches that would lead to my site (thanks to my web stats). For those that aren’t web savvy: If someone enters in a keyword such as “Douglas Sonders Photography” into their google/yahoo/msn/etc search engine and click any of the links that pop up that lead to one of my sites, it shows up on my web traffic statistics. It has become so strange and funny, in fact, that I have decided to do a weekly post sharing the top search engine keyword searches used to find my blog in the past 7 days.

Please enjoy the first installment (these are 100% actual keyword searches that led people to my site)

  • “what drives my workaholic girlfriend” I will steer you in the wrong direction, my friend.
  • “living with a workaholic girlfriend” I’m starting to think someone may have a relationship issue on their hands.
  • “douglas sonders sexiest man in dc” Haha! Somebody is playing a joke on me.
  • “how to become a professional commercial wedding photographer fstoppers torrent” Stealing is bad kids, m’kay?
  • Rudy Gay sexy” I’m sure my old portrait subject Rudy would appreciate this. Although, I don’t ever think I have ever included the term “sexy” in any of my posts about him. Haha.
  • “Rudy Gay haircut” You would not believe how many people google about his haicut.  Did he do something new that I don’t know about?
  • “rudy gay hairstyle” JEEEEZZZEE
  • “tricks of photoshop cs6 to make you look like a celebrity” Uhhhhhh. There’s an app for that?
  • “douglas sonders great abs” HAHAHAHAHA. Hope you found what you’re looking for.
  • “douglas sonders pageant photos” I sometime wonder what people hope to find
  • “Douglas Sonders married” Do you know something I don’t know?
  • “douglas sonders fastest lens in the west” ok someone is definitely playing a joke hahaha.
  • “douglas sonders biography” I was raised by a pack of wolves. Not the wild ones you see in the wild, speaking ones like you see in Disney cartoons
  • “personal photo” I’ll see what I can do.
  • “can i get instagram on my mac” A LOT of people are searching how to do this. Check out this blog post kids.

Keep an eye out for next week’s post! Hopefully I’ll have some funny ones for you. Have a great weekend!

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NBA Player Rudy Gay Photoshoot For Dime Magazine – November 2011

Click the image to see larger. Desaturated effect created using Nik Software Color Efex Pro 4. Clouds were epic that day!

My second photoshoot with basketball player Rudy Gay is hot of the presses (you can see my first shoot with him here) in the new issue of Dime Magazine. I took these at the basketball courts he played on while growing up in the Baltimore, Maryland area. Most images were taking with a large softbox as a main light and a strip softbox as a rim light. For the shot above and on the left (against the blue door), I used a beauty dish with 30 degree grid to create a spotlight effect on him and the wall.

Rudy is a really cool laid back guy. We all had a fun time on set doing this shoot. I included some behind the scenes and outtakes for your enjoyment (see below).

Check out the article in the new issue of Dime Magazine here.

Sunset portrait just before the rain started to pour. Desaturated texture effect created with Nik Software Color Efex Pro 4.
Opening spread in the magazine
Haircut before the shoot
Rudy may be a little taller than me
Taking a cell phone pic
Photo from the iPhone

Our wrap dinner

Always Trying To Get The [iPhone] Shot – On Set With Rudy Gay

Capturing the moment with my iPhone. Photo by Drew Xeron

On set photographing Memphis Grizzlies player Rudy Gay in Baltimore, Maryland for a huge feature in Dime Magazine earlier this week. We had a great shoot and Rudy couldn’t be a cooler guy. He was even nice enough to hold my ladder as I climbed up to get a shot from the hoop so that I wouldn’t fall to my death (my assistants were busy moving lighting and running around and Rudy insisted). As you may have realized by now, I have become addicted to taking photos with my iPhone as well so I had to capture the moment (see photo below).

Photo from the iPhone using the instagram app
Photo by Drew Xeron


Photoshoot wrap dinner with the crew

I photographed Rudy before for the same magazine a couple of years back (see video below), but I promise these new photos will be over the top (so to speak.) Will let you know when the issue comes out!

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Rudy Gay (Memphis Grizzlies) – NBA Star Photoshoot With Video

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Either he's really tall, I'm really short, or both
Either he's really tall, I'm really short, or both

This past Fall (2008), I photographed NBA player Rudy Gay of the Memphis Grizzlies for Dime Magazine, a basketball editorial publication.  Here are some of the final images and some behind the scenes photos for you (more photos will be posted later tonight).

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