Golden Olympic Mornings
Photo by Scott Halleran
I started each of my Olympic days with a 2 AM ride up the Grouse Mountain gondola to the set of the NBC Today show. Even though I was starting my day far before anyone else, I was fortunate enough to see a few world-class sunrises high above Vancouver.
Everyday, I entered the Observatory Restaurant and greeted the interns who were planning the arrivals of athletes, culinary and celebrity guests. Then, I built my set for the Portrait Studio and prepared to capture headshots of the guests as they arrived. Because all of the guests arrived between 3-3:15 AM, coffee was always the first order of business – my headshots came second.
Over the course of my assignment here in Vancouver, I have captured images of the Olympic medals, flags, famous chefs, singers, former and current medalists as well as proud family members sharing the joy and pride of their medal-winning children. My personal favorite was the portrait of Wayne Gretzky wearing one of the iconic red mittens that I took a few days ago and of Evan Lysacek looking at his gold medal.