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Quirky Portraits From the National Beard and Mustache Championships

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I originally saw the National Beard and Mustache Championships in the local news paper in Vegas, where I currently live. I had missed the 2012 Championships by one day and it was only a mile or two from my studio, so I was kicking myself in the ass for the missed opportunity. I tracked down the person responsible for organizing the “The Championships” and he put me in touch with the producer for the event.

Over the next year I maintained contact with him and committed to shooting portraits at the event in exchange for letting them use some of the shots for various media outlets.

Of course, the 2013 Championships were in New Orleans, and being a personal project, I incurred all of the travel and production costs of the shoot. But the images that came from it were well worth the time, effort and money I invested.

Not only do I have brand new subject matter for my portfolio and website, but I’m planning on making a short picture book out of 20-25 shots and sending it out as a promo to ad agencies. I want to create something of more value, that’s timeless, well though-out and something that agencies are more apt to keep and show people, rather than throw away, like the 20 print promos they get daily.

The editing process is underway and the book will be published early next month. I’ll have it just before the holidays, so maybe I’ll send some to my existing clients as a gift and kill multiple birds with one stone. And as a bonus, I’ve been asked to come back to the 2014 World Beard and Mustache Championships next year as the official photographer of the event.

The camera I used was a Mamiya 645DF with a Schneider 80mm LS lens and Leaf Aptus ii 7 digital back. The images were mostly shot at ISO 100 f7.1 at 1/250th of second. All of the lighting was Dynalite strobe. It was a 5 light set-up.

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You can find the complete set of portraits in this Facebook album.


About the author: Greg Anderson is a commercial photographer based in Las Vegas, Nevada. You can find more of his work on Facebook and on his website.


 
 
  • KH

    Excellent.

  • Joey Duncan

    pretty awesome!

  • Marcel Socaciu

    Super!!!

  • LucifeL MartelL

    LOLzzz… i feel like drugging them and shaving their face off whilst they are passed out… :D Would’t that be fun…!!! :P

  • thenonhacker

    a.k.a: Casting applicants who didn’t make it to The Hobbit

  • Joey Duncan

    Somebody ALWAYS has to be de-constructive in the first 6-7 comments.

  • SL

    Someone ALWAYS bitches about someone being de-constructive in the first 6-7 comments.

  • BeJay

    And I thought I did wierd things with my beard. WOW.

  • The Killer Beard

    More appropriate to just chop your hands off, asshole.

  • Seaz

    If I could grow a beard, I SWEAR I’d have one slightly as amazing as these…
    Curse these boobies! CURSE THEM!!!

  • Tim

    Are these on grey or black backgrounds?

  • Rob54

    That’s some crazy-assed facial hair!

  • Kyle T.

    where is Zack Arias. I had him as a darkhorse to win. lol

  • Bill E. Lytton

    Beard envy

  • Chris

    Someone usually uses “whilst” wrong in the first 6-7 comments too trying to sound smart, when “while” would have been the appropriate (notice how I didn’t use apropos) word.

  • Vin Weathermon

    Some amazing beards here….a fantastic series. A five light setup I am guessing a main, two side lights, hair and background…

  • Vin Weathermon

    Some amazing beards here….a fantastic series. A five light setup I am guessing a main, two side lights, hair and background…

  • Alan Klughammer

    And they say women spend too long on their hair…

  • Minomelo

    Swag!

  • Mantis

    Well that escalated quickly.

  • Mantios

    Looks yellow to me.

  • Rabi Abonour

    Love it. Posing is great, lighting is spectacular, and that MF detail just obscene. Wonderful execution.

  • ChrisThickComplains

    Erm… wrong?

    Who’s trying to sound smart now? think your teacher didn’t know the difference either.

  • Michael Lambright

    *you’re, you dummy.

  • MyOpinion001

    Sorry Michael but it actually IS “your”…….not “you’re”…”I think you are teacher didn’t know………” See. Doesn’t work.

  • jasoncbcasey

    Let me see….you know…for comparison purposes.

  • Cleroth Sun

    While and whilst are interchangeable. Just because you and other people use it more often in some cases doesn’t mean it’s only right in those.

  • Chris

    No, they aren’t. Just because people use them interchangeably doesn’t mean they actually are. While both can be used to mean “whereas”, they don’t both mean “when” which was the usage above.

    So, I’m not trying to “sound smart”, I’m trying to stop a stupid trend. Please continue to be an idiot though, the world needs ditch diggers too.

  • Hmmmm

    Obvious troll is obvious…..

  • Mike C

    Hilarious exchange guys. Haha ditch diggers. Cool stashes too.

  • Guest

    LOlzz i was just having a giggle fit over the idea of taoying with someone’s commitment and perseverance …

    I should have typed whilst they were… not are that’s the only mistake i can see…

    And everybody knows that whilst is pretty common in English (i refuse to acknowledge the existence of anything like British english or American english).

    If americans have a problem with English they should stick to their “Amerikkkish” for all i care.

  • LucifeL MartelL

    LOlzz i was just having a giggle fit over the idea of toying with someone’s commitment and perseverance … for all the wankery here, the planet did continue spinning on its axis whilst i wrote it…!!!

    I should have typed whilst they were… not are that’s the only mistake i can see…

    And everybody knows that whilst is pretty common in English (i refuse to acknowledge the existence of anything like British english or American english).

    If americans have a problem with English they should stick to their “Amerikkkish” for all i care.

  • JEM

    The beards are great. However, I noticed how most of them have lovely eyes too. Great photos.

  • Final_Word

    Douche bags all around.

  • http://milano.bbakeca.com/ BBakeca

    Great collection!

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  • AW

    The real question is… are any of the married?

  • Ramjet

    Wow!

  • SohnMan

    Your crazy, why don’t you suggest cutting of their ball next? Cause you know facial hair doesn’t grow back or anything like hands or testicles. I hope you go bald facially.

  • Tim

    Take your glasses off then

  • Meh

    “You are crazy, [...]“

  • BrokenPencil

    Love it!

  • BrokenPencil

    Down voted only because your posture is horrible. Sit up straight boy.

  • Xincontriadulti Incontrii

    This is a really great tutorial,

  • Barnegat Blummis

    a coomba lahka chimba?

  • Jenn

    Shaving their beard off might be fun, but not shaving their face off. That would just be a bloody mess.

  • Guest

    Right, so you obviously know more than the Oxford English Dictionary. My bad, thank you for teaching me.

  • Chris

    Ok, you got me. While you’ve got the Oxford dictionary cracked open, can you look up “prick”? The last time I checked the definition it was something along the lines of, “a self-involved snarky jackass who tries to impress strangers on the internet by using the word whilst when they would never use it in a real world conversation”. That may have been Webster’s though, I can’t remember.

  • Denny Swen

    Strange! They would NEVER work for me.

  • Annon

    Gross