Behind-the-Camera of Photojournalist Nic Coury in Monterey County, California.

December 15, 2013

Portraits of the Year 2013

Three-time 500cc World Champion Wayne Rainey looks at one of his championship motorcycles from the early 1990s at his home in Monterey, Calif.

I spend a lot of time with a lot of people for both the newspaper and variety of magazines around the country, so here are my favorite portraits of the year.

I had the honor to photograph three-time World Champion Wayne Rainey (above) for Cycle World magazine for a profile I also wrote for their December issue.

Below, is winemaker Ian Brand who I photographed for Imbibe magazine in the Spring.
Winemaker Ian Brand in Salinas, Calif.
Two of my good friends bought a 1970s Volkswagen Bus, named it Lily and started a tour company around San Francisco. I shot some portraits of them for their website, Vantigo.
Erik and Amy Hormann of Vantigo VW Bus Tours in San Francisco.

Also in San Francisco, I photographed two of my very good friends' engagement at their favorite places around the city.
Rebecca and Jamie Schlessinger engagement photo at Dolores Park in San Francisco.

In Indianapolis, I photographed a drag race test of the Ducati Diavel for Cycle World magazine.
MotoGP racer Ben Spies burns out on a Ducati Diavel at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in August.

I shot the Big Sur International Marathon, which has a large group of Boston to Big Sur runners. Runner's World magazine ran some of my photos in their July issue for the worldwide story on the Boston Marathon bombings, which were only two weeks before Big Sur in April.
After the three friends completed the Boston Marathon two weeks ago, Kristin Powell (right) from Minneapolis cries with Lindsey Wild and Nycole Schneider after they finished the Big Sur International Marathon in April.

The three men below, I photographed for The Forward newspaper in New York on a story about transgendered members of the Jewish faith.
Elliot Kukla at his home in Oakland, Calif.
Noach Dzmura at his home in Berkeley, Calif.
Rabbi Reuben Zellman at his church in Berkeley, Calif.

This was my favorite photo from the annual Big Sur Fashion Show.
Jessica Babcock looks at Zosia Considine during their performance at the Big Sur Fashion Show.
 Below are two of my favorite portraits from Monterey County Weekly's 25th anniversary issue for a story on 25 people who are going to be making a difference in the next 25 years.

Theatre producer Jourdain Barton at Paper Wing Theatre in Monterey, Calif.

Music promoter and DJ Britt Govea at Henry Miller Memorial Library in Big Sur,  Calif.
 As always, I photograph a lot of my very talented friends who are doing really cool and creative things. Here are a few of them.

Zosia Considine models locally-made clothing and jewelry in Big Sur, Calif.
The Silent Comedy performing at the Black Box Cabaret at California State University Monterey Bay in December. 
Alicia Hahn and Matt Peterson at the 2013 Big Sur Food & Wine Festival.

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