World Cup soccer football fans

April 4th, 2014
by monteisom

I have never in my life been accused of being low energy. This may be why I am a fan of fans. Those who bring it. Those who have few inhibitions. Those who cheer and yell and raise their fists in the air for their team and country to succeed on their cry for excellence. Those who at defeat have paint running down their face in tears. With this I turn to the fans of the World Cup for my inspiration. Not only as a fan myself of soccer…but that as a fan of human spirit.

Enough poetry slam talk…

25 fans from 17 countries joined me and Make up artist Elizabeth Yoon at Bathhouse studios in NYC for the kind of photo shoot that makes me happy. High energy, inciting soccer fans to the brink of riot, passion and great advertising photos of Fans of the World Cup. With simple but dramatic lighting I tried to bring out the emotion and excitement every one of the soccer fans have felt while following their team. Many football fanatics here in the Fans of the World Cup 2014 will be in Brazil…with different faces but the same passion.

The Argentina futbol fans will not be missed as Brazil’s biggest rival.

Argentina Futbol soccer fan face paint from Argentina photo by Monte Isom

Argentina Futbol soccer fan face paint from Argentina photo by Monte Isom


The USA soccer fans always show up in abundance even if in the “group of death” with Portugal and football powerhouse Germany.
USA American soccer fan face paint from USA photo by Monte Isom

USA American soccer fan face paint from USA photo by Monte Isom

Colombian Futbol soccer fan face paint from Colombia photo by Monte Isom

Colombian Futbol soccer fan face paint from Colombia photo by Monte Isom


I will be side by side with this Portugal fan as I lose my voice in support of USA soccer while he uses the word Futbol.
Portuguese Futbol soccer fan face paint from Portugal photo by Monte Isom

Portuguese Futbol soccer fan face paint from Portugal photo by Monte Isom


If you want to see Brazil lose or you want them to win the World Cup on their own soil (like myself), no one can deny the passion the Brasilian futebol fan shows. It directly coincides with the play of those on their national team. A couple world cups ago Nike used the tagline Juga Bonita, Brazilian portuguese for play beautifully, to depict this world event. I feel this captures the Brazilian soccer fan as well as the players. Not only do the Brazil fans show intensity but also a beautiful playfulness.
Brasilian Futbol soccer fan face paint from Brazil photo by Monte Isom

Brasilian Futbol soccer fan face paint from Brazil photo by Monte Isom

French Football soccer fan face paint from France photo by Monte Isom

French Football soccer fan face paint from France photo by Monte Isom

Italian Football soccer fan face paint from Italy photo by Monte Isom

Italian Football soccer fan face paint from Italy photo by Monte Isom

Ghana football soccer fan face paint photo by Monte Isom

Ghana football soccer fan face paint photo by Monte Isom

English Football soccer fan face paint from England photo by Monte Isom

English Football soccer fan face paint from England photo by Monte Isom [caption id="attachment_648" align="aligncenter" width="800"]USA American soccer fan face paint from USA photo by Monte Isom USA American soccer fan face paint from USA photo by Monte Isom

South Korea Football soccer fan face paint from South Korea photo by Monte Isom

South Korea Football soccer fan face paint from South Korea photo by Monte Isom


Jonathan Fortes has appeared in my work before as an energetic Brazilian soccer fan in my EA SPORTS Fifa World Cup 2010 work with Wieden + Kennedy Amsterdam.

Brasilian Futbol soccer fan face paint from Brazil photo by Monte Isom

Brasilian Futbol soccer fan face paint from Brazil photo by Monte Isom

Australian Football soccer fan face paint from Australia photo by Monte Isom

Australian Football soccer fan face paint from Australia photo by Monte Isom

German Football soccer fan face paint from Germany photo by Monte Isom

German Football soccer fan face paint from Germany photo by Monte Isom


Always cool when your make up artist is a die hard Korean football fan. Elizabeth Yoon has rolled with me for 7 years on HBO boxing shoots, Newsies, Wicked Tuna and countless other advertising campaigns.
South Korea Football soccer fan face paint from South Korea photo by Monte Isom

South Korea Football soccer fan face paint from South Korea photo by Monte Isom

Mexican Futbol soccer fan face paint from Mexico photo by Monte Isom

Mexican Futbol soccer fan face paint from Mexico photo by Monte Isom

Check out the fun on set with World Cup Fans behind the scenes

#worldcupfan #soccerfan #worldcup2014 #photography #monteisom #BrazilFan #setlife #facepaint

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James Harden for BodyArmor Photos by Monte Isom

February 26th, 2014
by monteisom

James Harden of Houston Rockets for BodyArmor Superdrink photo by Monte Isom

James Harden of Houston Rockets for BodyArmor Superdrink photo by Monte Isom

James Harden of Houston Rockets for BodyArmor Superdrink photo by Monte Isom

James Harden of Houston Rockets for BodyArmor Superdrink drinking fruit punch photo by Monte Isom

James Harden of Houston Rockets for BodyArmor Superdrink photo by Monte Isom

James Harden of Houston Rockets for BodyArmor Superdrink photo by Monte Isom

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Visa Winter Olympians #teamvisa

February 18th, 2014
by monteisom

Gracie Gold American Olympic Figure skater photo by Monte Isom #GracieGold

Gracie Gold American Olympic Figure skater photo by Monte Isom #GracieGold

Gracie Gold American Olympic Figure skater photo by Monte Isom #GracieGold

Gracie Gold American Olympic Figure skater photo by Monte Isom #graciegold

Sarah Hendrickson US Olympic Ski Jumper for VISA photo by Monte Isom #sarahhendrickson

Sarah Hendrickson US Olympic Ski Jumper for VISA photo by Monte Isom #sarahhendrickson

Meryl Davis and Charlie White, American Gold Medalist Ice Dancers for Visa Photo by Monte Isom #CharlieandMeryl

Meryl Davis and Charlie White, American Gold Medalist Ice Dancers for Visa Photo by Monte Isom #CharlieandMeryl

Meryl Davis and Charlie White, American Gold Medalist Ice Dancers for Visa Photo by Monte Isom #CharlieandMeryl

Meryl Davis and Charlie White prepping to hit the ice #CharlieandMeryl Photo by Monte Isom

Portrait of Meryl Davis and Charlie White, American Gold Medalist Ice Dancers for Visa Photo by Monte Isom #CharlieandMeryl

Meryl Davis and Charlie White, American Gold Medalist Ice Dancers for Visa Photo by Monte Isom #CharlieandMeryl

Meryl Davis and Charlie White, American Gold Medalist Ice Dancers for Visa Photo by Monte Isom #CharlieandMeryl

Meryl Davis and Charlie White, American Gold Medalist Ice Dancers for Visa Photo by Monte Isom

Denis Ten figure skater for VISA photo by Monte Isom #DenisTen

Denis Ten figure skater for VISA photo by Monte Isom #DenisTen

Roz Groenewoud for VISA photo by Monte Isom #RozGroenewoud

Roz Groenewoud for VISA photo by Monte Isom #RozGroenewoud

Emily Cook American aerialist for VISA photo by Monte Isom #emilycook

Emily Cook American aerialist for VISA photo by Monte Isom

#charliewhiteandmeryldavis #teamvisa #everywhere #visa #monteisom #photosofolympians #sarahhendrickson #sochi2014 #olympicphotos #juliamancuso #denisten #paveldatsyuk #graciegold #WinterOlympics #WinterGames #photography

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Andrew Luck quarterback for Indianapolis photographed for BodyArmor SuperDrink with Monte Isom

January 3rd, 2014
by monteisom

Photographing Andrew Luck, quarterback for Indianapolis, for BodyArmor SuperDrink was so much fun. Besides Andrew being a consummate professional he is a super cool dude to work with. We had one of my assistant’s dad on set as he happened to be in Indianapolis at the time. Stanley Evans is 68 years old and a retired Full Bird Colonel from the US Army. Being a big football fan and a damn fit man I asked him to squeeze into a uniform and be a defensive lineman with one of the best quarterbacks in Football. Andrew took it totally in stride and showed Stanley and one of my assistants, James George, the technique and stance of lineman. From the final photo you would have no idea Stanley wore his loafers the whole shoot!

Andrew Luck for BodyArmor Superdrink photo by Monte Isom

Andrew Luck meets his defensive “talent” Stanley Evans for at scrimmage photo by Monte Isom

Andrew Luck Behind the Scenes shows Stanley how to squeeze into our helmet

Andrew Luck Behind the Scenes shows Stanley Evans and James George exactly where they need to line up for our scrimmage photo. Check out Stanley’s cleats!

Once the linemen were in position Luck starts calling plays

Andrew Luck and best Defensive Lineman talent Stanley Evans, my assistant’s dad chill after photo. Note Stanley’s cleats.

Andrew Luck, Quarterback for Indianapolis for BodyArmor Superdrink. Photo by Monte Isom

Andrew photo in studio and back ground plates dropped onto. I needed to extend grass on one and insert in focus grass for under his feet.

Alternate version of quarterback Andrew Luck photographed by Monte Isom

Andrew Luck drinks BodyArmor SuperDrink on set while working out.

I did something on this shoot that I rarely do… I asked for an autograph. Last time I did this was 2004 with LeBron James. Luck jumped at the idea as it was of a football photo… not of himself but of my nephew PJ Isom. Andrew, thanks for making me look like a great uncle!

Luck was cool enough to sign a football photo for my nephew PJ Isom. Not a photo of himself but of PJ. Best Christmas present ever! Thanks Andrew.

Photos by Monte Isom
Stylist Jennifer Koenig
Client BodyArmor SuperDrink
Talent Andrew Luck
Extras Stanley Evans and James George

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Lost in time

April 10th, 2013
by monteisom

Oddest way I’ve ever landed a meeting at an ad agency: Art buyer calls me to return a portfolio of mine they found that was lost in the mix. Last printed portfolio I sent out was over 5 years ago. Meeting today to show current work in updated format and view this relic.

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NBA fans photographed for BBVA Compss bank #realfan

March 5th, 2013
by monteisom

Sapeint Nitro tapped me to photograph real NBA fans around the country for a campaign they rolled out for BBVA Compass at the NBA All Star game in Houston. They asked for photo of real life fans of basketball. Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York and Brooklyn all have really fantastic fan bases with countless dedicated fans. We photographed face painters, families and super fans (yes Clipper Darrell , I’m looking at you).

The Agency placed these images all over Houston in key trafficked areas by fans promoting the hashtag #realfan. Fans submitted photos to a micro site where images can be uploaded as entries for really sweet prizes like tickets to the NBA finals.

I love shooting fans as I am a fan of fans. I love them more than the sport itself.

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Mike Trout for BodyArmor SuperDrink

February 27th, 2013
by monteisom

Just photographed Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels for BodyArmor SuperDrink as first athlete of a 5 part campaign. What a great dude to work with. He is one of the best at his game and still the most down to earth and willing athlete I have ever worked with. He lept through the air, dove for catches and laughed a bunch with us. I look forward to photographing Trout many more times in his and my career. @Trouty20 BODYARMOR SuperDrink @DrinkBODYARMOR ©monte isom 2013

Mike Trout photographed for BodyArmor sports drink by Monte Isom


Mike Trout photographed for BodyArmor sports drink by Monte Isom


Mike Trout photographed for BodyArmor sports drink by Monte Isom


Mike Trout photographed for BodyArmor sports drink by Monte Isom

Check out the Behind the Scenes with Mike Trout

And spotted out in the wild

Mike trout BodyArmor vehicle Philiadelphia

Mike trout BodyArmor van spotted out in the wild

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Manny Pacquiao vs Juan Manuel Marquez IV poster for Top Rank Boxing PPV and HBO 24/7

November 8th, 2012
by monteisom

The greatest boxing rivalry of the last 6 years brought me the opportunity to photograph fight legends Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez for Top Rank’s official boxing poster for the pay per view event Dec 8th on HBO and HBO‘s 24/7 advertisement. When Top Rank Boxing tapped me to do this shoot I was honored knowing that Pacquiao vs Marquez 4 would probably be the final epic match to decide who is the better fighter.

Both showed up in great shape and gave me everything I asked for. From intense expression to flexing every muscle.

Juan Manuel Marquez, Mexican boxer photographed by Monte Isom for Top Rank

Marquez was on set first and it turned out I shot a photo with him that takes me back to the beginning of my career and my first direct mailed promo in 1998. Funny how your career comes full circle and sometimes you try to make a photo of yours better.

Juan Manuel looked amazing and gave me fantastic intensity. You could tell he had been prepping for this event long before the contract was signed.

Everlast belt boxer promo circa 1998 by Monte Isom


Juan Manuel Marquez, 100% D.F. boxer photographed by Monte Isom for Top Rank

When Manny walks into the room you know it…usually because of his smartphone camera toting entourage. As soon as he saw photos of Juan he was ready to jump in on set and start…and he brought it.

Manny Pacquiao

Manny Pacquiao, Filipino boxer photographed by Monte Isom for Top Rank


Manny Pacquiao

Manny Pacquiao, Filipino boxer photographed by Monte Isom for Top Rank

Manny Pacquiao is one of those talents that has fun out of the ring, loves the camera and even incorporates the crew. What started as a stand in shot turned into lots of laughs. You’ll see that in the this Behind the scenes video

Behind the Scenes photo shoot for Pacquiao Marquez IV poster with Monte Isom for Top Rank from monte isom on Vimeo.

Getting boxers of the magnitude of Pacquiao and Marquez in the same room is not an easy task. Often we photograph two fighters individually and then composite them together. Top Rank arranged both talent to be in the same building and ultimately in the same room to play off each other. Fortunately these guys have intensity to spare and Top Rank chose a single frame to design the Pay Per View fight poster from. This is a little victory for a photographer in an age dominated by retouching and post work.

Manny Pacquiao vs Juan Manuel Marquez 4 fight poster, photographed by Monte Isom for Top Rank

HBO designed an advertisement for 24/7 that also came out great and is appeared in Times Square. BTW the photo of Adrien Broner on the left is also taken by me..

Pacquiao Marquez 4 for HBO 24/7 photo by Monte Isom ©HBO

Pacquiao Marquez 4 24/7 for HBO Times Square Billboard photo by Monte Isom

Pacquiao Marquez 4 24/7 for HBO Times Square Billboard photo by Monte Isom

When the Top Rank Boxing official fight poster went up in Times Square it was my 8th billboard this year to appear in the world’s media center. This was a great culmination of a memorable year in my career.

Pacquiao Marquez 4 Times Square Billboard for Top Rank and HBO PPV photo by Monte Isom

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Spike TV’s Ink Masters with Dave Navarro

October 15th, 2012
by monteisom

In college I was a tattoo artist for a year. This surprises some people because I didn’t have tattoo fever and cover myself with ink.
I was psyched to get the call to shoot the advertising for Spike TV’s Ink Masters. A super duper double dog whopper bonus was that Dave Navarro, guitarist from my favorite bands ever, Jane’s Addiction & Red Hot Chili Peppers is the host of the show. Being on set with one of your heroes is always interesting as you are playing it cool and professional all the while the 16 year old inside of you is jumping up and down.

Ink Masters Season 2 poster

Ink Masters Season 2 poster photo by Monte Isom for Spike TV ©2012 Viacom

We had an aggressive shoot schedule planned on the same day as the on air TV promos, which always adds a few beats to a typical shoot’s rhythm. We began at 6am and shoot wrapped at 6pm, capturing 15 contestants and the 3 hosts: Dave Navarro, Chris Nunez and Oliver Peck. Shooting efficiently and finishing on time required a lot of direction and coordination on the production side. The TV production crew ran a smooth tight ship.

Officially I can say that I found my true calling as a photographer. So glad I hung up my ink machine as a tattoo artist. I doubt tattooing would have ever taken me to the places photo has…or allowed me opportunity to say to one of my heroes, “the music you have made makes me happy.” Thank you photography and thank you Mike Levine for hiring me to shoot this ad. If you need a giant tarantula back piece you may want to call someone else…I’ll be taking pictures.

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The Amazing Spider-man movie posters

June 27th, 2012
by monteisom

The Amazing Spider-man posters are the newest project I have photographed and one I am most proud of.
I scaled buildings, jumped out of planes, did some base jumping and developed this scientific breakthrough elastic poly-nylon carbonate webbing for support to get the angles required…it was awesome.
Okay, perhaps I only borrowed friends rooftops and gained private roof access to a few NYC skyscrapers in order to capture the right angles and perspectives. None the less I am overwhelmed with the dynamic treatment the designers did (including the CGI Spidey himself) to make these posters as arresting as they are. There are quite a few executions and the media buy is tremendous.  It is truly one of the experiences of a lifetime to see your work on this scale and participate in one of the largest movie franchises in history.

Amazing Spider-man movie poster photographed by Monte Isom

The Amazing Spider-man international key art – ©2012 Columbia Tri Star

Amazing Spider-man movie poster photographed by Monte Isom

The Amazing Spider-man movie poster ©2012 Columbia Tri Star

Amazing Spider-man movie poster photographed by Monte Isom

The Amazing Spider-man movie poster ©2012 Columbia Tri Star

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