EA SPORTS MADDEN15: Behind the scenes.

I am happy to share some behind the scenes footage and images of my sixth EA Sports, Madden cover shoot. This year, the fan vote came down to Cam Newton and Richard Sherman. We had both uniforms on hand, only finding out on ESPN who the winner was just 30 minutes prior to the shoot.

The total shoot time was about thirty minutes. Richard Sherman was easy to work with and even shook every hand in the building at the end with a "thank you". 

It takes a large crew to pull off these shoots, so thanks to everyone that contributed to making it happen!

Mountain West Class of 2013: Where are they now?

Last year we had the chance to shoot some print work with Loma Media for The Mountain West Conference. I took a peek and found out that 16 Mountain West players were drafted into the NFL for this season. I wish these guys the best and look foreword to watching them this season.

More soon on this years Mountain West shoot and the TV spot we shot and produced.



I am honored be involved and speaking at ARTExpo LIVE. Things kickoff next week.

ArtExpo LIVE : Thursday JUN 26 : 5:30-8:30PM : Wonderbread Factory Floor 2

Join artists, designers, advertisers and great friends for an intimate night of creative discussion about the DIY projects of John Purlia / Nicole Waszak and Tim Mantoani featuring a lively panel discussion. This free event will introduce #ArtExpoSD taking place during #ComicCon July 24-26 and feature prizes, networking and many area artists. (historic Wonderbread Factory located at 121 W 14th Street)

For more info, check out

SnapShot debuts on KPBS

We have been working for months on our new TV series, SnapShot, that debuted last night on KPBS. Our first episode featured Tim photographing and interviewing two San Diego luthiers, Keith "The Blues Wizard" Kifer and Pepe Romero Jr.

Join us over the next 6 weeks as we photograph and visit some of San Diego's most interesting artists, musicians, athletes and craftsmen.

You can view episodes via the Apple TV app or on KPBS on Thursday nights at 8:30.


Remembering Editta Sherman

Editta Sherman was 98 when I photographed her for my book. She was a smart and kind woman. Editta brought in her 1952 photo of Bela Lugosi that she made of him in her legendary Carnegie Hall studio. On a later trip to New York, I was able to visit Editta at Carnegie Hall during on one of her final days occupying the space.

Here is a photo of the two of us with Editta's portrait of Andy Warhol. I was fortunate enough to aquire an original print of this Warhol image from Editta, an image that is cherished and hangs in my studio.

Editta passed away this month at the age of 101, she will be missed.

Here is a link to here story on NPR.



My First Camera - Foto Hits Magazine, Germany

A few weeks back I was asked to submit an interview and a few photos of my first camera for Foto Hits Magazine in Germany. 

I am pictured here with my Olympus OM-2 that I bought of my buddy, Jeff Renati's Grand Dad, for $50. The other image on the top right shows my first 110mm minus the "Flip Flash". You have to love that camera strap!

The portrait of me is by our studio's own "Boston Zach" Barron shot on our Phase One P45. How times change. 

Shirt pictured: Line Shot from



Several years ago I thought it would be fun to start up a small apparel company that was inspired by photography. Thinking the name "SNAP!" would be cool, I applied for the trademark and as expected found myself in line behind several others that were seeking the mark. Over the course of five years, one by one the others fell out of line, failing to register the mark and eventually the SNAP! became available. 

Here are some samples of our first line of gear, custom designed by some of my favorite artist and friends.


USD Magazine - Still and Video

I am pleased to announce and share some new work for USD Magazine. For this issue, we not only shot ten stories for the print version of the publication, but also filmed and edited three video stories for their online ePub. We greatly appreciate the editorial staff trusting us with both of these amazing visual projects.  A special thanks to Chris Park for the wonderful edit and getting some great water shots for the surf story.

Manning Rookie Card

Over the years I have seen my photos for sale, but his one takes the cake! I shot this photo of Peyton in Florida for Upper Deck. The bad news is the guy is asking $50,000 for the card, the good news is that shipping is free!

NIK price drop - Too good to pass up!

For many of you that follow my work and my blog, you know I am a big fan and user of Nik software. Now that Google and Nik have merged, they are offering a suite of all of their products for just $149.00. This includes Silver Efex Pro 2, Color Efex Pro 4, Viveza 2, Dfine 2, Sharpener Pro 3 and HDR Efex Pro 2. To check out this offer click here.

EA Sports NCAA FOOTBALL14 - Cover Vote

We had a great assignment in NOLA and Orlando just prior to Super Bowl shooting 8 college football players for this years EA NCAA Football 14 Cover Vote. In the running were Eddie Lacy, Ryan Swope, Denard Robinson, Kenjon Barner, Tyler Eifert, E.J. Manuel, John Simon and Jarvis Jones. When it came down to the final two, it was Ryan Swope and Denard Robinson. Denard would go on to take the cover honors after nearly 5 million Facebook votes. Stay tuned for more on the cover shoot!