A few weeks ago I was sent on assignment for MXP Magazine to snap a cover of Tyler Medaglia for their upcoming issue.  I was particularly stoked for this shoot because I cut my teeth shooting MX with Tyler and I was really happy to see it come full circle like this.

The first time I shot MX was with Tyler and he was on the cover of MXP then as well.  I had no idea who he was at the time and when I got in my buddy’s truck to go meet him for the shoot, I saw the cover and realized who he was.   It was a pretty intimidating first MX shoot but I rose to the challenge and took it as the great opportunity it was.  It was just a very cool twist of fate that I ran with.  We had an awesome session and I shot with him and his bro’ Jeremy a few more times after that.  The Medaglia family welcomed me into their home in Kemptville, near where I grew up in Ottawa, and we had some great shoots together.  We captured some of the best images of him during that period.  Tyler is a dad now, living on the east coast and has some very impressive titles under his belt, including a couple of Canadian National MX2 Championships.

Tyler is a great guy and I am pumped on the new Gopher Dunes Racing Team he is on.  Tyler has some good people behind him like the Schuster family, Honda, Troy Lee Designs and Red Bull.

A portrait in his father Derek’s garage – CIRCA 2009

Still one of my favorite shots to date. Tyler at his home track – Sand Del Lee

 

I got out to Gopher Dunes early to take advantage of the soft morning light.  I had a pretty long shot list to bang off and I didn’t want to miss a beat.  Frankie from MXP Films joined me on this shoot for an edit.  I started the day off with some static bike shots and portraits.   Tyler’s new Honda looks amazing as does his Troy Lee Designs Red Bull helmet and kit.  here are a few shots from our day at the Dunes.

Sexy beast. Tyler’s 2012 Honda CRF450R

Tyler is a full-on Red Bull athlete in 2012

Tyler is rocking the number 11 plate in Mx1 this year but it looks more like a pair of #1′s to me

Tyler also has the Brass Knuckle Therapy crew in in his corner for casual wear

Hand painted by Troy Lee himself. One of the nicest helmets I’ve ever seen. Red Bull has it dialed.

Tyler sending it over the finish line jump at Gopher

This gem was captured in the woods that surround the track at Gopher. Just wanted something different and the red and green complemented each other so well.

I took out the strobes and applied a look I would normally use in my mountain bike work.

Big ol’ power wheelie through the forest

Tyler doing what he does best, killing berms. This could have easily been the cover, but Tyler had something else in mind.

Tyler just burying his Honda within an inch of it’s life

 

Tyler had a vision for the cover.  He wanted this sick shot of him taping the fender doing a wheelie.  Even though we had set out to get a whip shot, we all got behind it and I thought of a way it could work as a cover.  The reader had to be able to see the fender hitting the grass in order for it to get the props it deserved.  I also wanted the the front wheel to be ever so slightly turned to the right, which would frame the MXP logo nicely on the cover.  Tyler was able to do it a few times for me and I got the shot I wanted.  I think it’s a unique shot and I am stoked that Ryan, Frankie and the crew at MXP got behind it.  I think this shows real progression on their part.  Peter, the mag’s art director, did a phenomenal job with it and I couldn’t be happier.

I can’t even begin to tell you how hard this is. I wanted to include a few angles so you could truly appreciate it

Tyler’s MXP cover by yours truly.  Go get one!

Huge thanks to Derek and Frank Schuster for the great help during the shoot.  Tyler, you are the man, thanks for the awesome day.  Best of luck to you and the GDR Team in 2012.  I’ll be looking for ya!

Matt, Frank, Derek and Tyler chillin’ after a great day of shooting at Gopher Dunes

 



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Marc Landry is a Toronto, Ontario based action sports photographer. Honing his skills on local and World Cup cycling circuits, Marc has since expanded his subject matter to include several outdoor adventure sports. Marc is in his element when surrounded by the energy that top athletes radiate. The relationships he forms with his subjects is apparent in his images and is part of what defines his look. He is most at home in the mountains and his preference for long glass and elaborate lighting setups has become his signature style. Born and raised in Ottawa, Marc now lives in Toronto with his wife and daughter