PROFILE: Bill Frakes is a Sports Illustrated Staff Photographer based in Florida. He has worked in more than 125 countries for a wide variety of editorial and advertising clients.
Bill won the coveted Newspaper Photographer of the Year award in the prestigious Pictures of the Year competition. He also was awarded the Gold Medal by World Press Photo. He has received hundreds of national and international awards for his work. (profile taken from www.billfrakes.com)
Whether Bill is shooting a high school football game or the Super Bowl; his style never waivers. A style consisting of seasoned professionalism and a level of skill that has established him among the best still photographers in the world.
Bill’s success and longevity as a photographer can be attributed, in part, to his instinctive ability to adapt and anticipate. “For photographing the President at a public event we had several remote cameras set up to do some basic wide angle and distance shots. Then I had a camera in my hand and was able to take some chances. In that situation, you have to let the spontaneity occur. When the President is going to be interacting with the crowd, you know there will be a spontaneous moment”.
Bill extends the same philosophy, anticipate and adapt, to the equipment that he chooses. He has embraced the DSLR trend and humbly sees it as an opportunity to be an even better storyteller. “For me using the hybrid cameras for convergence makes total sense. I don’t want to ever tell anyone else how they should be telling stories. You can do it with still frames, you can do it by drawing a picture, you can do it with a film but for me, the ability to combine high resolution still photographs with audio — ambient and created — and HD video to tell stories on the Web is terrific.”
Bill explains, “For me this is a marathon, it’s not a sprint. I want to run this race long and true”. We hope Bill does just that. Cinevate is honored to be a part of Bill Frakes’ creative vision, and his desire to SHOW THE WORLD.