Heaven just gained a fitness guru with the passing of Jack LaLanne at 96 years young. One of the great days of my life was spent photographing Jack and his wife Elaine at their Morro Bay, California home. For anyone who grew up watching Jack on TV in the 60s it was amazing to meet an icon who never grew old. So lets all raise a glass of carrot juice to the King of Fitness!
I grew up in the days before fitness gurus were everywhere you looked, in those days when fitness could be summed up in just three words…Jack…La…Lanne…
When I was growing up I start off each day watching “The Jack La Lanne Show” before heading off to school.
As a portrait photographer, there is nothing cooler than shooting your idols. I’d always wanted to photograph Jack, so rather than wait for an assignment that might never come, I decided to assign myself. I called up his office and gave it my best pitch. They warned me that Jack gets five photo shoot requests a week and the answer would probably be “no.”
Undeterred, I emailed my pitch along with a link to my portraits of athletes on my website. Five minutes later the phone rang with the words I wanted to hear, “Jack wants to know when you can come out…”
And with that, I was headed out to photograph the world’s youngest 92-year-old and his wife Elaine near their Morro Bay home.
I tell everyone that I have the greatest job in the world. This is just further proof of that…