Yao Ming for Monster Cable

Yao MIng on Set with Noel Lee

Yao Ming on Set with Noel Lee

Just back from temperate Houston Texas where my fellow Monsters and I did a photo and video shoot with the towering Houston Rocket Yao Ming. Monster has launched a massive line of Yao Monster products being sold throughout China, and we were there to get video of him speaking Chinese directly to Chinese retailers and consumers for his headphones, power, HDMI, and other products.

Yao Ming with iSport Headphones
Yao Ming with iSport Headphones
Yao arrived on the dot at 2pm at the studio we’d rented, which is Houston’s best- Ralph Smith Studios. He’s a real pro when it comes to this kind of stuff, and he was soon correcting our Chinese script in what was apparently a slightly awkward translation we’d brought. He was calm and friendly throughout, and he and head Monster Noel Lee have a good relationship, it seems, as they were frequently cracking each other up.
Yao Ming with Head Monster Noel Lee

Yao Ming with Head Monster Noel Lee

Yao Ming Correcting our Chinese Script

Yao Ming Correcting our Chinese Script

Video guys got their retail shout-outs, and I got some nice portraits of a legendary athlete. That night Noel got to sit courtside to watch the Rockets stomp our hometown Warriors, while the crew, hungry from a long production, got to strap on the ‘ol feed bag for some Texas steaks.
Yao Ming rocking Beats Headphones

Yao Ming rocking Beats Headphones

Yao Ming on Set With Monster Cable

Yao Ming on Set With Monster Cable

Yao Ming Between Takes With Monster Cable

Yao Ming Between Takes

Yao Ming and Noel Lee with Beats Headphones

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Read more.. Friday, March 25th, 2011

Too $hort at Yoshi’s

Too $hort at Yoshi's by Dan Dion
Too $hort at Yoshi’s by Dan Dion

As part of my new ongoing work for Monster Cable here in the Bay Area, I work with the “Famous Monsters” – celebrity endorsers of our pro musical equipment and headphones (including Beats by Dr. Dre, which are the best headphones I’ve ever heard.)  So you’ll be seeing more shots of musicians with headphones and other Monster gear.

Last Saturday Night I shot Oakland hip-hop legend Too $hort at Yoshi’s in San Francisco, the first of four sold out shows that weekend. It’s great to hear a rapper in a venue with good sound, so that all the (in this case raunchy) lyrics can be heard.

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Too $hort at Yoshi's by Dan Dion
Too $hort at Yoshi’s by Dan Dion
Backstage Portrait of Too $hort at Yoshi's by Dan Dion
Backstage Portrait of Too $hort at Yoshi’s by Dan Dion
Too $hort at Yoshi's by Dan Dion
Too $hort at Yoshi’s by Dan Dion
Too $hort's Vocalist at Yoshi's
Too $hort’s Vocalist at Yoshi’s
Too $hort at Yoshi's in San Francisco by Dan Dion
Too $hort at Yoshi’s in San Francisco by Dan Dion
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Read more.. Tuesday, March 8th, 2011