I had another wonderful opportunity to shoot for O.C. Weekly a few weeks ago. This time I photographed the MMA up-and-comer AJ McKee. You can read the online article here. It’s a great story about a father and son MMA team out of Long Beach California. I got to hang-out and chat with AJ’s the dad and trainer Antonio McKee while he was warming up AJ for practice. Antonio’s story is fascinating in itself and he doesn’t mince words at all. Growing up on bad neighborhoods and got into wrestling where he took out his aggression in a positive place. And now he’s doing that for his son.
I love watching MMA and never got to step into an octagon before. This was truly a pretty cool experience getting to see these guys train. And it was a stark reminder of how out of shape I am in.
And of course, thanks to everyone at O.C. Weekly for making this happen. And a special thanks to Dustin Ames for another awesome layout.
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AJ McKee Cover for O.C. Weekly