Playing with Fire: Valkyrie Photoshoot with Brianne Thompson

Originally posted by Performance Designs on May 3rd, 2016

“For the one year anniversary of launching the Valkyrie, we wanted to create a continuation of the original Valkyrie Ad (see below) first released early last year. Sticking with the same theme, we aimed to showcase a strong female figure as the personification of the Valkyrie. Brianne Thompson of AXIS Flight School was chosen. As a strong, confident, talented woman in the sport, she was a natural choice for the ad.

The photo was shot at Skydive Arizona with the help of Nik Daniel (AXIS Flight School), Steve Curtis (Arizona Arsenal), and photographer Justin Carmody. In case you were wondering, the fire is 100% real and no Valkyrie canopies were harmed in the making. We only had three chances to get the winning shot due to weather and lighting conditions, but after some rainy days, tense moments, and hot swoops (literally!), we finally captured the perfect shot seen here.”

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Skydive Radio Photo of the Week Show #218!

I would like to congratulate Dan Dupuis, and thank Dave at Skydive Radio for making the image below their pic of the week! Skydive Radio is the world’s leading internet radio show dedicated to the sport of skydiving.  Weekly episodes include commentary, feature interviews with industry insiders, listener-contributed photos, and e-mails from an audience that spans the globe.

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PARAMAG ÉDITION SPÉCIALE ! COVER

I would like to thank Bruno at Para Mag and congratulate Alex Swindle on his first cover photo. Alex took the image below with a GoPro Hero 4 that was mounted to his helmet via two GoPoles. The December 2015 cover is part of a special edition of the French skydiving magazine. Please click here to view the accompanying article.

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Skydive Radio Photo of the Week Show #216!

I would like to thank Dave at Skydive Radio for making my image below their pic of the week! Skydive Radio is the world’s leading internet radio show dedicated to the sport of skydiving.  Weekly episodes include commentary, feature interviews with industry insiders, listener-contributed photos, and e-mails from an audience that spans the globe.

Click here for a behind the scenes look at how the image was captured.

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AXIS Flight School on 60 Minutes

 

 

photoBrianne Thompson and  Niklas Daniel of AXIS Flight School, with Steve Curtis of Arizona Arsenal, recorded some video footage for Go Pro on October 22nd, 2014. Parts of the video were featured on the 60 Minutes segment “GoPro Moment” on February 4th, 2015. The final edit is scheduled to be released on Go Pro’s You Tube Channel very soon. Special thanks to: Samantha, Trunk, Wade and Robin for helping us get the shots!

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Screen Shot 2015-03-13 at 11.36.32 AM60 Minutes SportsScreen Shot 2015-03-13 at 11.32.25 AMGoPro Moment IntroScreen Shot 2015-03-13 at 11.33.18 AM  Curtis and Brianne flying head downScreen Shot 2015-03-13 at 11.34.07 AM  Brianne approaching the slip and slideScreen Shot 2015-03-13 at 11.35.15 AM Brianne on the slip and slideScreen Shot 2015-03-13 at 11.36.10 AMCurtis demonstrates precision on landingScreen Shot 2015-03-13 at 11.37.42 AM60 Minutes end credits, Curtis, Brianne and Nik build a “3-stack” over Skydive Arizona with their high performance canopies.