At a karate tournament, it’s important to capture the action ~ the sparring, the katas, the weapons, but there are so many moments happening on the sidelines, too. The camraderie, friends greeting each other, coaching, and words of encouragement. I’m always looking for those special moments that happen in between the action.
When anyone asks, I say, “no, I don’t photograph weddings, I can’t handle the pressure.” But when my point guard from the sixth-grade team I coached asked me to photograph her wedding, I couldn’t refuse. It was going to be a simple ceremony and they wanted documentary shots, so I looked for moments and expressions. And brought my daughter for backup. Congratulations Liz and Patrick, and thank you for letting me share your special day.
What a perfect weekend to photograph all of the beautiful fall colors around town. Throw in a stunningly statuesque, amazingly talented flutist and you have the combination for a senior portrait session that can’t be beat. Getting subjects to relax is a challenge, but when Hannah started playing her flute, we both were lost in the music and ended up with some fun shots. Thanks to Hannah and her Mom, Lee, for trusting me with their special photos.
The Crossroads area had photographers literally running into each other on Saturday to find the best alleys and street scenes. Daniel and Brendan needed to update their head shots so we played around with some scenes and fun shots, too. I leave the head shots with a loose crop so it doesn’t look like a standard studio shot. Now to figure out a way to get the guy with the baby blues to open his eyes more.
I love to photograph people. In my photo business, I shoot family photos, senior portraits, baby and maternity photos ~ capturing moments that I feel privileged to document. But photographing my friends — the pressure is on! I’m confidant shooting candids, but portraits make me nervous. When it all comes together on a perfect fall afternoon with a beautiful family, nothing could be sweeter. I love capturing photo moments!
Catching a well-placed kick or an expressive face shouting their ki-a gives me a rush, but looking for those away-from-the-action moments is what I love about photographing karate tournaments. So it was very special to me when a parent commented on my gallery from the Midwest Open 2017, “you certainly have a gift. I love the action shots but the candids are something special. You always seem to catch those incredible moments.” Capturing moments is my joy.
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It felt like old times as I loaded up my cameras and followed the Operation Breakthrough kids onto the field at Arrowhead Stadium where they met up with their buddy Travis Kelce. The kids were treated to pregame meet n greet with Kelce and several of his teammates who shook hands and gave away gloves they had signed. Then we went to Kelce’s suite and watched the game. Sweet! My photos appeared on the blog for Kelce’s foundation, which supports Operation Breakthrough, an inner-city daycare.