Posts in Category: Sports

From T-ball to Prom in a Day

On Saturday, May 10th I photographed an adorable Sherwood Fireballs team in the morning. That evening, I snapped pictures for my son’s Sherwood Prom group. It was not until I pulled the images from my camera to my computer that overwhelming nostalgia settled in. Childhood truly goes that fast my friends – your little people are in kindergarten and playing t-ball in the morning, and by that evening, those same little people are grown and in gowns and tuxedos heading to Prom. Those precious little girls and boys become stunning, wonderful young men and women. At any given moment this year, my heart both clenches with beautiful memories or swells from pride and their contagious excitement over what is yet to come. Graduation is just 22 days away…

Sherwood T-ball and Prom

Give N’ Gobble 2012

How could you not LOVE a healthy, fun and charitable annual family tradition that takes place 5 minutes from home? The Sherwood Give N’ Gobble rocks!

The Sherwood Give N’ Gobble is an annual run-for-food event on Thanksgiving morning that brings bountiful blessings on the community food pantry and local families in need.

My family has been participating for years…and yes, you can still get your turkey in the oven in time if you participate. This year, while my guys ran the 5K, I ran around snapping pictures to capture the Give N’ Gobble story. I especially had fun cheering on the racers and shouting “Happy Thanksgiving…you’re almost there!” to the smiling faces heading into the final stretch to the finish line.

The Give N’ Gobble photos are now available for purchase. Not only do you get to have visual proof that you earned that slice of pumpkin pie, but you’ll be helping to raise even more money with 20% going back to the Give N’ Gobble on orders placed by December 17th.  And that’s not all…shipping is free on print orders of $15 or more through December 15th (use coupon code: Gobble15).

For just $10, you can have 5×7 high-quality print or a high-resolution digital image. Other print sizes are also available.

Photo galleries:

BEFORE AND AFTER THE RACE: includes candid images of the crowds before and after the race.

STARTING LINE: includes those lead runners as well as lots of runners and walkers crossing the starting line.

RUNNING COURSE: includes runners heading into the final stretch…the photos are chronological to help you find your photo. Lots of photos…I bet you’ll see some familiar faces.  Helpful hint: If you finished above 30 minutes start looking around picture #225.

Competition – Project52

As the mom of three boys, you would think that last week’s Project52 theme, competition, would have been a breeze. Just bring along the camera to the court or the field and I’m set, right?

Wrong. Oddly enough, after many years of back-to-back sports seasons, all three of my guys took the winter off.

The good news is that all of this sudden downtime in our schedule is getting the kiddos to reconnect with each other (and me). I’ve never played so many after school basketball games of “Pig.” And, the boys love to play “Knockout” on the driveway.

So, it turns out, all I had to do was go out on the driveway to get my competition pictures.

While I got a lot of fun action shots, my favorites are actually of the “Rock, Paper, Scissors” they played to decide who goes first in their game of one-on-one basketball.

The hands are filthy from playing with a damp, dirty ball on the driveway and for some reason, that game always gives them the giggles.

This Project52 work is fitting so nicely with my New Year’s Resolution to take more photos of my kids in “everyday life.” Very fun.

Oh, and, my close up got picked for a Moms with Cameras favorite of the week. Woohoo!

Basketball Boys

In the last several years I have been on a mission to conquer the challenges of basketball photography. That crazy gym lighting and high-speed, close-up action can be so, so hard to capture.

I use all my tricks and am ecstatic that I can freeze those passionate faces and amazing leaps to the basket. And it’s thrilling to share the images with the parents. I know they love the pictures now. And how sweet will it be to look back at these 3rd grade shots when they’re playing for the high school or college or ???

Let me know if you’d like a game photographed before the end of the season…just a few weekends left!

Take Me Out to the Ball Game x 20

It’s not easy trying to photograph 20+ baseball teams in a single weekend, but it sure is fun.

I’m busy, busy, busy getting ready for the Sherwood JBO Federal Tournament this Friday and Saturday and (probably) Sunday.

Each team will have it’s own online gallery of action-packed photos. They can purchase a variety of print sizes or even purchase the high-resolution digital file of their favorite shot for just $5.

Photos will be loaded up by Monday morning at

Girls Got Game

So thrilled to shoot my first girls’ sports team. And, this group of 4th grade basketball players had some “game” both on and off the court.

Shooting the Shot

January and February find me frequently sitting court side at youth basketball games. Shooting those epic jumps to the hoop are challenging. The action is fast, the lighting is terrible and the space is limited. However, with my fast glass/lenses, I have found some workable angles and camera settings that make the work fun and get the results I want.

These shots were taken at a Sherwood 8th Grade Boys game just this week. It was an intense battle. Some of the boys could really fly!

Spartans Collage Poster

As baseball season comes to end, it’s fun to pick some favorite pictures and put together collage posters. They are fun, affordable and easy projects that make great coach gifts.

Sherwood Spartans in Timeless B&W

Don’t you just love those old, black and white baseball photographs? I’ve started delivering my team photos in color and black and white. The B&Ws feel so timeless and really fit the traditional baseball uniforms.

Scorpions Team Photo

Finally had 100% attendance and dry conditions to take the Sherwood Scorpions team photo. I love how this turned out with a the small hill, great lighting and natural backdrop. The boys had to brave a small swamp to get there, but it was worth it.

As usual, I did the “nice” shot and then gave them 10 seconds to get into a goofy pose. Not sure which is my favorite this time.