Once again I’m shooting another really cool event. For the next couple of weeks I’ll be shooting the U.S. Open Swimming championships in Federal Way, WA. There’s a lot going on, events going all day, some of them quick and others, like the 1500m freestyle, that take forever.
I’ve often found it quite ironic that as I’d end up shooting so many different sporting events when I’ve never really been a sports person. Sure, I played soccer as a kid and later on in life I was drafted by the roller hockey team some of my co-workers had formed when I worked at The Mac Zone. I’d never even watched a hockey game, but when they found I was was born in Canada they decided that Hockey was in my blood and I should be the goalie. Other than that my interest in sports has been pretty minimal since Magic Johnson left the Lakers.
How is it then that I ended up spending so much of my time shooting sports? Some 15 years ago I was hired by a medical device company to travel around the country taking photos of their products in various hospitals and I was thrilled to finally be making money doing something that I love. When I got back from that trip I started contacting all the local newspapers until finally I badgered the editor at the Federal Way News enough that they finally gave me a couple of assignments and I kept after them until finally the sports editor started giving me regular work. I was so excited to be doing the work that it didn’t matter a bit to me what I was taking pictures of, I was being paid to take pictures and they were being published in a newspaper! I did this as a sideline along with my day job for a few years until I finally decided I’d had enough of the day job and quit without any real plan other than I knew that I wanted to take pictures for a living.
It took a few months, but I finally got in touch with a company that specializes in sports photography and since that was what I’d been doing with the paper I thought it was a good match. I started doing contract work for them 7 years ago now and I still love it. While I’ve never really been into professional sports, at least not since I spent my youth watching Lakers games with my dad, I do really love getting to go to all the high school tournaments. I also get to travel quite a bit and see a lot of places I’d never get to see otherwise.
I mentioned this before, but I was informed that I had the day wrong, so I wanted to make sure that it got corrected. Jazz in July is on Wednesday Evenings in July, including TONIGHT, from 6pm – 9pm.
1730 – 10th Avenue NW, Issaquah
The Pickering Farm is located on 9 acres adjacent to Issaquah Creek. The Farm includes the Pickering Barn and outside recreational opportunities. The seasonal Public Market is also located at the Farm.
A couple of years ago I learned a very important lesson. Networking on a golf course works! I met one of my best clients on a golf course and I don’t even play golf. I was shooting a charity tournament at the Newcastle Golf Course and was asked if I was able to cover another event a couple weeks later for the Young President’s Organization (YPO) and they have since become one of my best repeat clients.
In March I got a call from YPO to cover an event they were having up at the Boeing Future of Flight Aviation Center. I was super excited to find out that as part of this event I would have to go with them on a private tour of the 747 / 787 assembly plant and Paul Allen’s Flying Heritage Collection. I’ve had an obsession with airplanes, especially WW II airplanes, since I was about 8 years old and it was this obsession that sparked my passion for photography. Now, because I happened to be on a golf course one day I got the chance to combine my two obsessions! It is days like this that when asked if I like what I do I always give the same answer, “It sure beats working!”
I wasn’t allowed to take my camera into the Boeing assembly area, but I did get to take pictures of Paul Allen’s collection and what a collection it is! There are some one of a kind planes there and every plane is in flying condition even if they don’t fly it due to being the last of its type. If you love airplanes as much as I do, or have a father-in-law that does, this is the perfect place to go. All in one location you have the Future of Flight Aviation Center, the 747 plant that gives FREE tours, The Flying Heritage Collection and near by is the Stormbirds Me 262 Project.
June 18th at Lipoma Firs Golf Course is the time and place.
- Sponsor a hole at the Tournament or Share A Hole with another business
- Donate a raffle prize
- PLAY GOLF!
The proceeds of the Tournament are used by the Graham Business Association for the benefit of the communithy which includes scholarships for graduating high school seniors. The Graham Business Association (GBA) has been helping community and business for the past 30+ years. The GBA is a non-profit organization whose sole monetary support comes from its annual golf tournament.
Please help the GBA in “helping to build a better Graham”.
For more information please contact Reggie Romines or Peg Greiwe at 360.832.2451
Seattle, WA – Monday, June 1st Propel invites you to preview the latest in fuel cell technology at Seattle’s first Hydrogen vehicle show.
Talk to industry experts and see cutting edge designs from Volkswagen, BMW, KIA, GM, Honda, Hyundai, Toyota, Daimler-Chrysler, and Nissan.
Propel’s fueling platform delivers second-generation fuels including biodiesel from waste stream feedstocks like recycled fats and oils, and locally grown, marginal land crops like camelina. Our fueling platform has the forward-flexibility to accommodate advanced fuels such as bio-methane, hydrogen and electric charging as the vehicles gain momentum in the marketplace. The hydrogen fuel cell vehicles on display have the potential to provide the range, efficiency and performance consumers expect with zero tailpipe emissions.
Date: June 1, 2009
Time: 1:30 – 3:30
I’ve mentioned Ubiquitous Journey (Ubi’s) in a couple of previous entries, so I’ll keep this fairly short. Robyn, the owner of Ubi’s, has invited me in to host a discussion about my photography later this month and I wanted to take a chance to invite anybody that may be interested to come. Ubi’s has a lot to offer, featuring a great selection of organic products, covering the range from loose leaf teas to organic cotton clothing.
Please come and join us
May 13th at 6:30 pm.
Ubi’s is located on Meridian right next to Po Boy BBQ & Enterprise Rental Car.
15011 Meridian E. Suite C, Puyallup, WA 98375
Phone Number is: (253) 445-6128
Wine Tasting tonight (01 MAY 09) Austin Chase Coffee
196th & Meridian – Graham – MAP
New Zealand wine along with chocolate wine being featured!!!!
Spring Business Mixer
Pierce County Network (PCN) is having a “mixer” on Thursday the 16th of April. Yes, this Thursday! This is a great event with the chance to meet a lot of local small business people and do some networking, sample some wine and sample some of the food provided by Ashlie from Thyme Personal Chef Services.
I attended this event last year and loved it, so I encourage you to come down to Wine Styles in Puyallup this Thursday (16APR) from 5:30 – 7:30pm and bring some extra business cards to hand out.
If you need any more information please call:
I’m at it again! Four more days of basketball and we were off to a great start yesterday even with the last game not ending until 11:30pm and I was right back at it again at 8am today! I’d be exhausted, but there is a lot of great basketball being played. Yes, some games aren’t all that great. Franklin HS just beat Auburn Mt. View by nearly 20 points, but other games have been nail biters right up to the last second. Yesterday Lakeside beat Hazen by 3 points, but it was just a 1 point game until the last 30 seconds. That’s an amazing game!
The only real down side is that there aren’t any coaches that put on a fashion show like Jerome Collins from Federal Way, but you can’t have everything.