The Many Faces of Jim (Priest River Photographer)

Today Jim and I set out to do some testing of some new lighting equipment that I had not yet tried in the field.  We set out to get our testing done quickly and then just have some fun playing around.  Well, we ended up with some really cool images that I can hardly wait to share, but for tonight I am going to share some of the goofy ones.   Here are the many faces of Jim, starting with his band!

Now with a little more psychedelic flair added to it.

Good thing Jim had plenty of friends to hang out with while he waits for the bus.

“Oh Jim”, calls out mom

“Yes mommy dearest”, replies  Jim

“Time to take out the garbage.”

“Now worries ma, Jim, Jim, Jim, Jim and Jim already took care of it!”

This last one makes me think of the classic song, “Stop in the name of Jim”.

Phil and Britt’s Engagement #1

Yesterday I had the opportunity to photograph the engagement photos for Phil and Britt, we had a perfect break in the weather and a very fun location to shoot.  They were so much fun to work with and I can hardly wait to photograph their special day in May!  Hope you enjoy this preview!

Senior Posters – Basketball

We are right in the middle of the High School basketball season, but before you know it “Senior Night”, the night of the last regular season home game will be upon us.  For senior night one of the traditions of many schools is that the seniors will create and display a senior poster for people to view at that last game.   I thought it might be fun to come up with a few of my own.  I randomly picked a few seniors, here is what I came up with.

This first one features Priest River Senior Guard Jaden Barrett.

For this one I could not find a vector graphic that even closely resembled the Spartan mascot of Priest River so I decided I needed to spend the time to make my own replica of the one that is displayed in the PRLHS gym.

Next is Sandpoint Senior Wing Cole Fuhrman

No, I did not create that bulldog graphic, I bit the bullet and forked out the money to buy one with an unlimited reproduction license.

Lastly check out the poster of Sandpoint Senior Guard Erik Nikssarian . . . .
Eric, the Basketball Roster spells your name Erik but on facebook you have it Eric, I concluded that you probably spelled your own name right when you created your facebook account, but if I I concluded wrong let me know and I will fix it!

When I took this shot I remember seeing this lane open up and Eric bursting through it, I used an effect to try to give him the same sense of motion that I saw through the lens of my camera.  Whether or not I was successful, you be the judge.

Becker Family (Bonners Ferry Photographer)

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure to capture the wonderful Becker Family and the following is a sneak peak of the photos that have been prepared for them.

Let’s start off with the youngest member of the family:

Prior to this shoot this little gal had not figured out how to sit up on her own, what perfect timing for her to figure it out while I was there ready to capture the memory forever!  You might have already noticed this, but I love how the sun is poking through the trees in the top right corner of the barn.

This young man was not camera shy at all, so photogenic and so comfortable in front of the camera, I ended up taking way too many photos of him, but how could I resist!

Of course being a model is hard work for the kiddos and sometimes they just need to take a break and play with dad.  That does not mean it was break time for me, I would never want to miss an opportunity to capture fun photos like this one!

Thanks guys, it was sure fun to work with you and I look forward to showing you all the rest of your photos from our time together!

Keeper of the Year

The parents of Kanyen Bauer (the SHS Boys Varsity Soccer starting Goal Keeper and IEL Keeper of The Year) approached me about getting a large print of one of Kanyen’s saves.  I figured I could come up with something even better than a large print, so I worked up a montage of the play to be printed as a 16×24 on metallic paper and mounted as a standout display.  The finished product was delivered to the Bauer family after being on display at the Boys Soccer banquet where it received rave reviews from all who saw it!  With Christmas shopping gearing up I thought it would be a good idea for me to start dropping some hints about possible gift items, perhaps a custom photo montage might just fit the bill.  Take a look at this one, your screen is not quite the same as that metallic paper, but it will have to do.  Click the photo for a larger view.

The Challenge of Photographing Sports

Last night (Sunday, October 30, 2010) I had the privilege of watching and photographing one of the most exciting football games I can remember.  It was the 8th Grade Junior Tackle Championship game featuring the underdog “Dawgs” from Sandpoint and the highly favored, undefeated for 4 seasons, Shadle Steelers.

One of the things that immediately stood out to me was the fact that this Steeler team was a passing team.  I could count on one or maybe two hands how many times they handed the ball off to a running back and as I watched the Quarterback it was obvious that he was a talented player and that the Dawgs were going to have their hands full.  Nonetheless, the rain falling from the sky in combination with the tenacious defense that Sandpoint brought to the Dwight Merckel Sports Complex was more than the Steelers could handle.  As Steve Russo, the Sandpoint head coach, announced to the team after the game “Defense wins championships”, a statement true in the NFL and in 8th Grade Junior Tackle!

This evening when I sat down to start working on the photos I jumped ahead to the photos from the end of the game, there was one play in particular that I wanted find.  I needed to know, did I get a good shot of the pivotal play, the play that opened up the door for the victory.  The play was an interception by Tyler Harris that was returned for a touchdown.  This touchdown provided the opportunity for Jeff Kappen to kick the winning 2 point kick.   Yes, that is right I said winning 2 point kick, in YMCS Junior Tackle the kick after a touchdown is worth 2 and what we normally call a 2 point conversion is only worth 1.

I titled this post “The Challenges of Photographing Sports” and to this point you might still be scratching your head wondering why I titled it that way since thus far it has been a report on the game, but it was when I looked at the series of photos from this play that this post and the title came to mind.  As I surveyed the series of photos I felt a mix of gladness and sadness.  I experienced gladness that I was able to get a few decent shots of the play.  Then the sadness,  due to a few different variables that were out of my hands I missed out on the best shots.  Sorry Tyler, but to be totally honest if I did not admit it I would be the only one that knew!

The following sequence of photos shows how the play went down and I think that the photos, as well as my brief comments, will show you why this is titled as it is.

All good so far, a decent shot of the Shadle QB making his throw.

Now here is “The Shot”, there is Tyler with the ball just coming into his posession . . . . . but unfortunately, number 11 Tanner Jacobson happens to be the player in focus.  You know, I think maybe instead of calling this one a missed shot I am going to claim “Artistic License”, because in my interpretation Tyler in the distance out of focus with Tanner in the foreground in focus adds to the drama of the photo . . .  Ok, I am convinced!  By the way, nice catch Tyler!

Tyler Emerges with the ball . . . . .  he, could . . . .

go . . . . all . . . .  the . . . .

oh no, the referee!

Oh no, it’s Tanner again!  Glad your happy Tanner, but could you move a little to the left?

And now it is the Field Monitor’s turn!  (note: all of the games have a field monitor, the YMCA claims that their role is to make sure that their special rules are adhered to, but I know the truth that their real job description is to watch for the key plays of the game and make sure that they stand in between that play and the photographer!)

And the post touchdown celebration!  Great game Dawgs, way to play hard all the way to the end.

And now, As a final note, a shout out to the coaches of all the Sandpoint Junior Tackle teams!  I was on the sidelines with you for a number of games and I was often very blessed to see how you interacted with the kids.  So often in football emotions can get intense but it was great to see how you fired up the team and when they made mistakes you coached and instructed instead of yelling and making a kid that was already disappointed in his play feel even worse!

2010 Girls State Soccer Poster – (Sandpoint Idaho Photographer)

The 2010 soccer season has come to a close and I have created a poster to commemorate the great State performance of the Bulldog Girls Soccer Team.  Now that the poster is finished I need to find out what kind of interest there is in it.  If there is enough interest in purchasing one or more of these posters I can get a quantity discount from my printer and pass those savings on to you.

Here is what I am proposing: with enough interest I can offer this 12” x 18” poster for $20.00 each.  This is a great price, but there is more!  I have also talked to the Sandpoint High School Athletic Director, Tom Albertson, and arranged to donate 25% of the proceeds to the Sandpoint High School Girls Soccer Program.

Now it is interest gathering time.  If you are interested in purchasing one or more of these posters, please e-mail me at this link and let me know how many posters you would be interested in.  If you know someone that might be interested in this poster make sure to pass the word on to them!

Click the poster below for a slightly larger view.

Sandpoint vs. Lake City

I have been having a great time attending and photographing the Sandpoint Bulldog Soccer teams this fall.  Here are a few photos from the recent matches (JV and Varsity) against Lake City High School.  There are many more photos available for viewing and for ordering at:

Let’s Start with the Boys and Girls JV matches

Now on to the Varsity action, unfortunately it did not take long for it to get too dark to get decent photos of the boys, but I was able to get a few before it was too late, including this one of Tanner Williams first of three goals in the game.

World Wide Photo Walk (Round 2)

Here is another batch of photos from the World Wide Photo Walk.  The last post I shared with you my favorite people photos from the walk, this time I am going to share with you the remainder of my favorites from the day.  I am really looking forward to next year’s photo walk, maybe if there is enough people interested we can get one up and running in Sandpoint!   I will start with what was my favorite  non-people photo.  This one was taken in a toy store on sherman avenue and I really like how it turned out.

That is HD for Harley Davidson, not High Definition.

Some artwork on a boat docked on the boardwalk.  Skull are not really my thing, but I loved the vibrant colors.

World Wide Photo Walk (Round 1)

Today was so much fun!  My friend Shea and I joined attended the World Wide Photo Walk in Coeur d’Alene today and we had a great time!  The photo walk was held in over 1,100 cities around the world and had over 33,000 people registered to participate.  The idea is to get together with a group of people and walk around, take photos for a couple of hours and then hang out for a while and talk photography.  Today I took photos of many different things, but my favorite thing to photograph was people.  I enjoyed meeting a number of folks in my walk and many of them agreed to let me take their photos, if you are one of those folks thanks again I appreciate it and had a wonderful time capturing a little bit of your world today!  For tonight I am going to post my favorite people photos from the day.

I know that Dog’s are not people, but here is bonus photo go add to the mix.