2014 In Review

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2014 has been a pretty stellar year. I divided my time almost equally between San Francisco, Portland and Kansas City. Three very different locations and but also oddly similar in more ways than I expected.

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This year brought a lot of new and exciting photography opportunities. This March marked my first time at spring training, watching or shooting. I had a great week full of baseball, sun and burritos. When I was back in the Portland for the summer I was fortunate enough to intern for Craig Mitchelldyer and get to shoot the Portland Timbers (MLS), Portland Thorns (NWSL) and the Hillsboro Hops (MiLB) as well as lend a hand on miscellaneous other shoots. I have affectionately been referring to this time period as the summer of soccer, which lead into the fall of football.

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In august I moved to Kansas City and began work for the Chiefs without knowing much more about the city then its reputation for amazing BBQ. Working for the Chiefs has been an amazing opportunity to grow as a photographer and photo editor as well as see first hand how an NFL team works on a daily basis. My boss and team photographer Steve has been wonderful in teaching me the ropes as well as photo archivist and ninja turtle lover Zach. All my fellow interns are excellent as well, coming from all over the US and one coming as far as South Africa. As a group, we have become pretty close. I jokingly say that my life since being out here has been football, barbeque and beer (but there is a lot more truth to that then I care to admit).

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While in Kansas City I was able to work for MLB as a photo editor during the World Series. What sweetened the deal was that the Royals played the Giants, both cities I am quite fond of. My favorite part about the Series, besides all the behinds the scenes things you don’t see on tv, was meeting all the great photographers who covered the event including fellow Sports Illustrated intern alum Amy Stroth.

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Also during this time I attended the Eddie Adams Workshop. This sleep deprived weekend full of shooting, inspiring lectures, 2 am portfolio reviews, meeting some of my photography heroes and some new photography friends was a whirlwind adventure. It has been a couple of months now and I am still trying to process it all. I came away inspired, rejuvenated and at the same time in desperate need of sleep.

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Overall this year has been my favorite photographically in the images I shot, events I covered, photographers I met and the information I gleaned.

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Outside of photography my life has had a couple of changes as well. My volleyball career ended a bit earlier then I had originally planned. I had one more season left of eligibility but decided to give it up in order to take the internship with the Chiefs. It was a tough decision but my teammates, coaches and the entire AAU athletic department were incredibly supportive. I am grateful to all of them for the amazing four years that I had and am proud as ever to be an urban knight.

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This year brought a heap of new friends as well as a ton of laughs and new memories. It also took a couple away from me. My good friend Amy moved to New York to pursue a job and I couldn’t be more proud of her. My beautiful friend Janie got married and moved to Chicago (how weird is it now to say I have a best friend who’s married?). I moved leaving some amazing friends behind (Kanoe, Janelle, Devin, my teammates and too many others to name them all). I also lost two loved ones this year one being my Bompa (my wonderful Grandfather) at the ripe old age of 89 as well as my fluffy companion Scout (faithful family dog).

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Overall these past 12 months have brought a lot of change and insight and most importantly happiness. I am very thankful for my family and friends who have supported me. It is because of you guys that I have been able to have these opportunities, I would be nowhere without you all. 2015 if you are anywhere near half as good as 2014 I am stoked and ready to start this adventure all over again. Happy Holidays everyone!

Summer of Soccer

NWSL: Thorns vs FC Kansas

I have officially dubbed the summer of 2014 the Summer of Soccer and the Fall of 2014 the Fall of Football. With that said I was going back and looking at some of the stuff that I shot for the Timbers and Thorns this summer and wanted to share it. I had a blast interning for Craig Mitchelldyer. He’s a great guy to work for, I’m really lucky I was able to this summer. The Timbers Army and The Rose City Riveters made each game exciting. Their passion for the sport and unrelenting enthusiasm really was a highlight from this summer. They reminded me why I love Portland so much. There is nothing like the people that make up that city.

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Hillsboro Hops

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The Hillsboro Hops are the newest member of the Portland Metro area professional sports teams. They are in their second season at the newly built Ron Tonkin Field. The light is beautiful during evening games. It falls just right during the first couple of innings on home plate. I can’t wait to shoot more games this summer at the ballpark.

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Stand Together Week

MLS: Portland Timbers and Thorns Stand Together Week

Last week was Stand Together Week for the Timbers and Thorns. The players get together with fans and get involved in the community. They help planted gardens at schools and teach soccer clinics and denial wood among many other things. It was really fun to see the fans reactions to hanging out with the players. They loved not only the hard work that they performed but also getting to know them on a more personal level. Bellow is a snapshot of all the awesome projects that I was able to document. The Timbers and Thorns were involved in many more wonderful events over the week that had a lasting impact on their fans and Portland.  STW-2 MLS: Diego Valeri Summer School AssemblySTW-5 STW-3MLS: Portland Timbers and Thorns Stand Together Week MLS: Portland Timbers and Thorns Stand Together WeekMLS: Portland Timbers and Thorns Stand Together Week MLS: Portland Timbers and Thorns Stand Together Week

NCAA DI Track and Field National Championships

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Track and Field National Championship in Eugene, Or. The city is Track Town USA and it felt like it each of the four days. Fans gave standing ovations and clapped along for field and track events alike. The last time I was shooting at Historic Hayward Field was for the Olympic trials a couple of years ago. The stadium was filled with energy and I thoroughly enjoyed shooting there as always. Watching the elite athletes compete for the podium, something many have been dreaming of for their whole lives. As a college athlete I understand the hours of sacrifice and sweat that they put in to get there. When they took their place on the top of the podium I felt their joy. Sharing moments like that is the reason I love sports and photography.

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