As another school year ends, I feel led to give an update as well as a history. In 2008 I was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. I dove into photography as a way to earn some money while I couldn’t work as an electrician. Almost 9 years later, and here I am, back as an electrician, and loving photography as much as ever. All praise to God that I am still alive, and able to take pictures!
Honestly, this page was started to try and sell landscape pictures I had been taking. And it ended up as a giant display board for pictures taken of Santiam Christian athletics. Not the road I predicted. Different gear has been purchased over the years. Less time in the outdoors than desired. And a lot of deadlines I never saw coming. But yet, my heart is full.
I have found that Track & Field is hands down the hardest avenue to take pictures of. Let’s face it, kids make terrible faces when doing the long jump, or sprinting, or jumping hurdles. Speaking of hurdles, nothing has challenged me more than focusing on an object running one direction and jumping in another! Frustration has driven me to edge more than once. Then I get the picture. You know, THE picture. I see a junior set a PR in the 800, and his mom is waiting at the finish line. A mom who has supported him all the way. He melts into her arms, relieved by the fact that he just qualified for the State Finals.
Another photography, while not taking pictures of the encounter, tells me how “You just got it. The picture that says why we are here.”
I have coached, I have cheered, and now I just take pictures. My website gets updated by games and tournaments, by seasons instead of hikes and camp outs. And I get frustrated that I don’t spend more “free time” taking pics. But as frustrated as I get, pictures like this keep me behind the camera…
Here is a collection of the 2017 Spring Sports! Click on the pic below to see the album.
A few months behind, but here is a catch up with all the winter sports! I want all SC buyers to know that you will receive 50% off any prints ordered!! To order, please note the file name in the bottom left corner of the picture, and send me an email with the photos you want. Prices are available here (remember the discount!) and my email is jared@OttFamPhotography.com
Boys and Girls Basketball:
Pictures from OSAA Special District 3 and the State Championships
Horizon Christian Hawks came into Santiam Christian to see their girls suffer a rough loss. Then their boys decided to make up for it.
A great night of basketball as the SC girls and boys defeated the Amity Warriors. We had two photographers going strong, so sit back and enjoy!
Such an exciting night that many fans wished they could fly like this!
Well, not the way anyone wanted to end their Friday night. The girls hung early, but Dayton ran away in the second half. And the boys stayed in it down to the wire, just never quite got enough shots to fall.
Oh, and OttFam got kicked off the basketball court. For the first time. Ever. “Terrible.”
Okay, with so much going on, I never got pictures from Volleyball, Soccer, or Cross Country posted! Here they are, a little bit delayed, but maybe we can say they are well aged. If you are new to OttFam, there is not yet a way to purchase online. Simply email or call me with photos you are interested in. Please note that pictures get a very quick edit before going online. Purchased photos will be much further edited and cropped. So, without further ado, here are the rest of the Santiam Christian 2016 Fall Sports Pictures!
When one of the 2017 Winter storms rolled through the valley, it turned the Screamin’ Eagle into the Frozen Eagle. Many teams bailed out, with one more showing and leaving early. The next week we headed over the pass and spent two days taking pictures of the Oregon Classic. This album starts with a few pics from the SC meet, and the rest are in Redmond. Chance’s pictures take over about halfway through, as you can see by the logo.
Last Monday I was able to cruise to SC and watch the boys and girls take care of the Taft Tigers. If you pay attention to the logo on each picture, you will see that OttFam has another camera working! Chance did a great job and I am thankful for his contribution!