OttFam Photography

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An evening in Scio…

I finally made it to Scio to watch them play and it wasn’t against Santiam Christian!  It was fun to watch them with a big win in the quarterfinals.  

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Far from the beginning

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…

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2016 Eagles’ Flight

Seven days ago, Chance and I went tandem on the 2016 Eagles’ Flight.  The event included a 10k, 5k, and 1 mile fun run!  The pictures are grouped as close as possible, but it is not a perfect timeline.  There are some blurry shots included, especially the awards, due to one camera malfunction.  I still included a few of these if there was not any other substitute.

There is not a direct way to purchase from my website yet.  You can see my prices here, but you will pay 10% less, and another 10% goes right back to Santiam Christian!  Please email me direct about pics desired to purchase. Please know that ordered pics will be finely edited for optimum light and clarity, as well as cropped by size ordered.  

So, after going through almost 1,000 photos, and trimming that down to just over 530, here is the album!  Thank you for participating in the 2016 Eagles’ Flight!!!

096 Eagle's Flight '16

And off the runners go!

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2016 OSAA State Wrestling Tournament

Santiam Christian took 5 guys to state, and 3 of them ended the weekend on the awards podium.  In the album you will find pics of SC, Scio, Willamina, Dayton, Harrisburg, Monroe, and Central.  There are also some randoms scattered throughout.  I was able to keep pics of each match together, although they may not be in perfect order within the match.  And overall the matches should go in a correct timeline.  Pics start Thursday night with SC checking into the hotel and visiting the Coliseum, go through Friday’s matches, and then into Saturday.

OttFam still has not found the best way to sell pictures directly off the website.  Please look at the Prices link off the main page, and email me about any prints or digitals you would like to order!  Click on the pic below to enter the album:

271 State WR '16

An overall view of the state championship tourney