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…