Little League

I have a love for baseball. I grew up playing it. There's a simple joy to throwing and hitting a ball. 

I remember tossing the ball with my dad in the backyard and I have fond memories of collecting baseball cards. Now, as a real-life adult, I have kids making up their own ''full count, bottom of the ninth" scenarios (though they may pretend to be Robinson Cano instead of  Ken Griffey Jr.) and wearing their little league baseball caps to bed. It's an amazing feeling to watch them grow and enjoy some of the same things as I did as a kid. 

With that in mind, I don't love brining my camera to the kids games because I want to be in the moment and enjoy watching them. To see the emotion on their faces when they get a hit or drop a ball rather than putting all my energy into aiming for the perfectly timed and focused image. But earlier this year I bought an old waterproof Nikon point-and-shoot 35mm film camera. It was easy to carry around throughout our summer adventures and allows me to snap a few images here and there and not worry about getting everything perfect. 

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 Student portraits for Seattle Classical Christians School 2014-2015 year.

For those of you with the love language of Physical Touch.

Swim lessons

Summer 2015 - It's easy to forget the emotion of swim lessons. As a kid I remember being shy and nervous but also so excited about swim lessons. I remember my brothers and I visiting the 'Snack Shack' afterwards and that I often went for the Fun Dip.

Roman took to the pool like a flying fish. It was an overcast day (no big surprise in Seattle) and he was shivering like crazy out of water, but after jumping as high as he could and plunging into the pool he couldn't wait to flip out of the pool onto the deck and scurry back in line for another go at the diving board. Ivy on the other hand would cling tightly onto anything within reach. Two very different experiences but they both can't wait for next summer. Ashley and I sat and watched with huge grins on our faces. It's joyful to see them having so much fun.

My Kids

I took the camera along on a routine weekday evening trip to pickup school craft supplies. The kids weren't super pumped on the idea of doing a 10 minute photoshoot so I bribed them with a trip to the candy store which perked them up. You can see Roman (blue shirt) pouting... and you can see the transformation of his attitude in the photos. Photographing families (kids and dads especially) it works well to make it fun. Sometimes that means bringing candy or treats a long. Sometimes that means the promise of pizza and beer afterwards. My job is to make timeless images that portray the fun and the love. 

I took the camera along on a routine weekday evening trip to pickup school craft supplies. The kids weren't super pumped on the idea of doing a 10 minute photoshoot so I bribed them with a trip to the candy store which perked them up. You can see Roman (blue shirt) pouting... and you can see the transformation of his attitude in the photos. Photographing families (kids and dads especially) it works well to make it fun. Sometimes that means bringing candy or treats a long. Sometimes that means the promise of pizza and beer afterwards. My job is to make timeless images that portray the fun and the love.