Kalley & Torey’s storyboard

As with many of my seniors, I first photographed them playing varsity sports for their high school. It was the same with twin sisters Kalley and Torey. They play field hockey and softball for Grassfield High School.

For their senior session, we went to Norfolk. We shot in and around Nauticus and the Oriental Gardens. It was a warm day, but we had fun and the sisters were great to work with. Using some of their images from their senior session, I created a 20×20 storyboard. You can see a sample below.

Spring will be here before we know it and it’ll be great to get outside again and cover a lot of the varsity sports in the 757 area.

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Winter Weather

With a low temperature of 32 degress last night, it’s making many miss the warm weather we experience during the summer months. In memory of those warm, fun-filled beach days, I’ve posted a few photos from a model session last summer. The first day of summer (June 20) is so far away, I’ll be happy when spring gets here.

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Baby Kayci

I primarily photograph high school seniors and varsity sports. When a friend asked if I’d photograph her new born, I thought I’d give it a try. It’s definitely different, but we had fun. Here’s a quick look at one of the photos from the session.

Varsity Football: Kellam vs Kempsville

When the Eastern Region decided to expand the number of teams making the playoffs a few years ago, the Beach District, with 11 teams, was forced to start their season a week earlier. The 2011 football season was scheduled to begin play on August 26. With Hurricane Irene approaching the area, all football games were postponed.

The district revised their schedule and the missed game would be played during the week. The Friday game would be moved earlier to Thursday, the makeup games would take place on the following Tuesday and next Friday’s game would be pushed to Saturday. In all, most teams would be playing 3 games in 10 days. A lighting storm on Thursday pushed that day’s game back to the original Friday. In order to get all the games competed in time, the revised schedule was kept as planned. So most of the teams will now play 3 games in 9 days. I’m sure there will be some sore football players in the Beach District this week.

The Kellam vs Kempsville game was played on Tuesday. Here are a few action shots from the game.

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Varsity Field Hockey: Green Run vs Kempsville

Before I began photographing high school seniors, I started my photography career by covering sports. I still like to cover a varsity game whenever I have the chance. I currently shoot video and stills for the CBS Sports’ high school site (MaxPreps). I was also fortunate enough to have one of my photos published in sportsillustrated.com last year.

Many of my seniors play field hockey so I’ll try to get to one of their games for some action shots. Here’s a few shots from a recent game between Green Run & Kempsville. Field Hockey on grass, at each school’s field, is a lot different than the fast paced action at the turf. The turf is the U.S. National Training Center. Each week, a few schools have their games there and it is the host to several district, regional and state championship games.

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Wave of Relief: Surfing Contest

I was dropping off some canned goods at Juice Box Surf, at 16th St & Pacific, and I found out about the “Wave of Relief” surfing contest on April 23. 100% of the registration money was being dontated to the Red Cross’ disaster relief in Japan. I’ve photographed many sports, but not surfing, so I thought I’d go and give it a try.

It was cloudy most of the day, but it was a lot warmer than the previous day. Since it was my first time at a surfing event, I didn’t know the procedure, but I soon figured it out. I liked the differences in style between the short & long board events. Despite the clouds and occasional sun, there were plenty of opportunites for pictures. A few more nicer sets wouldn’t have hurt.

Thanks to Surf and Adventure, Juice Box Surf and all the other sponsors, surfers and spectators for helping the Red Cross and having fun at the same time. I think I need a little more practice in order to anticipate the movements of the surfers, but it was fun and I enjoyed the experience. I’ve posted a few photos from the event below.


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PSD Experience

I’ve always wanted to attend a workshop to learn & improve my photographic skills, as well as meet other photographers. I finally had the opportunity at the PSD Experience. PSD stands for Photograph • Share • Discover.

The amount of education available was incredible and it was difficult to pick the program I wanted to attend each session. For a few sessions, I split time between two programs. Whether your primary focus is seniors, weddings, or pets; you have a big studio or a home studio; shoot natural light or use strobes & off camera flash, there was something for everybody. The education continued when the free shooting sessions began at midnight each night.

I really enjoyed my first workshop and can’t wait for my next one. It was great meeting all the other photographers from around the state and beyond. A special thanks to all the educators, models, stylists, hair & makeup artists.

I’ve posted a few quick edits of images captured from the event. I’ve also included a 2 minute behind the scenes video taken at the event. I attached my Flip MinoHD to the hot shoe of my Canon 5DMKII using a Manfrotto 482LCD. This way I could take photos and shoot video at the same time. You can see the lens hood when the Flip isn’t zoomed in a little. In the future, I hope to try using the 5D for shooting video. The video instructors were amazing as well.

I had so much fun, it was worth not getting much sleep for three days. Be sure to stay in touch. Until next time.

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Alyssa – Ocean Lakes ’11

Alyssa is another one of my seniors from Ocean Lakes.

Our first location was the Botanical Gardens in Norfolk. We met with Alyssa, a friend of hers and Alyssa’s mom. Nature’s diffuser was in full effect as we had quite a few clouds overhead. We had fun as we shot throughout the gardens – that is until it started raining. We were forced to postpone the rest of her senior session.

For Alyssa’s make up session, we met at Seashore State Park (now First Landing). The weather was great and we had a beautiful sunset. This time we were able to finish her session without interruption.

I’ve posted a few of her photos below, along with a music video. Her video has more photos, along with some video footage taken during her photo shoot.


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2011 Kempsville Fashion Show

One of my 2011 seniors invited me to take photos at this year’s Kempsville Fashion Show. I went to my first high school fashion show last fall (Kellam) and I really enjoyed it. I agreed and brought Penny & Tyler with me. My seniors should remember Tyler as my #1 helper. While I took photos, he videotaped the event.

The theme of the show was The Fashion Network. Area stores donated the clothing that was used for the show. The students had a great time modeling the various fashions for the crowd. It was a great show and we had fun. I’ve posted a few photos from the show and included a brief video sample.

Feel free to share the post and leave a comment. If you would like us to cover your school’s next fashion show, just tell us in advance so we can get you on the schedule.

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Dallas – Kellam ’11

Dallas is a Class of 2011 senior from Kellam.

We had a great time with Dallas during her photo session. She chose Sandbridge as her location. I have a lot of fun shooting under the pier at Little Island. I was a little worried at first because the session was scheduled for a Saturday and there were so many people at the beach. Since it was later in the day, most of the crowd had left and we were able to shoot with no problems. The sun was hidden by the clouds, but we had fun with Dallas and her mom.

I’ve posted a few photos from her senior session below. Take a look at her music video for additional photos from Dallas’ photo shoot.