Social 25 Bar in Chicago. Karaoke night with a band, a man and a question! Will you marry me?!
I arrived ready to take action shots for a Lakeshore Lacrosse (lakeshorelacrosse.com) event held at Benedictine University in Lisle, a suburb outside of Chicago, Ill. As I stepped onto the field there appeared to be a time out taking place and I had no idea at that moment if the game was just beginning, almost over, who was winning or who was losing. I was looking down at my camera to check my settings when I heard the refs whistle blow. Without delay I quickly brought the camera up to my eye and began to focus on the girl in possession of the ball running towards the net.
She was no doubt running as fast as her little legs could carry her and with all the determinations she could possibly muster. She released the ball with all her might towards the net and she scored! I could hear the loud cheers coming from the bleachers and at that moment I realized she just scored the winning goal in a sudden death victory! I kept my camera focused on her as she then proceeded to tell the world around her how exhilarated and thrilled she was by dropping her stick and running towards her coach!
There is something about holding a camera to your eye that puts you into an open-minded, detached and neutral state of mind. But as I clicked my shutter and followed her euphoria I could not help but feel that I may have possibly observed a moment in that little girls life that she would most likely never forget.
I know that I won’t.
The Fourth of July tradition of celebration seems to have a way of bringing families together and my family is no exception. For the last few years I have travelled from the Chicago area to meet up with other family members (including some all the way from California this year) to drive up to my brother’s place in Fifi Lake, Michigan to hang out, eat, eat, drink, drink, talk, talk, walk, walk, swim swim, fish, fish, happy, happy hour on the pontoon boat and have an all around good ol time being together! Even this years 100 degree heat could not dampin the fun nor keep us from going into town to see the always entertaining Fifi Lake Fourth of July Parade! Here’s a very small sampling of images I took that tells some of the story.
It was an incredibly hot day last weekend when I went to photograph 1000 girls playing lacrosse for the Illinois Girls Lacrosse Association (IGLAX.org) in the Chicago suburb of Lockport, Ill. The IGLA organization consist of girls from third grade all the way up to eighth grade. When I first started photographing lacrosse in the Chicago area in 2003 most high schools were fighting to get lacrosse out of club status and into their regular sports programs. Now, only a few years later, it is available to girls of all ages! And while I have photographed everything from NCAA Women’s Lacrosse to little third graders, I have to say there is something special about watching these very young girls learn the art of being apart of a team along with the necessary competitive spirit and skills needed to get that very small lacrosse ball into the goalie net! And then, it’s back to the important things like playing in the water!
While out last weekend photographing Lacrosse for the Illinois Girls Lacrosse Association (IGLAX.org) I saw these two little girls playing. There was so much joy in their faces and laughter that I couldn’t help but want to capture some images of them. The littlest of the two saw me with my camera and then started to look directly into the lens. If it’s possible for fairies to incarnate then she would most definitely be a fairy!