High School Football
October 3, 2017 - Last Thursday night's football game between Springbrook and Paint Branch was a fun game to cover. For one thing, the weather was amazing. Not too long from now it will be cold, windy, raining, snowing, but not at this game. It was beautiful weather. It was also enjoyable to watch my alma mater, Springbrook, play against an old rival. Plus in the past few years covering high school football, I've gotten to know some of the coaches in the county, and both of these teams are led by some amazing coaches. Mike Neubeiser (PBHS) and Jason Lomax (SHS) are strong and caring head coaches. They have great supporting coaches as well. Rob Wendel (SHS) and Donyell Blackwell (PBHS) are also stong leaders, role models, and dads.
At one time in the first half I was on the PB sideline, and I saw Coach Lomax standing a little away from the other coaches and the team. On either side of him were Rob Wendel's sons, tossing the football to each other, completely in their own world. It was a peaceful moment in an otherwise loud, crazy game.
Maybe it was the weather, maybe it was my fondness for both teams, but I took way too many photos that night. Here are a few of my favorites, and the rest can be seen in the gallery.
Sunflowers at McKee-Beshers
July 7, 2017 - took a quick ride to McKee-Beshers in Poolesville, MD to see the sunflower fields. We were a little too early so only found a few blooming. Will try again in a week or so. Maybe even with a model or two?
In the Garden...
Did you say house cleaning? Yuck! Drinking coffee this morning I saw way more interesting things. We had a visitor in the pond, a box turtle. Then I followed a rabbit, robin, squirrel, dragonfly and back to the pond with the koi. Those koi are challenging to photograph. I'll be back another day to get a good image of those fish!
Magruder Boys Lacrosse Posters
June 1, 2017
Custom posters created for Magruder boys lacrosse team. Posters were presented to the players at the banquet.
Magruder Boys Lacrosse - Senior Posters
The Montgomery Sentinel - June 1, 2017
MDDC Press Editorial Contest
May 12, 2017 - The 2016 MDDC Press Editorial Contest winners were announced at the Editorial Awards Luncheon. Unfortunately I was unable to attend, but I did win three 1st place awards: Feature Photo, Sports Photo (Sports Action) and Sports Photo (Feature).
Mulan Jr. - Shady Grove Middle School Drama
Shady Grove Middle School has the most amazing drama club. This year's production of Mulan Jr. once again surpassed my expectations. The set, costumes and performances were top-notch, besting most high schools. A few photos from the May 6th show are below, and all images are available to view on my site.
April 4, 2016
So glad to get the chance to take Michael's senior portraits. Always a kid with few words, I've known Michael since he was in kindergarten. I coached him a number of years in rec basketball, and have enjoyed watching him grow and mature into a funny, smart and handsome young man. All the best to him as he begins the next phase in New Mexico!
April 12, 2016
The Magruder HS boys basketball banquet was tonight and I think the players and parents really enjoyed the posters I created for the seniors. In past years, Coach Harwood would ask for a 5x7 photo of each senior that he would include in a trophy with a frame. The photos were action photos taken during the season. A couple of weeks ago he asked if I could create a poster that included a few images. Of course! Love to!
It was difficult choosing the images to include, and even more difficult coming up with a design. Often I am giving a little direction, say a theme for a season, or a specific background to use. But this was a free-for-all, and here are the final posters. Each was 16x20 and framed in black.
Coaches, players and families loved them!
April 1, 2016
Baylor offensive lineman played high school football in Gaithersburg at Quince Orchard. Brandy Simms @bls1969 and I caught up with him in the Cougar Dome to discuss his chances in the 2016 NFL Draft.
March 24, 2016
This week's feature is about 3 talented sisters, Abby, Emily and Olivia. They played on the Maryland 4A state championship basketball team for Whitman high school. I had a great time meeting with them at their school, getting photos for the story. Emily is a senior, and is thinking about attending college in California. She's the quiet, determined sister. Olivia, the younger of the twins, is a junior and in addition to the basketball championship she also won the tennis championship in the fall. Olivia is the tallest of the three and has no problem standing up for herself! Abby, the older twin, is the talkative one. She didn't hesitate to take over the photo shoot and tell everyone where they should stand.
Whitman Coach Kenah is lucky to have Abby and Olivia returning next year. I look forward to watching them play another season! The photo gallery is posted at this link: http://www.instantimagegallery.com/iig/a/890/360625, and here's the page from this week's edition of the Sentinel.
March 8, 2016
Sometimes a story comes along that I have strong feelings about and deep connections to. (I know, don't end a sentence with a preposition, well I just ended with two!) Yesterday I spent a little time with Walter Ray in his cramped, over-crowded office in Takoma Park. He runs EGOS - Education, Goals, Opportunities and Sports, an organization he founded to help young athletes. He volunteers his time to help athletically gifted kids find their way. Often this leads to college opportunities and successful careers.
Walter and I grew up in the same area, attending the same middle school, White Oak Jr. High in Silver Spring, MD. He and I both had the privilege of knowing and being influenced by Clayton Powell, a man who spent his life helping kids. He helped me and Walter, and thousands of others who attended White Oak, or who played basketball in the gym on weekends.
Clayton was the school janitor, I know we say custodian now, but in the 60's and 70's, it was called a janitor. Clayton utilized his job to keep tabs on students, checking in with us, making sure we were staying out of trouble, and for many, he opened the gym to then playing ball instead of allowing free time to lead to mischief. He coached and mentored, but most of all he cared. He looked you in the eye and spoke to you, whoever you were, like a friend. And you were his friend. And he remembered you always, with a smile and a memory of your name, your sibling's names, your parent's names, and so on. As was said at his funeral, he was Facebook before it was invented. If you wanted to know how someone was doing, just stop by White Oak and have a chat with Clayton.
Back to Walter... he realized that there is a huge need to continue Clayton's way of giving in the community. Walter has helped tons of kids, who have in turn, helped tons more. It's a Pay if Forward, the Clayton Powell Effect. I look forward to reading Brandy Simm's article in tomorrow's paper.
Magruder Boys Basketball
March 4, 2016
What a great season the Magruder boys basketball team had! It was sad to see them lose to Huntingtown, but they never gave up. They played hard the whole game but just couldn't keep it going the last couple of minutes.
I got some great photos of the team all season. Here's a few favorites from the final game:
Ride to Retirement
February 20, 2016
Although I still feel like a little kid at times, my husband is planning our retirement (and has been for years). We are looking for a warmer climate on or near the water. He wants lake front, I want river front near the Atlantic Ocean. We took the first steps recently and looked at a small town in North Carolina on the Neuse River, New Bern. We drove the 6 hour ride from Easton, MD and to keep occupied I took photos out the passenger window. Some of the photos show a bit of my reflection. I especially liked the older buildings along the way. Getting the subjects centered and level was a bit of a challenge, but that's where Lightroom comes in. I also added some grain and a vignette after changing saturation levels. And I finished them off with a border from On1 Effects Free 10.
I think I may keep a photo journal of all our retirement trips!
Nikon D700 | Tamron 24-70