Master at Her Craft

Noteworthy Shoots

To work in sports, you have to be willing to get experience any way you can. In my career I have worked a club rodeo championship, a local horse shoe tournament, a regional motor cross tour, most high school sports, and even covered local little leagues. I loved covering those events, and that also led me to work John Elway’s final Super Bowl, Tom Brady and Peyton Manning’s collegiate finales, Michael Jordan pour it on against the Miami Heat, Gonzaga reach number one in the nation, and more college basketball than I can count. And the one thing that stands out more than anything else, is when you watch an athlete stand above the rest. It is in their body language. It’s how they operate. Then you watch them perform the sport they were born to play. It is beauty in motion. I got a chance to see just that when I had the opportunity to photograph LMU cross country at their first meet of the season. It isn’t a spot in the mainstream spotlight, but I to watch an All-American just out smart and out run the field. Danielle Shanahan can run. See what my camera caught in the gallery Master at Her Craft.

A Grand Finale

Noteworthy Shoots

After 17 years at Loyola Marymount University, I said goodbye on March 17. Wrapping up a part of my life that will always be dear to my heart. I have labored quite a bit on what to write. What to say. How to thank the countless peers and co-workers who have made the last 17 years – well, in the words of my mentor, Dr. William Husak – spectacular. I leave so much better a person than when I came (and a bunch older, unfortunately).

In the spirit of a good Jesuit education, I learned about the “whole person” inside me and leave wanting to make an impact on the world. I guess that is the best thing I can say to all of those people whose value in my life can’t be described in words (you know who you are). I leave a better person because of each of you. This is a photo and creative blog, and so with that, I share the final weeks of my tenure at LMU through the photos I shot. My final day ended, fittingly, on the pool deck at the LMU Invitational working a 13-hour day.

Oh, water polo, who would have thunk! A perfect game was throw in there too. Thank you LMU baseball and Corey Abbott for a grand sendoff.

Click the images to see more of that gallery. Find a bunch more HERE.

Brandon Brown 2017 WCC Championships Quarterfinal LMU vs. BYU Las Vegas, NV Orleans Arena Mar. 4, 2017

Kiana Etrata in the morning fog LMU women’s water polo vs. Michigan LMU Invitational Mar. 17, 2027

Cory Abbott embraces his catcher Copper Uhl after perfect game LMU baseball vs. BYU Mar. 25, 2017

Senior Jessica Perez of LMU women’s tennis vs. Yale on Mar. 15, 2017 at the LMU Tennis Center

A Year Behind the Lens

Noteworthy Shoots

The year of 2016 was the year of the camera for me. Those who have known me the longest know Dad threw an old Pentax in my had at around six years of age. So I have had a camera in my hand for quite some time. It put me through school. It defined college and high school. It took a hiatus as my career headed to the world of college bowl games and sunny Miami. But it never left.

The last five years the camera has come back. In a big way and it has become a part of my professional journey, for sure. But it grew to be a part of my every day, defining my adventures. I took more images this past calendar year than any before and as I looked back at what I captured – I have been truly blessed.

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From a road trip where the fisheye remained on the dashboard, to thousands of images from the basketball arenas around the country, the camera was at my side. The blue angels never disappoint. Mother nature, truly one of my favorite subjects. The simplicity and peace of the first-ever 14er to the family trek to Miramar.

2016 Miramar Air Show  U.S. Navy Blue Angels

2016 Miramar Air Show U.S. Navy Blue Angels

So many have joined me on this journey with the camera and what a fun ride this year was. I tried to find some of my favorites in MY BEST OF 2016. I am sure I left some out. In fact I know I did… but it is on to 2017. I can’t wait.

Hoops Season Begins

Sports Photography

My 17th college basketball season began this November at LMU. Yes, 17. Where did it go. And it started with same energy, the same optimism that any new season brings. It also brought with it the start of an 18-game home schedule. Oh boy, is this one gone be a long one. It started with a trip to Nevada, as I got to sneak out and see the super moon (very cool) and then home for a match-up rarely season at Gersten Pavilion – national power UConn in town. And it was a classic. Check out the start of basketball season HERE.

Mattias Markusson LMU men's basketball vs. UCONN on Nov. 17, 2016

Mattias Markusson LMU men’s basketball vs. UCONN on Nov. 17, 2016

School is in Session

Noteworthy Shoots

The fall sports season and the 2016-17 season at LMU was in full swing in September. There was plenty of action to be had and October is looking to be even better. The first full month proved to be #LIONSTRONG. From a men’s soccer homestand that had last second heroics to a monster comeback by women’s soccer on Friday Under the Lights – featuring two goals in the final eight minutes to win it. There was also the last Saturday of August that saw a top-25 match-up in volleyball between LMU and UCLA. And it wouldn’t be September without LMU and Pepperdine taking to the pool in men’s water polo. All provided great backdrops to capture the moments. Nothing like fall to get the blood moving.

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Day at the Park

Noteworthy Shoots, Sports Photography

Nothing like a cloudless Southern California day in the mid 70s with the breeze coming off the Pacific Ocean. And nothing like spending it at the park. In this case, the ball park. It was Senior Day for LMU baseball at Page Stadium and it was a family affair. From parents honoring their graduating sons, to families bringing their kids – including those with four legs. The Page Stadium red-tailed hawk drew quite the crowd. Oh, there was quite the baseball game too (it went extra innings). Check out the images in the latest PHOTO GALLERY.

Tuesday Under the Lights

Noteworthy Shoots, Sports Photography

A mid-week non-conference match-up between LMU and UC Riverside from Page Stadium. Junior Austin Miller belted his second home run of the year in the bottom of the eighth inning, launching a two-run shot out to right field to catapult LMU (14-15) past UC Riverside (12-15) by a score of 2-1 on Tuesday night from LMU’s Page Stadium. Check-out the PHOTO GALLERY.

Home Opener

Noteworthy Shoots, Sports Photography

There is something about the home opener in the sport of baseball, especially under the lights. The sunsets, the grass cut to perfection, the crisp lines and the hope of a new year. LMU’s home opener came against USC. I couldn’t work with a better staff, as they – in the middle of the stretch run in basketball – found a way to put together programming that brought in the largest crowd at Page Stadium in program history. From the first pitch by the new president, to a perfect Southern California sunset, it was a night that had many talking days after. I am proud to be a Lion! Take a look.

WSOC: 2015 – A Sweet 16 Season

Noteworthy Shoots, Sports Photography

The 2015 LMU women’s soccer season had its best season in program history, advancing to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16. They defeated Cal and Minnesota (both 1-0) in the first two rounds respectively. The Lions finished 15-6-1 overall and 7-2-0 in WCC play, setting program records for overall wins and league wins along the way. CLICK HERE for select shots from their home games during their Sweet 16 run.