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.

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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

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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Back in Studio

Noteworthy Shoots

It is a special profession to be able to capture student-athletes in action, playing the sport that is a passion for a University they call their own. But it is an entire different experience to capture them in the studio in a portrait setting. We decided to do another campaign and we women’s soccer was the first in the studio. It is an honor to see their personalities come out in “film”, so to speak. Check out the GALLERY HERE.

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.

A Quick Hit

Noteworthy Shoots, Sports Photography

2015 WCC Baseball Championships – Day One:

Day one from the 2015 West Coast Conference Baseball Championships at Banner Island Ballpark in Stockton, Calif. LMU claimed some revenge on regular season champion San Diego, defeating the Toreros 21-3 in a runaway victory in the first game of the tournament. The Lions knocked out 22 hits and set the tone early, going up 6-0 after the top half of the first inning. The Lions advanced to the winner’s bracket semifinal on Friday. Visit the complete gallery, Click Here.