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On November 14, 2018, my wife mentioned that our neighbors were interested in me taking some family photos that they could use for their Christmas cards. The Fall colors were quickly fading, and the upcoming weekend weather was uncertain, but this would be worth a try.
Early last week, Patty asked me if I would take some family photos for a work friend whose husband was being deployed to the Middle East right after Thanksgiving. I had taken their photos before, and I was looking forward to seeing what I could improve upon.
On October 8, 2018, I was contacted by the managers of the local Fairfax Falcons sports team, asking if I would be interested in photographing their upcoming basketball tournament. Having shot one of the Falcon’s practices the previous Spring, I knew that this could be another chance to use photography to help young people to see their own potential.
On September 14, 2018 the Director of Therapy Services at the University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute invited me to take photos at the Maryland Crab Pot V wheelchair rugby tournament, which would take place on October 27-28, 2018. I’ve been heavily involved in organized sports my whole life, as a player for nearly 50 years, also as a coach and referee, and now as a photographer. I have seen, and have personally experienced, how participation in sports can help people discover the strengths that they possess. Now as a photographer I get a chance to capture the moments that demonstrate those strengths, and leave players with ongoing reminders of them. Needless to say, I accepted her invitation.
My wife of 35 years graduated from McLean High School in 1978 (We met at Virginia Tech in February 1979.). While helping to plan her 40-year high school reunion, she offered me up to take photos at their reunion dinner.
In mid-August, I was contacted by the team captain for the NoVA Mutiny wheelchair (“quad”) rugby team. He asked me if I would be willing to take some promotional shots that he could use to advertise what the team was up to, in particular, to help attract sponsors, as the Fall season was just starting. This is a great cause, and one that I enjoy supporting. Therefore, it was a no-brainer!
On January 15, 2018, I received an email from the Director of Student Activities at Annandale High School, asking if I would be interested in being the photographer for their very first Athletic Hall of Fame banquet, to take place early the following school year. It sounded like a great way to learn something about, and help to preserve, the athletic history in the area where I grew up. And at the same time it would give me more experience shooting event photography.
It is that time again, when school starts, and the Annandale Atoms hit the field, the course, the court, the track, the mat, the stage, and hopefully the books. Here are a few photos to remind them of the experience.
One of our friends in the neighborhood volunteers with our local Swim & Dive team. Recently, while speaking to my wife Patty, she expressed interest in me taking photos at one of the Dive Team meets. Patty knows that I’m always looking for new challenges in photography, so she signed me up.
During their 2018 National District tournament, I was contacted by a senior player on the J.E.B. Stuart High School (since renamed Justice High School) varsity soccer team, asking if I would be willing to take photos of their semifinal game. I had already committed to taking photos for at least one game for seven other high school teams, and I was well behind in editing photos for the games I had shot. But this kid had taken the initiative to contact me out of the blue, so I wanted to do whatever I could.
On May 6, 2018, a player on the Falls Church High School Girls Junior Varsity Soccer Team contacted me to ask if I would be willing to take photos at their final home game (Both of my older sisters attended Falls Church High School.). I asked the player for her coach’s email address, and then I contacted the coach to make sure she was ok with it. I was already over-subscribed with end-of-season photography commitments, but it looked like the timing and photographing conditions were favorable, so with the coach’s concurrence, I went for it.
The coach of the Edison High School Girls Junior Varsity Soccer Team told me that he had a daughter who was attending West Potomac High School, and that the two teams would be playing later that season. He asked me if I would take photos during that game, including some of the West Potomac players, including his daughter. That’s a pretty cool thing, so I tried to make sure that I would be available.
A few days after I shot the 2018 Atlantic Sectionals Wheelchair Rugby Tournament, my wife Patty mentioned that she had seen a Facebook post that described a youth wheelchair basketball team called the Fairfax Falcons that was heading to the national finals. I figured that I was already over-subscribed for the spring season, but it sounded like a very successful program, so I wanted to find out more about it.
I found the Falcons on Instagram, and I noticed that most of the photos in their feed were either team photos, or action photos that were taken from some distance. When I take sports photos, I’m trying to create something much more personal. I want to focus on the individual, catch them doing something great, and render the image in jaw-dropping beauty. I’m not always successful, but I’ll keep working on it.
I decided to follow the Falcons on Instagram, and soon afterwards I received a message from the couple that runs the program asking if I would be interested in photographing the team. From their description, it sounded like some nice photographs could help the kids to stay engaged, and possibly help spread the word about this unique adaptive sports opportunity. So I came out to one of their practices, … and now I think I’m hooked.
During the February Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) Code of Honor wheelchair rugby tournament in Richmond, Virginia, I approached the coach of the ‘Punishers’, from MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital, which would be sponsoring the March United States Quad Rugby Association (USQRA) Atlantic Sectionals tournament, in Fort Washington, Maryland, offering to photograph that tournament as well, as I had done for the same tournament the previous year. My offer was accepted, and I looked forward to watching and photographing the intense competition that would lead, for the top teams, to a trip to the April USQRA National Championship tournament in Phoenix, Arizona.
Here’s Matt demonstrating his shoulder-roll technique.
This is the third season that I’ve shot photos for Annandale High School girls varsity lacrosse. Over that time, it has been great to see how a group of sophomores rose to become the leaders of the team. As they now move on to bigger challenges, I hope they will be reminded of the strength they discovered within themselves while playing lacrosse at Annandale High School.