I wasn’t an athlete. I was the kid who was happy to sit the bench, watching and cheering everybody else on, eating Rainblo bubblegum and drinking my Pepsi from a wax paper cup. I just wanted the coupon for a free ice cream cone at Baskin Robbins if our team won the game! My boys are athletes. They both loved every sport they played. I’m lucky I have an athletic husband who played sports but allowed the boys to choose their own paths . He is a terrific dad to his sons who adore him, and so do I. I’m lucky to have a talented athlete for a Dad who didn’t mind explaining every detail of the game to me while I watched my boys play. My job was to drive them to practice, make sure they had all their equipment, get them to the ballpark on time, wash dirty uniforms, and cheer from the bleachers. I rarely missed a game and if I did it was the end of the world to me. I loved to watch them play and I found that I loved to take pictures of them playing.
The emotions of sports are so raw sometimes. Happy, sad, ANGRY, total elation if a great play is made or a WIN…I wanted to capture that. I’m not a fan of portraits and fake smiles, I prefer candid shots that capture the real energy of a person. I love when I take a photo and it captures someone’s internal light, their soul. I love this quote and keep it in my camera bag…”You can look at a picture for a week and never think of it again. You can also look at a picture for a second and think of it all your life.”~Joan Miro. THAT is what I strive to capture when I take pictures.
Most of the boys on the ASH Trojan 2016 baseball team have played together since they were in t-ball. Senior year is always bittersweet. You are sad because it’s the end, but excited because it is also the beginning. I loved watching these boys play and I enjoyed every minute of watching them grow up. I’m a lucky mom. Which of these photographs is my favorite? The one you look at for a second and think of it all your life.