Month: January, 2011
This week, I’ve had the privilege & pleasure of being able to attend a photographers retreat in central IL. Bekah, Jessica, Kellie, and I have been working and chatting and brain storming and laughing. It’s been a rich time of friendship and productivity.
Yesterday, Bekah and I turned the cameras on each other to update head shots for our websites. Bekah is extremely photogenic. It’s actually hard to take a bad picture of her. Here is a sample of the dozens of wonderful images that were snapped…
This is only the beginning of what will hopefully be countless hours in a gym. Aaron and I were athletes as kids and into college. We spent countless hours ourselves in the gym, weight room, and on the field. Honestly, I would go back to high school in an instant just so I could crush another volleyball, smash another bird, defend another basket, or swing at another big ol’ 16″ softball. I was not the strongest, fastest, or best player out there. But, I tried my hardest, enjoyed the thrill of competition, and loved the comradery with my teammates.
Jayda has been playing soccer since she was 5. She will tell you it is still her favorite sport. This year she has started playing volleyball and basketball. She is still learning many of the basics as well as the rules. Like her mom (and dad), she is not the strongest, fastest, or best (yet) but she is a hard worker and enjoys athletics. As I tucked her in one night, I reminded her that we love her no matter what… That her value isn’t in being an athlete. If she chooses to never play another game or match she would still love her to pieces. To which she replied “So, do you want me to quit? I don’t want to quit. I love playing sports!” (That’s my girl!)
We’ve already had a few basketball tournaments and one volleyball tourney. One of the blessings of Jayda’s teams is that there are a couple of other younger brothers that are close to Caleb’s age. It has made the long tournament days much more enjoyable for him. The next few weekends will be packed with tournaments. I don’t claim to be a sports photographer… not an easy job, btw. However, here’s my tribute to the countless hours that will be spent in the gym, Lord willing.