Journal: Competitive Sports

2004-2008, 2015-Present

Sports were one of my "gateway" photography subjects. I've always been an active person, so I gravitated towards sports and phys ed classes as a tween. In high school, I didn't have a car so I photographed what I was interested in that was also accessible to me, and then in college, sports photography became a way for me to make some money doing something I already enjoyed.

As a health and exercise science major in college, I had a lot of friends who were athletes, and when I was injured during track practice, sports photography became a way for me to stay connected with my peers and teammates even when I couldn't compete. During my seven year stint working in collegiate athletics and recreation I regularly brought my camera with me to games to photograph student athletes, and I use my camera to pass the time while supporting my husband at mountain bike races whenever he competes. Sports have been such an integral part of my identity for a long time; marrying my passion for sports and photography together only makes sense.

Augsburg College senior Brad Tupa struggles as York College of Pennsylvania senior Duane Bastress holds him down during their...

Pain

Augsburg College senior Brad Tupa struggles as York College of Pennsylvania senior Duane Bastress holds him down during their 184 pound bout at the 2006 NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships at The College of New Jersey. Bastress went on to win the national title; Tupa finished fourth.

Blades of grass glow in the evening sun after being kicked up by a player on Landmark College's soccer team.

Aftershock

Blades of grass glow in the evening sun after being kicked up by a player on Landmark College's soccer team.

Members of The College of New Jersey cross country team huddle together before the Haverford Invitational meet at Haverford College...

Team Huddle

Members of The College of New Jersey cross country team huddle together before the Haverford Invitational meet at Haverford College. Senior Sarah Spilman stands center in this 2005 photograph.

TCNJ athlete Kevin Jones reaches in mid-air during the long jump at The College of New Jersey's New Jersey Invite track and field...

Jump

TCNJ athlete Kevin Jones reaches in mid-air during the long jump at The College of New Jersey's New Jersey Invite track and field meet.

Chased by opponents from Muhlenburg College, TCNJ running back Cory Schoonover makes a break down the field during a football...

Run for Glory

Chased by opponents from Muhlenburg College, TCNJ running back Cory Schoonover makes a break down the field during a football game while Mules fans look on.

Stephon Sair of Cortland pauses on the mat during the 2006 NCAA Division III wrestling championships. He would go on to win the...

The Wrestler

Stephon Sair of Cortland pauses on the mat during the 2006 NCAA Division III wrestling championships. He would go on to win the 174 pound title.

Landmark College athlete Reed Bishop takes a shot on the goal during a soccer match versus the Putney Soccer Club.

Corner Kick

Landmark College athlete Reed Bishop takes a shot on the goal during a soccer match versus the Putney Soccer Club.

Blake Gillis of Wartburg College and Ryan Allen of the University of Wisconsin Lacrosse battle for the 285 pound title at the...

Heavyweights

Blake Gillis of Wartburg College and Ryan Allen of the University of Wisconsin Lacrosse battle for the 285 pound title at the 2006 NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships. Allen defeated Gillis, the top seed.

Drummer Racing team rider John Renaud speeds through the woods during the Eastern States Cup Downhill Mountain Bike Race #5 at...

Racing Stripes

Drummer Racing team rider John Renaud speeds through the woods during the Eastern States Cup Downhill Mountain Bike Race #5 at Sugarbush Mountain in Warren, Vermont. Renaud was fastest through the speed trap and placed fifth in his division.

Augsburg College senior Brad Tupa struggles as York College of Pennsylvania senior Duane Bastress holds him down during their...

Determination

Augsburg College senior Brad Tupa struggles as York College of Pennsylvania senior Duane Bastress holds him down during their 184 pound bout at the 2006 NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships at The College of New Jersey. Bastress went on to win the national title; Tupa finished fourth.

A downhill mountain biker racer zooms off a rock during an Eastern States Cup race at Attitash Mountain Resort.

Gravity Works

A downhill mountain biker racer zooms off a rock during an Eastern States Cup race at Attitash Mountain Resort.

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