Monthly Archives: November 2013

Chibli Mallat for Continuum

Amid a pile of reference material, University of Utah law professor Chibli Mallat works on his latest book at his home in Salt Lake City Friday, June 14, 2013.

Amid a pile of reference material, University of Utah law professor Chibli Mallat works on his latest book at his home in Salt Lake City Friday, June 14, 2013.

University of Utah law professor Chibli Mallat poses at his home in Salt Lake City Friday, June 14, 2013.

University of Utah law professor Chibli Mallat poses at his home in Salt Lake City Friday, June 14, 2013.

I was privileged last summer to photograph a former Lebanese presidential candidate, Chibli Mallat. He lives, believe it or not, on a quiet, non-violent street near the University of Utah campus where he works. You can read more about his story at this link here.

From a photographic perspective, it was a little more challenging than other environmental portraits. The biggest challenge was to make sure there was enough light on Mr. Mallat to match the sunlit cityscape behind him. I set up the lights and quickly discovered another problem. The full length windows were so large, they almost always reflected the lights back into my camera, regardless of where I put them.

After multiple attempts, I finally found the right combination and this is what I came up with. Enjoy!!

Soldier’s Surprise Return for the Standard-Examiner

Ashtyn Lundberg reacts to seeing her father Chief Jared Lundberg as he arrives during an assembly at her school, Voyage Academy, in Clinton Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013.

Ashtyn Lundberg reacts to seeing her father Chief Jared Lundberg as he arrives during an assembly at her school, Voyage Academy, in Clinton Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013.

Chief Jared Lundberg embraces his daughter Ashtyn, 9 as his other daughter Attley, 6 runs up during a surprise arrival at their school, Voyage Academy, in Clinton Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013.

Chief Jared Lundberg embraces his daughter Ashtyn, 9 as his other daughter Attley, 6 runs up during a surprise arrival at their school, Voyage Academy, in Clinton Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013.

Ashtyn Lundberg, 9 is offered hug my her friends  following an assembly where Lundburg's father Jared arrived home from a deployment early to surprise them at their school, Voyage Academy, in Clinton Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013.

Ashtyn Lundberg, 9 is offered hug my her friends following an assembly where Lundburg’s father Jared arrived home from a deployment early to surprise them at their school, Voyage Academy, in Clinton Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013.

It was quite an emotional assembly for teachers and students alike as Chief Warrant Officer Jared Lundberg returned home several hours earlier than expected and surprised his two daughters at school last Thursday.

These types of events are such amazing moments to cover that when I got a call from the Standard-Examiner to see if I was available, I dropped everything and rushed to the school. You can view the full story here.

Movember Goodness

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A couple of guys in my neighborhood took part in a moustache growing contest. I couldn’t resist posting this in sort of a “Movember” tribute. Needless to say, this hair challenged photographer was impressed. Nice job guys!!

Breanne + Taylor

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I recently read this post by another wedding photographer and thought of this couple, Breanne and Taylor. I have photographed more weddings than I can remember and without question, the best photos come from the subtle moments where couples, parents or guests really connect with each other. I’ll let you read the post yourself but shooting the little details of weddings, such as the place settings, flowers etc., is nice to have. But those things should never distract from the pure and timeless moments between people who love each other.

Nick Parsons

Professional waterskier Nick Parsons creates waves at a private lake in Honeyville, Ut., Nov. 8, 2007

Professional waterskier Nick Parsons creates waves at a private lake in Honeyville, Ut., Nov. 8, 2007

I was poking around the archives for some photos and came across this shot of Nick Parsons, a professional waterskier from Bountiful. I lucked out with the light but really, with this skill, it was hard NOT getting some amazing photos.

NCAA Cross Country for the Standard-Examiner

Holly Page of Wyoming stumbles at the starting line which caused a false start during the NCAA Mt. Region Cross Country Championships at Schneiter's Riverside Golf Course in Riverdale Friday, Nov. 15, 2013.

Holly Page of Wyoming stumbles at the starting line which caused a false start during the NCAA Mt. Region Cross Country Championships at Schneiter’s Riverside Golf Course in Riverdale Friday, Nov. 15, 2013.

Colby Wilson, from the Utah State men's team, yells encouragement to teammate Jaqueline Winterton (123) during the NCAA Mt. Region Cross Country Championships at Schneiter's Riverside Golf Course in Riverdale Friday, Nov. 15, 2013.

Colby Wilson, from the Utah State men’s team, yells encouragement to teammate Jaqueline Winterton (123) during the NCAA Mt. Region Cross Country Championships at Schneiter’s Riverside Golf Course in Riverdale Friday, Nov. 15, 2013.

A pack of runners cruise through the course during the NCAA Mt. Region Cross Country Championships at Schneiter's Riverside Golf Course in Riverdale Friday, Nov. 15, 2013.

A pack of runners cruise through the course during the NCAA Mt. Region Cross Country Championships at Schneiter’s Riverside Golf Course in Riverdale Friday, Nov. 15, 2013.

Thomas Worob (132) of Weber State takes an early lead in the first mile during the NCAA Mt. Region Cross Country Championships at Schneiter's Riverside Golf Course in Riverdale Friday, Nov. 15, 2013.

Thomas Worob (132) of Weber State takes an early lead in the first mile during the NCAA Mt. Region Cross Country Championships at Schneiter’s Riverside Golf Course in Riverdale Friday, Nov. 15, 2013.

Runners from Brigham Young celebrate upon learning of their third place team finish during the NCAA Mt. Region Cross Country Championships at Schneiter's Riverside Golf Course in Riverdale Friday, Nov. 15, 2013.

Runners from Brigham Young celebrate upon learning of their third place team finish during the NCAA Mt. Region Cross Country Championships at Schneiter’s Riverside Golf Course in Riverdale Friday, Nov. 15, 2013.

Friday was the NCAA Regional Cross Country Meet an as a runner, this was a really fun event. Aside from making me feel like a really slow runner, watching these athletes was nothing short of amazing. The nice part about the race at the Riverdale golf course is that the runners loop back and forth allowing the media and spectators to criss cross back and forth to see the action several times before they finish.

The light was really nice and having just rained earlier in the day, the colors were nice and vibrant. Enjoy!

Right Place, Right Timing

The peloton, including overall race leader, Team Garmin-Sharp’s Lachlan Morton from Australia, (just left of center in the yellow jersey), descend the slopes from Snowbasin Resort and turn onto Trappers Loop during the beginning of the Queen Stage of the Tour of Utah Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013.

The peloton, including overall race leader, Team Garmin-Sharp’s Lachlan Morton from Australia, (just left of center in the yellow jersey), descend the slopes from Snowbasin Resort and turn onto Trappers Loop during the beginning of the Queen Stage of the Tour of Utah Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013.

I know this is anything but timely since the Tour of Utah was back in August but I thought I would post because it’s one of my recent favorites, and also to illustrate that sometimes you just get lucky.

My friend Steve and I decided take a casual ride from Pineview Reservoir to the top of Trapper’s Loop to watch as the tour left Snowbasin and headed south along the Wasatch Back. We got there in plenty of time and waited for the peloton to come screaming down the hill.

As they left, the overall race leader was Lachlan Morton. I picked what I thought was a perfect angle with the mountain as a back drop and the Snowbasin flag at the right or the frame. As they approached, I fired off as many shots as possible in the mere seconds it took for the pack to race by. After the flurry of bikes, followed by the flurry of support vehicles, I looked at my take. It was a pleasant surprise to find I had a shot with Morton in the center of the frame, surrounded by his teammates. Sometimes despite all the planning you put into something, it all comes down to luck.

High School Golf for the Standard-Examiner

Braydon Swapp of Weber High hits a second shot out of a bunker on the 12th hole during the Region 1 Golf Championships at Hubbard Golf Course at Hill Air Force Base in Layton Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013.

Braydon Swapp of Weber High hits a second shot out of a bunker on the 12th hole during the Region 1 Golf Championships at Hubbard Golf Course at Hill Air Force Base in Layton Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013.

Logan Day of Layton High, at left, and Dane Nelson of Davis High participate in the Region 1 Golf Championships at Hubbard Golf Course at Hill Air Force Base in Layton Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013

Logan Day of Layton High, at left, and Dane Nelson of Davis High participate in the Region 1 Golf Championships at Hubbard Golf Course at Hill Air Force Base in Layton Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013

I got to shoot prep golf last month and although golf might not seem all that exciting, it was nice to get out and shoot a sport I once loved to play. One of the challenges is coming up with something interesting that’s not over done. However, I always seem to gravitate toward photos where stuff is flying through the air. In this case, sand and grass clippings. Enjoy!

Ogden Rodeo

Bareback rider Jerad Schlegel of Burns, Co., clings to his horse as it falls to the dirt during a re-ride at the Ogden Pioneer Days Rodeo Friday, July 19, 2013.

Bareback rider Jerad Schlegel of Burns, Co., clings to his horse as it falls to the dirt during a re-ride at the Ogden Pioneer Days Rodeo Friday, July 19, 2013.

For as long as I have been a photojournalist, I have looked forward to covering the Ogden Pioneer Days Rodeo in July. It’s one of those yearly events that confirms you are in the right place on the calendar. Like Christmas in December. This year, I happen to just be attending the event as a spectator.

But it would be absurd of me to attend this great Ogden tradition without a camera. And as I am sitting their with my family, casually shooting one rider after the other, going through the motions, this scene unfolds in my view. It was just a split second in the event, and yet my vantage point from the stands gave me a perspective I wouldn’t have otherwise had if I were covering the event.

Ironically, one of my favorite rodeo photos happened when I was just shooting for fun.