2014-11-18: Football Coach Portrait

So I found myself today in a locker room, with just a football coach, explaining the "portrait sweats." 

It was good though, we had some good conversation, and it was really nice getting some insight into what it is like to be a football coach, going to the championship game for the first time, and in Utah County, where the athletes are very loyal and devoted to their sport. 

But I was looking for ideas for this portrait when I happened to come across Patrick Smith's old work on his blog from when he worked here. It kicked me in the ass a little bit, so I wanted to put some extra work into this portrait, even if it didn't turn out well, I wanted to try really, really hard.

SO. We have these really sketchy, homemade strip lights that are built with overhead fluorescent lights on 7 foot 2x4s, stuck in a Home Depot bucket filled with concrete. They each way about 50 or 60 lbs. 

So after tearing them out of the concrete, wiggling them into my little sedan, I dragged them out to the football field in three stages. Then as practice was ending I found out the locker room was "See where those lights end way down there? Down some stairs after that is the new locker room." 

So I put everything back in my car, and dragged everything back out to the locker room and set this up.


Thanks for looking,


Grant

2014-11-18: Sumo Wrestling at an Elementary School

Fun assignment I got earlier this month. Photo editor Spenser Heaps helped out by writing the article, and it turned out to be a really good assignment. Students at Lakeview Academy in Saratoga Springs, UT get rewarded with special activities for having high GPA's. At least once a year the rewarded students surround a wrestling mat behind the school and cheer on their teachers as they wrestle in sumo-suits in a tournament style. It was fun to sit in the middle as kids cheered. The energy was fantastic and put a smile on my face. 

Here's my favorite frame from the day of a teacher preparing for the championship match. 

Cheers,


Grant

2014-11-18- Good Ol' Hard Drive Hunt

Been combing through the old dusty hard drives while I begin to get my photo life back in gear. It's so easy to fall into the daily routine and sometimes you gotta get your gear all fixed up, get out your personal computer and rebuild your website and look at some old photos. Winter is here and the time is now!

One of many posts I'm sure, but I came across this of my dad, Scott, and my step-mom, Amy, who passed away recently. It's amazing how pictures significance change with time, and this one put a smile on my face. I'm excited to go home and see my family and feel the warmth next week for our favorite holiday. 

I'm glad I found this.

Cheers,

Grant