This is my blog… and I want to use it right now to point out a remarkable young man that I have had the pleasure of photographing and getting to know his family the past few years. Today closed the curtain on his “Little League” experience, he’ll be too old in 2011. Because I never put names on my site I’ll refer to this remarkable fella as “T”. (for those that know him, I’m sorry I’m not too creative with a pseudo-name!)
I’m in a somewhat unique position out at the field, I get to spend time in and around both teams. Some of the kids I know because I’ve been shooting their leagues for awhile, others I meet out at the fields each night, I’m always welcome because the kids love to be the one that I photograph, it’s fun, we have a good time… my point in a minute….
When you really LOOK at this photo you might or might not notice something “different”. T has a handicap, (but you’d never know it knowing T…)… but let me explain to you what you’re looking at… This is the Nevada District 1 Little League All Star Tournament for the 11-12 age group. The 11-12 aged kids are the kids, if they should win District, State, Regional, etc…. go on and play in the LIttle League World Series. Even with his handicap, T was a pitcher for his All Star team. There are A LOT of kids that play Little League. There are some of those that pitch. Some make the All Star team… There are VERY FEW that play All Stars and Pitch for that team.
Going back to my point about being around the other teams… for obvious reasons kids pick up quick on things that are different. This past week I was standing next to the team playing against T’s team. During warm up’s the fellas started noticing and talking about what T was doing… At first they saw something was a little different, then they watched closer, made a few comments to each other trying to figure out what was going on…. To me it was just a part of what happens… but to them, it was new. They all watched as T would catch the ball, with his glove on his left hand, remove his glove and hold it with his right while passing the ball to his left for his throw to first. If you’re not used to seeing this it happens so fast you’re not really sure what’s going on so you watch closer. It was fun to watch their “learning” process take place involving something that I now just take for granted, that’s the way T plays….
T, thank you. Every time I see you out there you inspire me. I want to wish you the very best of luck and I’m sure I’ll see you around!! Keep up the great work buddy!!
On the photography side…. he also always looks great in the photos, his stretch is always nice… since he’s left handed, today the light was just about to drop below the hills and was lighting him but shadowing the pitching mound… you rarely get great light like this… I took a few and saw that and immediately knew I had some cool stuff!
Had a bit of a speed bump hit us starting Sunday. After enjoying a nice Father’s Day, breakfast with CCLL at their Pancake Breakfast and going to the Stewart School Indian Festival and enjoying a GREAT rib dinner at home… I started to feel awful… long story short, just got back from the hospital, I’m now appendix free! Emergency appendectomy Tuesday night, two nights in the hospital due to the severity and the doctor’s concern…
So… I’m on the mend, hoping to be somewhat back to “normal” come tournament time July 7th… more on that soon!
Friday June 4th the world lost one of the greatest men of all time. If you’ve never read, heard or known anything about Mr. John Wooden I would highly recommend heading to the bookstore or anywhere you can find a book about him or by him… buy it, it’s worth the money.
Having known who Mr. Wooden was for quite sometime already, I was greatly privileged to hear him speak at an IBM Sales Kick Off meeting that I attended during my time at Big Blue… WOW. That’s all I can say. He was a tremendous man; inspirational to the very core of his being and he wanted to share that with everyone. He will be remembered in a great number of hearts and minds. Thank you Mr. Wooden for the mark you’ve made on the world.
Hello everyone, we’ve just gone through a major server “occurance” and all of our past blog posts have been… lost… so needless to say, 2010 is going to be a fresh start!!
Throughout 2010 we will be posting discount “opportunities” here on our blog, they will be very specific and have a limited time to be used so stay tuned! We will also be offering similar and actually more discounts via Twitter so be sure to check us out there as well. http://twitter.com/instaimage If you see us out at a game and you have access to Twitter… you might want to check us out there.
This coming spring I’m going to be pretty busy running around the “valleys”… so if you’re interested in action shots make sure you see me or contact us ASAP!!