Sunday, November 27, 2011

Been Absent

My work with the University of Maryland Football team at Section 19 kept me pretty busy this Fall. Now that the season is over I can go back to posting regular happenings here with our family in time for Christmas.

I think I will be shooting some Maryland Basketball games but that's to be determined down the road.

Stay tuned...

Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween from Benjamin!

A look at Benjamin's Halloween through the years.

2011: Wolverine

2010: Iron Man. Photo taken at his day care's parade

2009: Spider-Man

2008: Soccer player

2007: Elmo

2006: Bumblebee

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Benjamin's Class Pictures

Here are Benjamin's class pictures over the years. He sure is growing up!

Fall 2006

Spring 2007

Fall 2007

Fall 2008

Fall 2010

Fall 2011

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Kindergarten Revisited

I love to compare pictures of Benjamin to when I was a kid and here is another version. Our kindergarten classes. You can get a larger version just by clicking on the picture.

Benjamin's Kindergarten class. He's in the first row, right.

Daddy's Kindergarten class. I am in the top row, second on the right.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Maryland Football

Five years ago I started recapping University of Maryland Football games here on this blog. I did this for three seasons until I received a Nikon D40 digital camera for Christmas in 2008. I created a blog called Section 19 where I would tell the story of the games in pictures from my seats at Byrd Stadium.

As I was doing this, I thought that one day it would be great to be on the sidelines shooting the game. Last Fall I was on the sidelines at a couple of Centreville High School football games and this Spring I took pictures for a few South Lakes High School Soccer games. Valuable experience which paid off.

This season I am on the sidelines at Byrd Stadium taking pictures for Inside MD Sports.

I'm really enjoying myself and I am learning a lot. A couple photographers have been very helpful to me so far during the two home games I've shot. I am gaining more confidence each game. For the record, during the 2010 season, I've upgraded to a Nikon D90.

You can find my archive of photos at Section 19

Just wanted to throw in a photo comparison here. The first image is from Getty Images which I saw on a lot of web sites following the game and the second image is the one I shot for Inside Maryland Sports. I'm gaining more confidence every game. This is a dream come true for me!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Parish and School Picnic

Beautiful Saturday after a week of steady rain (see prior post) so I took Benjamin to the Parish and School picnic. It was a great chance for him to meet up with his classmates at his new school and for me to meet other parents.

Benjamin and his classmate Dennis

Benjamin waits for his turn on a ride

Benjamin enjoying the inflatable slide

Benjamin and Dennis enjoying themselves

The fellas

Benjamin and Dennis after romping in the moon bounce

Ahhh, nothing beats a sno-cone in warm weather

Prize winner

Benjamin and his cousin Jacob

Thursday, September 08, 2011

A Rainy Ride Home

A ton of rain made the Thursday evening commute a mess.

Not as bad as the commute I had back in January

More from the Reston Patch

Took me nearly three hours to go from McLean to Route 7 West where everyone was re-routed due to floods, to the Dulles Toll Road, to Herndon to pick up Benjamin and then home. I know others had it worse than I did so no complaining here. When I got to the house with Benjamin, I breathed a sigh of relief.

Here are some phone camera shots.

Route 7 5:15

Route 7 re-route at 5:30

Dulles Toll Road at 6:00

Brave biker at 6:15

Herndon 6:45

Monday, August 29, 2011

Benjamin's First Day of Kindergarten

Today was Benjamin's first day of Kindergarten at his new school. He was anxious and excited, telling me to hurry up and get going. When we arrived, he told me he was a little scared and nervous. Once he saw his classmates, he warmed up and started talking. Business as usual.

Classic first day of school front door photos

At the school parking lot with Mommy

At his meeting spot. A little anxious here...

Meeting his favorite Priest, Father Jim

Ready to go!

Holy Water blessing. Benjamin made us proud by doing the sign of the cross.

To the classroom!

Saturday, August 13, 2011

More Toronto Trip Pictures

Canada's Wonderland

Centre Island trip

Park visits

Niagara Falls

First visit to Niagara Falls, November 1964. Holding me is my God Father Bob while Dad is on the left.

47 years later I'm holding Benjamin with the Falls behind us.