Miss You Pete

Pete

It’s been over a week (Sept 4th) since we lost our beloved pet of 10+ years – Pete.  It’s truly amazing how large of an impact these little guys have on a family, creeping their way into every facet of your life and the hole the leave behind is just as big.  Every morning I get up, I still look for him to meet me in the kitchen for his morning plate of veggies.  In the evenings, I expect to see him sitting under a chair and at bedtime – well, that was treat time and he’d come running.

Pete lived a long life, as I mentioned earlier, 10+ years.  That’s an awfully long time for a rabbit and our vet was amazed by his age and health, which I took to mean, we did a good job with him.  Earlier this year it was discover Pete had cancer – he had an operation to remove a growth in his chest, but the vet wasn’t very optimistic.  It took a long time for him to recover from the surgery and in truth, there were days where I worried a lot.  But thankfully after 6 weeks, he was back to his-self , running around, getting into things and even developed a fascination for going outside and lying down on the front porch.  We had a great couple of months together and are so thankful for that extra time he spent with us.

We love you Pete and we miss you terribly.

It’s been a long time

It’s been a long time since I’ve written anything about baseball or youth sports in general. Several years ago I made a promise to myself to stand aside and keep my mouth shut as my kids entered their high school programs. That was four years ago and for the most part I stopped posting much of anything, instead I focused on supporting their teams using what I know about photography and video production.

For those of you who know me or read much of anything on this site – none of this should come as a surprise. I think parents get way too involved in youth sports, and when it comes to high school – how do I put this politely? Well, it’s time for the kids to learn how to do it “without” you.

I think for the most part I kept my promise. Admittedly I got involved a couple of times when I saw my son’s catching skills going down hill, I don’t mind telling you that was a struggle for me. I watch and waited for his technique to be corrected, but when that wasn’t happening, I knew it was time to offer some advice and point out a few things. I did that by showing him some video I had shot of him and pointing out a few things. Occasionally, offering a bit of advice on his swing, but generally trying to keep it very low key. After that he pretty much knew what to do to fix things.

All-in-all I know it was the right decision. Yes, I missed actively coaching them the way I did when they were younger, but I’m not going to college with them. For me it was more important for them to develop their own style, their own ability to correct themselves, and their own mentors who can help carry them forward. Sorta like the mother bird kicking baby out of the nest so it can learn to fly. I’m happy to say, both my kids are flying on their own these days. They no longer rely on me like they did when they were younger – which is both wonderfully fulfilling and sad at the same time.

2013 Jays Baseball Highlight Video

Some seasons seemed to go on forever, while others vanished in the blink of an eye.  And suddenly, it’s over… What started so many years ago comes to an end, which in turn, gives birth to another beginning. It’s been a ride with a group of people and kids that I wouldn’t trade for anything. And it’s been an absolute privilege to watch these kids grow and develop from a very different perspective than most – my camera.

The camera allowed me to watch intently and closely as these boys played the game.  I could see their excitement, their disappointments and their accomplishments through those long lenses and slow motion captures.  At times their expressions were obvious, occasionally quite subtle, but always honest.  What an amazing way to watch your kids grow up!

Congratulations to the 2013 team and your amazing run.  I’m so proud and thrilled for all you guys have accomplished.

Making of a music video

Chase Jarvis shows us some behind the scenes action in making a music video. As a bit of a hobbyist, both video and stills, I’ve wondered about these scene panning moves (5:01), you see them a lot these days. I figured they were a bit of CGI and perhaps some are, but it seemed overly complicated to layer that together to me. I never really thought of simply building a bunch of sets and panning and pushing through. I say “simply” given you have the skills and resources (gear and space). Found it fascinating.

You can view the final product on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3GKykZ5zmqU

Good Times Video

This year we opted for something a little different than the dramatic and tried to capture a bit of the softball vibe in Jefferson City.  The girls as always we’re a blast to work with. And it’s been an amazing four years full of “Good Times”.

2011 Lady Jays Softball Photos

OK kids – I know you’ve been waiting awhile, but now that the season is done, videos completed, awards celebration complete – the photos are posted.  You’ll find them in the gallery as usual.

Now folks – the photos are provided for the girls and their families – in no way shape or form should you feel entitled to use these images on your website or for commercial purposes without getting my written permission.

Questions or comments? Feel free to contact me.

2011 Lady Jays Softball

Just finished another video project. Pretty simple edit, but lots of fun never-the-less. Shot on the Canon 7d and Sony Nxcam, assembled with Adobe Premiere. Huge thanks to the coaches and girls for allowing me into their world for a bit. I had a blast with you all. All the best and GO LADY JAYS!

Kirk Cousins Keynote

Kirk Cousins give a great and inspirational speech to those of “privilege”.  Having a couple of budding athletes, this is something Sheri and I have worked hard to instill in our kids.  Truth told, everyone is at some level of privilege and has a debt to pay no matter your income level or experience.  Absolutely everyone is capable of serving one another in some fashion.

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