12 September 2010

favorites from this week

Equestrian Stacy Westfall leads a riding clinic at White Spring Farm.
Arlene Slavik-Wagner, an instructional assistant for special education at Crosby Elementary School in Harvard, completes her morning duties as crossing guard. Children in kindergarten through third grade started their first day of class at the brand-new school Tuesday.
Woodstock's Pat Santucci is grabbed by a Cary-Grove player in the first half of the game Saturday. The Trojans defeated the Blue Streaks 48-6.
This is my boyfriend's cat Snowy.

06 September 2010

football football football

That time of year! Here are photos from week one and two of Friday night prep football.
Love #3 in this photo...

bears preseason

I shot the Chicago Bears and Arizona Cardinals preseason football game last week. I thought this photo summed up the game.

Chicago Bears' Jay Cutler is sacked in the first half of a preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals at Soldier Field on August 28, 2010. Cutler was sacked four times in the game, and the Cardinals defeated the Bears 14-9.

some others

Here are some miscellaneous photos from the past few weeks from assorted assignments.

Adam Fuechsl of Hoffman Estates takes part in the Laps for Love fundraiser Saturday at Knox Park Pool in McHenry. Four swimmers swam laps for 90 minutes to raise money for Collier House, a safe retreat in Wyoming for families impacted by addictions, war and grief.
Festival goers traverse a bridge on a ride at Summer Sunset Festival in Lake in the Hills festival on Sunday.
State's attorney Lou Bianchi discusses plans for the First Offender Diversion Program on Monday at the McHenry County Government Center in Woodstock. The program targets those who were arrested for a felony charge for the first time.
Fun to visit Jill's office cubby at the courthouse!
Chicago Bandit pitcher Jennie Finch warms up during the fifth inning against the Tennessee Diamonds at Judson University in Elgin on Sunday. The two-time Olympic medalist and Chicago Bandits pitching star is retiring from softball at the end of this season to spend more time with her family. The Bandits fell to the Diamonds 4-2.
Hot hot day for a ball game.
Paul Hain gives six-month old granddaughter Luci Whiteford a kiss at his home in Spring Grove on Monday afternoon. Hain will be retiring Sept. 30 from his post as business manager for Nippersink District 2, where he's been since 2004 and over the past few years helped lead the effort to carry the district out of more than $3 million debt. Hain plans on spending more time with family in his retirement. 
Lovely afternoon photo shoot! Paul, his daughter Heather, and Luci were great to talk with.
I kind of liked this one too.
An end of summer moment. The sun sets over Wonder Lake on Sunday evening.

homecoming

It was homecoming week at Woodstock North High School, and so we followed our senior Christina Bravos around for the boisterous evening. Also check out a short multimedia piece I've done for this project here (soon it will be on vimeo):
http://ssm.nwherald.com/northwest-herald/video/20100903WoodstockNorth/woodstock-north/

Christina Bravos, second from right, walks off the football field with fellow classmates after the senior class won a game of capture the flag Wednesday evening. Bravos, part of the school's Student Council Executive Board, helped organize the night's events for homecoming week.
Christina Bravos, second from right, waits to go in a game of capture the flag at Woodstock North High School's football field Wednesday. Wednesday's events were the start of homecoming activities leading up to the football game today against Grayslake Central, but Bravos won't be able to attend because of a volleyball tournament at Oregon.
Bravos slaps hands with classmate Kareese Goetz after their class won a game of capture the flag. Between school, volleyball practice, and other activities, Bravos spent about 14 hours at the school Wednesday.
To see the first day of school, check out this blog post:
http://amandaschwengel.blogspot.com/2010/08/senior-year.html

back to school

From elementary schools to community colleges, we have been photographing lots of back to school stories lately. Here are some of my photos.

micro cars

A few weeks ago I had a last minute call from the desk to shoot this car show. Another car show, I thought. Great. But then I arrived... amazing! I wish I would have had more time, I would have done some video. All cars had to have engines smaller than 1,500 cubic centimeters.

Tim James pushes his wife Diane in their Isetta 300 at the Micro/Mini Car World Meet 2010 in Crystal Lake on Saturday. James, of Long Grove, had just completed 18 months of restoration work on the 1957 car.
The New York Times also did an article about the show:
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/05/automobiles/collectibles/05microcar.html?hpw