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There's a cartoon called Fergus the Horse, by Jean Abernethy. Maybe you are not a 'horse person' (I am), but still I'd recommend you take a look at it, it's absolutely amazing!
A while back they published a sketch showing the horse with a kid, with the message that some of us do not really function in the world of words.
Well, yeah - that's totally me. I definitely don't function well in the world of words!
Some of us do not function in the world of words.
Children always ask difficult questions. Someone once asked me why I am a photographer. Had to think about it for a second. Did I mention I'm not good with words? ;)
I picked up a camera when I was sixteen, it's just the way it is and it's always been. Me, I'm the one with a camera - and I've never thought of looking for a why.
And it's not just for the high moments and the victories and records and celebrations. I'm here for the hard times too, and the hurting and the struggle. This camera is here to make you see strength and beauty and performance on the days when you feel weak and have doubts.
I'm here, here to stay, here to say - don't give up, keep going, stay strong.
And that is my why.
We don't do throwback Thursday. No old photos to see on this blog. Not today.
Today we look ahead, but we do remember how we got here :)
First women soccer match I ever photographed was this goalkeeper's match.
Once on the pitch, I sat by that goal for the first minute and wondered what was I thinking - both of us, really (yes PR guy I'm talking to you)... I'm not a sports photographer really, I'm a commercial shooter, what in heaven's name am I doing this 'soccer thing' here for? Never played soccer in my entire life - sure I enjoy watching the game and cheering on the team, but that's about it. What am I doing here? I'm an architectural/industrial photographer by training, and tend to avoid shooting public events because I don't mix well with the media and reporters and all of them news gossip people to say the least. What am I doing here?
After about a minute of second guessing, I thought just run with it, and started working. I would have been there to watch the Reign game anyway, and it was just a one time assignment, and I'd sure go back to shooting wastewater plants and hospital buildings the next day.
They say wise men change their mind. I guess wise women do too.
Women soccer has taken me places I would have never even thought of, for both league games and national team games. I have to thank soccer for several good friendships, and also for business connections and generating work projects with sponsors and clients that have grown my photography company and taught me so much. Thanks to women soccer for so many fun days of work and finding my 'happy place' on the pitch. And it's thanks to soccer that I have had the opportunity to spend most of the summertime in Seattle for two years in a row, and Lake Washington is now becoming my home away from home. And yes, I 'm sure the whole city still looks at me funny when I wear my cowboy boots and say y'all, but in this place up NorthWest I always find peace, more than I ever have, anywhere else I've lived.
If someone had told me on that first day at Starfire, that two years later I would be traveling all over the country for NWSL and USWNT matches and shooting the world cup, and that I'd be working at the NWSL Championship final tonight - well, I would have had a good laugh.
And yet I've been running all over throughout the season, and spent good part of this past Summer at USWNT practice sessions and sendoff series matches, and then in Canada during the FIFA world cup.
And there are no words I can find to describe how thankful I am for that opportunity of working at the world cup and taking part in that journey, and seeing the US team and our own Seattle keeper win.
Two seasons later, and a whole lot of league games later, it's now year three of this women's league and I'm still here by the goal at every game I can make, hiding behind the lens in the keepers' corner.
Woman of habit? Maybe, or maybe not - I've never been big on routine behaviors.
And I am a total believer in this 'soccer thing' now.
And to all the sport promoters and coaches and players who say women soccer can make a difference, well hey, if there's someone out there who doesn't believe y'all yet (yes I still technically live in Houston, Texas), here's your witness, another testimony that women soccer change lives, because it's true.
And I'm here to stay, here to look for the light and practice gratitude in the keepers' corner.
We don't do throwback Thursday, we look ahead.
And today is not just 'another day at the office' on a soccer pitch. Today is the day we've been waiting for, and I'm honored to be here and be a witness.
Thank you Hope Solo. Thank you Seattle Reign FC.
And now let's go win this thing.
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What is Earchphoto? Who are we, what is it we do?
Earchphoto (ˈēˈär-kˈfō-(ˌ)tō) is a commercial photography company. We are commercial photographers - we look for the light.
If you expect your photographer to be an unbiased observer, a documentary shooter, well - then we are not the company for you.
We create images with those companies and individuals that we believe in, those we always wholeheartedly support.
This applies of course to our commercial work - but also represents the backbone of our editorial collaborations with magazines, newspapers, and media outlets. And this is why we carefully scrutinize and hand-select the few media outlets we agree to collaborate with - to make sure that each and every single one of our images is used for a the purpose of promoting and supporting a client.
Always remember that, even when we are on assignment for an editor, we remain commercial photographers at heart: we shoot to SHOWCASE, ADVERTISE, and SUPPORT the people and brands that we believe in and are loyal to.
We strive to show the best in everything and everyone.
Find your light with us at earchphoto.com
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