Sunday, August 28, 2011

KHS Orchestra Seniors

We had a blast today, shooting the seniors for the KHS Orchestra poster.  What an awesome group.  They were so willing to do whatever we asked.  (Mrs. Cox was a big help getting the kids to try new things and take some risks.  That lead to some great pics.  Thanks so much for your help!)  The alarm went off while we were shooting and the police showed up.  We had a little fun with Alex, and the officer put her in cuffs.  I can't imagine ever having been this young, this attractive, or this talented. . .

Saturday, August 27, 2011


Nothing beats Friday Night Football, Pep Club, Pommies, Cheerleaders, Band.  Simple.  Done.

Thursday, August 18, 2011


No better way to kick off the new school year than with a rousing Pep Rally!  The gym was packed with Pioneers who were ready to strut their stuff and let everyone know why they are proud to be a Pioneer!  Fall sports were recognized, The Art Stout Academic Award Winners were announced (last years team's with the highest cumulative GPA's), the Pommies and Cheerleaders performed, and THE BAND just flat out CRUSHED IT!!!  

Dr. Havener, your first Pep Rally was a huge success. . . way to go!  

'So happy to be a Pioneer!!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The Best Possible News!!

The world seems to dish out really crappy news on a regular basis these days. . . then, when you start to wonder some big "WHY" questions, you get a dose of the good stuff and you realize you can make it another day. . . Jeremy,we couldn't be happier for you.  Glad you're healthy and can get back to doing what you love!  You make us all so proud and we're always cheering for you!

"Woodstock" kicks off 2011-12 at KHS

Peace and Love were the norm this morning as we kicked off another school year at KHS.  I can't imagine any other schools have as much fun as we do on opening day.  The seniors let it be known that it is THEIR year, then turn around and welcome the freshmen.  Good music, tie dye, and tatoos were abundant.  It was great to see familiar faces and get back to work.  Nice job, seniors!  You did a great job welcoming Dr. Havener as well.  I can tell it's going to be a special year. . .

Saturday, August 13, 2011


Maggie graduated this spring and is getting ready to head off to Mizzou this week, so we took senior pictures as well as freshman pictures.  I was so excited that Maggie agreed to meet me early, since the light this time of day is amazing.  Well, it's overcast and gray right up until Maggie pulls into the parking lot, and then the sun comes out and we're ready to go.  Maggie has a smile that just lights up the lens and it didn't take long for her to get comfortable.  We had a great time as she went from casual, to cute, to classy.

Maggie, thanks for an awesome morning.  You did an amazing job, and I'm sure you're going to have a great year at Mizzou!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Colby & Marcus

What a great time we had this morning.  Colby and Marcus, you guys were great.  Lots of laughter, and an occasional SQUIRREL!!  Two great kids!  Thanks so much for an awesome start to the day!

KHS Girl's Tennis

Went to shoot some girl's tennis practice this morning.  The girl's were working hard and are looking forward to a successful season.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

KHS Swim Practice

I love shooting swimmers.  It's amazing the way water can look when it's caught at a high shutter speed.  It's tough to shoot swim meets indoors where the lighting doesn't allow you to shoot at a high enough shutter speed, so I love getting out to the first couple of days of practice that are held outdoors at the Kirkwood Pool.  I started swimming for exercise last summer, and over the year I've developed a great respect for these kids and the mental toughness required to participate in this sport.  Great job, guys! (more photos are available at the website:

Monday, August 8, 2011

Here We go Again!!

One of the top five days of the entire year!  I love the start of fall practices. . . it's great to see new faces mixed in with old familiar ones. . . it's like "Spring Training", every team has a chance to win it all.  

It was a picture perfect morning with temperatures in the low 80's!  I don't know how Coach Townsend made it happen, but he did, and it was wonderful!  (Who remembers last year, when it was so hot practices were called off by 9:00 in the morning.  

Volleyball hit the track running at 7:00am and things were officially underway.  The girls came out ready to work and after a warmup session, ran the dreaded mile.  Times in the low 6:00's lead the way, and it's clear that much hard work was put in over the summer. 

Football followed at 7:30, and just jumped right in.  Summer work has prepared them and they don't waste a second.  What a tremendous atmosphere.  Coach Matt Irvin has assembled an amazing staff, and he leads the way with his passion and enthusiasm.  If I was still coaching, I would spend as much time as I could around him and his practices to learn how to utilize the precious time you have each day.  Coach Irvin and his staff do it as well as any I've ever seen.

Boys soccer, Girl's field hockey, swimming, cross country, and tennis all got underway this morning with softball and golf kicking things off this afternoon.  It's once again a great time to be a Pioneer and I can't wait to see what these young athletes will do this year. . .

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Rachel B

Rachel, you were AWESOME!!!  So much fun hanging out with your and your Mom and your brother.  It's pretty easy to get great pictures when you shoot someone who is just so dang HAPPY!  We tried to get a couple "serious" pictures, but Rachel just had to smile.  Her brother did a great job of keeping the atmosphere fun and silly.  He did some serious dancing to help loosen Rachel up.  It was great fun.  We hope the weather is a little better next week, so we can head downtown and try some gritty "urban" shots.