On a rare warm November day, the kind that makes you forget about yesterday and want to put tomorrow on hold forever, Lindsey and Chris were married in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Take a look, if you like.
I got to spend some more time with the Green Machines. At their championship game, in fact.
I have to say: I don’t know anything about football. I had no brothers, and I’ve quit every sport I have ever tried. But even I can tell there is something special about this team.
They are a great team.
But part of what is so great about them, or maybe what makes them able to be so great, is their fan club.
And it makes me even prouder to say that they didn’t win the first game I attended. They struggled. But they have grit. Which, if you’ve been watching TED talks lately, you’d know is the number one predictor of success.
I’m glad to have witnessed their victory.
But I’m especially glad to see a group of people working together, rooting for each other, and putting passion in the struggle, even when they aren’t the ones who win the first time.
Football and Cheerleading always remind me of the fall. Nothing accentuates a crisp October day like the voices of cheerleaders rising together in unison or the whistle of a coach running drills.
I was able to spend some time with the Kingman Park Boys and Girls Club this month, photographing their autumnal sports practices and games. It was a pleasure to get to know such an active organization.
On August 25th I photographed the annual WeCanRow DC’s Learn-to-Row Weekend for breast cancer survivors. Participating women had an opportunity to work as a team, share challenges presented by the disease and the treatments, and build a new community. It was very powerful and inspiring to see how much they pushed themselves and how much they supported each other choosing rowing as the path to physical and emotional healing. And it was a special treat to meet and photograph former Olympic gold medal-winning rower, Holly Metcalf.
I photographed the band, StereoRiots, at Zeba Bar in Columbia Heights last Saturday. They have a sweet story about how they got together: Craigslist. One of the members, tired of working with people less serious than himself, posted looking for some dedicated bandmates. And that, Ladies and Gentlemen, is how this magic happened.