Laramie, Wyo.

2014.04.20

Sven, a UW student and Laramie native, dressed to the nines following the annual Spring Game at War Memorial Stadium. Saturday, April 19, 2014.

University of Wyoming Spring Game

J.J. Quinlan

2014.04.18

Work sent me down across the border a couple of weekends ago to meet former University of Wyoming linebacker J.J. Quinlan in Fort Collins, Colo., for a fantastic story by our UW reporter Mike Vorel (read it here: http://bit.ly/1jedUVH)

J.J. has had a rough few years. He’s a terrific kid who is now working at a data processing company in Longmont, Colo., and living with his wife and 1-year-old son, but he went through a lot to get where he is. He died for 45 seconds and went into a coma following a botched tonsillectomy and just eight months later lost friend and teammate Ruben Narcisse when they were involved in a rollover accident. And shortly after that, J.J. blew out his left pectoral muscle attempting to break a team bench press record, taking him out for the season.

It was one of those portrait shoots you dream about after getting used to setting up, shooting, tearing down and being out the door in under 15 minutes. J.J. had one thing to do that Saturday – pick up his kid’s birthday cake. We spent over an hour wandering around, trying different locations and ideas, and getting to know one another before we decided to pack it in for the day.

J.J. Quinlan

 

J.J. Quinlan

 

J.J. Quinlan

 

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J.J. Quinlan

 

J.J. Quinlan

 

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Tonto Basin, Ariz.

2014.04.17

Tonto National Forest for Megan’s birthday. Death by rattlesnake almost happened. Falling asleep and waking up along the Verde River made it all worth it.

Arizona

 

Arizona

 

Arizona

 

Arizona

 

Arizona

 

Arizona

 

Jackson, Wyo.

2014.04.09

Jackson Trip

Closing Day at Jackson Hole

2014.04.06

October 3, 2013. The night I arrived in Wyoming in the middle of a fall snowstorm that brought 16 inches of snow and closed the town down for what seemed like days. I guess I was destined to become accustomed to Wyoming winters.

Before I moved west, it had been 12 years since I strapped into a snowboard. So I made the most of the elevation and marked 53 days out this winter. A fraction of the 100+ days a lot of Jackson locals racked up, but after over a decade off, a very welcome return in my opinion.

It’s been forever since I’ve had a hobby outside of photography, and I was overjoyed to combine the two this weekend as Jackson Hole closed on a near-record season with a 11.5-foot base depth after nearly 500 inches of snowfall. Thanks for taking a look. Until next season!

A few more photos are online at the Trib’s gallery here: http://bit.ly/1sqsrW8

Closing Day at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort

 

Closing Day at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort

 

Closing Day at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort

 

Closing Day at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort

 

Closing Day at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort

 

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Closing Day at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort

 

Closing Day at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort

 

Casper, Wyo.

2014.03.31

The-Front

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The candidates are coming

2014.03.22

It’s time.

We’re just shy of five months until the Wyoming Republican primary, and I couldn’t be more excited. There’s something about covering politics that really gets me. I was just beginning to seriously invest myself in photojournalism when some friends of mine were following the herd around Iowa during the 2012 caucuses. “Red Elephant” is a blog that was born of those in-between moments from the campaign trail across Iowa, and to this day it’s one of my favorite blogs to revisit.

Campaign events are something special. Politicians, arguably more than anyone else on the planet, do everything within their power to control their image. “Red Elephant” and Christopher Morris’ “My America” and “Americans” were the first to show me that the real telling images in politics were those that circumvented the public relations image control that politicians and their staffs work so hard to uphold and to enforce. They showed candidates as real people, which is so much more telling and arguably beneficial to those seeking office. The voting populace want to know the true character, livelihood and personality of those asking for their trust, their money and their votes. Staged campaign shots against idyllic heartland backgrounds with an absurd number of American flags flying give viewers just the opposite of that.

Friday was my first political cover in about a year. Our political reporter Laura Hancock and I made the hour-long drive east to Douglas, Wyo., where we met with Christopher Sorge, a 22-year-old retail worker who just launched his second campaign for Wyoming House District 6 against three-term incumbent Rep. Richard Cannady, of nearby Glenrock, Wyo. Sorge’s campaign is a family affair – his grandmother serves as the campaign treasurer. Cousins of his manage the campaign and run his website. His wife takes photos and provides the campaign’s artwork and design.

Seeing the energy and optimism and excitement of a campaign launch, however big or small, is always a treat. And it’s especially great to see a young gun throw his hat into the ring with his whole family standing behind him. The fun and the challenge comes in finding a way to present the candidate in an honest, real way that isn’t simply what is set up and waiting for the cameras.

Chris Sorge Candidacy Announcement

 

Chris Sorge Candidacy Announcement

 

Chris Sorge Candidacy Announcement

 

Chris Sorge Candidacy Announcement

 

Chris Sorge Candidacy Announcement

 

Chris Sorge Candidacy Announcement

 

Chris Sorge Candidacy Announcement

 

Chris Sorge Candidacy Announcement

 

Chris Sorge Candidacy Announcement

 

Chris Sorge Candidacy Announcement

 

Chris Sorge Candidacy Announcement

 

Chris Sorge Candidacy Announcement

I blacked out and March was halfway over

2014.03.17

March madness. About 60 percent of my assignments over the past three weeks have been high school state championships. First, nine simultaneous mats of wrestling, followed by 1A and 2A boys and girls basketball, followed by state cheerleading and dance, followed by 3A and 4A boys and girls basketball, all right here in Casper. There are certainly advantages to covering the entire state, but when that means covering every single high school as thousands of kids and parents invade your town for three weeks straight, you start to feel the fatigue a bit.

It’s easy to fall into a groove when big runs like this come around. That’s the biggest challenge – to not just shoot fish in a barrel. I tried to keep an eye on the periphery and come out with some nice sideline photos.

Until next March. Thanks for looking.

2A Girls State Basketball, Friday

 

2A Boys State Basketball, Friday

 

2A Boys State Basketball, Friday

 

4A Boys State Basketball, Friday

 

2A Girls State Basketball, Friday

 

2A Boys State Basketball, Friday

 

4A Girls State Basketball, Thursday

 

2A Boys State Basketball, Friday

 

2A Boys State Basketball, Friday

 

4A Boys State Basketball, Saturday

 

2014 State Wrestling Finals

 

2014 State Wrestling Semifinals

 

2014 State Wrestling Finals

 

WHSAA State Spirit Competition

 

WHSAA State Spirit Competition

 

WHSAA State Spirit Competition

 

WHSAA State Spirit Competition

 

WHSAA State Spirit Competition

Kemmerer, Wyo.

2014.03.14

Bowhunting for cottontail. January 25, 2014. Kemmerer, Wyo.

Bowhunting for Cottontail Rabbit

 

Bowhunting for Cottontail Rabbit

 

Bowhunting for Cottontail Rabbit

 

Bowhunting for Cottontail Rabbit

 

Bowhunting for Cottontail Rabbit

 

Bowhunting for Cottontail Rabbit

 

Wyoming Indian’s State Title

2014.03.09

Wyoming Indian High School players after winning the school’s fourth Class 2A state basketball title in six years.

2A Boys State Basketball, Saturday