One of the nice things about working at a newspaper is that the assignments tend to be very random. This past couple of days definately fit into that mantra. It started off with a story on a women’s whale boat rowing team. These women were training in the Bay for an upcoming race paddling 80-year-old whaling boats with massive oars. They were pretty intense and a lot of fun to shoot. Grunts and all. From there I ended up shooting some portraits of retiring teachers/coaches and a preview picture for the upcoming Wizard of Oz musical opening up this weekend in Fairfield. Baseball season is in full swing. Top off the list with a wine ‘n’ dine, an airforce spouse home makeover and a kids fishing derby. Never a dull moment in the news biz. Things are going well. -M

I realize just how absent I’ve been from my blog postings. I’ve been telling myself that I will try to be better. With all the beautiful spring weather that has befallen upon Davis, I have been distracted and have spent most of my free time outside. So to bring it up to speed, I want to show you what I have been up to. For the last week I have been down in Los Angeles attending a sports photography workshop called The Sportsshooter Academy. It was a week long hands on workshop where not only did I get to work with some of the leading sports photographers in the country but I was able to ask questions, get my work critiqued by them and overall try to grow as a photographer. I found it to be a worthwhile experience and left it feeling inspired. During my week there, I was lucky enough to be able to stay at my cousins home with his family in Irvine. His kids, Tucker, 8, and Piper, 4, I had only previously known when they were infants and through the family grapevine. It was a lot of fun getting to know them now that they could have a conversations. I was quick to learn that these conversations would usually happen early in the mornings when at 6 am sharp they both would spring from there beds and go wake up their cousin Mike. I didn’t get much sleep last week between the long hours at the workshop and the interupted rest at my cousins home. Still, they were a lot of fun. I learned how to lose at handball from Tucker and was re introduced to drawing with crayons in the early morning hours with Piper.