I had many painful lessons while learning sports photography. At my first high school football game, I remember asking my boss, Marshall Gorby, which one the "quarter back" was. It was hard to get a good shot so I went for a safe one. My first few track meets were blurry disasters and as basketball season rolled around, I asked the boss to have me shoot anything but sports. He said he'd take care of me. So he did. He sent me to a girls basketball game EVERYDAY for the entire 1996 season. I remember the frustration but somewhere between studying Joe Thiesman's Football for Dummies, and silently cursing the boss, something started to change. I started enjoying the games and my work began to improve. By spring I was ready and enthusiastic to shoot the state track and field meet. Eventually, through painstaking running along all 18 holes of golf, getting soaked on sidelines, run over during plays, knocked out by a soccer ball, taking a straight pitch to the ankle and never ending deadlines, I became passionate about sports photography. My favorites became football and wrestling. Two of the toughest sports to capture in action for me. My weekends consisted of a high school game on Friday, college on Saturday, and if I was super lucky, NFL on Sunday. The most valuable lessons I learned were in the slow process of discipline and humility. Today, I cherish every moment of shooting sports events. The present and the past. All the support I had from the staff at News-Sun. James Mahan, Chuck Mathews and Jim Laskay. Today I do a lot of freelance sports. Id love to shoot for some glossy magazine or huge daily newspaper but im just as happy, here on earth, shooting the next generation of athletes. The passion of young athletes is something that seems to disappear in the professional sports world. Passion is the essence of sports photography for me. The energy and life in the children is contagious and it takes me out of myself. I look forward to many more years covering youth sports. Wee Arrows Action Photo galleries are coming soon! I have to be sure to get an action shots of each child wrestling. Cant wait!