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On Assignment: My Best Images from April

Starting a new habit/feature/entry which highlights my favorite images of the month. I think it’d be good for editors and other art directors to go directly to blogs with just photos, and especially ones that showcase my skills and talents.

Locust Beach Mudflats –

© Paul Conrad/Pablo Conrad Photography - The setting Sun is reflected off the mudflats of Bellingham Bay during low at Locust Beach in Bellingham, Wash.

© Paul Conrad/Pablo Conrad Photography – The setting Sun is reflected off the mudflats of Bellingham Bay during low at Locust Beach in Bellingham, Wash. I wanted to photograph the sunset with the ripple patterns and get the pilings on this beach as well. But I couldn’t get a good alignment with all three in the frame.

Roadside Tulips –

© Paul Conrad/Pablo Conrad Photography - Dew dappled tulips along the Mount Baker Highway, Washington 542,  in Glacier, Wash.

© Paul Conrad/Pablo Conrad Photography – Dew dappled tulips along the Mount Baker Highway, Washington 542, in Glacier, Wash. Waiting for a real estate client, I saw these tulips. As I was leaning against my car, I liked how the colors of the roses complemented the grass lit by the rising Sun.

Seeking a Silver Lining –

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald - Barbara Forss of Ferndale asseses the markings on a silver flatware to  determine if it is sterling during the Antiques and Collectibles Evaluation Event at the Bellingham Senior Activities Center on Saturday afternoon April 11, 2015, in Bellingham, Wash. Over 100 people brought in items ranging from antique guns to a modern day Barbie Corvette to jewelry. Eighteen specialist were one hand to evaluate the items.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – Barbara Forss of Ferndale assesses the markings on silver flatware to decide if it is sterling during the Antiques and Collectibles Evaluation Event at the Bellingham Senior Activities Center on Saturday afternoon April 11, 2015, in Bellingham, Wash. As I was shooting something else, I noticed how she was studying every detail of the flatware. I like the tight shot with the focus on her eyes.

Looking for the Sweet Spot –

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald -  Bellingham pitcher Brad Johnson tosses to Ferndale  in varsity boys baseball at Ferndale High School in Ferndale, Wash., on Monday afternoon March, 30, 2015.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – Bellingham pitcher Brad Johnson tosses to Ferndale in varsity boys baseball at Ferndale High School in Ferndale, Wash., on Monday afternoon March, 30, 2015. After cropping in to about 1/4th the frame, this image popped out. I first noticed how the ball is close, and you can make out the batter.

Safe or Out? –

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald -  Bellingham shortstop Austin Shenton (24), right, fields a throw as Ferndale third baseman Kyler Brudwick (5) slides safely into second base during the 4th inning at Ferndale High School in Ferndale, Wash., on Monday afternoon March, 30, 2015. Brudwick was called safe as Shenton bobbled the ball.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – Bellingham shortstop Austin Shenton (24), right, fields a throw as Ferndale third baseman Kyler Brudwick (5) slides safely into second base during the 4th inning at Ferndale High School in Ferndale, Wash., on Monday afternoon March, 30, 2015. Brudwick was called safe as Shenton bobbled the ball. Sometimes you get lucky. I knew there would be a play at 2nd, did not expect this though.

Pleading –

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald -  Ferndale outfielder Kyle Sandstrom (4), left, pleads with the umpire after being tagged out at home by Bellingham catcher Dante Check (18) during the fifth inning at Ferndale High School in Ferndale, Wash., on Monday afternoon March, 30, 2015. Sandstorm was called out by the umpire.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – Ferndale outfielder Kyle Sandstrom (4), left, pleads with the umpire after being tagged out at home by Bellingham catcher Dante Check (18) during the fifth inning at Ferndale High School in Ferndale, Wash., on Monday afternoon March, 30, 2015. Sandstorm was called out by the umpire. I had the complete sequence, But the ump’s butt was in the way. I like how you can tell the umpire called and out, and the kid is pleading with him.

Winning Celebration –

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald - Team Fairhaven Toy Garden members Dante Koplovitz-Fleming, left, and Colin Bigalow, give each other a celebratory hug after winning the Piano Race during the 13th annual Dirty Dan Harris Festival at the Fairhaven Village Green in Fairhaven, Wash., on Sunday April 26, 2015. Hundreds enjoyed the festivities which included a donut eating contest, live music from the JP Falcon Band, piano race, chili cook off, salmon tossing contest, as well as many local vendors.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – Team Fairhaven Toy Garden members Dante Koplovitz-Fleming, left, and Colin Bigalow, give each other a celebratory hug after winning the Piano Race during the 13th annual Dirty Dan Harris Festival at the Fairhaven Village Green in Fairhaven, Wash., on Sunday April 26, 2015. This just reminded me of a reaction shot by a sports team winning a big game.

Powdered Nose:

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald - Juan Alten, 12, of Bellingham, Wash., attempts to devour his donut during the Rocket Donuts donut eating contest of the 13th annual Dirty Dan Harris Festival at the Fairhaven Village Green in Fairhaven, Wash., on Sunday April 26, 2015. Hundreds enjoyed the festivities which included a donut eating contest, live music from the JP Falcon Band, piano race, chili cook off, salmon tossing contest, as well as many local vendors.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – Juan Alten, 12, of Bellingham, Wash., attempts to devour his donut during the Rocket Donuts donut eating contest of the 13th annual Dirty Dan Harris Festival at the Fairhaven Village Green in Fairhaven, Wash., on Sunday April 26, 2015. What can I say, a kid scarfing down a donut in an eating contest.

Jim “Dirty” Rich –

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald - Jim

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – Jim “Dirty” Rich sits next to the Daniel Jefferson Harris sculpture on the Fairhaven Village Green during the 13th annual Dirty Dan Harris Festival in Fairhaven, Wash., on Sunday April 26, 2015. A cool portrait of a local citizen.

Rialto Beach in Blue – 

© Paul Conrad/Pablo Conrad Photography - The surf of the Pacific Oceanock formation near Hole in the Wall north of Rialto Beach in La Push, Wash.

© Paul Conrad/Pablo Conrad Photography – The surf of the Pacific Ocean breaks against rock formations near Hole in the Wall north of Rialto Beach in La Push along the western Washington coast. When I first shot this, I played with the duotone setting on my camera. I loved how it looked. So I pulled the raw file into Photoshop and created it there.

Pacific Sunset –

© Paul Conrad/Pablo Conrad Photography - The Sun sets over a rock formation in the Pacific Ocean near Rialto Beach along the western Washington coast near La Push.

© Paul Conrad/Pablo Conrad Photography – The Sun sets by a rock formation in the Pacific Ocean off Rialto Beach along the western Washington coast near La Push. the western Washington coast near La Push. Just like the positioning of the island, Sun, reflection, and waves. 
 

That’s Gotta Hurt –

© Paul Conrad/Pablo Conrad Photography -  Mount Baker midfielder Jon Ehlers (12) heads the ball away from Meridian forward Alan Eyoub (11) during the first half at Mount Baker High School in Deming, Wash., on Saturday afternoon April 25, 2015. Meridian defeated Mount Baker  4 to 2 scoring all 4 goals in the second half.

© Paul Conrad/Pablo Conrad Photography – Mount Baker midfielder Jon Ehlers (12) heads the ball away from Meridian forward Alan Eyoub (11) during the first half at Mount Baker High School in Deming, Wash., on Saturday afternoon April 25, 2015.This was right before the foot made contact. Ouch.

GOOOOOOOOOL!!!

© Paul Conrad/Pablo Conrad Photography -  Mount Baker midfielder Taylor Bruntil (4), right, jumps for the ball as Meridian midfielder Jake Birnel (10) takes a free kick and scores during the 9th minute of the second half at Mount Baker High School in Deming, Wash., on Saturday afternoon April 25, 2015. Birnel scored on the kick tying the score 2 to 2 as Meridian went on to defeat Mount Baker 4 to 2 with all 4 goals in the second half.

© Paul Conrad/Pablo Conrad Photography – Mount Baker midfielder Taylor Bruntil (4), right, jumps for the ball as Meridian midfielder Jake Birnel (10) takes a free kick and scores during the 9th minute of the second half at Mount Baker High School in Deming, Wash., on Saturday afternoon April 25, 2015. Birnel scored on the kick tying the score 2 to 2 as Meridian went on to defeat Mount Baker 4 to 2 with all 4 goals in the second half. As I usually stay at one end while shooting soccer, that way I can get good defense/offense action. I did not expect to be in the right alignment for this free kick that resulted in a score.

Mid Air Collision –

© Paul Conrad/Pablo Conrad Photography -  Meridian forward Alan Eyoub (11), left, and Mount Baker defensive man Zane Smith (17) battle for a corner kick during the second half at Mount Baker High School in Deming, Wash., on Saturday afternoon April 25, 2015. Meridian defeated Mount Baker 4 to 2 with all 4 goals in the second half.

© Paul Conrad/Pablo Conrad Photography – Meridian forward Alan Eyoub (11), left, and Mount Baker defensive man Zane Smith (17) battle for a corner kick during the second half at Mount Baker High School in Deming, Wash., on Saturday afternoon April 25, 2015. Meridian defeated Mount Baker 4 to 2 with all 4 goals in the second half. The kid on the left was trying to head it for a goal. It hit the upright.

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His specialty is photojournalism covering news, sports, and editorial portraits, he also is skilled in family portraiture, high school senior portraits, and weddings. He is available for assignments anywhere in the Pacific Northwest.

Photos of the Year: My Favorites from the past 12 months.

2014 turned out to be a good year for me. Not only have I shot more Getty Images assignments, more newspaper assignments, but I’ve also had the privilege to photograph many sporting and news events, a wedding, and a few portraits.

On top of that, I also went out of my way to practice more landscape photography shooting at night, using ND filters to get 4 minute exposures in daylight, and getting out of my comfort zone hiking into remote places.

These are my favorites from the year. There are more on my site in the gallery 2014 Year in Photos – My Favorites from the Year to view more exciting images from the year 2014.

Get Outta My Way:

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald - Mount Baker running back Johnny Mata (23), right, evades an open field tackle by Montesano linebacker Logan Truax (5) during the first quarter of the 1A State Playoffs at Civic Field in Bellingham, Wash., on Friday evening November 14, 2014.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – Mount Baker running back Johnny Mata (23), right, evades an open field tackle by Montesano linebacker Logan Truax (5) during the first quarter of the 1A State Playoffs at Civic Field in Bellingham, Wash., on Friday evening November 14, 2014.

Incoming Storm:

© Paul Conrad/Pablo Conrad Photography - Long exposures of incoming storm over Squalicum Harbor in Bellingham, Wash., on Tuesday October 28, 2014.

© Paul Conrad/Pablo Conrad Photography – Long exposures of incoming storm over Squalicum Harbor in Bellingham, Wash., on Tuesday October 28, 2014.

Don’t Get It In Yer Eyes!!

© Paul Conrad/Pablo Conrad Photography - Natalie and Codey's wedding and reception at the Edgewood Inn in Woodland Park, Colo., on Saturday afternoon Dec. 13, 2014.

© Paul Conrad/Pablo Conrad Photography – The flower girls getting prepped for Natalie and Codey’s wedding and reception at the Edgewood Inn in Woodland Park, Colo., on Saturday afternoon Dec. 13, 2014.

 

That Low Sinking Feeling:

© Paul Conrad/ Pablo Conrad Photography - Bellingham High School senior Christian Amano of Bellingham, Wash,. lands in the pit during his attempt at the long jump druing the NWC Track & Field competition at Civic Field in Bellingham. Amano ended 8th overall with a distance of 18 feet, 11 inches.

© Paul Conrad/ Pablo Conrad Photography – Bellingham High School senior Christian Amano of Bellingham, Wash,. lands in the pit during his attempt at the long jump during the NWC Track & Field competition at Civic Field in Bellingham. Amano ended 8th overall with 18 feet, 11 inches.

Squalicum Harbor at Sunset:

© Paul Conrad/Pablo Conrad Photography - Sunset at Locust Beach and Squalicum Harbor in Bellingham, Wash., on Tuesday evening July 15, 2014.

© Paul Conrad/Pablo Conrad Photography – Sunset at Locust Beach and Squalicum Harbor in Bellingham, Wash., on Tuesday evening July 15, 2014.

Mt. Baker & Refinery:

© Paul Conrad/Pablo Conrad Photography - Mount Baker is illuminated by the setting Sun as the lights at the Tesoro refinery in Anacortes, Wash., turn begin to illuminate the petroleum plant.

© Paul Conrad/Pablo Conrad Photography – Mount Baker is illuminated by the setting Sun as the lights at the Tesoro refinery in Anacortes, Wash., turn begin to illuminate the petroleum plant.

Rain? What Rain?:

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald - Valerie Snelling of Bellingham takes in the surroundings during the Fairhaven Steampunk Festival at Fairhaven Village Green in Fairhaven, Wash., on Saturday afternoon July 19, 2014. Snelling says this was her first time dressing in Steampunk fashion and began working on her costume at midnight. Hundreds enjoyed the sights of individuals dressed in Steampunk Victorian costumes, live entertainment, food and vendors .

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – Valerie Snelling of Bellingham takes in the surroundings during the Fairhaven Steampunk Festival at Fairhaven Village Green in Fairhaven, Wash., on Saturday afternoon July 19, 2014. Snelling says this was her first time dressing in Steampunk fashion and began working on her costume at midnight. Hundreds enjoyed the sights of individuals dressed in Steampunk Victorian costumes, live entertainment, food and vendors .

Keeping His Eye on the Ball:

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald - Lynden wide receiver Scooter Hastings (88) concentrates to catch a touchdown pass as Hockinson defensive back Quentin Sills (20) attempts to interrupt the play early the second quarter in the Class 2A State Playoffs at Civic Field in Bellingham, Wash., on Saturday afternoon November 22, 2014. Hastings touchdown and resulting extra point a 21 to 7 lead over Hockinson. Lynden defeated Hopkinson 52 to 28 to advance to the semi-final.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – Lynden wide receiver Scooter Hastings (88) concentrates to catch a touchdown pass as Hockinson defensive back Quentin Sills (20) attempts to interrupt the play early the second quarter in the Class 2A State Playoffs at Civic Field in Bellingham, Wash., on Saturday afternoon November 22, 2014. Hastings touchdown and resulting extra point a 21 to 7 lead over Hockinson. Lynden defeated Hopkinson 52 to 28 to advance to the semi-final.

Faceplant:

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald - Hannah Scarth of Arlington, Wash., dives head first into the Holee Kow mud pit during the 3rd annual Mud to Suds race on Saturday morning August 16, 2014, at Hovander Park in Ferndale, Wash. Nearly 2000 people ran the 2.5 mile course negotiating 22 obstacles including mud-filled pits, hay bales, and a soap foam tunnel. The event raised funds for the Girls Scouts of Western Washington.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – Hannah Scarth of Arlington, Wash., dives head first into the Holee Kow mud pit during the 3rd annual Mud to Suds race on Saturday morning August 16, 2014, at Hovander Park in Ferndale, Wash. Nearly 2000 people ran the 2.5 mile course negotiating 22 obstacles including mud-filled pits, hay bales, and a soap foam tunnel. The event raised funds for the Girls Scouts of Western Washington.

Teaching Art:

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald - Senior instructor Amy Hill of Bellingham, Wash., demonstrates a brush stroke technique while teaching a class at Uptown Art painting studio on Bellwether Way in Bellingham, on Friday evening December 5, 2014.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – Senior instructor Amy Hill of Bellingham, Wash., demonstrates a brush stroke technique while teaching a class at Uptown Art painting studio on Bellwether Way in Bellingham, on Friday evening December 5, 2014.

Out of the Trap:

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald - John Milkotic drives from a sand trap at the 9th green during the final day of the 40th Bellingham Amateur Golf Tournament at Lake Padden Golf Course on Monday Sept. 1, 2014, in Bellingham, Wash.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – John Milkotic drives from a sand trap at the 9th green during the final day of the 40th Bellingham Amateur Golf Tournament at Lake Padden Golf Course on Monday Sept. 1, 2014, in Bellingham, Wash.

A Head Above

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald - Whatcom Community College freshman forward Canyon Silliman (18) goes above Shoreline Community College jufreshman defensiveman Ryan Anderson (12) during the first half on Orca Field at Whatcom Community College in Bellingham, Wash., on Saturday afternoon Oct. 4, 2014. The visiting Shoreline Dolphins defeated the WCC Orcas 1 to 0 by a last minute second half goal.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – Whatcom Community College freshman forward Canyon Silliman (18) goes above Shoreline Community College freshman defensive man Ryan Anderson (12) during the first half on Orca Field at Whatcom Community College in Bellingham, Wash., on Saturday afternoon Oct. 4, 2014. The visiting Shoreline Dolphins defeated the WCC Orcas 1 to 0 by a last-minute second half goal.

Piping:

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald - Bellingham Pipe Band member Gary Griffiths practices in the men's locker room during commencement services for graduating Western Washington University students in Carver Gymnasium at Western Washington University on Saturday morning June 14, 2014, in Bellingham, Wash.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – Bellingham Pipe Band member Gary Griffiths practices in the men’s locker room during commencement services for graduating Western Washington University students in Carver Gymnasium at Western Washington University on Saturday morning June 14, 2014, in Bellingham, Wash.

Vampire’s Delight:

© Paul Conrad/Pablo Conrad Photography - The partial solar eclipse and the cross at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on Walnut Street in Bellingham, Wash., on Thursday afternoon Oct. 10, 2014.

© Paul Conrad/Pablo Conrad Photography – The partial solar eclipse and the cross at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on Walnut Street in Bellingham, Wash., on Thursday afternoon Oct. 10, 2014.

Getting Energized:

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald - Ian Murray of Canmore, Alberta, hydrates prior to the start of the mountain biking leg of the 2014 Ski to Sea Race on Sunday, May 25, 2014 in Ferndale, Wash.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – Ian Murray of Canmore, Alberta, hydrates prior to the start of the mountain biking leg of the 2014 Ski to Sea Race on Sunday, May 25, 2014 in Ferndale, Wash.

The year 2015 is looking to be another fantastic year. I hope to continue my personal projects as well as take on more assignments and clients.

I am now booking for the upcoming wedding season, family and senior portraits. Send me an email at paulconradphotography@gmail.com or check out my wedding and portrait information pages.

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Paul Conrad is an award-winning, nationally and internationally published freelance photographer living in Bellingham, Whatcom County, Wash., north of Seattle in the Pacific Northwest. His work has been published in newspapers and magazine throughout the United States and in Europe.

His clients include Getty Images, Wire Image, The Bellingham Herald, and many local business in Whatcom County. Previous clients are Associated Press, the New York Times, L.A. Times, Denver Post, Rocky Mountain News, and many others.

His specialty is photojournalism covering news, sports, and editorial portraits, he also is skilled in family portraiture, high school senior portraits, and weddings. He is available for assignments anywhere in the Pacific Northwest.

#MountBaker vs #Montesano #Football in #District1A #Playoffs

Just a quick post with a few photos.

This past Saturday I photographed Mount Baker Mountaineers as they soundly defeated the Montesano Bulldogs 41 to 28 in the first round of the Washington state District 1A playoffs. It was a cold bitter night as the Mountaineers took control of the ball from the start.

Missed Opportunity:

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald - Mount Baker running back Johnny Mata (23), right, evades an open field tackle by Montesano linebacker Logan Truax (5)  during the first quarter of the 1A State Playoffs at Civic Field in Bellingham, Wash., on Friday evening November 14, 2014.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – Mount Baker running back Johnny Mata (23), right, evades an open field tackle by Montesano linebacker Logan Truax (5) during the first quarter of the 1A State Playoffs at Civic Field in Bellingham, Wash., on Friday evening November 14, 2014.

The Mountaineers play Saturday Nov. 22, 2014, and I’m looking forward to seeing them and their powerhouse offense against Eatonville.

You can view more images in the gallery Montsano vs Mt. Baker in District 1A Playoff

 

Behind the Line:

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald - Montesano running back Tanner Birdsall (22) is tackled behind the line of scrimmage by Mount Baker linebacker Jed Schleimer (4) for a loss of yards during the second quarter of the 1A State Playoffs at Civic Field in Bellingham, Wash., on Friday evening November 14, 2014.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – Montesano running back Tanner Birdsall (22) is tackled behind the line of scrimmage by Mount Baker linebacker Jed Schleimer (4) for a loss of yards during the second quarter of the 1A State Playoffs at Civic Field in Bellingham, Wash., on Friday evening November 14, 2014.

 

Interception:

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald - Montesano's Logan Truax (5) intercepts a Mount Baker pass  during the final minute of the second quarter of the 1A State Playoffs at Civic Field in Bellingham, Wash., on Friday evening November 14, 2014.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – Montesano’s Logan Truax (5) intercepts a Mount Baker pass during the final minute of the second quarter of the 1A State Playoffs at Civic Field in Bellingham, Wash., on Friday evening November 14, 2014.

 

Line Dancing:

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald - Mount Baker running back Jed Schleimer (4) attempts to stay inbound after Montesano line backer Jake Herzog (9) misses the tackel during the second quarter of the 1A State Playoffs at Civic Field in Bellingham, Wash., on Friday evening November 14, 2014. Schleimer was called out of bounds by the sideline referee.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – Mount Baker running back Jed Schleimer (4) attempts to stay inbound after Montesano linebacker Jake Herzog (9) misses the tackle during the second quarter. Schleimer was called out-of-bounds by the sideline referee.

 

Barreling Through:

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald - Mount Baker running back Jed Schleimer (4) barrels through Montesano's Tanner Birdsall (22), left, Cole Nleson (10), right, and Sawyer Rhoden (8) for a five yard gain during the second quarter of the 1A State Playoffs at Civic Field in Bellingham, Wash., on Friday evening November 14, 2014.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – Mount Baker running back Jed Schleimer (4) barrels through Montesano’s Tanner Birdsall (22), left, Cole Nelson (10), right, and Sawyer Rhoden (8) for a five yard gain during the second quarter.

 

Reaching:

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald - Montesano defensive lineman Taylor Ruper (52) nearly blocks an extra point attemt during the first quarter of the 1A State Playoffs at Civic Field in Bellingham, Wash., on Friday evening November 14, 2014.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – Montesano defensive lineman Taylor Ruper (52) nearly blocks an extra point attempt during the first quarter. Due to an earlier blocked kick by Montesano, I positioned myself next to the goal post to get another one. Almost did. Almost.

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Paul Conrad is an award-winning, nationally and internationally published freelance photographer living in Bellingham, Wash., Whatcom County in the Pacific Northwest. His work has been published in newspapers and magazine throughout the United States and in Europe.

His specialty is photojournalism covering news, sports, and editorial portraits, he also is skilled in family portraiture, high school senior portraits, and weddings. He is available for assignments anywhere in the Pacific Northwest.

Follow the Action, Score Some Shots: Tips for Better Soccer Photography

The action was pretty fantastic on Saturday. The movement up and down the field, goalkeepers diving, and the midfield action was captivating.

Whatcom Community College hosted Shoreline Community College in women’s and men’s soccer on Saturday afternoon October 4, 2014, in Bellingham, Wash. Shoreline defeated both teams. Whatcom woman lost 2 to 0, and the men lost via a last-minute goal 1 to 0.

Up & Over:

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald - Whatcom Community College freshman forward Canyon Silliman (18) goes above Shoreline Community College jufreshman defensiveman Ryan Anderson (12) during the first half on Orca Field at Whatcom Community College in Bellingham, Wash., on Saturday afternoon Oct. 4, 2014. The visiting Shoreline Dolphins defeated the WCC Orcas 1 to 0 by a last minute second half goal.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – WCC freshman forward Canyon Silliman (18) goes above SCC freshmen defensive man Ryan Anderson (12) during the first half on Orca Field at Whatcom Community College in Bellingham, Wash., on Saturday afternoon Oct. 4, 2014. The visiting Shoreline Dolphins defeated the WCC Orcas 1 to 0 by a last-minute second half goal.

Photographing soccer can be fun and challenging. There may be a lot of action, but if you don’t pay attention, you could easily miss the game winning play or score. Having patience and anticipating moments will also help you get better shots.

A Good Defense … :

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald - Shoreline Community College defensive man Andres Lepe (14), left, defends against WCC forward Conlon Kiffney during the second half on Orca Field at Whatcom Community College in Bellingham, Wash., on Saturday afternoon Oct. 4, 2014. Shoreline defeated Whatcom 1 to 0 with a last minute goal.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – Shoreline Community College defensive man Andres Lepe (14), left, steals the ball from WCC forward Conlon Kiffney during the second half on Orca Field at Whatcom Community College in Bellingham, Wash., on Saturday afternoon Oct. 4, 2014. Shoreline defeated Whatcom 1 to 0 with a last-minute goal.

Here’s a few tips to help you.

Observe the players – Watch while you shoot how the players from opposing teams pair up. Especially at the goals. Your best action will come from the two as they battle for the ball.

Placement – Where you decide to shoot from is important. You’ll capture the best facial expressions when opposing team players battle for the ball as they are coming towards you. Staying midfield the entire game will get you some good action, but spend 10 minutes midfield observing which team is the stronger.

Obvious Foul:

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald -  Whatcom Community College forward Ashley Hughes (10) battles with Shoreline Community College defensiveman Selene Aguila (7) and Mackenzie Bolton (14)  as she heads towards the goal during the first half on Orca Field at Whatcom Community College in Bellingham, Wash., on Saturday afternoon Oct. 4, 2014.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – Whatcom Community College forward Ashley Hughes (10) battles with Shoreline Community College defensive man Selene Aguila (7) and Mackenzie Bolton (14) as she heads towards the goal. SCC defeated WCC 2-0

Head to the Goal – Once you figure out who is the stronger team, head to the goal where they will be scoring. Stay to the left or right about 15 feet. This gives you good action as the opposing team approaches the goal as well as puts you in position for corner kicks.

Corner Kicks – Get yourself between the corner where the ball will be kicked from and the goal. That way the players are looking towards the ball as it approaches. This gives you good facial expressions as the teams battle for the ball.

Front of Goal Battle:

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald - Shoreline Community College defensiveman Konstantin Reutov (5) and WCC midfielder Emile Diffley (7) battle for the ball during the second half on Orca Field at Whatcom Community College in Bellingham, Wash., on Saturday afternoon Oct. 4, 2014. Shoreline defeated Whatcom 1 to 0 with a last minute goal.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – SCC defensive man Konstantin Reutov (5) and WCC midfielder Emile Diffley (7) battle for the ball during the second half. These two paired up most of the game.

Be Fluid – Be prepared to move as the game progresses. For example, the dominate team may be overcome by smart play from the other team. You may have to switch goals partway through the half.

Offense vs Defense – Spend some time shooting both. From midfield you can get the defense as they protect their goal. The offense can be shot from the goal as they attempts to score.

Header:

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald -  SCC forward Hayley Warren (15), left, goes over WCC defensiveman Emily Russell (15) during the first half. SCC defeated WCC with 2 second half goals 2 to 0.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – SCC forward Hayley Warren (15), left, goes over WCC defensive man Emily Russell (15) during the first half. SCC defeated WCC with 2 second half goals 2 to 0.

Don’t worry about missing shots – Seriously, getting stressed over shots you missed is just a waste of energy. Be patient. You’ll get your shots. Like being on the wrong end of the field when one of the teams scores. It happens.

Stay on your knees – Keeping low will make it easier to get faces as they’re looking down at the ball. Plus, if you happen to get a player falling, it’ll be easier to keep focused on the face. Yes, people fall pretty hard. Even I did when I played.

Defensive Move:

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald - SCC defensiveman Konstantin Reutov (5) boots the ball from WCC forward Tomas Alvarado during the second half at Orcas Field at Whatcom Community College in Bellingham, Wash. The visiting Shoreline Dolphins defeated the WCC Orcas 1 to 0 with a last minute goal.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – SCC defensiveman Konstantin Reutov (5) boots the ball from WCC forward Tomas Alvarado during the second half at Orcas Field at Whatcom Community College in Bellingham, Wash. The visiting Shoreline Dolphins defeated the WCC Orcas 1 to 0 with a last minute goal.

Lenses – Long glass isn’t truly essential. But a 70-210 is enough if you stay near the goals and have patience. You can even use that lens as you photograph from midfield and wait for the action to come to you. Some photographers even mount remote cameras with wide-angle lenses in the goals. But for the most part, a 70-210 is works well.

Keep extra cards handy – This may seem like a no brainer, but I’ve actually run into photographers that have to delete images because they filled their cards. As they do so, they miss shots. Also, change them before they are full. The more images on a card, the slower the camera writes to it as it has to find space.

The biggest tip i can give you, though, is simply:

Don’t Rely On The Motor Drive. ANTICIPATE the peak moment and begin shooting just before the peak then follow through.

Remember, the action is fast. If you rely on the quick shutter to capture that moment when the ball is on a player’s head, then you are more than likely to miss it. Anticipate that moment and start firing when the moment begins. It takes a lot of practice, but once you learn the shutter lag of your camera (the time the shutter trips once you press the button) and practice, you’ll begin getting those shots.

Practice. Practice. Practice.  As I’ve said before Photography is Not a Spectator Sport.”

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Blaine at Meridian High School Varsity Soccer

Meridian High School varsity boys hosted Blaine High School in an extremely close match. The Trojans and Wolverines fought a battle until the last 30 seconds of the game.

Protecting the Goal:

© Paul Conrad/ Pablo Conrad Photography - Blaine High School boys take on Meridian during varsity soccer action on Thursday afternoon April 17, 2014, at Meridian High School in Bellingham, Wash. The visiting Woverines defeated the Trojans 1-0 with a single goal in the last minute of the second half.

© Paul Conrad/ Pablo Conrad Photography – Blaine High School boys take on Meridian during varsity soccer action on Thursday afternoon April 17, 2014, at Meridian High School in Bellingham, Wash. The visiting Wolverines defeated the Trojans 1-0 with a single goal in the last-minute of the second half.

It was a tight the entire game. Meridian would bring the ball down for a shot. Blaine would recover and run it down to the other end attempting a score. Back and forth, back and forth.

Battle for the Ball:

© Paul Conrad/ Pablo Conrad Photography - Blaine High School boys take on Meridian during varsity soccer action on Thursday afternoon April 17, 2014, at Meridian High School in Bellingham, Wash. The visiting Woverines defeated the Trojans 1-0 with a single goal in the last minute of the second half.

© Paul Conrad/ Pablo Conrad Photography – Blaine High School boys take on Meridian during varsity soccer action on Thursday afternoon April 17, 2014, at Meridian High School in Bellingham, Wash. The visiting Wolverines defeated the Trojans 1-0 with a single goal in the last-minute of the second half.

Each team had several shot which ricocheted off the cross-bar or from an upright. The goalkeepers on each team made some spectacular saves.

On the Mark:

© Paul Conrad/ Pablo Conrad Photography - Blaine High School boys take on Meridian during varsity soccer action on Thursday afternoon April 17, 2014, at Meridian High School in Bellingham, Wash. The visiting Woverines defeated the Trojans 1-0 with a single goal in the last minute of the second half.

© Paul Conrad/ Pablo Conrad Photography – Blaine High School boys take on Meridian during varsity soccer action on Thursday afternoon April 17, 2014, at Meridian High School in Bellingham, Wash. The visiting Wolverines defeated the Trojans 1-0 with a single goal in the last-minute of the second half.

Blocking a Shot: 

© Paul Conrad/ Pablo Conrad Photography - Blaine High School boys take on Meridian during varsity soccer action on Thursday afternoon April 17, 2014, at Meridian High School in Bellingham, Wash. The visiting Woverines defeated the Trojans 1-0 with a single goal in the last minute of the second half.

© Paul Conrad/ Pablo Conrad Photography – Blaine High School boys take on Meridian during varsity soccer action on Thursday afternoon April 17, 2014, at Meridian High School in Bellingham, Wash. The visiting Wolverines defeated the Trojans 1-0 with a single goal in the last-minute of the second half.

Shot on Goal:

© Paul Conrad/ Pablo Conrad Photography - Blaine High School boys take on Meridian during varsity soccer action on Thursday afternoon April 17, 2014, at Meridian High School in Bellingham, Wash. The visiting Woverines defeated the Trojans 1-0 with a single goal in the last minute of the second half.

© Paul Conrad/ Pablo Conrad Photography – Blaine High School boys take on Meridian during varsity soccer action on Thursday afternoon April 17, 2014, at Meridian High School in Bellingham, Wash. The visiting Wolverines defeated the Trojans 1-0 with a single goal in the last-minute of the second half.

It wasn’t until the last 30 seconds anyone scored.

A struggle:

© Paul Conrad/ Pablo Conrad Photography - Blaine High School boys take on Meridian during varsity soccer action on Thursday afternoon April 17, 2014, at Meridian High School in Bellingham, Wash. The visiting Woverines defeated the Trojans 1-0 with a single goal in the last minute of the second half.

© Paul Conrad/ Pablo Conrad Photography – Blaine High School boys take on Meridian during varsity soccer action on Thursday afternoon April 17, 2014, at Meridian High School in Bellingham, Wash. The visiting Wolverines defeated the Trojans 1-0 with a single goal in the last-minute of the second half.

Another Shot at Goal:

© Paul Conrad/ Pablo Conrad Photography - Blaine High School boys take on Meridian during varsity soccer action on Thursday afternoon April 17, 2014, at Meridian High School in Bellingham, Wash. The visiting Woverines defeated the Trojans 1-0 with a single goal in the last minute of the second half.

© Paul Conrad/ Pablo Conrad Photography – Blaine High School boys take on Meridian during varsity soccer action on Thursday afternoon April 17, 2014, at Meridian High School in Bellingham, Wash. The visiting Wolverines defeated the Trojans 1-0 with a single goal in the last-minute of the second half.

Blaine ran up the left side, the Meridian goalkeeper made a fatal mistake and ran towards the winger. The winger passed to the center.

Blocking a Kick:

© Paul Conrad/ Pablo Conrad Photography - Blaine High School boys take on Meridian during varsity soccer action on Thursday afternoon April 17, 2014, at Meridian High School in Bellingham, Wash. The visiting Woverines defeated the Trojans 1-0 with a single goal in the last minute of the second half.

© Paul Conrad/ Pablo Conrad Photography – Blaine High School boys take on Meridian during varsity soccer action on Thursday afternoon April 17, 2014, at Meridian High School in Bellingham, Wash. The visiting Wolverines defeated the Trojans 1-0 with a single goal in the last-minute of the second half.

With the Meridian goalkeeper out charging the winter, the goal was left unprotected and Blaine scored. Only 30 seconds left in the game.

The Wolverines defeated the Trojans 1-0 in a hard-fought battle.

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