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Wet & Wild: Football and Futbol in the Rain

This weekend was a fun one. IF you consider shooting two games in the pouring rain fun, then it was an absolute blast. After all, it is the Pacific Northwest.

The rains were relentless. Starting, stopping, hard, soft, cold, warm. Typical Pacific Northwest autumnal weather. Now you know why many around here call it “The NorthWet.”

Failed Reception

Lummi's Free Borsey (11) takes down Oakville's Casey Davis (16) as he attempts a reception during the second quarter on Friday evening Nov. 6, 2015, at Lummi Nation School in Lummi, Wash. Lummi defeated Oakville 56 to 8. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

Lummi’s Free Borsey (11) takes down Oakville’s Casey Davis (16) as he attempts a reception during the second quarter on Friday evening Nov. 6, 2015, at Lummi Nation School in Lummi, Wash. Lummi defeated Oakville 56 to 8. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

Friday I shot the Blackhawks from Lummi Nation School  against the Acorns of Oakville High School in Division 2B playoff.

On Saturday, I headed to Sedro-Woolley High School to photograph the Squalicum girl’s soccer against Shorecrest in the Class 2A Nortwest District Championship game.

Almost Sacked

Lummi's Dashawn Lawrence (10) tackles the Oakville quarterback during the second quarter on Friday evening Nov. 6, 2015, at Lummi Nation School in Lummi, Wash. Lummi defeated Oakville 56 to 8. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

Lummi’s Dashawn Lawrence (10) tackles the Oakville quarterback during the second quarter on Friday evening Nov. 6, 2015, at Lummi Nation School in Lummi, Wash. Lummi defeated Oakville 56 to 8. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

To battle the weather and still get good images from the game, I wrapped my gear in a plastic trash bag. I first cut a hole in one of the bottom corners the size of my lens hood. I pushed the hood of the lens through then used gaffer’s tape to secure it.

Get Outta My Way!

Lummi's Hank Hoskins (24), right, pushes off Oakville's Casey Davis (16) during the first quarter on Friday evening Nov. 6, 2015, at Lummi Nation School in Lummi, Wash. Lummi defeated Oakville 56 to 8. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

Lummi’s Hank Hoskins (24), right, pushes off Oakville’s Casey Davis (16) during the first quarter on Friday evening Nov. 6, 2015, at Lummi Nation School in Lummi, Wash. Lummi defeated Oakville 56 to 8. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

Then I cut tiny holes where the camera straps would go though. The rest of the bag I let flop over the body for protection from the rain when I didn’t have it to my eye. The extra I used to cover my head to prevent the camera body from getting wet. It mostly worked.

While shooting, I had two bodies so I did this to both. On Saturday when I shot the Squalicum girls soccer team against Shorecrest, I had to do the same thing. But the rain was worse.

Chest Bump!

Squalicum's Kim Door (16) stops the ball during the first half of the Class 2A Northwest District Championship on Saturday evening Nov. 7, 2015, at Sedro-Woolley High School in Sedro-Woolley, Wash. Squalicum defeated Shorecrest 2 to 1. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

Squalicum’s Kim Door (16) stops the ball during the first half of the Class 2A Northwest District Championship on Saturday evening Nov. 7, 2015, at Sedro-Woolley High School in Sedro-Woolley, Wash. Squalicum defeated Shorecrest 2 to 1. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

And even though I dressed for the rain, I was soaked to the bone 10 minutes into the games. Ahhh the trials and tribulations of the sports photographer.

Head Bump

Shorecrest's Julia Strand (21) battles with Squalicum's Kim Door during the first half of the Class 2A Northwest District Championship on Saturday evening Nov. 7, 2015, at Sedro-Woolley High School in Sedro-Woolley, Wash. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

Shorecrest’s Julia Strand (21) battles with Squalicum’s Kim Door during the first half of the Class 2A Northwest District Championship on Saturday evening Nov. 7, 2015, at Sedro-Woolley High School in Sedro-Woolley, Wash. (© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald)

Lummi was a powerhouse on the field. They dominated every major play. Oakville just couldn’t break through either the offensive or defensive line. Lummi went on to win 56-8 to advance to the state playoffs.

But to be fair, even in 8-man football, having only 11 players on the roster is a major disadvantage.

The Squalicum girls continue their pursuit of State Champion. The won the game 2 to 1 to claim the Class 2A Northwest District championship. Perhaps a repeat of their state championship is in order.

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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.

A Celebration of Life: Hannah Dashiell’s Legacy Lives On

This past weekend I covered a bench dedication for Squalicum High School senior Hannah Dashiell for The Bellingham Herald. It was both heartwarming and heartbreaking.

Hannah Dashiell:

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald - A candle, photo of Hannah, and her favorite saying during the Hanna Dashiell Bench Dedication at Barkley Village on Saturday  afternoon June 28, 2014, in Bellingham, Wash.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – A candle, photo of Hannah, and her favorite saying during the Hanna Dashiell Bench Dedication at Barkley Village on Saturday afternoon June 28, 2014, in Bellingham, Wash.

Hannah was 17 when she was killed in a car accident on January 5, 2014. She was driving on an icy road when she lost control and slid into oncoming traffic.

Dozens of friends and family gathered to honor the life of Hannah Dashiell. She was an honor roll student, senior class vice president, and participated in a multitude of activities including sports.

Double Hug:

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald - Hannah Dashiell's mother Jeannette Dashiell hugs Alex Powell, left, as Hannah's sister Maddy Dashiell hugs Lindsey Dunning during the Hanna Dashiell Bench Dedication at Barkley Village on Saturday afternoon June 28, 2014, in Bellingham, Wash. Powel and Dunning were close friends with Hannah. Dashiell died in a motor vehicle accident in early January of this year. A memorial scholarship has been setup by the Whatcom Community Foundation in her name for high school girls pursuing a career in the medical field.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – Hannah Dashiell’s mother Jeannette Dashiell hugs Alex Powell, left, as Hannah’s sister Maddy Dashiell hugs Lindsey Dunning during the Hanna Dashiell Bench Dedication at Barkley Village on Saturday afternoon June 28, 2014, in Bellingham, Wash. Powell and Dunning were close friends with Hannah. Dashiell died in a motor vehicle accident in early January of this year. A memorial scholarship has been setup by the Whatcom Community Foundation in her name for high school girls pursuing a career in the medical field.

Her father Dennis, mother Jeannette, sister Maddy, and friends Alex Powell and Lindsey Dunning began the dedication with small speeches. The ceremony lasted only a few minutes with the parents, sister, and grandmother screwing in the plate to t the back of  the bench.

Friends & Family:

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald - Friends and family gather for the Hanna Dashiell Bench Dedication at Barkley Village on Saturday  afternoon June 28, 2014, in Bellingham, Wash.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – Friends and family gather for the Hanna Dashiell Bench Dedication at Barkley Village on Saturday afternoon June 28, 2014, in Bellingham, Wash.

These types of general news assignments can be a bit emotionally taxing. My trick to keep from feeling like an intruder, or in the way, is to remind myself I’m there as a representative of the public.

Proud Father:

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald - Hannah Dashiell's father Dennis listens as friends and family tell stories during the  Hanna Dashiell Bench Dedication at Barkley Village on Saturday  afternoon June 28, 2014, in Bellingham, Wash.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – Hannah Dashiell’s father Dennis listens as friends and family tell stories during the Hanna Dashiell Bench Dedication at Barkley Village on Saturday afternoon June 28, 2014, in Bellingham, Wash.

It also doesn’t hurt to empathize with the family. This is part of their, and her friend’s, healing process.

Proud Mom:

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald - Hannah Dashiell's mother Jeannette listens to Alex Powell during the Hanna Dashiell Bench Dedication at Barkley Village on Saturday  afternoon June 28, 2014, in Bellingham, Wash.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – Hannah Dashiell’s mother Jeannette listens to Alex Powell during the Hanna Dashiell Bench Dedication at Barkley Village on Saturday afternoon June 28, 2014, in Bellingham, Wash.

Move quietly, move fast, and be mindful of where you are.

Healing Hug:

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald - Hannah Dashiell's aunt Jennifer McKay of Bellingham, left, hugs Hannah's sister Maddy Dashiell, 16, both from Bellingham, during the Hanna Dashiell Bench Dedication at Barkley Village on Saturday  afternoon June 28, 2014, in Bellingham, Wash.  Hannah Dashiell died in a motor vehicle accident in early January of this year. A memorial scholarship has been setup by the Whatcom Community Foundation for high school girls pursuing a career in the medical field.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – Hannah Dashiell’s aunt Jennifer McKay of Bellingham, left, hugs Hannah’s sister Maddy Dashiell, 16, both from Bellingham, during the Hanna Dashiell Bench Dedication at Barkley Village on Saturday afternoon June 28, 2014, in Bellingham, Wash. Hannah Dashiell died in a motor vehicle accident in early January of this year. A memorial scholarship has been setup by the Whatcom Community Foundation for high school girls pursuing a career in the medical field.

Personally, these assignments tend to give me more of a purpose than shooting pretty sunsets.

A Spot All Her Own:

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald - Plaque installed during the Hanna Dashiell Bench Dedication at Barkley Village on Saturday  afternoon June 28, 2014, in Bellingham, Wash.

© Paul Conrad/The Bellingham Herald – Hannah’s credo on the plaque installed during the Hanna Dashiell Bench Dedication at Barkley Village on Saturday afternoon June 28, 2014, in Bellingham, Wash.

A scholarship in her honor has been set up through the Whatcom Community Foundation. You can give to the Hannah Dashiell Memorial Fund by visiting the WCF website at whatcomcf.org. You can also donate funds through any People’s Bank locations.

For more photos, visit the gallery on The Bellingham Herald website at Hannah Dashiell Bench Dedication.

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