January 16, 2016
Location: Charlotte, NC
Nikon D600 w/70-200mm 2.8, 24-85mm.. Alien Bees and Pro Studio Strobe
First I would like to apologize for such a long delay since my last blog. However the delay was due to a very busy start to 2016. I was fortunate enough to start the year off with Team SuperFit Charlotte which was hosted at Crossfit Steele Creek. I reached out to the amazing ladies of Snatch n Run again for a custom shirt for me to wear during the event. They delivered as always. Since I have become very comfortable setting up lighting at CFSC there was not much prep work needed in order to set up.
I arrived bright and early and set up both of my strobes in both corners facing all the athletes. It was so great to see returning athletes show up from the previous event and thanking me for their photos from July. Hearing this type of encouragement got me even more excited for the first event. I began to take casual pics of athletes checking in and stretching getting ready for the first heat to be announced. The turnout was MASSIVE!!!!!! So many athletes from all over came to compete. The event I shot in July was a 4 person team, this one was teams of 2. I knew it was going to fast and I would have to be on my toes and keep moving. The first event consisted of box jump...toes 2 bar....KB Swings...and Front Squats.
The next event I used my 24-85mm because this was going to be a fast one. This event was an 8 min AMRAP with Clean and Jerks along with EMOM of 40 double unders. I really favor shooting AMRAP's because I know exactly how much time I have to capture all the athletes in the heat. I was impressed to see these athletes push themselves to get as many clean and jerks as possible. The atmosphere of this event was INSANE!!!
For the 3rd event I continued to shoot with my 24-85mm. There were burpees (YES burpees) ... Overhead squats..and hang snatch. The intensity really starts to turn up for the third event because points are determining which team makes it to the finals. This workout was a true lung burner. Hopefully in the pictures below you can see what I am referring to.
It was now time for the final event. This event was one word "NASTY". Heavy thrusters...rowing...bar-muscle ups. I couldn't wait for this event to start. There were numerous athletes that I personally knew that made it to the finals which made it even better. Capturing these athletes push for the podium was extremely motivating!!!!!!
I had an amazing time shooting this event and cant wait to shoot another one. Big thanks to SuperFit for hiring me and trusting me to capture these athletes at their best. Thanks to Crossfit Steele Creek for being an amazing host and making sure that everyone had everything they needed. Last but not least... THANK YOU to all the SuperFit Charlotte athletes that came out there and gave it all and allowed be to be front and center to catch them DOING WORK!!!!! Until next time.... I hope to be there for 3...2...1...GO!!!!
Crossfit Steele Creek