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2013 was a fantastic year over here at Mitchelldyer Photography, Inc. Every year I say that, but this year was one of the best. We shot over 160,000 pictures for a huge variety of old and new clients. It is fun at the end of every year to look back and find our favorite images. These may or may not be our “best” from the year but they are favorites for one reason or another. Because we shoot such a huge variety of subjects, we are breaking down the “13 of 2013″ into 4 categories. Timbers photos, wedding photos, portrait photos and sports photos (non Timbers).
Enjoy this first installment…our 13 favorite Timbers photos of 2013.
Portraits are one of my favorite things to shoot, so I’ll start off with a portrait of midfielder Diego Valeri. Valeri burst onto the MLS scene this year, scoring in his first match and winning the leagues “Newcomer of the Year” award. We shot this photo during training camp for use on the game day program cover.
The second match of the year was a road match up in Seattle. I like this photo of Will Johnson trying to get back into the huddle after the coin flip. Little moments like this are what I am always on the lookout for.
Another image from the same match, head coach Caleb Porter holds up a Timbers Army scarf after the match, thanking the fans for traveling to the game to support the team. Nobody knew at the time that this Timbers season was going to be one to remember, well, except Caleb. He knew.
In what was perhaps the coolest event I have ever been a part of, 8 year old Atticus celebrates after scoring against the Timbers. The Make-a-Wish foundation came to the team and said Atticus wish was to get to play again with his teammates. His season was cut short after being diagnosed with cancer. His wish was to scrimmage the Timbers. And they went all out. in fact, 3,000 people came to the stadium. There was a national anthem and chants and it was just amazing. The Green Machine won the match on a goal by Atticus at the buzzer.
Goal celebrations are always my favorite. You never know what is going to happen. Here, Rodney Wallace carries a couple of teammates on his back after scoring in May.
Rodney again, this was fun celebration!
Freddie Piquionne scored 4 goals in one half. This was his celebration on goal #2. Not sure I’ll ever see one guy score 4 goals in a game again.
Happy goal scorers make for a happy photographer too. This one with Futty and Kalif was fantastic.
I am always trying to get a shot of the stadium when the sky looks cool. I go up in the stands for the precious 10-15 minutes of a sunset every time I see it. I always hope that the team will score when the sky looks cool and the smoke and flags will fly. On this day, all the stars aligned and I got my wish.
I shoot tons of photos of Timber Joey. Hard to choose just one favorite, but this one has the Cascadia flag, a fired up Joey and green smoke! What is not to love?
Back to Seattle for a playoff game in early November. Darlington Nagbe hushes the crowd after giving the Timbers the lead. They would go on to beat Seattle in the series and advance to the Western Conference Championship.
For the final game of the season, I wanted to get the fans, the field and the fireworks all in the same frame. So I setup a remote camera behind the Timbers Army and fired it from the position on the field during the pre game. Worked like a charm and is my favorite photo of the entire season. I am always trying to capture on film the atmosphere of a Timbers game and I think this picture does a good job of that.
And finally, one of the last photos I shot was from the final moments of the teams loss in the Western Conference Finals. Head coach Caleb Porter, the MLS Coach of the Year, watches as the Army lets off all the smoke they have. It was an amazing scene as the crowd actually got LOUDER after the loss. PT-FC Chants louder than I have ever heard. It was a very memorable season and I cannot what for the 2014 season to kick off.
Thanks for checking out our favorite Timbers images of 2013. Be sure to check back for the rest of the 13 of 2013 too!
Last week I was on the weekly “Timbers in 30″ TV show showing my photos of the year from the 2013 regular season. Skip to the 12:30 mark to see my segment.
If you fly on an Alaska Airlines flight this month you might see this in the seat back in front of you. They are featuring a photo I shot of Darlington Nagbe from a match against the Vancouver Whitecaps earlier this year on the cover of the September Issue.
Back in February, Timbers Communications VP Chris Metz and I were brain storming ideas for the match day program/team magazine. It is always fun trying to come up with something creative for 17 different issues throughout the year. Normally, we would decide who the cover person would be then shoot a portrait of them before the program went to press. Because of team travel and player schedules it was always a bit of a pain to get them scheduled when we needed. So this year, we decided to shoot everyone on the same day and then they could just plug and play the photos depending on who was going to be featured on for that particular issue. We also shoot a “cover photo” of new players when they come in for the same reason. After going back and forth on a few ideas Metz had the great idea to use the KISS solo album covers for our inspiration. Each of those photos is essentially the same, but given a slightly different treatment in post to make them unique as well. Turned out to be a great idea. So once training camp began, we shot all 30 players on the team. Andrew at Gutoski Creative took the photos of the players and a photo of some smoke from a match and put the final touches on the cover designs. He did a great job with the concept and final design. Every match day I look forward to see who is going to be that weeks cover boy. By the time the season is over there will be 17 or so different/yet same covers. Here are a few of my favorites thus far.