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Kobe Bryant

Monday, January 25th, 2016

Jan 23, 2016; Portland, OR, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant (24) looks on during the national anthem against the Portland Trail Blazers at the Moda Center. (Craig Mitchelldyer/Craig Mitchelldyer-USA TODAY Sports)

Kobe Bryant played against the Blazers in his last Portland game on Saturday night. Here is a picture we snapped of him during pregame.

Portland Timbers win the MLS Cup

Thursday, January 14th, 2016

Dec 6, 2015; Columbus, OH, USA; The Timbers celebrate after winning the 2015 MLS Cup at MAPFRE Stadium. Photo: Craig Mitchelldyer-Portland Timbers (Craig Mitchelldyer, Craig Mitchelldyer)

What a wild and crazy ride the last couple months have been. In case you hadn’t heard, the Portland Timbers won the 2015 MLS Cup. Defeating the Columbus Crew 2-1 in Columbus, Ohio on December 6th.

I was with the team for every playoff game – home and on the road – documenting them on and off the field for the team as they won the cup, brought it back to PDX and celebrated with a huge parade and rally. Here are some of my favorite photos from the Cup run.

October 29, 2015; Portland, OR, USA; Portland Timbers goalkeeper Adam Kwarasey (12) reacts after making a save in the penalty shootout during the first round of the MLS Cup Playoffs at Providence Park. Photo: Craig Mitchelldyer-Portland Timbers (Craig Mitchelldyer)

October 29, 2015; Portland, OR, USA; Portland Timbers goalkeeper Adam Kwarasey (12) reacts after making a save in the penalty shootout during the first round of the MLS Cup Playoffs at Providence Park. Photo: Craig Mitchelldyer-Portland Timbers (Craig Mitchelldyer)

October 29, 2015; Portland, OR, USA; The Timbers hold up log slabs after the PK shootout win over Sporting KC in the first round of the MLS Cup Playoffs at Providence Park. Photo: Craig Mitchelldyer-Portland Timbers (Craig Mitchelldyer, Craig Mitchelldyer)

October 29, 2015; Portland, OR, USA; The Timbers hold up log slabs after the PK shootout win over Sporting KC in the first round of the MLS Cup Playoffs at Providence Park. Photo: Craig Mitchelldyer-Portland Timbers (Craig Mitchelldyer, Craig Mitchelldyer)

Nov 8, 2015; Vancouver, BC, Canada; Timbers forward Fernando Adi celebrates after scoring a goal at BC Place. Photo: Craig Mitchelldyer-Portland Timbers (Craig Mitchelldyer)

Nov 8, 2015; Vancouver, BC, Canada; Timbers forward Fernando Adi celebrates after scoring a goal at BC Place. Photo: Craig Mitchelldyer-Portland Timbers (Craig Mitchelldyer)

November 22, 2015; Portland, OR, USA; The Timbers Army tifo before the Western Conference Finals at Providence Park. Photo: Craig Mitchelldyer-Portland Timbers (Craig Mitchelldyer, Craig Mitchelldyer)

November 22, 2015; Portland, OR, USA; The Timbers Army tifo before the Western Conference Finals at Providence Park. Photo: Craig Mitchelldyer-Portland Timbers (Craig Mitchelldyer, Craig Mitchelldyer)

Nov 29, 2015; Frisco, TX, USA; The Timbers walk down the tunnel towards the field before the match at Toyota Stadium. Photo: Craig Mitchelldyer-Portland Timbers (Craig Mitchelldyer)

Nov 29, 2015; Frisco, TX, USA; The Timbers walk down the tunnel towards the field before the match at Toyota Stadium. Photo: Craig Mitchelldyer-Portland Timbers (Craig Mitchelldyer)

Nov 29, 2015; Frisco, TX, USA; Portland Timbers midfielder Diego Valeri (8) carries the Western Conference Championship Trophy over to the Timbers Army at Toyota Stadium. Photo: Craig Mitchelldyer-Portland Timbers (Craig Mitchelldyer)

Nov 29, 2015; Frisco, TX, USA; Portland Timbers midfielder Diego Valeri (8) carries the Western Conference Championship Trophy over to the Timbers Army at Toyota Stadium. Photo: Craig Mitchelldyer-Portland Timbers (Craig Mitchelldyer)

Nov 29, 2015; Frisco, TX, USA; The Timbers celebrate after winning the Western Conference Championship at Toyota Stadium. Photo: Craig Mitchelldyer-Portland Timbers (Craig Mitchelldyer)

Nov 29, 2015; Frisco, TX, USA; The Timbers celebrate after winning the Western Conference Championship at Toyota Stadium. Photo: Craig Mitchelldyer-Portland Timbers (Craig Mitchelldyer)

Nov 30, 2015; Beaverton, OR, USA;Timbers midfielder Darrion Asprilla collects his boots at the team training facility before the first practice during the week of MLS Cup. Photo: Craig Mitchelldyer-Portland Timbers. (Craig Mitchelldyer)

Nov 30, 2015; Beaverton, OR, USA;Timbers midfielder Darrion Asprilla collects his boots at the team training facility before the first practice during the week of MLS Cup. Photo: Craig Mitchelldyer-Portland Timbers. (Craig Mitchelldyer)

Dec 3, 2015; Portland, OR, USA; The Timbers travel to Columbus, OH for the MLS Cup Final. Photo: Craig Mitchelldyer-Portland Timbers (Craig Mitchelldyer)

Dec 3, 2015; Portland, OR, USA; The Timbers travel to Columbus, OH for the MLS Cup Final. Photo: Craig Mitchelldyer-Portland Timbers (Craig Mitchelldyer)

Dec 4, 2015; Columbus, OH, USA; The Timbers prepare for the MLS Cup Final. Photo: Craig Mitchelldyer-Portland Timbers (Craig Mitchelldyer)

Dec 4, 2015; Columbus, OH, USA; The Timbers prepare for the MLS Cup Final. Photo: Craig Mitchelldyer-Portland Timbers (Craig Mitchelldyer)

Dec 6, 2015; Columbus, OH, USA; The Timbers celebrate after winning the 2015 MLS Cup at MAPFRE Stadium. Photo: Craig Mitchelldyer-Portland Timbers (Craig Mitchelldyer)

Dec 6, 2015; Columbus, OH, USA; The Timbers celebrate after winning the 2015 MLS Cup at MAPFRE Stadium. Photo: Craig Mitchelldyer-Portland Timbers (Craig Mitchelldyer)

Dec 6, 2015; Columbus, OH, USA; Portland Timbers defender Nat Borchers (7) lifts the 2015 MLS Cup towards the Timbers Army after the match at MAPFRE Stadium. Photo: Craig Mitchelldyer-Portland Timbers (Craig Mitchelldyer, Craig Mitchelldyer)

Dec 6, 2015; Columbus, OH, USA; Portland Timbers defender Nat Borchers (7) lifts the 2015 MLS Cup towards the Timbers Army after the match at MAPFRE Stadium. Photo: Craig Mitchelldyer-Portland Timbers (Craig Mitchelldyer, Craig Mitchelldyer)

Dec 6, 2015; Columbus, OH, USA; The Timbers celebrate after winning the 2015 MLS Cup at MAPFRE Stadium. Photo: Craig Mitchelldyer-Portland Timbers (Craig Mitchelldyer)

Dec 6, 2015; Columbus, OH, USA; The Timbers celebrate after winning the 2015 MLS Cup at MAPFRE Stadium. Photo: Craig Mitchelldyer-Portland Timbers (Craig Mitchelldyer)

Dec 6, 2015; Columbus, OH, USA; Portland Timbers forward Fanendo Adi gives Nat Borchers' beard a trim after winning the 2015 MLS Cup at MAPFRE Stadium. Photo: Craig Mitchelldyer-Portland Timbers (Craig Mitchelldyer)

Dec 6, 2015; Columbus, OH, USA; Portland Timbers forward Fanendo Adi gives Nat Borchers' beard a trim after winning the 2015 MLS Cup at MAPFRE Stadium. Photo: Craig Mitchelldyer-Portland Timbers (Craig Mitchelldyer)

Dec 6, 2015; Columbus, OH, USA; Portland Timbers midfielder Michael Nanchoff (17) and midfielder Darlington Nagbe (6) celebrate after winning the 2015 MLS Cup at MAPFRE Stadium. Photo: Craig Mitchelldyer-Portland Timbers (Craig Mitchelldyer)

Dec 6, 2015; Columbus, OH, USA; Portland Timbers midfielder Michael Nanchoff (17) and midfielder Darlington Nagbe (6) celebrate after winning the 2015 MLS Cup at MAPFRE Stadium. Photo: Craig Mitchelldyer-Portland Timbers (Craig Mitchelldyer)

Dec 7, 2015; Portland, OR USA; The Timbers travel home to Portland and are greeted by fans at PDX. Photo: Craig Mitchelldyer-Portland Timbers (Craig Mitchelldyer)

Dec 7, 2015; Portland, OR USA; The Timbers travel home to Portland and are greeted by fans at PDX. Photo: Craig Mitchelldyer-Portland Timbers (Craig Mitchelldyer)

Dec 7, 2015; Portland, OR USA; The Timbers travel home to Portland and are greeted by fans at PDX. Photo: Craig Mitchelldyer-Portland Timbers (Craig Mitchelldyer)

Dec 7, 2015; Portland, OR USA; The Timbers travel home to Portland and are greeted by fans at PDX. Photo: Craig Mitchelldyer-Portland Timbers (Craig Mitchelldyer)

Dec 8, 2015; Portland, OR USA; The Timbers MLS Cup Parade through downtown Portland. Photo: Craig Mitchelldyer-Portland Timbers (Craig Mitchelldyer, Craig Mitchelldyer)

Dec 8, 2015; Portland, OR USA; The Timbers MLS Cup Parade through downtown Portland. Photo: Craig Mitchelldyer-Portland Timbers (Craig Mitchelldyer, Craig Mitchelldyer)

Clip: Blazers for the Associated Press

Thursday, January 14th, 2016

This season we have been covering most of the Portland Trail Blazers games for the Associated Press. Images are shot and distributed on the wire and I rarely ever see how they get used or where they end up. The other day, Damian Lillard scored 17 points in the final 3:06 to bring the Blazers back and defeat the Thunder. My photos of Lillard got a lot of play online – SportsCenter used it on instagram, numerous other newspapers, etc. It was a nice surprise to open my morning paper and see that the local newspaper, The Oregonian, also used a photo on the front of the sports section.

 (Craig Mitchelldyer)

Clip: Alaska Airlines

Wednesday, December 30th, 2015

The January issue of Alaska Airlines Magazine features an article with some of our photos from the Timbers’ big win at the 2015 MLS Cup. Here’s the clip.

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Blazers Portraits

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

Here are our favorite portraits we shot of the Blazers players last week at the annual Trail Blazers Media Day.

 (Craig Mitchelldyer)

Clip | The Winged M

Thursday, September 3rd, 2015

The Multnomah Athletic Club brought us back for another photo shoot to be featured in their publication, The Winged M. The cover photo was shot to advertise the club’s annual artisanal picnic event, and they even provided a stylist and sweet little Teardrop camping trailer from Teardrops NW. The inside spreads showcased a few accomplished names in the sports world of Squash.

 (Craig Mitchelldyer)

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Wilson Football

Thursday, September 3rd, 2015

Photography by Portland Oregon Photographer Craig MItchelldyer www.craigmitchelldyer.com 503.513.0550 (Craig Mitchelldyer, Craig Mitchelldyer)
Here is the photo we shot of Wilson High School’s football team and the poster we designed for them.

Clip: IMPACT Magazine

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

A couple of months ago we were contacted by IMPACT Magazine, a Canadian sports publication, to shoot a feature on Aston Eaton and Brianne Theissen-Eaton for the summer issue. Track and Field royalty here in Oregon, I was happy to get the assignment. Ashton won the gold medal in the decathlon at the 2012 London Olympics, setting a new world record. Brianne is an amazing heptathlete as well, a 2 time world silver medalist and 2012 olympian. The focus of the story was Brianne competing in the Toronto PanAm games in her home country of Canada.

As you can imagine, their training and travel schedule is all over the place so nailing down a time for the shoot was a tough one, but once we nailed it down we needed a location. They train in Eugene and that is where the shoot would take place. Originally I was going to setup an outdoor studio at the track where they were training, but the wether had other ideas and left me scrambling for a location at the last minute. Luckily, my friend and photo editor Rob Romig at the Register Guard newspaper in Eugene came to the rescue and let me use their photo studio.

Here is how it looked in print. They ran Brianne on the cover and a shot of her training on the contents page. And a large photo of them both on the story opener. They also ran a mug and short bio of me in the contributors section which was cool.

Track Athletes Ashton Eaton and Brianne Thiessen-Eaton Photography by Portland Oregon Photographer Craig MItchelldyer www.craigmitchelldyer.com 503.513.0550 (Craig Mitchelldyer, Craig Mitchelldyer)

Track Athletes Ashton Eaton and Brianne Thiessen-Eaton Photography by Portland Oregon Photographer Craig MItchelldyer www.craigmitchelldyer.com 503.513.0550 (Craig Mitchelldyer, Craig Mitchelldyer)

Track Athletes Ashton Eaton and Brianne Thiessen-Eaton Photography by Portland Oregon Photographer Craig MItchelldyer www.craigmitchelldyer.com 503.513.0550 (Craig Mitchelldyer, Craig Mitchelldyer)

I also shot some stuff of Ashton by himself that did not get published but I still like it. It was fun to get to shoot them. I have been covering Ashton since he was in high school. I remember one year he single handily won the state title for his team with all the events he did. Now, he is the greatest athlete in the entire world.

Track Athletes Ashton Eaton and Brianne Thiessen-Eaton Photography by Portland Oregon Photographer Craig MItchelldyer www.craigmitchelldyer.com 503.513.0550 (Craig Mitchelldyer, Craig Mitchelldyer)