Archive for the 'Sports' Category

Pacific Dance Academy

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

We spent most of last week photographing dancers at Pacific Dance Academy, arguably our cutest subjects of the year. Here are a few of our favorites.

 (Craig Mitchelldyer)

World Cup Players | Portland Thorns

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

Photography by Portland Oregon Photographer Craig MItchelldyer www.craigmitchelldyer.com 503.513.0550 (Craig Mitchelldyer, Craig Mitchelldyer)

USA’s Alex Morgan

We recently shot the Portland Thorns players who will be playing in the 2015 Women’s World Cup in Canada. We had a lot of fun on this shoot, photographing each girl with the flag from her home country. Can’t wait to see them play in June!

Photography by Portland Oregon Photographer Craig MItchelldyer www.craigmitchelldyer.com 503.513.0550 (Continuum Photography, Craig Mitchelldyer)

USA’s Tobin Heath and England’s Jodie Taylor

Photography by Portland Oregon Photographer Craig MItchelldyer www.craigmitchelldyer.com 503.513.0550 (Craig Mitchelldyer, Craig Mitchelldyer)

Canada’s Christine Sinclair and Germany’s Nadine Angerer

Photography by Portland Oregon Photographer Craig MItchelldyer www.craigmitchelldyer.com 503.513.0550 (Craig Mitchelldyer, Craig Mitchelldyer)

Canada’s Kaylyn Kyle and Rhian Wilkinson

Genzebe Dibaba

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

BEAVERTON, OR - MARCH 31: Genzebe Dibaba during a video shoot for Laureus in Beaverton, OR. (Craig Mitchelldyer/Getty Images for Laureus) (Craig Mitchelldyer/Getty Images for Laureus)

This is Genzebe Dibaba, 24-year old world indoor champion who was just named Sportswoman of the Year. We shot this picture for The Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, which presented the award to her in Shanghai a few weeks ago. She broke three world records, in three different events, over a two-week span: the 1,500-meter, 3,000-meter and two-mile event in Europe. She’s one of only three athletes to break three world records in such a short amount of time. Talk about hard work paying off!

Caleb Porter

Monday, April 6th, 2015

April 4, 2015; Portland, OR, USA; Portland Timbers head coach Caleb Porter watches warm ups before the match at Providence Park. Photo: Craig Mitchelldyer-Portland Timbers (Craig Mitchelldyer)
Here is an photo we took of Timbers coach Caleb Porter as he watched the team warmup just outside the locker room before the April 4th match against FC Dallas.

Clip: April Winged M Magazine

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015
Racquetball portraits for the Winged M. Photo by Craig Mitchelldyer www.craigmitchelldyer.com (Craig Mitchelldyer)

A couple of weeks ago the Winged M asked us to come back to the Multnomah Athletic club and shoot some portraits of some racquetball players for the April issue, which came out today. It was a really fun shoot and for what might be the first time in the history of shooting for magazines, they used the exact 4 images i wanted them to in the exact way I wanted as well! Needless to say, I love how it all came together. Here are some clips of the cover and inside pages.

Racquetball portraits for the Winged M. Photo by Craig Mitchelldyer www.craigmitchelldyer.com (Craig Mitchelldyer)
For the main opener image, I wanted lots of white space for txt and headlines and a racquetball court is the perfect place for that! To light this image I used the walls of the court to bounce 3 lights off to give it a natural look. Then I laid on the ground and had them fire balls just over my head. These guys are really good at this so I was pretty confident they wouldn’t kill me. I did hear the buzzing of a ball breeze past my face a time or two though!

Racquetball portraits for the Winged M. Photo by Craig Mitchelldyer www.craigmitchelldyer.com (Craig Mitchelldyer)
For these individual photos, I wanted something a little different than the cover shot, so I used grid spots to light them up against the wall. I love working with the guys over at the MAC!

Clip: Register-Guard on State Wrestling

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

Saturday night we shot the state prep wrestling tournament for the Register-Guard paper in Eugene. Here is how the pictures played out in the paper the next day.

 (Craig Mitchelldyer)

Here’s a better view of the black & white picture above: Joseph Ballard’s reaction after winning his second Class 2A/1A title at the OSAA state wrestling championships.

Joseph Ballard of Monroe reacts after pinning Samuel Thurman of Lowell for his second 2A/1A title in the OSAA State Wrestling Championship in Portland, OR on February 28, 2015.  (Photo by Craig Mitchelldyer/For the Register-Guard) (Craig Mitchelldyer)

7 Year Old Hoops

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

Photography by Portland Oregon Photographer Craig MItchelldyer www.craigmitchelldyer.com 503.513.0550 (Craig Mitchelldyer, Craig Mitchelldyer)

My 1st grade son loves sports. He’s quite the little athlete. Right now he is playing soccer and basketball. I’m helping coach his basketball team and when it was time for team photos, I decided I’d shoot them instead of having the league photographer do it so we could have something cool. Here is what I shot. They look like such little bad asses. Love it. You do not want to mess with them!

 (Craig Mitchelldyer)

Here is my little man. Love this kid! So much fun watching him play.

14 of 2014 – Our Favorite Sports Photos

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

The final installment of our 14 of 2014 is a little late, but better late than never. It’s a tough one as I shoot a ton of sports, but we narrowed it down to these 14 favorite photos. I hope you enjoyed the other 14 of 14 posts as well! May 2, 2014; Portland, OR, USA; Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) makes a three pointer at the buzzer over Houston Rockets forward Chandler Parsons (25) to win the game during the fourth quarter in game six of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at the Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Craig Mitchelldyer-USA TODAY Sports (Craig Mitchelldyer/Craig Mitchelldyer-USA TODAY Sports)
The best moment in Portland sports in 2014 had to have been Damian Lillard’s buzzer beating 3 pointer shot with .9 seconds on the clock to advance the Blazers to the second round of the NBA playoffs. It was great to witness it. Since that moment this image has ben published in hundreds, if not thousands of publications, including a double truck in ESPN the Magazine, a page in SI for Kids and is the only action photo in this years Blazers media guide.

TUKWILA, WA - AUGUST 31:  of the National Women's Soccer League Championship on August 31, 2014 at Starfire Stadium in Tukwila, Washington.  (Photo by Craig Mitchelldyer/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** (Craig Mitchelldyer/Getty Images)
In August, I shot the NWSL Championship game up in Seattle. I liked this action photo from the game.

 (Craig Mitchelldyer)
In September, a forest fire near Eugene made for the best light inside Autzen stadium as the Ducks beat Michigan State on their way to playing for the national title.

Mar 16, 2014; Portland, OR, USA; Portland Timbers midfielder Will Johnson (4) attempts a bicycle kick in the second half at Providence Park. Photo: Craig Mitchelldyer-Portland Timbers (Craig Mitchelldyer)
This Will Johnson bicycle kick almost was a spectacular goal.

Apr 5, 2014; Portland, OR, USA; Timbers fans celebrate after a goal during the second half at Providence Park. Photo: Craig Mitchelldyer-Portland Timbers (Craig Mitchelldyer)
I love shooting the Timbers and I love shooting the Timbers fans. So much emotion. So much craziness.

Apr 5, 2014; Portland, OR, USA; Timbers fans celebrate after a goal during the second half at Providence Park. Photo: Craig Mitchelldyer-Portland Timbers (Craig Mitchelldyer)

May 3, 2014; Portland, OR, USA; Portland Timbers midfielder Maximiliano Urruti (37) celebrates after scoring the game winning goal during the second half at Providence Park. Photo: Craig Mitchelldyer-Portland Timbers (Craig Mitchelldyer)
Just one day after Damian Lillard made his historic shot, the Timbers Maxi Urriti had a buzzer beater of his own to give the Timbers a win in the pouring rain.

June 1, 2014; Portland, OR, USA; The Timbers Army cheers before the match at Providence Park. Photo: Craig Mitchelldyer-Portland Timbers (Craig Mitchelldyer)
More from the Timbers Army.

July 18, 2014; Portland, OR, USA; Portland Timbers midfielder Diego Valeri (8) reacts after scoring the game winning goal int he second half at Providence Park. Photo: Craig Mitchelldyer-Portland Timbers (Craig Mitchelldyer)
I love seeing what kind of celebration guys have planned after scoring and this Diego Valeri tribute to his father in law did not disappoint.

September 7, 2014; Portland, OR, USA; Portland Timbers defender Liam Ridgewell (24) reacts after a shot in the first half at Providence Park. Photo: Craig Mitchelldyer-Portland Timbers (Craig Mitchelldyer)
Pictures that show emotion are the pictures I love to shoot.

HILLSBORO, OR - JUNE 20: The Hillsboro Hops vs the Salem Keizer Volcanoes at Ron Tonkin Field in Hillsboro, OR. (Craig Mitchelldyer/Hillsboro Hops) (Craig Mitchelldyer/Hillsboro Hops)
Shooting baseball games for the Hops at Ron Tonkin Field is one of my favorite parts of summer. Every single night there is great light.

May 2, 2014; Portland, OR, USA; Blazer fans cheer during introductions in game six of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs between the Portland Trail Blazers and Houston Rockets at the Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Craig Mitchelldyer-USA TODAY Sports (Craig Mitchelldyer/Craig Mitchelldyer-USA TODAY Sports)
Player intros during the playoffs made for some cool photos.

June 15, 2014; Portland, OR, USA; Portland Thorns defender Rebecca Moros (2) makes a save as goalkeeper Michelle Betos (18) dives for the ball off a corner kick late in the second half at Providence Park. Photo: Craig Mitchelldyer-Portland Thorns FC (Craig Mitchelldyer)
When the defender makes a save in the goal, you usually have a cool photo.

September 16, 2014; Portland, OR, USA; Portland Timbers midfielder Maximiliano Urruti (37) gets past CD Olimpia goalkeeper Noel Valladares (27) to score a goal in the second half during group play of the CONCACAF Champions League at Providence Park. Photo: Craig Mitchelldyer-CONCACAF (Craig Mitchelldyer)
Maxi Urruti again, this time stepping on the goalie on to get the ball in the back of the net.

2014 Portland Thorns (Photo by Craig Mitchelldyer/Portland Thorns FC) (Craig Mitchelldyer/Portland Timbers)
Ok this is number 15, but I love the Thorns team photo from this season too. Such a fun group.