A couple of weeks ago we got a call from Advocare looking for a photographer for a shoot with Portland Timbers midfielder Darlington Nagbe. I was happy to shoot it as I’ve worked with him many many times, not only as the Timbers photographer, but I also hid in the bushes while he proposed to his now wife Felicia, shot maternity photos for them and shot photos of his new baby as well. I’m kind of the Nagbe personal photographer, so I was happy to shoot some cool photos for his latest product endorsement. Advocare sent a video crew up from Dallas and we rented out the Portland Futsal faciltiy on 17th Ave in SE Portland, which is the perfect facility for a photo shoot like this. This is one of my favorites from the shoot.
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Tuesday night the Portland Timbers hosted the first CONCACAF Champions League game in Portland. The boys in green won 4-2 vs CD Olimpia of Hondorus taking the lead in the group stage of the tournament. Here are a few of my favorite photos from the game. The first shot I love. Maxi’s foot on the keepers foot, the keeper with a hand in the face and yet he still got passed him to score a goal!
This weekend we shot 3 sports events at 3 venues in 36 hours.
It all started with the big matchup between top 10 teams Oregon and Michigan St at Autzen Stadium. Great game. There was a forest fire about 30 miles away and the wind had carried the smokle into Eugene and it filtered the sunlight and made for some really nice light.
The next day the Timbers played host to San Jose. Another awesome game. The Timbers came out attacking and although the final was 3-3, it was probably one of the best games I’ve seen all year.
Finally, after the Timbers match I went straight to Ron Tonkin Field in Hillsboro to shoot the Championhip match between the Hillsboro Hops and Vancouver. Hillsboro one the game 4-2 and won the Northwest league Title for the first time to cap off a really busy, yet really fun weekend.
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!