Meet Some Weightlifters

Meet some of my teammates...

I call him "FLOJO".  Spanish for Lazy.  He calls me "FLOJA".  I see him as a nephew and he's afraid I will hit him.  Often quotes Dave Chapelle and loves a good joke.  Always smiling, but don't let his smile fool you.  

I call him "FLOJO".  Spanish for Lazy.  He calls me "FLOJA".  I see him as a nephew and he's afraid I will hit him.  Often quotes Dave Chapelle and loves a good joke.  Always smiling, but don't let his smile fool you.  

"Z" is one of the younger weightlifters. It has been so awesome to see him get so strong over the last few months!

"Z" is one of the younger weightlifters. It has been so awesome to see him get so strong over the last few months!

John, also known as the "The Champ".  A favorite person of mine.  Sometimes he gets a look in his eyes when he trains....crazed and hungry for more.   A huge contrast to his mild manner ways. Beast...

John, also known as the "The Champ".  A favorite person of mine.  Sometimes he gets a look in his eyes when he trains....crazed and hungry for more.   A huge contrast to his mild manner ways. Beast...

Edgar, also known as "TIO."  He loves Gummy Bears and I like to buy them for him. Best hair in the gym.

Edgar, also known as "TIO."  He loves Gummy Bears and I like to buy them for him. Best hair in the gym.

NANDO... Fernando.  SO MUCH...  Clever, funny, smart, just an awesome human being.  He should have his own You Tube Channel.  

NANDO... Fernando.  SO MUCH...  Clever, funny, smart, just an awesome human being.  He should have his own You Tube Channel.  

ROSS!!!  Oh my gosh!  REAL CHILL and just good vibes all around. It's been a treat to see him at the gym.  Hopefully many more meets for him!

ROSS!!!  Oh my gosh!  REAL CHILL and just good vibes all around. It's been a treat to see him at the gym.  Hopefully many more meets for him!

Richard, "THE MOUNTAIN MAN".  A very YOUNG weightlifter.  Young because whatever is in the water where he lives, should be bottled up and sold.  HOLY SHIT to see this man lift.  

Richard, "THE MOUNTAIN MAN".  A very YOUNG weightlifter.  Young because whatever is in the water where he lives, should be bottled up and sold.  HOLY SHIT to see this man lift.  

Danny Casey is our coach.  Thank you Coach for wanting more for us, your patience and keeping us on our toes.  Goodness gracious he's a patient man.  Recently I decided to forget how to snatch.  Just because I'm a complete maniac.  He had me work on technique...again and again and again and again.  lol!!!  Thank you Coach.  

Danny Casey is our coach.  Thank you Coach for wanting more for us, your patience and keeping us on our toes.  Goodness gracious he's a patient man.  Recently I decided to forget how to snatch.  Just because I'm a complete maniac.  He had me work on technique...again and again and again and again.  lol!!!  Thank you Coach.  

This past weekend I stopped by Crossfit New Haven to see my teammates compete in a weightlifting meet.  BTW: probably one of my favorite places to take pictures.  The gym has large windows that bring in so much natural light.  :-)

The women competed on Saturday and the men on Sunday.  Missed the ladies' session. BOOOO!   I took less pictures this time around.  Really excited to start working on the videos I took!

So, RECAP because I feel scattered.  As I'm writing this, I'm thinking it's late and I should be in bed.  hahahaha!

1. Got to see my teammates compete

2. Natural Light

3. I took videos

There is more!!!

Since I was taking pictures as "spectator" I had the chance to talk to a few people I have photographed in the past.  Normally when working I won't talk much because I am afraid I will miss a good shot.  Fortunately, on Sunday I was able to talk to some people I have photographed from different events.

Ken Toal, my favorite spectator EVER!  Who had actually lost his voice from all the cheering the day before at the women's meet.  He was competing on Sunday and he is one hell of a weightlifter! 

He introduced himself to me (I LOVE WHEN YOU GUYS DO THIS!!!)  I won't bite.  Normally I won't approach you if you are competing.  Figure you need space and cameras tend to freak people out.  

Ken had the nicest things to say and almost got choked up.  I gulped and thought, "Don't cry in front of this guy because he will never let me take pictures of him again.  Hold it together VIV!" 

I also had a chance to talk to John Douglass.  When I saw him I immediately thought,

"OH, NICE SNATCH!"  

But if you've ever said that by accident, you know how awkward it sounds.  Instead it went something like, "Hey congrats on your snatch the other day!"  ;-)  

It was a PR TRIPLE AT 90KILOS for John!   

Got to talk to Claire for a bit.  Really stunning girl who can set the platform on fire when she is competing.  She asked me, "Hey, when are you competing?!"  We talked for a bit about training and how she did at the women's session.  

Lastly, a brief, "Hi, I got your email!" from Zach! Having exchanged a few emails back and forth and just happy he received his photos. 

Guys, if you haven't noticed.. I love my job.  I love photographing everyday folks who put in hard work for competitions.  I really do follow you guys on Instagram.  I want the EVERYDAY LIFTERS website to turn into a place to share stories about YOU!  

So thank you for your updates, kind words and all your posts!