2017 American Open Series III

Before jumping into this post, I wanted to share my first interaction with the legend, Pyrros Dimas.  Yes, that is him in the tree.  Brilliantly put together by Dan Greco.  Thanks Dan!  

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The last few USAW events I have seen Mr. Dimas, but have never introduced myself to him.  Why?  Well because... PYRROS DIMAS!!!!!

I really like taking photos for LiftingLife and I don't want to be escorted out by Kevin or Pedro from USAW for jumping on Pyrros' back from excitement.  While I envy all the awesome Pyrros selfies on social media, I know I would never ask for a photo with Pyrros.  I can barely say hello to the man.  My interactions have been limited to an awkward head nod and then walking away-----------the opposite direction. 🙃

During the weekend of the 2017 AO3, I took a break between sessions and decided to take some photos of the Devos Place Convention Center.   The building is beautiful!  

Anyhow, I am clicking away when I can feel someone staring at me.  I look over and what do I see?!! Pyrros behind a tree going all papparrazzi on me with his cell phone.  He wasn't really taking photos.  However, he had a great laugh and walked away.  

I stood there like....  🤦🏽‍♀️. "Great Viv, that was your first interaction with Pyrros."  I can only hope I looked super cool taking photos of the massive Ann Hirsch statue. :/ 

Mr. Dimas, if you are reading this.  I would like a selfie.  :) Do over please!!!

LiftingLife

This year LiftingLife started offering weightlifters the option of having a personal photographer.  

Hi! I'm Viviana, your personal photographer!  

At first hellos, I am always nervous meeting the weightlifter.  Mostly, because I want to be sure I do a good job for them.  There is irony to this because for many, I can see the look of terror on their faces when they see me approach with my massive camera.  LOL!  

Out of all the sports photography jobs I have been a part of, I LOVE being a weightlifter's personal photographer.  I get to create freely, and tell a story of a weightlifter's experience competing at USAW event.  But the coolest part is meeting the family members and the hugs I get!  

When I am not following around specific weightlifters, I will roam and take photos of the warm up area and of your favorite weightlifters, like CJ Cummings and Jenny Arthur!  (My favorite too!)

 Wow, how he photographed beautifully.  For being so young, and famous in the weightlifting community, he is composed and under control.  

Wow, how he photographed beautifully.  For being so young, and famous in the weightlifting community, he is composed and under control.  

 Jenny, probably one of the nicest people you will ever meet.    Kevin Doherty  had the most amazing things to say about Jenny.  She is what every female should inspire to be as an athlete.  -Yeah, goose bumps.  

Jenny, probably one of the nicest people you will ever meet.   Kevin Doherty had the most amazing things to say about Jenny.  She is what every female should inspire to be as an athlete.  -Yeah, goose bumps.  

I am always looking to expand and push the envelope in terms of what is considered "normal" in sports photography.  I am not sure how many feel about this approach to photography since once I was told, "Those artsy photos will only get you so far and get old quick!"

I never went to school for photography. I learned from a film camera before I could afford a digital one. I photograph from the heart and "feel" the event.  May sound like fluff and lame to some, but it is the the truth.  Passionate is understatement when it comes to the work I do.  I capture memories and freeze them in time. Both the good and bad, I am here to document. Wow, that is pretty amazing.  I love that I can create an image that can make people stop and feel a certain way.  

 Take a closer look.  I didn't want to add this photo into the Extra's album on the LiftingLife website.  I sent this photo privately to  Matthew Adamcheck , (coach pictured here).  His response:  "I love her, she is so committed. This is great, thank so you much!  This is a picture every athlete and coach should know will happen and it's the bond between them that make them strong."  I got the ok to share.    Guys.. we have all been there.  Coaches, the same to you.

Take a closer look.  I didn't want to add this photo into the Extra's album on the LiftingLife website.  I sent this photo privately to Matthew Adamcheck, (coach pictured here).  His response:

"I love her, she is so committed. This is great, thank so you much!  This is a picture every athlete and coach should know will happen and it's the bond between them that make them strong."

I got the ok to share.  

Guys.. we have all been there.  Coaches, the same to you.

The Truth

People who know me, know I am honest.  Brutality honest. Along the way as Everyday Lifters, I have learned so much.  Over the weekend I actually missed someones snatches.  I completely missed her on my list.  I don't do well on little sleep and make careless mistake.  Still no excuse.  So, after the dreadful mistake I wrote the names down of all the weightlifters I needed to photograph.  

 It looked like I got some digits. hahahahaha!  

It looked like I got some digits. hahahahaha!  

 While warming up, CJ actually missed one of his snatches.  As a weightlifter I stopped breathing and as a photographer I got the hell out of the way!!!  I actually sent CJ a message apologizing if I had gotten to close while warming up.  His response, "It's totally fine." 

While warming up, CJ actually missed one of his snatches.  As a weightlifter I stopped breathing and as a photographer I got the hell out of the way!!!  I actually sent CJ a message apologizing if I had gotten to close while warming up.  His response, "It's totally fine." 

This is as real as it gets for me.  Not all days are perfect.  Photographers rarely talk about their fuck ups.  I embrace them because it forces me to change and adapt.  I learn and move on.

 Just a random photo of Morghan King just because.  I didn't mess this one up!  ha!

Just a random photo of Morghan King just because.  I didn't mess this one up!  ha!

 Megan Seegert

Megan Seegert

 Hala Paiva 

Hala Paiva 

 Matthew Wininger

Matthew Wininger

Thank you for stopping by.  Seriously though... thank you! Until we meet again.  

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