I've photographed Jake at several local weightlifting meets. I like how tall he stands and how fast he can be under the barbell. At this moment the warm-up are was just chaotic but he seems so still and quiet, no?
Place: Devos Performance Hall in Grand Rapids Michigan.
USAW Event: American Open Series 3
While it seems that there is a backdrop in this photo, it was actually huge shades that kept the piercing sun out of the warm up area. I almost wished it was opened up a little bit, because the sun coming through was beautiful.
Prior to this photo taken, I was close to CJ's platform for one of his snatch attempts and he missed. I immediately moved and felt pretty awful for having been as close as I was.
A week later I messaged CJ and I apologized and he said it was totally fine. I don't think his miss was caused from my camera, but still... keeping a distance away from the weightlifters is important. Cameras can just be another distraction in a very busy place.