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In my effort to try and catch up on blogging, I am slowly making my way through our some of our fall sessions. As you can tell by the beautiful autumn colors in Jennifer & Noah’s engagement session, we met up on a sunny day in November. We started at the Dallas Arboretum to catch some of the fall colors and we weren’t disappointed.

Jennifer & Noah are huge Dallas Stars fans, so we headed to American Airlines next to do some fun stuff in their jerseys. Do you want to know the extent of their devotion to the Dallas Stars? Jennifer was hit in the head with a puck at a game a few weeks ago and while most people would have left with the paramedics, Jennifer refused to go until the game was over. One of the players threw her a towel to stop the bleeding, and the fan that caught the puck after it bounced off of her head was nice enough to give it to Jennifer as a souvenir. Once Noah could finally convince her it was time to go to the hospital, it took 6 stitches to close up the wound. Talk about a dedicated fans, huh? Good thing their wedding is still 8 months away so maybe the scar will be fading by then…

I am a photojournalist at heart.  It has always been one of my favorite types of photography.  I did it for 2 years in high school and 2 years in college on newspaper and yearbook staff.  I have had a photo of school bus accident printed in the Dallas Morning News.  It was my experience of capturing the event as a photojournalist that I used at my first wedding I photographed 27 years ago.  Recently the big thing has been photojournalistic weddings but I never knew there was any other way to photograph a wedding.

I was doing the photos for the background of the Universal Sports green screen event we did on Saturday when they asked me to send some of the photos for their website.  I was pretty excited… then when I was able to shoot the men’s and women’s finals I was REALLY excited.  I have photographed almost every sport but this was my first time to photograph gymnastics so I enjoyed the challenge.  Enjoy the photos.

While standing in the spotlight, Samantha Peszek awaits her green flag to perform her floor routine

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On the left, women’s all around champion Bridget Sloan of Sharps takes her turn on the vault at the 2009 Visa Championships. Brandon Wynn of The Ohio State University dismounts the rings at the 2009 Visa Gymnastics Championships.  He tied for third with 15.450 points.

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On the left, Alex Buscaglia of Stanford performs on the high bar.  He would finish in 3rd with 15.400 points. On the right, Kytra Hunter from Hill’s performs on the uneven bars.

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Coach Kurt Golder of the University of Michigan watches Chris Cameron on the pummel horse at the 2009 Visa Cahmpionships in Dallas.

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On the left, Ivana Hong from WOGA performs on the balance beam at the 2009 Visa Championships.  She won the event with a score of 30.350. On the right, floor exercise and all around gold medalist Bridget Sloan from Sharps performs her floor routine at the 2009 Visa Championship at the American Airlines Center in Dallas.

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Glen Ishino of Cal Berkley, practices on the pommel horse for Friday’s mens final.  He placed 3rd in the pommel with a total of 15.250.

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Jonathon Horton of Cypress Acade performs on the parallel bars and the pommel and scores enough points to win the Men’s Gold medal at the 2009 Visa Championships in Dallas.

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Today I headed over to the American Airlines Center for the Media Day at the Visa Championships – today was their final day of practice before the festivities start tomorrow.  I got some great shots to use for backgrounds for our event with Universal Sports at the Visa Fan Fest on Saturday and had a blast doing it (took me back to my newspaper days :-).  If you want to more photos go here.

2008 Beijing Olympic Gold medalist Nastia Liukin practices on the balance beam during practice for the 2009 Visa Gymnastic Championships at the American Airlines Center in Dallas.  Watching her is her proud father and coach, Valeri, a gold medalist himself for the Soviets.

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Nastia Luikin is interviewed by the NBC Universal Sports Gymnastics commentators at the Universal Sports booth during the press evening and practice.

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We are excited to be working with NBC’s Universal Sports next weekend at the Visa Gymnastics Championships.  The 2009 Gymnastics Championships are being held in Dallas this year and run from Aug 12-15 – you can purchase tickets to see some of the events or you can head out on Saturday, August 15 for the Visa Fan Fest which is open to the public.

The Visa Fan Fest tent will be set up across the street from the American Airlines Center so come join the fun, get some autographs, play some games, and get a free photo of you as a Sportscaster for Universal Sports!  Bill will be heading out to their Media Day on Tuesday to do some photos of the gymnasts in training, then he will use those photos for the background in Saturday’s green screen photos – this takes him back to his newspaper days and sports photography and I’m not sure which event he is more excited about.  Hope to see you there!

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