Archive for January 2009

We’re moving!! So that means the joys of packing and going through long forgotten stuff are upon us. Today I found a copy of a business plan I wrote while working at the bank in 2002. Reading it made me cringe.
I’m lucky. I was presented with the opportunity to pursue something that I really enjoyed (read severance). I had spent a few months prior to leaving the bank talking to people about their jobs and asking myself what I wanted to do with my life. One of the best questions presented to me was “what would you be willing to do at 4:00AM and do for free?” The answer was and still is – photography.

I’ve been at this just over five years and I still love it. I present you with a couple paragraphs from that business plan and one of the first images I shot in 2003. I think the photo still stands. The photo is of my best friend Vaughn.

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Last week I got a call from Eileen and Laura over at BEST asking if I was willing to do a little pro bono work. They were working on a project for the Mia Hamm Foundation and needed some help with stills.

Mia Hamm was hosting a Celebrity Soccer Game to raise money and awareness for families in need of bone marrow transplants. The game was hosted by Mia and her husband, LA Dodger, Nomar Garciaparra. Guests included professional soccer stars such as Alexi Lalas, Matt Reis, Kris Klein and Brian Ching and celebrities Rivers Cuomo, Donald Faison, Tony Hawk, Anthony LaPaglia and Mark Consuelos, amongst others.

During the half time break the organization united two anonymous bone marrow donors and their respective recipients for a very emotional introduction. Just imagine meeting the person who was responsible for saving your life; a person who did so without wanting anything in return; someone who didn’t already have an existing personal relationship with you. There wasn’t a dry eye in the stadium.

For those interested in registering as a donor please check out the National Bone Marrow Donor Program.

My hat goes off to photographers that shoot soccer on a regular basis. Pulling focus, tracking the action and trying to compose at the speed necessary to get a decent shot was challenging. I couldn’t imagine how much more difficult it would have been if the athletes were going at full speed.

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As we start a new year I decided to take a look back at the photo shoots and assignments I shot throughout 2008. The video is comprised of one still from each shoot. You’ll notice a whole lot of images of our daughter Grace; adding her to our family was the most incredible experience I have had.

The slide show is set to a song by Vampire Weekend. This was my favorite album of 2008 and every time I listen to it it fires me up. And FWIW it’s taken me three days to get the slides synched up with the music in a way that I like.

Thanks to all who participated in my photography this year.

Chuck Espinoza Photography – A Slideshow of 2008 Photography from Chuck Espinoza on Vimeo.

(The slide show was produced using ProShow Producer. A great program but it adds some sort of compression to the images that makes them look a little soft. I also opted to use vimeo to host because they don’t add their own compression like Youtube does.)

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