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Olympic Champion Kayla Harrison Gives Judo Clinic

Olympic Champion Kayla Harrison Gives Judo Clinic
DC-Metro area judoka and Brazilizan Jiu-Jitsu practitioners got a real treat when Kayla Harrison, 2x Olympic Judo Champion, gave a clinic at SportJudo in Springfield, VA. The day was split into two segments: one for kids and one for adults. This area isn't a stranger to some of the world's top-notch judoka visiting and having clinics. I'm no stranger to them as well. [...]

MOJJJO Patriotic Tribute 2016

MOJJJO Patriotic Tribute 2016
Beneath the pristine blue skies of summer, USMC Sergeant Major (ret.) E. L. Mayfield along with military personnel, veterans, and supporters made the annual pilgrimage from North Carolina to various war memorials throughout Washington, D.C. He was flanked by the same Marines that joined him in the freezing rain and sleet of last year's tribute — Staff Sergeant Ramon V[...]

Two Promises – Newport, RI

Two Promises - Newport, RI
Where does someone start when their little brother becomes an Officer of the U.S. Navy and proposes to his girlfriend in the same day? I spent a lot of time thinking about these two promises my brother was going to make — and made — on the ride to and from Newport, RI. He's not only committed himself to the Navy, but also to his dedicated girlfriend in one swoop. I[...]

Indoor Kites at the National Air & Space Museum

Indoor Kites at the National Air & Space Museum
Kites of Asia Nearly every year since 2010, I've headed over to see kites being flown indoors at the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum. And each time my girlfriend-turned-wife has come to enjoy the choreographed beauty and fine skill expert kite-fliers and master kite makers display for the thousands that visit one of Washington, D.C.'s most popular sites. [...]

Snowzilla

Snowzilla
Just one week after moving to our new place, we get hit with a blizzard. Not just any blizzard, but one that would dump over 30 inches right on my new neighborhood: Snowzilla. Aside from wanting to reclaim our floors from endless boxes, the incoming blizzards redoubled our efforts so that we could be rid of them before the recycling and dumpsters were inaccessible [...]

PhotojournalismVeterans Day 2015

Veterans Day 2015
My first time photographing Veterans Day in the Washington, D.C. area was in 2011. Since that time, I've gone through the various military monuments along the National Mall and Arlington National Cemetery to document what goes on there. Each year, I'm impressed with the dedication our uniformed men and women as well as their families have to visiting these places and [...]

PhotojournalismPope Francis in D.C.

Pope Francis in D.C.
Faith & Perseverance Faith and perseverance were the two things kept me going as I prepared for and worked for Pope Francis' first visit to the United States as pontiff. During his visit, he would be breaking new ground in this country with two historical events within its capital city. The moment I knew Pope Francis was visit, I was going to work hard to be read[...]

Photojournalism40th Anniversary of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton

40th Anniversary of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton
On the drive north through the rolling hills and farms of Emmitsburg, MD I began to think to myself why it was important for me to cover the 40th Anniversary of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton. There are many interesting facts about her that make her an important saint, especially in the United States, but I was more concerned with what personal connection I might have with[...]

Martial Arts Photography2015 World Police and Fire Games – Judo

2015 World Police and Fire Games - Judo
Police officers and firefighters from around world competed at the 2015 World Police and Fire Games in hopes of Judo gold at what is considered the Olympics for law enforcement and first responders. The three-mat venue was hosted at George Mason University's Field House in Fairfax, VA and despite the pouring rain outside that canceled many of the Game's outdoor events[...]

Aviation PhotographyArsenal of Democracy Flyover

Arsenal of Democracy Flyover
On the 70th anniversary of Victory Day and to honor World War II veterans, 56 planes flew over Washington, D.C. during the Arsenal of Democracy Flyover. The planes flew very low, at altitudes of 1,000 feet, so that spectators could easily see and hear the various military planes that flew during World War II. They would cross over the Lincoln Memorial and then bank le[...]