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2016.10.17 Field Hockey: Loudoun County @ Broad Run

Ashburn, VA (October 17, 2016) – All indications are that the inaugural first season of high school field hockey in Loudoun County will be seen as a huge success. The season will wrap up over the next two days with final matches played across the county. Hopefully, the trend of double-headers will continue next season. The four…
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2016.10.17 Field Hockey: Briar Woods @ Woodgrove

Ashburn, VA (October 17, 2016) – All indications are that the inaugural first season of high school field hockey in Loudoun County will be seen as a huge success. The season will wrap up over the next two days with final matches played across the county. Hopefully, the trend of double-headers will continue next season. The four…
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2016.10.15 Cross Country: Third Battle Invitational

Winchester, VA (October 15, 2016) – A spectacular autumn day greeted the runners and spectators at the 2016 Third Battle Invitational. Many of the same teams competed at Glory Days a week earlier, and you could tell that both competitors and spectators were glad for the lack of rain and mud on this rolling course in…
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2016.10.14 Football: Edison @ Tuscarora

Leesburg, VA (October 14, 2016) – It's finally starting to feel like cool football weather is coming, but the night was still plenty warm for the Tuscarora Huskies as they hosted the Edison Eagles. Coming off a huge win over Potomac Falls, and looking forward to a big game against Stone Bridge, it would have been easy for…
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10 Things I Know About Sports Photography: Cross Country

This is the second in a series of posts about things I've learned over the past five years of photographing high school sports. You can download a shareable album of my favorite cross country photos here. 1. Get there early Every cross country course has its unique and challenging sections. It can be a difficult hill late…
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2016.10.08 Cross Country: Glory Days Invitational

Manassas, VA (October 8, 2016) – Rain fell for the entirety of nine races, from freshman boys to seeded varsity girls. The weather dampened no spirits or competitive fire, but certainly muddied a few runners from socks to singlets. With many top Loudoun runners missing, the meet lacked the star power of previous iterations, but still gave…
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It’s All About Location… Or Not

I have in mind a series of posts on great locations for individual and group portraits. And I'm going to do that, really. But perhaps not for the original reasons I envisioned. Nico and Maria in the park At first, I thought that the location makes a great portrait, but I was wrong. The people…
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2016.09.29 Volleyball: Tuscarora @ Broad Run

Ashburn, VA (September 29, 2016) – The tightly packed race in Conference 14 volleyball had Broad Run slightly ahead of Tuscarora in league play. The Huskies sported a better overall record, but their two conferences losses and record of 2-1 put them behind the Spartans who were 1-1 in conference as the match began. There is still a…
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10 Things I Know About Sports Photography: Football

This is the first in a series of posts about things I've learned over the past five years of photographing high school sports. The availability and relatively lower cost of good quality gear has seen the number of sideline photographers increase. I often give people--especially yearbook and school paper photographers--tips to help them get the…
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2016.09.20 Volleyball: Rock Ridge @ Loudoun County

Leesburg, VA (September 20, 2016) – Established as a "gold out" by the Loudoun County High School student body in honor of victims of and those suffering from childhood cancers, this match was also a showdown of top teams in Conference 21B. Entering the match, the perennial champion Raiders (6-1) were looking at a tough test from…
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A Banner Day

About a month ago, I had a photo session with the Rock Ridge High School volleyball team in Ashburn, VA. The plan was to create individual banners and a large team banner to be hung in their school gymnasium during their season. I was excited about the opportunity because it combined my interests in sports…
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2016.09.17 Cross Country: Oatlands Invitational

Leesburg, VA (September 17, 2016) – A year ago at this time, the setting for the Oatlands Invitational was a good bit different. Oh, the course was the same, but the weather was sunny and hot. Today, a cloudy sky covered the course for all but the final race and temperatures were mild for this…
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2016.09.16 Football: John Champe @ Loudoun Valley

Purcellville, VA (September 16, 2016) – Coming in to the game, the home-standing Loudoun Valley Vikings were undefeated at 3-0. Not only that, but their margins of victory were 31, 15 and 18, in that order. The John Champe Knights were sure to be a true test, but the men in green had earned the right to be…
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2016.09.13 Volleyball: Handley @ Tuscarora

Leesburg, VA (September 13, 2016) – In response to a question about how the team was doing, the Tuscarora mom at the ticket table said that they were doing well, but she was unsure about tonight because several of the Huskies' key players were out sick. Was her daughter, the team's setter, one of them? No, she was…
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2016.09.12 Field Hockey: Potomac Falls @ Riverside

Sterling, VA (September 12, 2016) – On a warm, but not stifling evening, four Loudoun County high school field hockey teams met to continue the growth and acceptance of this new sport. It's clear from the maturing level of play that the players and teams are increasing their skill, which makes the flow of play more even…
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2016.09.12 Field Hockey: Heritage @ Dominion

Sterling, VA (September 12, 2016) – On a warm, but not stifling evening, four Loudoun County high school field hockey teams met to continue the growth and acceptance of this new sport. It's clear from the maturing level of play that the players and teams are increasing their skill, which makes the flow of play more even…
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2016.09.10 Volleyball: Phoenix Tournament

Ashburn, VA (September 10, 2016) – It was blistering hot outside, but inside it was nice and cool. Perfect for an early season volleyball tournament hosted by Rock Ridge High School. Two Loudoun teams were entered, and each was in a different bracket. Stone Bridge, the seasoned champion and the Phoenix, a rapidly maturing program, were…
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2016.09.09 Football: South Lakes @ Briar Woods, Homecoming

Brambleton, VA (September 9, 2016) – An hour before game time the Homecoming stands at Briar Woods were filling up fast. Clad in orange, the Falcon fans were in an early frenzy. As the home team burst through the end zone banner, a "crush" was on the menu. Chas Sumser Photography was there to capture the action…
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2016.09.01 Field Hockey: Briar Woods @ Tuscarora

Leesburg, VA (September 1, 2016) – After a summer of intense heat and virtually no precipitation, a thirty-minute rain/lightning delay came out of the blue. Literally. But the end result was a bit lower temperature and a little less humidity. Oh, and a nice rainbow to boot. Chas Sumser Photography was there to capture the action and posted…
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2016.08.31 Field Hockey: Potomac Falls @ Loudoun County

Ashburn, VA (August 31, 2016) – Perhaps it's because field hockey is not fully funded this year, but the multitude of double-headers is a great way to introduce this new sport to the Loudoun County community. Watching four teams in action on any given night allows spectators (and photographers) to gain insight into the game and…
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