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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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2016.08.31 Field Hockey: Woodgrove @ Broad Run

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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One Race at a Time

Two weeks ago, I photographed Lydia's Race, a cross country 5k to benefit a local young adult who had suffered a stroke at the end of her college running career. Lydia Cromwell ran for Woodgrove High School, here in Loudoun County, and for Christopher Newport University. Her stroke occurred after the final event of her college career,…
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2016.08.26 Football: Rock Ridge @ Riverside

Lansdowne, VA (August 26, 2016) – The opening night for the two newest football programs in Loudoun County was one of high hopes and plenty of optimism on both sides of the field. By game time, despite the sweltering heat, the visitors side was almost as full as the home team side, and the student sections…
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2016.08.23 Field Hockey: Woodgrove @ Loudoun Valley

Purcellville, VA (August 23, 2016) – As an exhausting, overheated summer comes to a close, there was an air of newness and excitement in the stadium as four Loudoun County high schools played their initial varsity field hockey matches. While many on the sidelines--including this photographer--tried to make sense of the nuances of this sport, the athletes on…
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2016.08.23 Field Hockey: Tuscarora @ Riverside

Purcellville, VA (August 23, 2016) – As an exhausting, overheated summer comes to a close, there was an air of newness and excitement in the stadium as four Loudoun County high schools played their initial varsity field hockey matches. While many on the sidelines--including this photographer--tried to make sense of the nuances of this sport, the athletes on…
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2016.08.20 Cross Country: Lydia’s Race 5K

Purcellville, VA (August 20, 2016) – Over 250 runners of all ages competed in the 2016 Lydia's Race, a charity event benefiting YoungStroke and Woodgrove Cross Country in honor of Lydia Cromwell, a former Woodgrove High School, and Christopher Newport University cross country and track athlete who suffered a stroke on April 23, 2016. Two Loudoun County…
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A Wedding Photographed – Introduction

My niece, Maddie, has honored me by asking me to photograph her wedding ceremony and marriage to Tony on July 1, 2017. My first reaction was reluctance, but my second one immediately followed and it was an absolute yes. Maddie and her wedding planner, Lynn, at Silverbrook Farm This is a girl that I held in my…
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Never Stop Learning

I still remember the moment I successfully produced identifiable images using a pinhole camera made for my photography merit badge in Boy Scouts. While not understanding completely what I was doing, it was kind of incredible to actually make it work and the feeling was akin to how I felt when I spent some time in the darkroom…
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Three Days I Will Never Forget

Almost two months ago now, I attended Peter Hurley's Headshot Intensive two-day workshop in New York City. Game to learn even more, I stayed for the Intensified third day, too. As a photographer, the chance to work with a leader in any part of the industry is priceless especially as a part of a small group. What I…
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A New Sport to Photograph

An Ultimate player makes a fingertip catch Over the last several years, I have photographed hundreds of events across a wide variety of sports. Each time I encounter a new one, I have to try to understand the nuances that make that sport unique in order to photograph it well. Finding the right angles and positions…
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2016.07.14 Special: Best of 2015-16 High School Sports

Ashburn, VA (July 14, 2016) – It's been a true privilege to photograph high school sports in Loudoun County for the last four years. I've witnessed breathtaking moments, heartbreaking disappointments, thrilling victories, and stunning upsets. I've seen great team victories and brilliant individual championships. I've sat in a field bundled up waiting for cross country racers to…
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