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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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Girl Power

When I was in high school myself, forty years ago, the number of sports available to girls was small and participation was low. As I remember it, there was field hockey, basketball, softball, track and tennis, but that's about it. All of these sports were underfunded and under-publicized, and their athletes, while talented in their…
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Honoring the Highest Scouting Awards

Beginning September 1, 2016, if you have recently earned the highest rank in Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts--and you live in Loudoun County, VA--Sumser Photography would consider it an honor and privilege to symbolize your achievement with a free portrait in uniform. The cost of the session itself as well as one 8x10 print are our gifts to…
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2016.06.11 Girls Soccer: Mills Godwin @ Tuscarora, 5A State Final

Fairfax, VA (June 11, 2016) – As the final representative from Loudoun County high schools, the Tuscarora Huskies girls soccer team was one of the eight in all sports that made it all the way to the 2016 VHSL championship game. Their opponent, the feisty Mills Godwin Eagles, were waiting. Chas Sumser was there to cover the…
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2016.06.07 Boys Lacrosse: Hanover @ Dominion, 4A State Semfinal

Sterling, VA (June 7, 2016) – The Hanover Hawks visited the Dominion Titans with the winner advancing to the 4A State championship game. Chas Sumser was there to cover the action and posted a gallery of 111 images. The Titans jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead, and it looked like this was going to be a blowout. But…
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2016.06.01 Girls Soccer: John Champe @ Loudoun County, 4A West Final

Leesburg, VA (June 1, 2016) – Gradually, the number of teams eligible to continue playing in the 2016 Virginia playoffs is narrowing. John Champe visited Loudoun County for a coveted spot in the 4A West regional final and a guaranteed trip to the state tournament. Chas Sumser was at the semi-final meeting to cover the action and…
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2016.05.31 Boys Lacrosse: Woodgrove @ Freedom, 4A West Semifinal

South Riding, VA (May 31, 2016) – Highly-rated all season, the Woodgrove Wolverines entered Olsen stadium a second seed in the 4A West Regional tournament, but still the favorite. Could the Freedom Eagles, in front of a raucous home crowd, carry over their momentum from their conference championship match? Chas Sumser was there to cover the…
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2016.05.31 Girls Lacrosse: Woodgrove @ Freedom, 4A West Semifinal

South Riding, VA (May 31, 2016) – You don't get to be the two-time defending state champion for nothing, and the Woodgrove Wolverines carried their banners high into this 4A West Regional match. Waiting for them were the undefeated Freedom Eagles, on a bit of a championship high of their own. Chas Sumser was there to cover…
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2016.05.30 Boys Soccer: Fauquier @ Park View, 4A West Quarterfinal

Sterling, VA (May 30, 2016) – After their masterful defeat of top-seeded Heritage in the conference final, Park View's placement in the 4A West Regionals was well-earned. Coming with that placement was a matchup with the less-heralded Fauquier Falcons, the second seed from Conference 22. Chas Sumser was there to cover the action and posted a gallery of 108 images.…
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2016.05.26 Boys Lacrosse: Kettle Run @ Freedom, Evergreen Final

South Riding, VA (May 26, 2016) – Building on a first place regular season finish, the Freedom Eagles were primed for the conference title game. In addition, their girls team had just won the trophy on the same field giving the boys extra incentive. But the Kettle Run Cougars had something to say about the…
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2016.05.26 Girls Lacrosse: John Champe @ Freedom, Evergreen Final

South Riding, VA (May 26, 2016) – In a very even first half, the underdog John Champe Knights managed to stay right with the top-seeded Freedom Eagles. At the break the score was 4-4 and representative of the balance of the match up to that point. Although the Eagles scored quickly to take a 2-0 lead, the…
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