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As weird as it may sound, absolutely one of my favorite aspects of multi day tournaments is the fact that I get to blog every single day about it! Granted the first time I did this was November in Norway, the feedback I received was overwhelming so when I found out we’d be hosting the CCAA Badminton National Championships I jumped at the opportunity to bring the daily posts back!

 

A little background on what exactly this is, basically the best of the badminton players from colleges located coast to coast gather to compete in categories such as Men’s and Women’s Singles, Doubles and Mixed Doubles. The winners claim the National Title for Canadian Collegiate sport along with some pretty great bragging rights!

 

We enjoyed an absolutely fantastic dinner prepared by NAIT’s Chef’s at Ernest’s Restaurant followed by the naming of the All Canadian players as well as the Players of the Year and the Coach of the Year. Today included the opening ceremonies as well as the first three rounds of heart pounding action. Enjoy the first selection of images from the Banquet, Opening Ceremonies and first three rounds!

 

Cheers,

 

-Jesse

 

I had the privilege of photographing my good friend Taylor’s absolutely adorable little boy Lucas as he was baptized last weekend. Shooting weddings I’m definitely not a stranger when it comes to shooting in a church but with this being my first baptism there was definitely a learning curve. Generally with a wedding ceremony there is quite a bit of time to try different things and experiment but that was exactly opposite the case when it came to the baptism, it was very fast and short.

 

– Jesse

 

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After a hectic couple of months filled with endless hours of staring at a computer screen and freezing my butt off I made a quick decision to jet off to Mexico with the family for a little rest and relaxation beachfront. Generally I’m not one to make rash decisions especially for something as big as this but it was definitely time to recharge and that is exactly what I did, not without a little shooting of course!

 

– Jesse

 

After an onslaught of  assignments and studying in preparation for the end of the semester I finally have time to sit down and finish my blogging endeavours regarding my life changing trip to Stavanger, Norway.

I want to begin by thanking each and every one of you for reading, liking, and sharing my posts from my time at the European Curling Championships in Norway. It’s an unbelievably overwhelming feeling to to hear all of the support you offered to me through my adventures in Europe, so uplifting to hear that my blog was being read in places all over the world throughout the championships. I’m so happy to call the people I had the privilege of working with, Danny, Joanna, Richard and Mike are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the amazing people who make the World Curling Federation so successful. Again thank you all for the undying support and I look forward to sharing my future adventures with you! During my time in Norway my blog posts contained and plethora of curling images but in this wrap up I’m going to share some of the other images I took during my travels! For those of yu who dabble in photography all of the following images were taken with my new Fuji X100s, a fantastic camera!

Until next time, enjoy!

 

Cheers,

 

-Jesse

36000 feet above our beautiful world, travelling 525 miles per hour I am finally en route to Calgary and I’m filled with a plethora of mixed emotions. On one hand I had one of the best weeks of my life and I never wanted it to end but on the other I am glad to be going home to see my loved ones.

 

Yesterday was finals day for the European Curling Championship where I have been working alongside the World Curling Federation for the last ten days as their Trainee Photographer. I had the opportunity to work and learn from and absolutely amazing photographer, Richard Gray, the Photo Editor with the World Curling Federation. Finals went by so quickly and from that point on it was a race to get everything done, packed up and to the banquet. For the first time in my career I was a part of a media scramble down on the surface for ‘that’ shot of the winners, quite an interesting experience to be competing with some of the best sports photographers in the world from huge wire agencies and services, I think I managed to hold my own though.;)

 

The banquet following the ceremonies was quite a fun time with a great cover band and a free bar, what more can you ask for? Oh, and we partied with the best curlers in Europe… Yeah that was pretty cool too! After the party we waited for what seemed like an eternity for the bus to pick us up but couldn’t resist a little parking lot soccer with some of the players and Danny. Arriving back at the hotel my goodbyes were said to Joanna and Danny who I am forever grateful for making this opportunity possible and am very proud to call them my friends now. This is where things start to get interesting, I WAS supposed to be on a 6:40 AM bus to the airport… I woke up at 7:30… After a frantic call to the front desk for a taxi and 300 Kron later I was on my way to the airport to catch my 9:10 AM flight to Heathrow, needless to say I made it just in time; funny how fast things happen.

 

As many times as I have tried to explain how grateful for this experience I truly am it just isn’t possible, so I will take what I have learnt and make sure my gratitude is reflected in my work. Thank you so much to the World Curling Federation, Danny Parker, Joanna Kelly, Richard Gray, Mike Haggarty, Gator, Doug & Joyce and of course the rest of the WCF & WCFTV crew who helped me grow exponentially this week, I hope to see you all very soon! Please enjoy my photos from my final day in the gorgeous Stavanger, Norway; Touristy photos will be in my Norway recap, coming soon! Great week this week guys, love you all!

 

 

Cheers,

 

 

 

-Jesse