Category: Event Photography

JROTC Review at Beaufort High – Photography

April 30, 2010

Beaufort High’s Junior ROTC program held their annual review this week. This is a significant event as the troops are lined up for inspection by a distinguished guest. They march from the High School to the football field where the review is held.  This is an event replete with pump and circumstance along with martial music. Ask anyone serving in the military and they will tell you there is significant symbolism associated with this ritual.

This particular photograph was taken as the company was leaving the field after the review. It leaves no doubt as to whose JROTC troop it is.

Black Belt Testing in Beaufort

April 21, 2010

Friday night, we were at a regional black belt testing event at Club Karate in Beaufort. As a friend of the school, it was a pleasure to photograph part of the proceedings.

The seven black belt candidates participated in a grueling 3 hour test in front of a panel of three high ranking black belt examiners. Attempting to get your black belt is no sure thing. There have been instances where candidates passed out, got injured or simply were not successful in testing for their black belt.  However, I am pleased to say that all seven candidates obtained the degree of Black Belt in Chun Kuk Do.

These testing events are only held once or twice a year at different CKD schools in the region. We were fortunate this event was in Beaufort.  The school was packed with parents, siblings and students watching the proceedings.

This particular composite image is part of a Kata that Ms. Aud was performing in front of the panel. All candidates are required to perform  seven katas – a series of pre-defined punches, kicks and moves – similar to doing seven solo choreographies – where every element is evaluated.

It was a pleasure to photograph the proceedings and we’re looking forward to attending the next black belt test to take place in Beaufort.

Ouch! That must hurt! – Club Karate Goodwill Tournament Photography

March 12, 2010

Here is another image from the recent Club Karate Goodwill Tournament. As I mentioned earlier, this is a great tournament that is all about participation and having fun. Everybody goes home with a trophy. It is all about the kids and the underbelts (non black belts). Each event normally has three black belt judges who either score the kata or when sparring, score a point.

However, once the tournament is officially over, some of the judges like to get in on the action. After all, it’s no fun to go to a tournament and not test yourself against other worthy opponents. And so, they get ready to rumble. These sparring rounds are not really scored or judged. It is just for the fun of it.

This photo is from one of those friendly bout. Rest assured that while it appears the gentleman in the red helmet was kicked in the air, no one was hurt. One of the skills martial artists develop over time is the ability to absorb hits. Besides, these are friendly games and the kicks and punches are little more than friendly taps. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

Beaufort Goodwill Karate Tournament Photography

February 28, 2010

Goodwill Karate TournamentI have been at the annual Club Karate Goodwill Tournament a few times. This is a very well regarded event that puts the emphasis on fun and sportsmanship. As with any tournaments, there is a winner, and they do get recognition. However, everyone that enters an event gets a trophy.  Not just a small trophy, but a huge 3 foot tall, the parents realize they needed the SUV to bring it home, kind of trophy.

Clubs from all over the Southeastern states come to Beaufort every year. This year, we had competitors as far away as Virginia and New York!  It is a testament to Mr. Elias that year after year, the tournament brings in people from so far away.

This was my first year photographing the tournament – previously I was a participant – and I had a blast. With nine rings going at once, you can’t cover everything. It made me feel like I had ADD, running from ring to ring.

This particular photograph was taken during an intermediate level bout in the 12-13 year old category. Looking at it, I get the impression that the white participant gets lifted in the air by the force of the blow. In reality, that is not what happened. White jumped to tag black with a downward back knuckle on the helmet.  I also like the contrast of the dynamism of the participants with the static pose of the referee in the background.

Congratulation to Mr. Elias for putting on such a great event!

Beaufort Haunted Library – Meet Your Guide

October 26, 2009

This past weekend was the Beaufort County Haunted Library Tour. This is an event organized by teenagers that are part of the teen advisory board. You get to visit after hours and meet some of the interesting denizens inhabiting the library when the lights are out…

We offered to take a few photographs of the proceedings. Here is a rather dramatic one of the tour guide.

Beaufort Library Tour Guide

Beaufort Library Tour Guide

Congratulation to all the teens for all their hard work and dedication to making the evening a success. Looking forward to next year’s tour.

CSS Hunley Funeral Procession

September 24, 2009

CSS Hunley - Women in Mourning Clothes

This photograph was taken on April 17, 2004 in Charleston – during the CSS Hunley funeral procession.

This was the last official funeral of the US Civil War.

The CSS H. L. Hunley was the first submarine to successfully sink an enemy warship. While they were successful in their mission, they sank while returning to shore.  The CSS Hunley was raised in 2000. The 8 crewmen were laid to rest the day this photograph was taken.

In memoriam

Lieutenant George E. Dixon

Frank Collins

Joseph F. Ridgaway

James A. Wicks

Arnold Becker

Corporal J. F. Carlsen

C. Lumpkin


Trip’s Birthday Party

September 20, 2009

This week-end we had the opportunity to attend Master Trip’s Birthday party.
The theme of the evening was PIRATES!
What would a pirate story be without fair maidens?
And here is Pirate Trip being spurned by one of the maiden…
It appears that Pirate Trip is a chip off the old block…just look at mom’s true color!

Harbor Island Event Photography | Tiger Shark Banquet

September 1, 2009

Imagine the sound of waves lapping in the background. Stepping off your back porch and finding yourself on a white sand beach, the ocean mere feet away with dolphins in the distance. This was the setting for the Beaufort YMCA Tiger Shark swim team annual awards banquet.

The banquet was held in August on picturesque Harbor Island, SC located a few minutes from downtown Beaufort.

When doing live event photography, especially involving young children, you will find that most photographers will have a photo journalistic style. This results in more candid photographs and few group poses. After all, in most cases, these events are held for the enjoyment of the children. Most of them don’t think that posing for the strange man with the camera qualifies as fun.





Pure joy!  That’s what it’s all about!


Future Tiger Shark!


The bitter agony of foosball defeat to Coach Rick’s and Margaret’s team

A wonderful time was had by all!  Thank you to the Daniels for the use of their wonderful home.