Sunday, February 4, 2007

I got to shoot COURTSIDE!

I got to shoot COURTSIDE!

Sunday, 04 February 2007
Last night my daughter's school's performing group was scheduled to perform as the pre-game entertainment for the Phoenix Suns/Utah Jazz game. Another of the students, 10 year old Audriana, had won a spot to sing the National Anthem for the start of the game. I had bought tickets for she and I to go, but she had a show and had to go to the theatre instead so I took Joshua. When we got there, the principal asked if I'd take photos of the group and Audriana's mom asked if I'd take photos of her singing and had gotten permission for me to come out with them to the tunnel to take the shots. Originally I was supposed to go to the 100 section, speak to the usher to get as close as they'd let me, take the photos of the group, then meet Audriana's mom to go to the tunnel. I asked Bob, the guy helping the group organize, where I should go, he said "we're going to the south tunnel too, just come with us".. SCORE! So I go down with the group, and was allowed to go courtside and sit in the owner's seats to take the group shots!


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I took this photo of Joshua when we were done and leaving.. his expression matched mine -

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:: Do we really have to go? ::

After meeting up with Audriana's mom we got led through another set of tunnels, past the practice court, to where the press area was.. I want that life.. MAN... We were led between the bleachers to where we met some Suns Dancers and I took her picture with them.. feel free to drool at will here guys!

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The security guy leading us took Josh and me to our mid-court courtside seats to have, what he thought would be, good seats to take her photos.. On the way there I stepped over pro-tographers with lenses the size of my head- can we say green with envy? Anyway, there were assorted people there who felt the need to stand right in front of me and not being able to leave Joshua to get a really good shot, I did what I could from where I was..

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It's a DARNED good thing that new lens has IS.. my hands were shaking so bad from me saying "THIS IS SO FREAKING COOL" over and over in my head.. I'd never have had a good shot otherwise! LOL!!

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I got to shoot some photos of my favorite players from the tunnel after she was done singing.. And later a few of the game from my real seats, second row from the ceiling in the corner behind the visitor's bench.. LOL..

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Bummer of a game. Lost by 3.. but TOO COOL of an experience!

2 comments:

deeya said...

Sounds like you had a great experience... how fun to get right down in the middle of it. You got some great shot too!

Margie is Challenged said...

What FUN Heather.. Looks like you had a blast, so did the kids.. M