Photographing a Presidential Candidate


What a amazing turn of events. I wake up early March 24, 2016 and find a email from Reuters asking me if I want to photograph U.S. Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders that same day in Yakima, Wa..

Not only is it 2 hours away, I also work that evening. (sigh) I call my boss and ask him if he wants to shoot it since I have a football game to photograph. The great thing is, he was totally cool about it and let me go shoot.

So here comes the prepping. What do I need to do to prepare?

First, download PhotoMechanic since it wasn’t on my work laptop. Get my lens selections down, including a Nikon D700, 24-70mm ƒ2.8, 70-200mm ƒ2.8 and a 70-300mm variable lens. Notebook, extra pens, two card readers (in case one fails), and two cell phones.

I get there 3 hours early to set up, and get through Secret Service. They are nice to be honest. Treat them with respect, listen to their directions and you don’t get choke slammed…

Then walk around, get some feature art, and wait for U.S. Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders to show up.
I can’t express how professional Secret Service was, and how nice the people from Yakima, Wa. really are.

Once I got setup, it went by quick. Set up on top of a step ladder and nailed some photographs of Bernie Sanders as he walked in saying hi to the local chapter of Native Americans on his way to his podium.

The shooting went fast and furious. Shot from a step ladder, then was led by Secret Service to the front of his podium, and around back, and after that, moved to the sides, and back of the room to cover all angles, and ideas I had drawn up mentally in the three hours I was waiting for him to speak.

It’s always smart to have a plan. In this case, talking to the right people to get a little access went a long way.
Remember to always be respectful, tactful and polite. It will lead to to locations and information that can set you up to a nice moment, and photographic opportunity.

Here are some of the images I took for my very first Presidential Candidate rally.

Democratic Presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders speaks at a campaign event in Yakima, Washington
A attendee flashes a sign in support of Democratic Presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders before he speaks at a campaign event in Yakima, Washington March 24, 2016. REUTERS/Michael Lopez
Democratic Presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders speaks at a campaign event in Yakima, Washington
Attendees that showed up early surf the net before Democratic Presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders speaks at a campaign event in Yakima, Washington March 24, 2016. REUTERS/Michael Lopez
Attendees flash signs in support of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders before he speaks at a campaign event in Yakima
Attendees flash signs in support of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders before he speaks at a campaign event in Yakima, Washington March 24, 2016. REUTERS/Michael Lopez
Democratic Presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders greets Native Americans
Democratic Presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders greets Native Americans as he enters the Yakima Valley Sundome in Yakima, Washington March 24, 2016. REUTERS/Michael Lopez
A attendee flashes a sign in support of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders before he speaks at a campaign event in Yakima
A attendee flashes a sign in support of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders before he speaks at a campaign event in Yakima, Washington March 24, 2016. REUTERS/Michael Lopez
Democratic Presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders speaks at a campaign event in Yakima, Washington
Democratic Presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders speaks at a campaign event in Yakima, Washington March 24, 2016. REUTERS/Michael Lopez
Democratic Presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders speaks at a campaign event in Yakima, Washington
Democratic Presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders speaks at a campaign event in Yakima, Washington March 24, 2016. REUTERS/Michael Lopez
Democratic Presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders speaks at a campaign event in Yakima, Washington
Democratic Presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders speaks at a campaign event in Yakima, Washington March 24, 2016. REUTERS/Michael Lopez
Democratic Presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders speaks at a campaign event in Yakima, Washington
Democratic Presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders speaks at a campaign event in Yakima, Washington March 24, 2016. REUTERS/Michael Lopez
Democratic Presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders speaks at a campaign event in Yakima, Washington
Democratic Presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders speaks at a campaign event in Yakima, Washington March 24, 2016. REUTERS/Michael Lopez
Democratic Presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders speaks at a campaign event in Yakima, Washington
Democratic Presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders speaks at a campaign event in Yakima, Washington March 24, 2016. REUTERS/Michael Lopez
Democratic Presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders speaks at a campaign event in Yakima, Washington
Democratic Presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders speaks at a campaign event in Yakima, Washington March 24, 2016. REUTERS/Michael Lopez
Democratic Presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders speaks at a campaign event in Yakima, Washington
Democratic Presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders speaks at a campaign event in Yakima, Washington March 24, 2016. REUTERS/Michael Lopez
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Skysurfers


I had a great opportunity to photograph the Skysurfers Trampoline team during the week.
What a great bunch of kids.

Not only do they get really high in the air, but the be able to perform some of their routines was epic.
Yet, me being me, I had to lie down and photograph them jumping over me as they did summersaults and twists… Epic.
Here are some of my images from the shoot.

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The National SkySurfer Trampoline Team pose for a portrait from left: Jeremy Cooper, Joshua Cooper, Jacob Wolf, Jacob Stewart, Coach Rich Trimboli, Brendan Payne, Eliana Leish, Jonah Bonner, and Mathew Coblish before practice Wednesday at Nationals Gymnastics, 4 Journey gym in Aliso Niguel.
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Joshua Cooper does a nose dive during practice Wednesday at Nationals Gymnastics, 4 Journey gym in Aliso Niguel.
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Jonah Bonner, left, and Mathew Coblish practice their synchronized routine Wednesday at Nationals Gymnastics, 4 Journey gym in Aliso Niguel.
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Jonah Bonner, left, and Mathew Coblish get some serious height before starting their synchronized routine Wednesday at Nationals Gymnastics, 4 Journey gym in Aliso Niguel.
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Eliana Leish does a half twist on the Olympic trampoline Wednesday at Nationals Gymnastics, 4 Journey gym in Aliso Niguel.
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Jonah Bonner does a full flip with a half twist during practice Wednesday at Nationals Gymnastics, 4 Journey gym in Aliso Niguel.
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Joshua Cooper does a backflip in full control into the foam pit during practice Wednesday at Nationals Gymnastics, 4 Journey gym in Aliso Niguel.
– 6/04/13 – MICHAEL LOPEZ, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER –
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Jacob Stewart is completely upside down as he sores from the trampoline to the foam pit during practice Wednesday at Nationals Gymnastics, 4 Journey gym in Aliso Niguel.
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Eliana Leish does a full flip with a twist from the trampoline to the foam pit during practice Wednesday at Nationals Gymnastics, 4 Journey gym in Aliso Niguel.
– 6/04/13 – MICHAEL LOPEZ, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER –

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Hope you guys have a great weekend.

Motorcycle show and Roller derby tournament


Today at the Ventura County Fairgrounds there was a Motorcycle show with hundreds of motorcycles from all over southern California.
It was amazing to see everything from pan heads, to custom bikes and even scooters. Good music, and great people. There was even a roller derby tournament to give some more spice to already hot event.
Im sharing some of the images here for those that appreciate great bikes, and even nicer women.

A great motorcycle show and roller derby tournament at the Ventura County Fairgrounds on 9 December  2012 in Ventura, California.
A great motorcycle show and roller derby tournament at the Ventura County Fairgrounds on 9 December 2012 in Ventura, California.

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Election day shoot out..


Today at Brooks Institute we were told today that we had a chance to shoot the election and those whom’s photos were selected by our instructors would be published in the Ventura County Star.
This is my take for today.

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Hope you all voted, and have a great week.

I came to find out that one of my photos was published in the Ventura County Star… woot woot.
The website is http://www.vcstar.com/elections/brooks/

Fire in Ventura, Ca.


Last night at around 2am, I woke up to the smell of smoke. Worried I walked around my apartment checking all the connections and plugs.
Then it occurred to me to look out the door to make sure the rest of the apartment was not on fire.
I see behind me a block away there is smoke coming from a building. I immediately call 911, and the Ventura Fire Department Station 1 is already there.
I throw on some clothes and head over there to take photos.
Immediately the crowed starts complaining when I walk up, mad that I am there to document the fire.
Pushing by them I locate the Ventura PD and Chief of the Fire Department and ask permission to shoot.
Access granted,

Here are some of the images taken at the 200 block of Vincent St, in Ventura, California on 5 Nov 2012 at 2am.

Thank you for taking the time to view my page. Feel free to share it, pass it on, and follow me on Twitter, Facebook and my website www.michaellopezphoto.com
Have a great one, and my thoughts and prayers to the family that had the fire.

Ventura Pirates Women’s Soccer vs. Bakersfield


Hello my friends, its been a while since I have shared some images. Hope everyone is well.

I share with you the Ventura College women’s soccer team photos from their game against Bakersfield on Sept 21st, 2012.
It was a fast paced game that ended with the Pirates winning 4-0 against Bakersfield.

Another great time shooting, hope you all like these images and feel free to share comments and like my page. follow me on Twitter , Facebook.

Have a great day and enjoy these images.

Cheers.

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