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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D.C. Shootoff


This weekend I had the opportunity to be a part of a amazing staff of military staff and students with the DC Shootoff 2016 at the Navy League Building in Arlington, Va.

 

One-Hundred and seven students both online and in person attended this three day course where we listened to amazing people like Parker Gyokeres, Bennie Davis, the always inspirational Mary Calvert, Chip Maury, Jim Bryant, and Aaron Ansarov just to name a few.

The students were inspirational and eager to learn, and the competition was stiff. This years topic was FOUNDATION, and to be a part of this group, and mentor these military visual journalists from all branches of the service is truly a blessing.

Not only did we all grow together, we formed bonds that will be part of our lives. We have a new found love, friendship, and family.

If you ever get a chance to go to one of these workshops, I highly recommend it.

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Beautiful Imagery


Everyday in Walla Walla, Wa. is a beautiful view in light, wildlife, and scenery.

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The last remnants of winter can be seen around Pikes Peak in Walla Walla, Wa.

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Trees bring out a unique contest against the site and frozen roads on Pikes Peak Road in Walla Walla, Wa.

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A pair of ducks land simultaneously to enjoy the early morning sunshine at Pioneer Park Tuesday morning in Walla Walla, Wa.

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A long overdue update


Sorry for the way too long overdue update.

I was fortunate enough to get a new job in the beautiful state of Washington.
After my awesome experience at The Orange County Register as a Sports Photographer Apprentice, I was offered a staff position with the Walla Walla Union Bulletin.

My new journey in life started in October of 2013 and currently I am enjoying the nice snow storm hitting our beautiful state.
Here are some of my newer photos from today and my next blog entry I will share my best photos to date.
Thank you for following me and I look forward to sharing this amazing experience with all of you.

 

Tanner Richey, left, and Trevett Sandberg get some serious air as they sled down the slopes at the BMX track on Myra and 12th in College Place.
Tanner Richey, left, and Trevett Sandberg get some serious air as they sled down the slopes at the BMX track on Myra and 12th in College Place.
©Michael Lopez Union Bulletin
Melissa Cunnington and her son Carson enjoy the this snow as they sled down the slopes at the BMX track on Myra and 12th in College Place. ©Michael Lopez Union Bulletin
Melissa Cunnington and her son Carson enjoy the this snow as they sled down the slopes at the BMX track on Myra and 12th in College Place.
©Michael Lopez Union Bulletin
Fernando Ortiz gets some serious air as he rides his sled down the slopes at the BMX track on Myra and 12th in College Place. ©Michael Lopez Union Bulletin
Fernando Ortiz gets some serious air as he rides his sled down the slopes at the BMX track on Myra and 12th in College Place.
©Michael Lopez Union Bulletin

Angels vs Twins – July 22nd


Today the Angels fell to the Twins at home in a stunning 4-3 loss.
It was a great game to shoot and I was think I shot the best I have in a while.
Soon I want to get more creative and shoot from different angles and from different locations.
I’m interested in setting up remotes at high angles with locks.
Here are some of my favorite images from tonights game.

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Angels J.B. Shuck connects with the ball splinting his bat in his game against the Twins Monday at Angel Stadium. – 7/22/13 – MICHAEL LOPEZ, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER –
Angels J.B. Shuck connects with the ball splinting his bat in his game against the Twins Monday at Angel Stadium.
– 7/22/13 – MICHAEL LOPEZ, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER –
Shelly McGuire and Liana Romero cheer the Angels on in their game against the Twins Monday at Angel Stadium. – 7/22/13 – MICHAEL LOPEZ, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER –
Shelly McGuire and Liana Romero cheer the Angels on in their game against the Twins Monday at Angel Stadium.
– 7/22/13 – MICHAEL LOPEZ, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER –
Angels Brad Hawpe goes into the stand attempting to catch a foul ball in their game against the Twins Monday at Angel Stadium. – 7/22/13 – MICHAEL LOPEZ, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER –
Angels Brad Hawpe goes into the stand attempting to catch a foul ball in their game against the Twins Monday at Angel Stadium.
– 7/22/13 – MICHAEL LOPEZ, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER –
Angels Erick Aybar fields a infield line drive against the Twins Monday at Angel Stadium. – 7/22/13 – MICHAEL LOPEZ, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER –
Angels Erick Aybar fields a infield line drive against the Twins Monday at Angel Stadium.
– 7/22/13 – MICHAEL LOPEZ, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER –
Angels Howard Kendrick beats the tag at first base against the Twins Monday at Angel Stadium. – 7/22/13 – MICHAEL LOPEZ, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER –
Angels Howard Kendrick beats the tag at first base against the Twins Monday at Angel Stadium.
– 7/22/13 – MICHAEL LOPEZ, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER –
Angels Howard Kendrick advances to third base against the Twins Monday at Angel Stadium. – 7/22/13 – MICHAEL LOPEZ, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER –
Angels Howard Kendrick advances to third base against the Twins Monday at Angel Stadium.
– 7/22/13 – MICHAEL LOPEZ, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER –
Angels Howard Kendrick gets the out and loses control of the ball after against the Twins Ryan Doumit slides into him Monday at Angel Stadium.  – 7/22/13 – MICHAEL LOPEZ, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER –
Angels Howard Kendrick gets the out and loses control of the ball after against the Twins Ryan Doumit slides into him Monday at Angel Stadium.
– 7/22/13 – MICHAEL LOPEZ, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER –
Angels Mike Trout dives for the ball but comes up short in his game against the Twins Monday at Angel Stadium. – 7/22/13 – MICHAEL LOPEZ, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER –
Angels Mike Trout dives for the ball but comes up short in his game against the Twins Monday at Angel Stadium.
– 7/22/13 – MICHAEL LOPEZ, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER –
Angels Hank Conger gets the out against the Twins Aaron Hicks at home Monday at Angel Stadium. – 7/22/13 – MICHAEL LOPEZ, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER –
Angels Hank Conger gets the out against the Twins Aaron Hicks at home Monday at Angel Stadium.
– 7/22/13 – MICHAEL LOPEZ, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER –Angel fans celebrate after the out at home against the Twins Monday at Angel Stadium. – 7/22/13 – MICHAEL LOPEZ, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER –
Angel fans celebrate after the out at home against the Twins Monday at Angel Stadium.
– 7/22/13 – MICHAEL LOPEZ, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER –
Angels Howard Kendrick reacts to being struck out in their 4-3 loss against the Twins Monday at Angel Stadium. – 7/22/13 – MICHAEL LOPEZ, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER –
Angels Howard Kendrick reacts to being struck out in their 4-3 loss against the Twins Monday at Angel Stadium.
– 7/22/13 – MICHAEL LOPEZ, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER –

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Angels vs Houston


This was my first game shooting the Anaheim Angels against the Houston Astros alone.

The Orange County Register trusted me to shoot alone and I did my best to make them happy.
Here are some of my favorite images from that day. It was epic, nerve racking and fun. I hope I get to shoot them more often.

Elizabeth Chaidez, left and Carlos Aquino are getting autographs from their favorite players from the Angels before their game against the Houston Astros Monday at Angel Stadium.  – 6/04/13 – MICHAEL LOPEZ, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER –
Elizabeth Chaidez, left and Carlos Aquino are getting autographs from their favorite players from the Angels before their game against the Houston Astros Monday at Angel Stadium.
– 6/04/13 – MICHAEL LOPEZ, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER –
Anaheim Angel's Mike Trout hits a pop up fly bringing in a RBI against the Houston Astros Monday at Angel Stadium.  – 6/04/13 – MICHAEL LOPEZ, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER –
Anaheim Angel’s Mike Trout hits a pop up fly bringing in a RBI against the Houston Astros Monday at Angel Stadium.
– 6/04/13 – MICHAEL LOPEZ, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER –
Anaheim Angel's Erick Aybar steals second base as Houston Astro's Jose Altuve loses control of the ball  Monday at Angel Stadium.  – 6/04/13 – MICHAEL LOPEZ, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER –
Anaheim Angel’s Erick Aybar steals second base as Houston Astro’s Jose Altuve loses control of the ball Monday at Angel Stadium.
– 6/04/13 – MICHAEL LOPEZ, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER –
Anaheim Angel's Joe Blanton pitches against the Houston Astros Monday at Angel Stadium. – 6/04/13 – MICHAEL LOPEZ, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER –
Anaheim Angel’s Joe Blanton pitches against the Houston Astros Monday at Angel Stadium.
– 6/04/13 – MICHAEL LOPEZ, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER –
Houston Astros Brandon Barnes hits a line drive for the RBI against the Anaheim Angels in the top of the 6th Monday at Angel Stadium.  – 6/04/13 – MICHAEL LOPEZ, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER –
Houston Astros Brandon Barnes hits a line drive for the RBI against the Anaheim Angels in the top of the 6th Monday at Angel Stadium.
– 6/04/13 – MICHAEL LOPEZ, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER –
Anaheim Angel's Brendan Harris reacts to getting strikes out in his game against the Houston Astros Monday at Angel Stadium.  – 6/04/13 – MICHAEL LOPEZ, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER –
Anaheim Angel’s Brendan Harris reacts to getting strikes out in his game against the Houston Astros Monday at Angel Stadium.
– 6/04/13 – MICHAEL LOPEZ, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER –
Anaheim Angel's Mike Trout celebrates after getting on base in the bottom of the 9th against the Houston Astros Monday at Angel Stadium.  – 6/04/13 – MICHAEL LOPEZ, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER –
Anaheim Angel’s Mike Trout celebrates after getting on base in the bottom of the 9th against the Houston Astros Monday at Angel Stadium.
– 6/04/13 – MICHAEL LOPEZ, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER –
Anaheim Angels Josh Hamilton gets a standing ovation from the crowd at the bottom of the 9th with 2 outs in their game against the Houston Astros Monday at Angel Stadium.  – 6/04/13 – MICHAEL LOPEZ, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER –
Anaheim Angels Josh Hamilton gets a standing ovation from the crowd at the bottom of the 9th with 2 outs in their game against the Houston Astros Monday at Angel Stadium.
– 6/04/13 – MICHAEL LOPEZ, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER –
Anaheim Angels Josh Hamilton gets a walk on base in his game against the Houston Astros Monday at Angel Stadium.   – 6/04/13 – MICHAEL LOPEZ, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER –
Anaheim Angels Josh Hamilton gets a walk on base in his game against the Houston Astros Monday at Angel Stadium.
– 6/04/13 – MICHAEL LOPEZ, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER –
Anaheim Angels Hank Conger strikes out to end the game against the Houston Astros Monday at Angel Stadium. The Angels lost against the Houston Astros 2-1.   – 6/04/13 – MICHAEL LOPEZ, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER –
Anaheim Angels Hank Conger strikes out to end the game against the Houston Astros Monday at Angel Stadium.
The Angels lost against the Houston Astros 2-1.
– 6/04/13 – MICHAEL LOPEZ, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER –
A Angels fan reacts to a strike during the game against the Houston Astros Monday at Angel Stadium.  – 6/04/13 – MICHAEL LOPEZ, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER –
A Angels fan reacts to a strike during the game against the Houston Astros Monday at Angel Stadium.
– 6/04/13 – MICHAEL LOPEZ, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER –

This was epic for me.

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Some of my favorite images so far of this month.


San Juan Capistrano's Hayden Dendiu, left, and Rancho Santa Margarita's Aiden Armstrong crash into each other as the Angel's score their first run of the game during the District 68 Minor tournament Thursday at Rancho Santa Margarita Little League. – 6/06/13 – MICHAEL LOPEZ, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER –
San Juan Capistrano’s Hayden Dendiu, left, and Rancho Santa Margarita’s Aiden Armstrong crash into each other as the Angel’s score their first run of the game during the District 68 Minor tournament Thursday at Rancho Santa Margarita Little League.
– 6/06/13 – MICHAEL LOPEZ, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER –
South Mission Viejo's William Riechart reacts to getting hit by a wild pitch from Rancho Santa Margarita during the District 68 Little League Minor Tournament of Champions championship game Saturday in Mission Viejo.   – 6/06/13 – MICHAEL LOPEZ, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER –
South Mission Viejo’s William Riechart reacts to getting hit by a wild pitch from Rancho Santa Margarita during the District 68 Little League Minor Tournament of Champions championship game Saturday in Mission Viejo.
– 6/06/13 – MICHAEL LOPEZ, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER –
Trabuco Georgia's Jack Janett reacts to being struck out by San Clemente during the District 68 Junior National Little League championship game Saturday in Trabuco Canyon. – 6/06/13 – MICHAEL LOPEZ, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER –
Trabuco Georgia’s Jack Janett reacts to being struck out by San Clemente during the District 68 Junior National Little League championship game Saturday in Trabuco Canyon.
– 6/06/13 – MICHAEL LOPEZ, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER –

This week has been fun shooting sports. Including Junior Baseball and Little League championships.
Recently I have learned that as much fun and easy it is to shoot peak action, the moments, and reactions is where the story is.
These are some of the photos I am proud of in the last week.

 

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