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Long Beach, California, United States
Welcome to my blog. Looking through my posts you will find that I love and have a passion for photography and although my expertise so to speak is in Sports Action, I have been getting into wildlife and senior portraits. No matter what I'm shooting I want to bring my client the best possible shot I can and give them / you a photograph that you will cherish for a lifetime. If your looking for someone to capture your child in action, to show the intensity and emotion in which your child plays, look no further. Just drop me a line (e-mail) at homerkenpo@aol.com. I cover most areas in Southern Califoria.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Lakewood Varsity Football vs Verdum Dei

Not much for me to say on this one. I almost didn't go to this game and if you follow my blog I'm sure you know why, but I thought it would do me good to get out and do what I love, "Shoot some football under the lights".

Not much of a game for Lakewood, who dominated it from the get go. So here are some shots from the game.

Lakewood JV Football vs Verdum Dei

Here are a few shots from the JV game this last Thursday.

Friday, September 25, 2009

You Will Be Missed

I knew my sister wasn't doing good and shortly after midnight I received the call that my sister's fight with cancer was over. She had passed peacefully in her sleep. I laid in bed feeling numb. I knew this day was coming and not sure how I felt. I felt a bit selfish for not grieving more or even crying. I must have fallen asleep at some point as my alarm clock woke me for work. I knew that I wasn't going to go in today as I wanted to spend some time with my other two sisters, but before I do that I felt I had to put something down in writing and share with others my thoughts and pictures.

So here I am sitting in my favorite chair working on my laptop. I have cartoons on in the background while I try to put my thoughts together. What should I say or even do and while these thoughts run through my mind I start to cry.

We had a normal child hood like most kids, but as Vicky went into high school things changed in our home. I won't get into that here, I will only say that Vicky ended up leaving with her boyfriend and future husband to Missouri. I will only see her a few times over the next 25 years as we grew somewhat apart. We did not maintain a close sister / brother relationship and now that she is gone I am regretting that we didn't talk more. That is why the time we spent together recently during her visits and our vacation to Havasu mean so much and I will always hold close to my heart.

Vicky, know that I love you and will miss you dearly. I know that you have found peace and are being taken care of.

Vicky's Senior Portrait

The Bradley's

Shortly after hearing that Vicky had cancer our mom and dad went out to visit with her.

Vicky was able to come out to California a few times and during one of those times I was able to get some nice portriats of her.

I thank God for the time we spent together in Havasu. Even though her life was filled with uncertainty she lived it to it's fullest.

You will be missed, I love you.........

Sept 24, 1962 - Sept 25, 2009

Saturday, September 19, 2009

FC Long Beach Girls U9 Soccer

With football season comes fall soccer. I have done some shooting for FC Long Beach in the past and have recently become their club photographer. This last Saturday I was able to get out and shoot their Girls U9 team. Here a few shots from that game.

This is such a great age to shoot and watch.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Lakewood Varsity vs Mayfair "The Milk Bucket"

Every team has those games that mean a great deal to them and the school. One is playing against our rival Poly High School and the other is playing against Mayfair High School for the Milk Bucket. Well this was for the Milk Bucket, which was currently housed at Lakewood High. The first half was filled with intense game play from both teams, but during the second half Lakewood put on the heat and dominated the second half with a final score of 35-7. So the Milk Bucket will remain at Lakewood another year.
Here are a few shots to share from this game.

This shot has a little more meaning to it than just another action shot. This young man (#22) has paid his dues and worked his way up on the varsity roster, but does not get a lot of game time. Well he made up for it this game. When given the opportunity to play he took it full force with making some key plays. One being this pass interception, which he ran 30+ yards back for a touch down. I was happy that I was in good position to capture this. I have already sent his mom this shot.

Here is a team shot with Coach Mac in the middle holding up the Milk Bucket, which will remain at Lakewood for at least another year (where it belongs).

Lakewood JV Football vs Mayfair

Here we are at the beginning to week three, which finds Lakewood JV paired up against Mayfair. This marks their third pre-season game. Lakewood continued their undefeated pre-season by beating Mayfair 54-0.

Here are some shots from the game.

Not your normal running back here. Lakewood's quarterback was sack and this lineman (#68) picked up the fumble for a short run.

A pass intended for Mayfair being intercepted by #10, which he ran back 45 yards for a touchdown.