Katy Carron’s sports wild side

I can’t count how many football and basketball games I’ve photographed, but when it comes to my first time shooting sports such as swimming or pole vault, I’m lost.

The idea is simple enough: swim faster, use a stick to throw yourself over a bar. But this past Saturday while shooting pole vault, I had to pick up the phone and figure out how you actually win.

Katy Carron in a cross country uniform
Katy ran cross country and pole vaulted at Francis Howell. Family photo

A few seasons ago, I had no idea what a swimming medley relay was or, as embarrassing as it is, the difference between a breaststroke and the butterfly.

Luckily, my fiancée had the answers.

Katy Carron may have one of the most obscure high school sports resumes around. A season of cross country. A season of pole vault. A season as a hockey cheerleader. Two seasons of swimming — including competing in the 500 meter freestyle. Continue reading Katy Carron’s sports wild side

My first track and field meet

I photographed and attended my first track and field meet ever Saturday. It’s a fun experience, but can be difficult to shoot with multiple events happening at one time and occasionally overlapping each other.

Here are a few of my favorite photos:

Washington's Colleen Kuchem competes in the 100 meter hurdle during the Class 3 and 5 Districts 1 and 2 championship at Kirkwood High School in Kirkwood, Mo., on May 21, 2016. Michael Gulledge, Special to STLhighschoolsports.com
Washington’s Colleen Kuchem competes in the 100 meter hurdle during the Class 3 and 5 Districts 1 and 2 championship at Kirkwood High School in Kirkwood, Mo., on May 21, 2016. Michael Gulledge, Special to STLhighschoolsports.com
Kirkwood's Will Drury competes in the pole vault during the Class 3 and 5 Districts 1 and 2 championship at Kirkwood High School in Kirkwood, Mo., on May 21, 2016. Michael Gulledge, Special to STLhighschoolsports.com
Kirkwood’s Will Drury competes in the pole vault during the Class 3 and 5 Districts 1 and 2 championship at Kirkwood High School in Kirkwood, Mo., on May 21, 2016. Michael Gulledge, Special to STLhighschoolsports.com

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Photographing Nanotech: A Scholar Athlete Portrait

Each spring, the Post-Dispatch compiles a list of scholar athletes from around the region. I photographed Jake Drysdale – a runner and someone who’s working  to remove air pollution using nanotechnology.

He brought several of the tools he uses to spray the pollution-reducing solution onto the sign and we used those as props for the portrait.

This is the photo that ran in the print edition:

Jake Drysdale, a 2016 Post-Dispatch Scholar Athlete, is photographed on the campus of St. Louis Priory School in Creve Coeur, Mo., on May 4, 2016. Michael Gulledge, Special to STLhighschoolsports.com
Jake Drysdale, a 2016 Post-Dispatch Scholar Athlete, is photographed on the campus of St. Louis Priory School in Creve Coeur, Mo., on May 4, 2016. Michael Gulledge, Special to STLhighschoolsports.com

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High School Baseball

Just a few high school baseball shots from this year. I did get to shoot a game at Howell North with the great Derrick Docket.

Howell North's Jarrett O'Brien (25) pitches against Lafayette at Francis Howell North High School in St. Charles, Mo., on April 23, 2016. Michael Gulledge, Special to STLhighschoolsports.com
Howell North’s Jarrett O’Brien (25) pitches against Lafayette at Francis Howell North High School in St. Charles, Mo., on April 23, 2016. Michael Gulledge, Special to STLhighschoolsports.com

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Gateway to Innovation

I was able to attend the Gateway to Innovation conference in St. Louis for the first time this year, thanks in large part to Joe Parker being in London last week and giving me his ticket.

The conference celebrated its 10th year of bringing technology-based innovation speakers and vendors to St. Louis. While the conference focuses largely on the business side of innovative technologies, there was a handful of talks on new tech. and how businesses are implementing it. (My favorite was a talk on Microsoft’s development of an Internet of Things platform.)

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