An Engagement Surprise

This past Saturday I was fortunate enough to photograph Ben Loewnau’s engagement to Lexie Purcell at Babler State Park in Wildwood, Mo.

A few days earlier, Ben and I scouted out a location for me to hide and capture the surprise. Ben and Lexie hiked this trail during one of their first dates, so the location had special meaning.

I ended up hiding about 100 feet away behind a tree and was able to capture the moment:

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All-Star Soccer

A few photos from the Missouri Athletic Club All-Star game featuring area high school seniors. The first game featured the girls and the second the boys.

It was the first time I’ve used the Canon 7D Mark II for a night assignment. I’m pretty excited to use it come football season.

South's Alec Solverud (18) of SLUH moves the ball under pressure from North during the Missouri Athletic Club High School Senior All-Star Game at Soccer Park in Fenton, Mo., on June 17, 2016. Michael Gulledge, Special to STLhighschoolsports.com
South’s Alec Solverud (18) of SLUH moves the ball under pressure from North during the Missouri Athletic Club High School Senior All-Star Game at Soccer Park in Fenton, Mo., on June 17, 2016. Michael Gulledge, Special to STLhighschoolsports.com

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The Vess Bottle Gets a Makeover

_1390087After reading the Post-Dispatch’s article about the facelift for the big metal Vess Soda bottle near the Dome at America’s Center, I had to swing by and take a look. I can see them working during the day from my desk, so last night when traffic was awful anyway, I decided to take 5 minutes to check it out.

Photos were quick. I had the Panasonic GX7 with me, so that’s what I used.

I’m really hoping the neon is restored once work is complete and I can take some more pictures around dusk.

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MICDS takes Class 4 state baseball title

Fair warning: this post is going to have more photos than usual. The Class 4 state baseball championship was a great game to shoot, filled with action and emotion.

MICDS defeated Boonville to take the program’s first state title on Saturday at CarShield Field in O’Fallon. You can read the story and see my photos for the Post-Dispatch here. 

My top three favorite photos:

MICDS celebrates after defeating Boonville in the Class 4 Championship at CarShield Field in O'Fallon, Mo., on June 4, 2016. Michael Gulledge, Special to STLhighschoolsports.com
MICDS celebrates after defeating Boonville in the Class 4 Championship at CarShield Field in O’Fallon, Mo., on June 4, 2016. Michael Gulledge, Special to STLhighschoolsports.com
MICDS celebrates after defeating Boonville in the Class 4 Championship at CarShield Field in O'Fallon, Mo., on June 4, 2016. Michael Gulledge, Special to STLhighschoolsports.com
MICDS celebrates after defeating Boonville in the Class 4 Championship at CarShield Field in O’Fallon, Mo., on June 4, 2016. Michael Gulledge, Special to STLhighschoolsports.com
MICDS' Harrison Burns (4) turns the ball while Boonville's Ethan Waibel (4) slides during the Class 4 Championship at CarShield Field in O'Fallon, Mo., on June 4, 2016. Michael Gulledge, Special to STLhighschoolsports.com
MICDS’ Harrison Burns (4) turns the ball while Boonville’s Ethan Waibel (4) slides during the Class 4 Championship at CarShield Field in O’Fallon, Mo., on June 4, 2016. Michael Gulledge, Special to STLhighschoolsports.com

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Francis Howell returns to state championship

Just a few photos from Thursday’s semifinal game between Francis Howell and Lee’s Summit West. I was lucky to shoot with STLhighschoolsports.com’s Ben Loewnau for most of the game. You can see the story and his photos on the Post-Dispatch site.

Francis Howell takes on Lee's Summit West at CarShield Field in O'Fallon, Mo., on June 2, 2016. Michael Gulledge
Francis Howell takes on Lee’s Summit West at CarShield Field in O’Fallon, Mo., on June 2, 2016. Michael Gulledge
Francis Howell takes on Lee's Summit West at CarShield Field in O'Fallon, Mo., on June 2, 2016. Michael Gulledge
Francis Howell takes on Lee’s Summit West at CarShield Field in O’Fallon, Mo., on June 2, 2016. Michael Gulledge

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Lacrosse state title games

I covered the Missouri Scholastic Lacrosse Association’s state title games for the Post-Dispatch last weekend.

It’s always fun to cover lacrosse and shooting at Lindenwood was a lot of fun. It’s a great facility.

Priory celebrates with fans after winning the Division 2 Missouri lacrosse championship at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Mo., on May 28, 2016. Michael Gulledge, Special to STLhighschoolsports.com
Priory celebrates with fans after winning the Division 2 Missouri lacrosse championship at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Mo., on May 28, 2016. Michael Gulledge, Special to STLhighschoolsports.com
Priory's Daniel Kacmarek (6) moves the ball under pressure from O'Fallon Township during the Missouri lacrosse championship at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Mo., on May 28, 2016. Michael Gulledge, Special to STLhighschoolsports.com
Priory’s Daniel Kacmarek (6) moves the ball under pressure from O’Fallon Township during the Missouri lacrosse championship at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Mo., on May 28, 2016. Michael Gulledge, Special to STLhighschoolsports.com

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