9/10 - Simpson College loses soccer game to Grand View

Last night was the first athletic event that I covered for my new position at Simpson College as their photographer. The Simpson Storm sent their women soccer team to Des Moines to play against the Grand View Vikings at James W. Cownie Soccer Park. 

I'd like to mention one thing: I really like this park and it was my first time shooting here. I love how I got the completely black background and completely isolate the players. It's like shooting in a studio. 

A member of the Simpson soccer team sits on the bench during the warm-ups at James W. Cownie Soccer Park. 

Simpson goalie Kristin Riley makes a save in front of the net. 

Simpson forward Casey Reisen attempts to move the ball away from Grand View defenders. 

Jordan Colvin (#4) and Kayla Pitman (#9) celebrate Nicole Pirie's goal against Simpson. 

Members of the Simpson soccer team stay warm during the half-time. 

Grand View forward Nicole Pirie scores a goal past Simpson goalie Kristin Riley during the second half. 

Simpson goalie Kristin Riley kicks the ball back up the field after making a save. 

Simpson forward Maddie Thompson eyes the ball in the second half. 

Grand View defenseman Amanda Rush scores a goal with a header from a corner kick over Simpson midfielder Meredith Harrison. 

Members of the Grand View soccer team celebrate their seventh goal of the game against Simpson. 

Forward Maddie Thomas (#18) and Simpson shakes hands with Grand View after their 8-0 loss. 

9/3 - Iowa Cubs outfielder Manny Ramirez

I never thought I'd hear these words in the same sentence.

Ever.

During the 2014 season, it was a privilege to shoot one of the best hitters of all time and a potential Hall-of-Famer this summer with the Iowa Cubs.

When I first saw him at a press conference, I wasn't really star struck at all. I just saw him as another player that comes through Iowa. It's Triple-A. There always will be a revolving door of players coming and going. Also, before his first game when he was warming up, I thought nothing of it.

But the moment that I'll probably never forget is when he finally stepped up to the plate for his first at-bat at Principal Park, that's when I got the goosebumps.

Oh my gosh, I'm actually photographing MANNY RAMIREZ.




















9/1 - Final Game of the '14 Season, Iowa Cubs beat OKC Redhawks 10-1 with "lower-level" players

The Cubs' Kris Bryant and Ryan Kalish share a laugh while warming up before the game against the Redhawks. 

The Cubs' Jonathan Mota and Elliot Soto chats with the Redhawks' Ronald Torreyes before the game. 

The Cubs' Junior Lake laughs in the dugout before the game. 

Cubs shortstop Elliot Soto catches the Redhawks' Ruben Sosa attempting to steal second base in the first inning. 

The Cubs' Andrew Ely bats against the Redhawks during the first inning. 

Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant David Bote throws the ball to first base for an out in the second inning. 

Cubs starter Dae-Eun Rhee starts his windup during the second inning against the Redhawks. 

The Cubs' Elliot Soto bats against the Redhawks in the second inning. 

The Cubs' Andrew Ely looks on in the dugout with Rafael Lopez (#29) in the second inning. 

The Cubs' Kris Bryant, serving as the designated hitter, smiles after scoring in the second inning. 

Cubs manager Marty Pevey looks on in the third inning. 

The Cubs' Jae-Hoon Ha hits a single to center field in the third inning. 

The Cubs' David Bote rounds third base to score in the third inning. 

The Cubs' Elliot Soto celebrates in the dugout after scoring in the third inning. 

8/23 - The "Iowa" Cubs defeat the Baltimore Orioles, 7-2

The Orioles' Adam Jones and Jonathan Schoop stand on the field during the National Anthem before the game against the Cubs. 

The Orioles' Adam Jones knocks in a run with a double to left field in the first inning. 

The Orioles' Steve Pearce celebrates with Nelson Cruz after scoring in the first inning. 

Cubs second baseman Logan Watkins steps off the bag after tagging out the Orioles' Adam Jones in the first inning. 

Orioles starter Bud Norris delivers a pitch against the Cubs in the first inning. 

The Orioles' JJ Hardy slides safely into home plate past Cubs catcher Welington Castillo in the second inning. 

Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks delivers a pitch against the Orioles in the second inning. 

The Cubs' Chris Coghlan hits a three-run triple in the second inning. 

The Cubs' Logan Watkins, Welington Castillo and Arismendy Alcantara celebrate after they scored on Chris Coghlan's three-run triple in the second inning. 

The Cubs' Javy Baez hits a solo home run on a line drive to right field in the seventh inning.

The Cubs' Javy Baez watches his solo home run in the seventh inning as he begins to round the bases. 

Cubs right fielder Matt Szczur tracks down a fly ball in the eighth inning. 

Cubs reliever Zac Rosscup delivers a pitch against the Orioles in the ninth inning. 

Cubs second baseman Logan Watkins throws the ball to first base for an out in the ninth inning. 

Shortstop Javy Baez and center fielder Arismendy Alcantara celebrate the Cubs' 7-2 victory over the Orioles. 

The sun sets behind the Wrigley Field facade after the game between the Cubs and the Orioles.