Alpine , Utah

Frank Jackson

Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune Lone Peak guard Frank Jackson is the best high school basketball player in the state and one of the top-20 recruits in the nation (ranked 14th overall by ESPN). As the summer before his senior season winds down, Jackson is weighing his many options and will soon pick from a list of schools that includes Duke, Stanford, Utah and BYU. Jackson was photographed at his home in Highland, Wednesday August 26, 2015.

Salt Lake City , Utah

Lone Peak v Pleasant Grove

Lone Peak’s TJ Haws and teammates celebrate victory as Lone Peak defeats Pleasant Grove High School in the 5A state championship boys basketball game at the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City, Saturday, March 8, 2014.

Ogden , Utah

Lone Peak

Orem , Utah

Orem v Lone Peak

Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune
Orem fans rush the court as the clock runs down and Orem defeats the highly ranked Lone Peak High School basketball team in the Great Western Shootout at Orem High School in Orem, Utah, Friday, December 16, 2011.

Alpine , Utah

Lone Peak v American Fork

Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune
Lone Peak pitcher Riley Ottesen throws as Lone Peak hosts American Fork High School baseball in Highland, Utah, Friday, May 6, 2011.

Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune
American Fork’s Zac Haws dives dives safely into third as Lone Peak hosts American Fork High School baseball in Highland, Utah, Friday, May 6, 2011.

American Fork , Utah

Quincy Lewis

Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune
Lone Peak fans hold up masks of coach Quincy Lewis as Lone Peak defeats American Fork high school basketball in American Fork, Utah, Friday, February 18, 2011.

Highland , Utah

Lone Peak v Skyline

Highland – Lone Peak loses to Skyline in high school football playoff action Friday, October 31, 2008, at Lone Peak. skyline eagle claw at the start of the 4th quarter

Provo , Utah

5A State Championship Swim Meet – Wide


Brighton’s Sierra Phillips, above, staring into the calm water before she won the 100 yard breaststroke.

I wanted to title this post “Perverts Are Ruining My Job.”

For some reason, weirdos are drawn to photography. And photography has been employed in various seedy pursuits. But the paranoia over photography has truly gotten out of hand. Carrying a camera in today’s America invokes nothing but suspicion and fear. People only assume the worst. In Utah, I sometimes think I would be more accepted carrying a firearm.

The pool at BYU has these cool underwater windows that I’ve shot from over the years to get a cool view of the swimmers. Could I shoot from there this year? No.

I was told it was a privacy issue, that a swimmer might be adjusting their suit while I’m photographing from below. I pointed out that I would be photographing the races, and I didn’t think anyone would be adjusting anything during a competitive race.

Next I was told I might inadvertently capture a body part. I pointed out that those body parts are just as visible above water.

The arguments were nonsense, but it was clear I had lost the fight. It’s a shame that photography has become such a hassle. Maybe next time with some advance legwork they’ll understand who I am and that I’m a professional, not a perv.


Viewmont’s Zakary Flammer, above, 100 yard butterfly.

There was another weird story out of the swim meet this year. The event photographer doing the awards presentations tried to play photo cop and wanted to know who I was shooting for. He told me that the day before he noticed a photographer shooting the presentations from the back side. He said that he confronted the photographer and looked at the photos on the guy’s camera. The photos, he claimed, were all close-ups of athletes’ butts. Minor athletes, in this case. He said he had the guy kicked out.

It’s a crazy tale, but something seemed fishy about it. I know this kind of thing happens, but there was something off about the way the story was told.

Maybe I need a shirt that says, “Not a Perv” on the front and, “Not a Terrorist” on the back.


Above: A Lone Peak swimmer exhausted after competing in the 400 yard freestyle relay.

Draper , Utah

First Video – Utah Soccer Championships

My first shot at video. First touched the camera Friday night. The next day I shot and edited these two pieces, on the Utah high school girls state championship soccer matches.

Big learning experience.

Funny stuff, being a video guy. Whenever I’m at an assignment I try to acknowledge the still photographers I haven’t yet met. But as I walked up and down the sidelines with a video camera, none of them even looked at me. They had me completely tuned out like I wasn’t worth their time. Of course, the ones I did know were avoiding me as if I had some sort of contagious camcorder disease.

Then at the end of a game, I had still photographers continually getting in the way of my shot. The shoe was finally on the other foot.

I also learned that the quality on YouTube is atrocious. I always knew that, but when it’s your own work it really becomes apparent. Maybe I’ll post quicktimes of these later.

Alta vs. Lone Peak, 5A State Championship:

Orem vs. Highland, 4A State Championship:

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Ogden , Utah

Lone Peak v Riverton


Orem , Utah

Brighton v Lone Peak

Orem – Brighton’s Krista Kelley (7) lets out a yell with her teammates while holding the state championship trophy. Brighton defeats Lone Peak for the 5A state championship, girls high school volleyball at UVSC.

Ogden , Utah

Lone Peak v Box Elder

Lone Peak’s Justin Stoddard leaps into the stands after his team beat Box Elder for the state basketball championship. Box Elder vs. Lone Peak, 4A state high school basketball championship game Saturday at Weber State University, Ogden.

Salt Lake City , Utah

Timpview v Lone Peak

Timpview vs. Lone Peak high school football, 4A state championship game.
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