December 31, 2010

Closing out 2010 with POTUS

US President Barack Obama shares a laugh with Island Snow store employee Renee on Dec. 27, 2010 in Kailua, Hawaii.

Been quite busy as of late. We got word of POTUS' return to his native Hawaii for vacation, so Cory flew back to hawaii where he and I assisted with ISP (Indpendent Still Pool) coverage of President Barack Obama's annual winter vacation. Kudo's all around to Ron Sachs, the ISP coordinator, My awesome editors at Getty Images, Bloomberg, Corbis, Spia, and ABACA, and most of all Cory, who is a kick butt photog, an awesome mentor and really great friend.

There was one problem with this years coverage however, POTUS was scheduled to arrive in Hawaii on the 18th of December, but his travel plans would have to wait as he was overseeing some of his administrations key legislation move through congress.

Cory and I rotated our days in the 'tight pool' or 'travel pool', which is a miniature version of the White House Press Corps.  It was an honor shooting along side AP's Carolyn Kaster, AFP's Saul Loeb, and Reuters's Kevin Lamarque, as well as rotating with Cory, who kicked ass!  More after the break.

December 24, 2010


People watch the sunset off of Waikiki beach on Oahu's South Shore on December 23, 2010 in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Snagged this photo while on my way home from Obama Duty 2010.  What a way to end the year! :)

December 20, 2010

The 38th Annual Honolulu Marathon

The lead runners take off of the starting line at the 38th Annual Honolulu Marathon on December 12, 2010 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Leading the pack in jersey F1 is Svetlana Zakharova, the 2009 champion.

Once again i found myself covering the Honolulu Marathon. I covered it back in 2008 for the Honolulu Marathon Association with Ronen Zilberman and Joaquin Siopack. Joaquin and I were both hired by Ronen, the Marathon's Staff Photographer. This year however, Ronen and I were joined by Jay Metzger, Greg Yamamoto, and Norman Shapiro. For those of you who don't know, Greg used to be the Photo Editor, my boss, at The Honolulu Advertiser, and Norman was a fellow Staff Photographer. Jay is the Multimedia Specialist at the University of Hawaii at Manoa's Athletics Department. All in all, Ronen assembled a pretty good team that I was proud to be apart of.