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May 20, 2013 at 9:22 PM

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Star Times 2013 spring sports all-area team


MARCUS YAM / THE SEATTLE TIMES

From top are three of this season's Star Times athletes: Madi Schreyer, a pitcher for Woodinville High School's softball team, Trever Morrison, a baseball shortstop for Archbishop Murphy of Everett, and Xahil McDonald, a center back for Chief Sealth's boys soccer squad.

The theme for the Star Times portraits I made this year is "darkness and light." The idea was to photograph the athletes in a way that would make them look aggressive and stoic, but also project a sense of calmness and confidence in their portraits. The contrast of the backgrounds allowed for the athletes to either fade into darkness or step into the light.

There were many portraits that needed to be made in a limited of time, so I had to think quickly. The biggest challenge was to quickly study each athlete's face before making the portraits. I then quickly determined what to highlight or accentuate to make a unique look for each and changed the lighting setup accordingly.

Overall, it was an amazing experience to have worked with these young athletes and coaches. Each of them was open-minded and willing to try something different this year. It was their openness that allowed these portraits to work well.



MARCUS YAM / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Top row, from left Josh Bartley and Tyler Mayer. Second row from left, Isidro Prado-Huerta, Kaleb Strawn and Glenn Carpenter. Third row from left, Joe Dapper and Grant Fremmerlid. Bottom row from left, Jordan Thompson, Xahil McDonald, coach Don Braman, Sam Bunnell and Leyton Thommasen.

For more Spring 2013 Star Times | Boys Soccer photos, visit the gallery.



MARCUS YAM / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Top row, from left, Reese McGuire and Joakim Soderqvist. Second row from left, Evan Johnson, Sam Boone and Tanner Wessling. Third row from left, Caleb Hamilton and Derrick Mahlum. Fourth row from left, Trever Morrison and coach Glen Walker. Bottom row from left, Nick Brooks, Sam Hellinger and Dominic Peretti.

For more Spring 2013 Star Times | Baseball photos, visit the gallery.



MARCUS YAM / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Top row, from left Kaitlin Sahlinger, Alex Boyd and Sierra Bains. Second row from left, Samantha Shanahan and Molly LaMotte. Third row from left, Trysten Melhart and Alyssa Reuble. Fourth row from left, Shelby McCannel, Madi Schreyer and Maddy Kristjanson. Bottom row from left, coach Dennis Hopkins and Dani Faist.

For more Spring 2013 Star Times | Softball photos, visit the gallery.



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