Overcome! by Londen Wheeler

3x Olympian Lolo Jones

3x Olympian Lolo Jones

Olympians...  That is the only word to describe this year's JDL FastTrack Camel City Elite meet.  I got to meet Lolo Jones for the second time, Matthew Centrowitz, Jason Richardson, and Breanna Rollins.  It was another year of amazing opportunity and great people.  I got to connect with some really cool photographers, some who have done some crazy amazing things in their careers.  Not only did I get to meet cool photographers, I got to photograph the "world's greatest athlete" and 2012 Olympic champion Ashton Eaton.  Eaton was in the same preliminary section as one of my teammates in the 60 meter dash.  The next day, he competed against my roommate in the shot put and only beat him by a few inches.

I ran the 200 meter dash and didn't run the time that I had hoped but it's all good.  It is early in the season and there's a lot of room for improvement.  Only a few more weeks until our conference track meet.  Can't believe that this is my last indoor college track meet.  Wow... Where has the time gone? On top of that, I only have three more months until I graduate.  Like what?!  

I must say, 2016 has been pretty eventful and I can't wait to see what else comes along during the year.  Alright, guys, I'm signing off!

Blog and Photo Collaboration by Londen Wheeler

The start of 2016 has been pretty great thus far.  Things got even better when I was asked to take photos for a new fashion, makeup, and fitness blog.  Maria Hawkins, a student and now an amazing friend came to me wondering if I was interested in taking photos for her blog.  Of course, my answer was "yes" because this is something that I have never done before.  We met up in a local Starbucks and talked about what the plan would be for the blog in regards to pictures, articles, style, etc.

I'm always willing to try new things, especially if I know that I can learn a lot from it.  Getting to try new shooting techniques, explore new places, and meet awesome new people is what I live for!  Maria is definitely finding ways of pulling me out of my comfort zone, exploring different poses, and trying some different lighting techniques.  Which is something that I'm definitely not used to!  I can honestly say that our collaboration will be one to remember.  We click well, we think of great ideas almost simultaneously and oh man, don't get me started on our jam sessions in the light studio while we shoot.  Listening to music that ranges from trap music to Dej Loaf, pop, or whatever else iTunes Radio plays at the time.

When the blog is up and running, then I will write up another post with the link!  But until then, I hope you enjoy the sneak peak photos at the beginning of this post.