Jack will graduate from Skyline High School in just a few more months! He spends nearly as much of his time down the hill at the Sammamish Rowing Association with his Junior Competitive Rowing team, and this is where we made his senior portraits! SRA juniors teams field rowers from many Eastside high schools. This Association has become a source of pride for our community, welcoming youth and adult rowers, from first-time novices to nationally competitive athletes.
Jack hopes to row at University next year. He'll be looking into a degree like accounting, or business finance - something that uses the math that comes easily to him (basic math, he cautions me!), we'll see what he enjoys in college - for now, basic math is yielding results:
[(Rowing 3 Hours / Day) x (5 Days per Week)) + Weekend Competitions + Strength Training] x Several Years = 1 Fit High School Senior!
Jack is easy to hang out with. He has a gentle, quiet, confident manner. It was fun to make these portraits on his own turf, at sunrise before school. There was nobody around, after the hustle bustle of early morning crew teams taking their boats to the water. Jack & his Mom, Michelle, with Jo & I, had this A.M. hour to ourselves. Being outside with the scents of the forest & the slosh of the water as we walked the dock, birds calling, and crisp cold morning air was a great way to start this day.
Rowing involves a whole new language for me! Jack is an "oarsman" in his "crew" made up of 8 "rowers" & a trusted "coxswain" who strategizes, steers & directs Jack & friends, and is the only crew member who has a view of where they are going. The boats are "shells" with ultra-thin walls made of a carbon fiber composite - to be really lightweight, right? Oh goodness, they are so heavy! I thought I'd help Jackson lift this one (above) from its shelf but that was just silliness and probably dangerous! He - ahem - advised me to let him carry it, solo! Good idea, Jack!
The "sweep oars" are twelve feet long, a mighty long lever to transfer power into speed on the water. They are also made of carbon fiber. All these beautiful precision instruments of the sport are also fragile. The athletes respect the privilege of being part of SRA, entrusted with care of the shells & oars, fitness room equipment, and dock.
The Rowing athletes I've been able to photograph are impressive to me: Each is faithful to the commitment he/she makes to spend hours of each day in our gorgeous outdoors - not only in heavenly summer sunshine but in our real daily crazy Northwest weather. You can't be a flake and do Crew! There is serious persistence and commitment there. There is also a crazy amount of physical fitness. I remember Madi relating in a very casual way that her crew team runs 10 miles - like - no big deal. Diving into the world of a Crew athlete for a photoshoot has been a joy every time. Click to see our photoshoots with Madi in 2015 & Sydney last Fall.
Jack has been blessed with close friends, a loving family who support who he is & his ambitions, and a sport he is passionate about. I enjoyed the privilege of photographing Jack's sister, Natalie, a couple years ago. Her Seattle photoshoot is here. We have enjoyed our time with Jackson and his family!! I'll be praying for him & I look forward to watching his future unfold :) Below is Jack with Mum, Michelle - and a video slideshow :)