Ballpark Village, St. Louis

I am pretty certain sports photography is not in my future but when it comes to:

1) a beautiful venue

2) national and international champion billiards players

3) and your child is one of those competitors

then I'll lug that camera around all day if I have to.

Pictured from left to right:  Briana, Sharik, Taren, Landon

First, a bit of info:  This big billiards event for the Mosconi Cup was promoted by Live Wire at the beautiful Ballpark Village, the home of the St. Louis Cardinals.  Our son Landon is a member of the Lindenwood Lions Billiards team and his coach is also the coach of the Mosconi Cup team.   So on this day six regional billiards teams, including LU's team, gathered for a day of tournament competition with match up of the USA Mosconi Cup team vs. Hall of Fame members later in the evening. *(The Mosconi Cup is a yearly USA vs Europe billiard competition similar to what the Ryder Cup is for golf. The Mosconi Cup tournament will take place in London, England December 6-9.)

Landon played throughout the day and seating was a prime commodity so I had to shoot from where I sat or from the mezzanine while Kiley saved my seat.  I only used my 50mm (the FABULOUS Sigma Art 1.4) since I was unsure of how close I would be or how much light I would have.  As it turned out, lighting was mixed but a high ceiling with opaque glass allowed plenty of light.

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Briana and Landon playing a doubles match.

 

Most people in/some out of the pool world know Landon's billiards resume' and if this modest child gives me permission I'll document it here one day.  But I don't think it is widely known that several colleges and universities across the country have billiards teams.  More than 25 universities compete throughout the academic year and nationally every summer.  LU's team is loaded with great players from all over the world and has won both the men and women's national championships the last 3 years.  Landon and his teammate Brianna Miller have won the championship titles multiple times.  The LU team has great rapport and it does make me proud to see how well they work together.

 

**After nudging myself to get back onto my blog, this is the day that I'm committing to being more active.  Just putting it out there to make myself accountable to post at least a couple of times a month.   I last posted back in April?!?! (insert shamed-face) Tagging myself #bloggingresolution