2018 Pro Bowl Cheerleaders

Congratulations to Los Angeles Rams Cheerleader Sativa-Skye and Los Angeles Charger Girl Lauryn for being selected to the 2018 NFL Pro Bowl Cheerleaders.

Here are a couple of snaps I took of them over the years.

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Flashback Friday – Arizona Cardinals Cheerleader Kristen

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I have been covering the Arizona Cardinals Cheerleaders auditions for several years and over that time, I have become acquainted with a few of them.  I mean you see them every year…the ones that make the team…and you see them in Atlanta at the PRO Convention…you get to know them a little…and some of them get to know you a little too.

One that got to know me, knew me only because I always used to get her name incorrect.  I used to call her Angie, for some reason, and I guess that’s how she remembered me…the photographer guy that could never get her name straight.  I eventually learned her name…Kristen.

Well that became a running gag every time I saw her since then and in 2015 she became the Arizona Cardinals Cheerleaders Pro Bowl representative.  The following year, Kristen was the AZCC who taught all the routines to the aspiring cheerleaders at the 2016 auditions and in between rounds, I snapped the above photograph.

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Flashback Friday – Images From the 2018 Rose Parade

New Year’s greetings from Pasadena, California!  In this episode of Flashback Friday, I would like to share some photos from the 2018 Rose Parade.

I celebrated the new year, by waking up extra early and donning a white suit before arriving on scene at TV corner, near the intersection of Orange Grove and Colorado Boulevard.  I began my parade duties in earnest by shuttling the President of the Tournament of Roses and this year’s Queen from the parade opening to their respective parade vehicles, some quarter mile away.  Then I rushed back to the HQ trailer to assume my normal duties, assisting in the dispatching of tow trucks to aid disable floats that may have broken down along the parade route.  This year, we towed three floats…not good.

Since I am relatively redundant with respect to the tow truck dispatching function, I slipped away for a few minutes to watch the parade and sneak a few photographs of the two university bands who would be playing in the Rose Bowl game.

And this is what I got…oh and since this is a blog about cheerleaders, I’ve left out the photos of equestrian units, marching bands and floral floats…who wants to look at stinky horses when you can look at some festive cheerleaders.

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Yeah, I didn’t get many shots of the Oklahoma cheerleading squad or the OU Pom squad…being that the Sooners have been to the Rose Bowl before, they knew that there is a TV and non-TV side to the float and positioned themselves to maximize exposure.  Unfortunately, I was on the non-TV side of the street and there was “no joy”.  The good news was that Georgia brought a large band and a large contingent of cheerleaders, majorettes, and flag girls…I guess they came out in full force being that this was their first appearance in the Rose Bowl since the 1940’s.

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This is Southern California…the weather is nice, even in winter…it was 80 degrees…no need for self tanner…just go on down to one our many beaches and wear a swimsuit!  Two hours later…boom!  Tan au naturel.

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Who doesn’t love a parade?  It’s a part of Americana…mounted horses, floral floats, marching bands and pretty girls!

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Flashback Friday – 2016 Rams Cheerleader Audition Hopeful Justene

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One of my favorite events to shoot over the years has been the Rams Cheerleaders auditions.  The girls are absolutely gorgeous and the location has always provided me with a dramatic black backdrop that I can use to isolate the girls visually quite nicely.  It makes for some wonderful images.

In this edition of Flashback Friday, we feature one of the most photogenic girls at the 2016 Los Angeles Rams Cheerleader auditions, Justene Alpert.  And as you can imagine, with a smile like that, she made the team.

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Flashback Friday – Charlotte Honey Bee at the 2012 PRO Convention

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The Charlotte Honey Bees have the hottest dance team in the NBA and every year, I get to shoot them at the PRO Convention in Atlanta. Their director is one of the people who put on the convention and their squad is usually selected immediately prior to the event, so I get to see all the new, bright shiny faces that made the squad.

As I was saying, the Honey Bees usually bring a hot squad to Atlanta and in 2012, this young lady caught my eye. She was one of many beautiful and talented dancers at the convention, but she really struck my fancy.

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Flashback Friday – Charger Girl Brooke Long

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This is a scanned image of a negative back when digital cameras didn’t exist.  Don’t let the copyright date fool you, this is a photograph taken in the late 1990’s if I recall correctly, perhaps the early 2000’s.

Anyway, Brooke had the distinction of being both a Laker Girl and a Charger Girl and she was beloved by fans of both teams.  She was also Briefcase Model #15 on NBC’s Deal or No Deal and she was also one of the Ironette dancers in the movie Iron Man 2.

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Road Trip: The 2017 Arizona Cardinals Cheerleaders

Its not often that I get out and go on road trips to visit football teams and their cheerleading squads, but when the opportunity to presents itself…I’m all in.  And this past weekend, I was able hit the road to check out the 2017 Arizona Cardinals…or more properly, the 2017 Arizona Cardinals Cheerleaders.

I rolled into Phoenix for a quick trip and I met my buddy Max and his friend Carlos at my hotel three hours before kick off.  Max had pulled an all-niter photographing the Big 10 Championship game in Indianapolis, then caught an early morning flight from Chicago to Phoenix to catch this game.

I looked forward to this road trip because it was a chance to reconnect with friends and it was my first chance to see the 2017 Arizona Cardinals Cheerleaders on game day.  A few months prior, I had covered their auditions and I was looking forward to seeing the squad in action.  I knew that the Arizona Cardinals had a great squad because they attracted some very beautiful and talented dancers at their auditions and I really looked forward to photographing them on the sidelines.

Let’s take a look at what I got.

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More photos after the break.

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