Carrie Sandoval | Crossfit Games 2016

I spent some time with Carrie Sandoval, 2016 CrossFit Games competitor, the other day for a very impromptu, very casual fly by the seat of our pants session to document some of her CrossFit badassery. I pulled the D300 out, dusted it off and along with the 10.5 fisheye to achieve some natural high ISO grit and grain.  We had a good time.  I talk a more at the bottom of this post but first photos.

Carrie Sandoval | Crossfit Games 2016

I hung out with this lady the other day for a very impromptu, very casual session to document some of her CrossFit badassery. I’ve known Carrie Sandoval since I was 13 and she has always been one of the coolest people I know.  She’s always been a force to be reckoned with.  She steered her sister and me gently toward music that was talent driven and narrowly saved us from being part of the boy band culture that ravaged the late 80s and early 90s. She let us tag along to concerts with here before we were old enough to go on our own. For that alone, she is my hero. She was my boss at the very first job ever at the pizza place in the mall and then one day she blew my mind when drew an awesome alligator for our science project with markers without sketching it with pencil first in like 30 seconds. I wanted to be able to do that.  It’s safe to say that she, beginning at a very young age,  is one of the biggest contributing factors to my interest and success as an artist/photographer. Big sister style.  It started with drawing, then graphic design and ultimately photography. She can keep CrossFit. No offense but it reminds me of PE in Jr High with all the stations and stopwatches.  I did not like PE in Jr. High, I couldn’t do a pull-up to save my life and I imagine it’s still very similar.  Perhaps I am wrong.  I did some squats with a pvc pipe and I was told my form was really good…for newb.  My chest was sore the next day. Lawd hep me.  The atmosphere is admittedly much more pleasant than I imagined. Goooooooo CrossFit!  It’s worth checking out.

I am pretty sure I’ve told this story before but she was my boss at my very first job ever at the pizza place in the mall and then one day she blew my mind when she drew an awesome alligator for our science project with markers without sketching it with pencil first in like 30 seconds. I wanted to be able to do that.  It’s safe to say that she, beginning at a very young age,  is one of the biggest contributing factors to my interest and success as an artist/photographer. Big sister style.  It started with drawing, then graphic design and ultimately photography. She can keep CrossFit. No offense but it reminds me of PE in Jr High with all the stations and stopwatches.  I did not like PE in Jr. High, I couldn’t do a pull-up to save my life and I imagine it’s still very similar.  Perhaps I am wrong.  I did some squats with a pvc pipe and I was told my form was really good…for newb.  My chest was sore the next day. Lawd hep me.  The atmosphere is admittedly much more pleasant than I imagined. Goooooooo CrossFit!  It’s worth checking out.

Not only has Carrie inspired me to be my best, she has made huge contributions to the world of portraiture. So much so that I can confidently say that if you are in the posed newborn photography industry now you’ve probably been inspired by the Baby as Art  team at some point.  If not let me introduce you to the newborn photo industry’s photographic roots in the consumer family market. Clearly Carrie was influenced by Anne Geddes, her work but the last time I checked you can’t roll into Geddes studio for family portraits.  Carrie’s style is less kitschy and is available to regular ole’ parents that commission her to create timeless works of art of their new babies rather than creating art pieces with babies that have been cast by a casting agent to sell to the masses in the form of calendars and such.

She’s photographed P¡nk, Greg Gassman, CEO of CrossFit a with his 2 youngest children, Jeff Gordon, and I accompanied her to assist at Ziggy Marley’s house.  Her work has been featured in People, In Touch, Us Weekly, Who, The Ellen DeGeneres Show and on Entertainment Tonight and others. The accolades don’t quit. We live in the same town (Fallbrook, CA represent!), work in the same field and have never ever felt like each other is the competition. I’m sure it helped that I’ve always been my own artist without the desire to be a carbon copy of her, unlike the masses that have flocked to her worldwide workshops.  She has certainly made her mark. I’ve learned a lot from her so naturally, my work started out similarly in 2006 and somewhere along the line circa 2008, I took a turn toward lifestyle imagery, free of props with less structure and she started hanging babies from tree branches. You will totally see her influences in my early newborn work.

Carrie works hard and has always been someone to admire for continuously pushing her personal limitations and boundaries.  This whole CrossFit accomplishment is not surprising. Soooooo get ready CrossFit games competitors, she’s as humble as they come, has trained hard and is coming in hot to compete for the win in the 2016 CrossFit Games.

Ranked 9th in the world at the Masters Qualifier, Carrie dominates whatever she sets her sights on.

Every year, CrossFit invites the whole world to participate in the CrossFit Opens. Athletes perform the same workouts and the top finishers move on to Regionals (for folks under 40 years old) or Masters Qualifiers (for folks 40+). This year, Carrie finished the Opens in 19th place overall, worldwide. She then went on to compete against the top 200 in the Masters Qualifier. She finished in 9th place worldwide, earning her a spot in at the CrossFit Games (top 20 from MQ go to the Games).

She started CrossFit in November 2012 at Fallbrook CrossFit with world famous coach, Charles McAvoy and will be competing at the 2016 CrossFit Games  Masters Women 45-49 division. July 19-21 in Carson, CA. Here are the workouts scheduled for July 19-20 (click on “Masters/Teen”):

Favorite movements: Snatch (Olympic weightlifting) and toes to bar.
Least favorite movements: running and double unders.
Go get it Carrie.  We are all rooting for you!
xo, Amy
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