the 26th annual haskell indian art market

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Native American dancers perform at the Haskell Indian Art Market in Lawrence, Kansas.

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Native American dancers wear beautiful ceremonial dress at the Haskell Indian Art Market.

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A mirror reflects light on a Native American dancer at the Haskell Indian Art Market.

I attended the 26th annual Haskell Indian Art Market at Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas on September 14, 2014. The event featured original Native American art, dancers and food booths. The Art Market attracts hundreds of visitors and provides an economic opportunity for Indian artists as well as encouraging cross-cultural understanding and exchange.

-scott weaver

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the 2014 marilynn smith sunflower invitational champions

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K-State’s Katherine Gravel-Coursol checks the wind direction before hitting a tee shot.

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K-State’s Katherine Gravel-Coursol replaces her ball on the green before a putt.

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K-State’s Carly Ragains hits a tee shot down the 18th fairway at Alvamar Golf Club.

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K-State’s Katherine Gravel-Coursol hits a tee shot on the 8th hole at Alvamar Golf Club.

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K-State’s sports psychologist Ian Connole and assistant coach Stewart Burke direct the Wildcats during the Marilynn Smith Sunflower Invitational at Alvamar Golf Club on September 9, 2014.

I shot the K-State women’s golf team during the Marilynn Smith Sunflower Invitational at Alvamar Golf Club in Lawrence, Kansas on September 8-9, 2014. The Wildcats overcame a six-shot deficit to win their first tournament in 10 years. The team carded a 10-over par 298 during the final round to finish the event at 30-over par 894 and had three players place in the top five.

-scott weaver

 

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kansas sunflower field

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A small field of sunflowers near K-State campus in Manhattan, Kansas on September 5, 2014.

Every time I see fireworks, prairie burns in the Flint Hills, or sunflower fields, I must shoot them.

-scott weaver

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photos of the 2014-15 k-state equestrian team

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Recently, I spent some time with the K-State Equestrian team for their annual poster photo shoot. There are 20 new riders on the 2014-15 squad so head coach Casie Maxwell wanted a concept that focused on the whole team instead of individuals. I pitched an idea to shoot a series of photos that would capture the spirit of the sport. I designed and submitted a mock up of the poster.

The final look of the project will have a bolder, simpler design with fewer images from the shoot.

-scott weaver

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2014-15 k-state men’s golf

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K-State’s Kyle Weldon crushes a tee shot at Colbert Hills Golf Club in Manhattan, Kansas.

I spent part of my Labor Day weekend shooting the K-State men’s golf team as they practiced at Colbert Hills Golf Club in Manhattan, Kansas on August 29, 2014. K-State plays in the St. Mary’s Invitational at the Bayonet and Black Horse Golf Club in Monterey, California on September 15.

-scott weaver

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portrait exhibit at the william t. kemper foundation art gallery

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A portrait of Gianna Misenhelter, K-State Women’s Golf, on July 23, 2014.

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A portrait of Jake Waters, K-State Football, on July 31, 2014.

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A portrait of Noelle Dykmann, K-State Rowing, on August 2, 2014.

A few months ago, I received a phone call from Beth Bailey, the assistant director and program manager for the K-State Student Union in Manhattan, Kansas. She asked if I was interested in putting together a solo photography exhibit at the William T. Kemper Foundation Art Gallery.

I was truly honored by the opportunity. I pitched an idea to display several of my portraits of athletes, coaches and administrators from the last 15 years as the K-State Athletics Department staff photographer. I matted and framed 32 pieces and the exhibition opened on August 11, 2014.

The exhibit can be viewed from 8am to 5pm Monday through Friday and closes on September 2. For more information on the K-State Student Union, visit k-state.edu/upc or call 785-532-6571.

-scott weaver

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a journey to philadelphia and washington d.c.

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August 9, 2014: Elfreth’s Alley, the oldest inhabited residential street in the United States.

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August 10, 2014: A barber’s chair in one of Eastern State Penitentiary’s abandoned cells.

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August 10, 2014: The City Hall clock tower stands above downtown Philadelphia.

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August 10, 2014: A statue of Rocky Balboa stands near the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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August 11, 2014: A National Park Service Ranger stands guard near the Liberty Bell.

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August 11, 2014: A statue of George Washington stands in front of Independence Hall.

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August 11, 2014: A lunch counter at DiNic’s Roast Pork and Beef in Reading Terminal Market.

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August 11, 2014: A sculpture decorates the front of a brownstone in downtown Philadelphia.

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August 12, 2014: A sentinel guards the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington, Virginia.

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August 12, 2014: Grave markers at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia.

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August 13, 2014: Pennsylvania Avenue in downtown Washington D.C.

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August 13, 2014: A poorly written headline is displayed in the Newseum’s men’s room.

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August 13, 2014: Marine One flies past the Washington Monument and the U.S. Capitol.

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August 13, 2014: The Washington Monument is reflected in the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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August 14, 2014: The front gate of the White House in Washington D.C.

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August 14, 2014: The south facade of the White House in Washington D.C.

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August 14, 2014: The Space Shuttle Discovery in the Smithsonian’s Udvar-Hazy Center.

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August 14, 2014: The Lincoln Memorial at dusk in Washington D.C.

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August 14, 2014: The moon rises behind the Washington Monument in Washington D.C.

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August 15, 2014: A cannon on the battlefield at Gettysburg National Military Park.

Recently, Patty and I took a vacation to Philadelphia and Washington D.C. We spent four days in the City of Brotherly Love visiting Patty’s best friend and four days in our Nation’s Capital.

While in Philly, we walked down Elfreth’s Alley, the oldest inhabited residential street in the United States dating to 1702. We toured the haunted halls of Eastern State Penitentiary, one of America’s first prisons, that was erected in 1829. We ran the stairs of the Philadelphia Museum of Art like Sylvester Stallone in his 1976 film, Rocky, and then posed for photos next to the fighter’s statue.

We saw the Liberty Bell and stood in the footsteps of George Washington and Ben Franklin at Independence Hall where they adopted the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. We rented a car and drove through Lancaster County, stopping at the Eastland Alpacas farm in Mount Joy, Pennsylvania before arriving in Washington D.C. We honored the fallen heroes at Arlington National Cemetery and watched the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. We visited the Newseum and studied the history of journalism. We also went to the White House, the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum and the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center.

One of our biggest thrills was gliding around the National Mall on Segways. We stopped at all the landmarks including the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, the Washington Monument, the National World War II Memorial, the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans and the Korean War Veterans Memorials.

We drove to Gettysburg National Military Park on our way back to Philly and stood on the Civil War battlefield where more than 7,000 Union and Confederate soldiers lost their lives. We ate amazing meals at Wedge + Fig, Reading Terminal Market, Village Whiskey, Jones, Miles Table, Bube’s Brewery, Capital City Brewing Company, Dobbin House Tavern, and The City Tavern.

I challenged myself to make unique images, such as composing shots in a square format or focusing on specific details, so my work might look different from the other tourists’ photos.

-scott weaver

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the 2014-15 k-state football poster

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The K-State football team huddles around Coach Bill Snyder before their practice at the New York Jets Atlantic Health Training Center in Florham Park, New Jersey on December 27, 2010.

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The K-State football team huddles around Coach Bill Snyder during a photo shoot for the 2014-15 poster at the Kansas State indoor practice facility in Manhattan, Kansas on February 12, 2014.

Every season, the K-State Athletics Department creates a concept to promote the football team. The theme is used in media guides, posters, print ads, ticket books, websites and social media.

As the staff photographer for the athletics department, I have to illustrate each year’s concept. The theme of the 2014-15 season is “Family” and the idea came from a photo I shot in 2010.

We were in New York City to play Syracuse in the Pinstripe Bowl but our practices were held at the New York Jets Atlantic Health Training Center in Florham Park, New Jersey. The indoor practice facility is a massive structure that has an observation deck near its 95-foot ceiling. I ascended to the top of the stairwell on the second day of practice so I could get an overall view of the team during their stretching exercises on the field. Suddenly, Coach Bill Snyder called the players together for a brief huddle in the end zone before they started their workout. I shot the image and uploaded to our daily photo gallery never thinking that I would see it again four years later.

K-State’s senior director of fan experience and sales Joni Smoller remembered the image and suggested that we recreate it for the team’s new poster. I worked out the logistics for the shot and organized it with the football team staff. We had the entire team dress in full uniform and pads and meet Coach Snyder at K-State’s indoor practice facility. I climbed up a 60-foot ladder to the video camera platform so I could look straight down at the group. I spoke with the art director by cellphone so he could hear my instructions and make any necessary adjustments to the shot.

The response from the K-State Athletics Department, the football team, and the fans, has been overwhelmingly positive. I am honored that it has become such an iconic image for K-State.

-scott weaver

 

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a photo shoot with gianna misenhelter

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Recently, I shot portraits of former K-State women’s golfer Gianna Misenhelter at the West Stadium Center in Manhattan, Kansas. She finished second at the Missouri Women’s Amateur in Belton, Missouri on July 8-10, 2014 and then won the Kansas Women’s Amateur Championship in Manhattan, Kansas on July 15-17. Misenhelter hopes to qualify for the LPGA tour in August.

-scott weaver

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blake and inge get married

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Inge Jorgensen chooses her colors from a makeup palette before her wedding ceremony.

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Inge Jorgensen greets her bridesmaid and former college roommate, Claudia Durkin.

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Inge Jorgensen’s bridal dress hangs in her hotel bedroom before the wedding ceremony.

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Inge Jorgensen shows off her K-State garter to one of her bridesmaids, Claudia Durkin.

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Inge Jorgensen’s sister, Heidi, and mother, Barbara, help Inge into her wedding dress.

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Inge Jorgensen talks to a friend just minutes before her wedding ceremony.

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Inge Jorgensen kisses her father, Dr. Jens Jorgensen, before they walk down the aisle.

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Inge Jorgensen stands in the narthex of St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church.

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Inge Jorgensen flashes a smile to her fiance, Blake Seiler, during their wedding ceremony.

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Blake and Inge Seiler leave the church and travel to their wedding reception on a party bus.

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Blake and Inge Seiler stop their party bus to pose for a photo before their reception.

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Inge and Blake Seiler sing and dance with their wedding party before their reception.

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Blake and Inge Seiler greet their guests at The Hotel at Old Town in Wichita, Kansas.

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K-State’s head football coach Bill Snyder greets Blake and Inge Seiler at their reception.

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Inge and Blake Seiler are toasted by family and friends during their wedding reception.

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Inge Seiler sits on groomsman Taylor Braet as Blake Seiler removes her garter belt.

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Blake and Inge Seiler share their first dance as a married couple at The Hotel at Old Town.

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Wedding guests enjoy themselves on the dance floor at Blake and Inge Seiler’s reception.

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Groomsman Steve Cline breakdances during Blake and Inge Seiler’s wedding reception.

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Blake and Inge Seiler return to their room at The Hotel at Old Town after their reception.

My friends, Blake Seiler and Inge Jorgensen, asked me to shoot their wedding in Wichita, Kansas on June 21, 2014. I was honored that they trusted me to document such a joyful day in their lives.

-scott weaver

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