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Kiteboarding at IOP & Sullivan’s Island

I’m noticing a definite theme developing in the last handful (if not more) posts on this blog: SPORTS!! I guess it should really come as no surprise, seeing as how in a past life I have been a hard-core bodyboarder, mountain biker, tennis player, rollerblader, ping pong champ, etc. (we won’t even mention all those bowling trophies I won as a 10-year-old.)

In any case, it seems clear I not only love participating in sports, but also photographing sports. And so with this post, the sports theme continues! I drove out to IOP and Sullivan’s Island Wednesday to see if any kiteboarders were taking advantage of the prevailing winds, and lucky for me, not only were plenty of guys out there, they were also really good! Below are a few of my favorite shots of the couple of hours I was out there. To see all (and larger) images of the session, or, to buy any of them, please go to  Thanks!












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The 4th Annual Go Red Heart 5K Run & Walk in memory of Robin Seay


The 4th annual Go Red Heart 5K Run & Walk in memory of Robin Seay took place this weekend at the Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina Pavilion in Mount Pleasant. Despite the cold and rainy conditions, everyone was in good spirits and looking forward to completing the course. It was evident from the conversations I had with many participants that this run is truly one of the favorites for dedicated runners in the Charleston area, especially because of the fun costumes some runners wear to run the race.



IMG_4040Marshall Ballard was the first male to cross the finish line in this year’s run, with a time of just 19:29! He should really get extra points for style in crossing the finish line:


Ashley Sisson was the first female to cross, less than a minute and a half after the first male, with a time of 20:49.


The Annual Go Red Heart 5K Run & Walk was started 4 years ago by Stephanie Seay Carter, and Dr. Marian Taylor, in honor of Seay Carter’s mom, Robin Seay, who died at age 47 of a heart attack. The certified 5K event supports the mission of Go Red for Women, which is to promote a heart healthy lifestyle for the entire family while educating the low-country about heart disease and stroke, which are, respectively, the first and third leading causes of death in the United States. Dr. Taylor and Seay Carter are pictured below:


It was both inspirational and fun to document the event, and I hope to see even more runners and walkers taking part next year! All photos from the race are presented in two sections below. The first section contains all the pre-run, run start, and awards photos. The second section contains all photos of participants crossing the finish line.

Want to download your image(s) from the race? You can view and download the higher-res versions of the images directly by clicking here and entering the password “go red” (no quotes).



Cooper River Bridge Run 2013

I was super fortunate this weekend to grab a spot as a photographer on the press truck for the 2013 Cooper River Bridge Run 10K, and I had a blast getting to witness the lead pack of runners, as opposed to last year when I “ran” the race, starting in the last corral at the very back of the pack. We won’t get into how long it took me to finish the race last year, but this year the race was won in 28:05 by Simon Ndirangu of Kenya, who broke away from the pack about mid-way up the span of the bridge, finishing 33 seconds ahead of the second place finisher. The women’s race was won by Hiwott Ayalew, of Ethiopia, in a time of 32:18. Below are some of my favorite images of the race, followed by a collection of more images of the day. If you ran the race this year, and “got over it” (the bridge, that is) good for you!!

Marianne Van Der Veer - April 8, 2013 - 9:51 am

Prachtige foto’s.

Family Circle Cup 2013

I try to get out to the Family Circle Cup women’s tennis tournament on Daniel Island at least one day each year, since I not only love playing and watching tennis, but I also really love photographing tennis. Despite the rainy weather all day, and the chilly (might as well say COLD) conditions, the featured evening match did finally start once the courts were dried (with towels!). In the meantime, while waiting for center court to dry, we were able to catch the last few games between Jelena Jankovic (who lost in the finals on Sunday against Serena Williams) and Jessica Pegula on Althea Gibson court, in addition to getting a courtside seat to Samantha Stosur’s warmup session on an outlying court. Sadly, Stosur had to withdraw from her match in the second set due to a calf injury, but it was an enjoyable match while it lasted, and Stosur’s opponent, Eugenie Bouchard from Canada is one to watch! Here are a few images from Thursday evening’s matches:

Pedal 4 Pattison’s Spinning Marathon 2013

Saturday I was lucky enough to spend my morning at the 2013 Pedal 4 Pattison’s Spinning Marathon, where a few hundred awesome folks came together and raised over $230,000 (yes, you read that right!) for the kids of Pattison’s Academy by spinning for 4 hours. I’m not sure exactly when next year’s Pedal 4 Pattison’s will take place, but if you have a chance to be a part of it, DO IT!!! It’s an unbelievable experience and the energy in that room is unmatched to anything I’ve ever experienced before. Believe!


Rebecca Young - March 10, 2013 - 11:32 pm

Els! These are beautiful photos! You’ve captured so many great moments! Thank you. Thank you. It is a gift to look at them today!

Alice Keeney - March 10, 2013 - 11:54 pm

Great work Els! Awesome shots and great memories!

Jodi Bateman - March 11, 2013 - 2:26 am

These are beautiful! LOVE THEM! Thanks for sharing. Helping us to extend the moment….

Allyson Carter - March 11, 2013 - 2:50 pm

Thank you so much for your amazing work! I could look at these all day!

Luciana Marcial-Vincion - March 11, 2013 - 3:11 pm

Wow, what a beautiful summary and wonderful photos…thank you thank you!

Walt Dawson - March 11, 2013 - 7:58 pm

Im living it through the pictures, I will be there next year come hell or high water!

Els Sipkes - March 12, 2013 - 1:40 pm

Thanks everybody! I had such a great time—can’t wait until next year!