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Kai’s Senior Pics

Las Cruces High School Senior Kai Williams

Kai’s Senior Portrait

Early summer is typically a slow time for the senior portrait part of my photography business, so it gives me a chance to reflect on the previous year’s seniors and wind up for the incoming seniors.

I had the chance to photograph a great bunch of kids from the Class of ’13 from the Las Cruces and El Paso area high schools, and Kai was one of the many memorable sessions.

Kai’s passion is basketball, and he happens to be good enough to earn the MVP honors in the 2013 New Mexico State Basketball Tournament, where he helped lead the Las Cruces Bulldawgs to their first state title since 1976. There weren’t many times I caught Kai without a basketball and/or his infectious smile on his face, and as you can see below, he’s not afraid to ham it up for the camera.

He’s currently looking at playing at the next level for a JUCO in the Phoenix area, or possibly an smaller college in New Mexico. Either way, he’s got the right attitude to be successful wherever he chooses to play, and more importantly,  whatever he chooses to do beyond basketball!


Kai in his state championship t-shirt

Kai breaks out his state championship shirt.

2013 Bulldawg seniors celebrate the District 3-5A tournament win

2013 Bulldawg seniors celebrate the District 3-5A tournament win

Kai goes for for a layup against Gadsden

Kai goes for for a layup against Gadsden

Kai, as a junior, goes up for a lay-up

Kai, as a junior, goes up for a layup

Kai as a sophomore

Kai, as a sophomore, in the first round of the 2011 state tournament.


Strobing basketball: Cruces hosts Alamo


Gilbert Sigala brings the ball down the court


A Profoto strobe with the “Magnum” reflector for max light output.

The Las Cruces-Alamogordo match-up is only the second boys basketball game I’ve had time to shoot during the 2012-2013 season. I’ve been setting up my studio strobes to shoot at the Las Cruces High School gym, and am very pleased with the results.

The gym’s layout lends itself perfectly to the setup; with a strobe on either side of the basket and a third about halfway down the court (all on the upper deck), I’m pushing close to 2,000 Ws (watt seconds) of light into the gym–the equivalent of about 20 speed lights. Since they’re so bright, I have to bounce the light off the gym ceiling, which gives a better quality of light than pointing them directly onto the court.

The only downside? Outlets are far, and few between, so I have to run heavy duty extension cables to my power-hungry strobes. I’m also a little worried I might bring down the electric circuit in the gym (if you’ve been in there lately, you’d understand!)

Much thanks to the administration and coaches, especially Bobby Campos, at Las Cruces High, who have been very receptive to the use of the strobes.