May 25, 2024

My Journey as the Official Photographer for Team USA at the 2024 Paralympics Track & Field National Championships

Sports Photography
Visually Impaired Track and Field Athlete competing with his guide running by his side taken by Charlie Kaine
Paralympic wheelchair sprinter competing. Photo taken by Los Angeles sports photographer Charlie Kaine
Beatriz Hatz competing in long jump event at Paralympic Track and Field National Championships with her prosthetic leg
Sam Grewe competing in the High Jump at the Paralympic Track and Field National Championships. Photo by Charlie Kaine
Noah Malone competing in the 100mm sprint at the Paralympic Track and Field National Championships. Photo by Charlie K.
Ezra French competing in Long Jump at Paralympic Track and Field National Championships. Photo by Charlie Kaine

In the heart of Walnut, California, under the sunlit skies of Mt. San Antonio College, history was in the making at the 2024 U.S. Paralympics Track & Field National Championships. As the official photographer for Team USA, I had the privilege of capturing the essence of what it means to compete at the highest level of Paralympic sports. Over three exhilarating days, I witnessed the true spirit of athleticism, determination, and resilience.

The Assignment

Tasked with documenting Team USA's journey, I aimed to immortalize the athletic prowess and indomitable spirit of the competitors. Armed with my trusted Canon R5, a Canon 300mm lens for those close-up action shots, and a versatile 70-200mm Canon lens for broader perspectives, I set out to capture the soul of the championships. My tools of choice, including fast SanDisk memory cards and industry-leading software like PhotoMechanic, Adobe Lightroom, and Photoshop, were indispensable in bringing the essence of each moment to life.

The Audience

This blog is dedicated to sports enthusiasts, fellow photographers, participants of the event, and future clients who value the power of a perfectly captured moment. It's a glimpse into the world of Paralympic sports through my lens, showcasing the unparalleled talent of Team USA and the beauty of sports photography.

SEO and Visibility

For those searching for an experienced sports photographer, insights into Team USA athletes, or the captivating world of Paralympic track and field, this article aims to illuminate the dedication behind the lens. Through capturing events such as the 100m dash, long jump, or the intricacies of wheelchair racing, each photograph tells a story of triumph and perseverance.

Technique and Approach

Shooting exclusively with Canon equipment allows me to capture the peak of athletic movements under any lighting condition. My approach focuses on low angles and optimal lighting, highlighting the intensity and emotion of each athlete. The editing process is an extension of this storytelling, where each photo is carefully retouched to convey the vibrant energy of the championships.

Behind-the-Scenes Insights

This championship was my first exposure to the awe-inspiring world of para-athletes. Witnessing their tenacity and hearing their stories of overcoming physical challenges has been profoundly moving. Their dedication not only challenges societal perceptions of disability but redefines the essence of athleticism itself. It was an honor to document these incredible athletes as they strive for their dreams in the upcoming Paralympic Games in Paris.

Call to Action

I invite you to view a selection of my favorite photographs from the event on my website. Each image is a testament to the spirit of the Paralympic athletes and the beauty of sports photography. If you're in need of a photographer who can capture the essence of competition and the human spirit, please reach out. Let's discuss how we can immortalize your event's most memorable moments.

A Special Thank You

My heartfelt gratitude goes to the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee for entrusting me with the honor of documenting Team USA's journey. It's an experience I will cherish and a collaboration I eagerly anticipate in the future.

As we look forward to the Paralympic Games in Paris, let's continue to celebrate and support these remarkable athletes. Their stories are not just about sports; they're about the indomitable spirit of the human heart.