The Olympics are officially underway, and it got me to thinking of how much Olympian photography I’ve had the honor of capturing lately :)

I started last year with Cullen Jones, a two-time national swimming champion and a world record holder – and now an Olympian, securing his spot with his 100-meter performance in the Olympic Swim Trials.

Here’s the cover shoot and some of the editorial from our session last year – Cullen was so into the shoot, which made for some fantastic editorial:

And just recently, I photographed Shalane Flanagan – another American Record Holder going for the gold in Beijing!

She secured her spot in the 2008 Summer Olympic Trials held in Eugene, Oregon. She competed in both the 5K and the 10K, and she won the 10K final in a time of 31:34.81, locking in her a spot on Team USA for 2008 Olympic Games.

Like most world-class athletes, Shalane is a very mental competitor, and it was pretty interesting to hear her discuss specific visualization techniques in regards to racing…

You think you go through sneakers???

Of course, there was my shoot a few years ago with Olympic Medal-Winner Joan Nesbit and also last month’s shoot of Tucker Dupree, also in Beijing.

And there was also the fun family session with Baby Jack. His proud papa is Steve Wojociechowski, a Court Coach for the Team USA basketball team. I’m also looking forward to my upcoming shoot with his much-loved boss at the Olympics (and at home), Coach K.

Will definitely be excited to watch all the action and root on these great athletes, especially – GO GO GO!