Shootin’ at the Motocross Nationals

Posted: March 18, 2009 in Motocross Photography
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“There is a point in every person’s life when they must choose to follow their dreams or be stuck in the life they fear.”  – unknown

It has been a life long dream of mine to be involved in the professional motocross/supercross industry. I have worked really hard in pursuing an oppertunity to shoot photos for a professional event. Getting into this industry as a photographer is 75% of “who you know”.

So, determined, I set out to make my connections. While at the 2008 Las Vegas Supercross and Washougal National, I clung on to every opportunity I could get to talk with anyone in the industry. I made some friends and got some email addresses. I used them to my advantage and made connections. I sent many-a-photo and many-a-email to the editors of the major motocross magazines. They are a tuff nut to crack but I finally got someone to respond.

Bryan Stealey, the managing editor for Racer X Illustrated, has agreed to provide me with press credentials for the 1st two rounds of the 2009 AMA Motocross Nationals. Racer X Illustrated has requested that they have first pick of my photos from the events.

So, on 5.21.09, Eldad and I will set off on a two week road trip to southern California. On 5.23.09, I will be shooting at Glen Helen Raceway for round 1 of the 2009 AMA Motocross Nationals. Round 2 will be the following weekend on 5.30.09 at The Hangtown Classic near Sacramento. I am very excited that the folks at Racer X have seen the potential in my work and am giving me the opportunity to shoot behind the scenes for their publication.


Ryan Villopoto at the 2008 Washougal Motocross National

Ryan Villopoto at the 2008 Washougal Motocross National - Copyright 2008 Chad DeRosa Photography


For the week in between, Eldad and I will take the opportunity to explore some of the desert around the southwest with hopes of some amazing landscape photo opp’s. We are hoping to spend some time on Ol’ Route 66 and also make some stops in Death Valley.

  1. Kaitlin Anderson says:

    Hey so i met you at Washougal Nationals this year and you were taking pictures for RacerX and i was wondering how you started to take pictures for them, please email me back thanks.

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