The photography of Sam Householder


Two for the loss

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I got the chance to shoot the Notre Dame-Northwestern game on Saturday. The game was hugely exciting as the Irish came in ranked No. 18 and while their playoff hopes were dashed they were still hoping to win out and possibly get in the mix for one of the big bowl games.

The Wildcats had other ideas. In the midst of their disappointing season, NU came in at 3-6 but were determined.

The Irish jumped out to 20-9 lead but the Wildcats fought back and with some late turnovers from the Irish and a questionable decision by Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly to go for a two-point conversion when they scored to make it 40-29. The Wildcats forced overtime with a game-tying field goal with 19 seconds left and won on a field goal in overtime after the Irish kick went wide on the first possession.

It was a great game to be a part of and a lot of big plays happened on the side of the field I was on. Matthias Farley’s interception happened in the opposite endzone from me but thanks to the 300mm lens I borrowed from South Bend Tribune photographer Robert Franklin I was able to get some decent photos of it. Later in the game I got a photo of Will Fuller’s third touchdown catch of the game. I also got some fantastic photos of Chris Brown’s goal line fumble early in the fourth quarter, which happened right in front of me. I also got a great sequence of Austin Collinsworth’s fumble recovery TD (above and below).

However, I missed two other pivotal plays: Fighting Irish cornerback Cole Luke’s interception late in game happened as I swapped lenses and Cam McDaniel’s fumble with under two minutes left in the game. On that play my shutter happened to fire whenever the ball was obscured by a player. As the old saying goes, no ball, no shot.

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A Real Barn Burner

GN141023 barn fire 20I went out to a fire on Wednesday, north of town. I don’t get out to a ton of spot news situations but this week has had a lot of spot news for me. There was a serious car crash Wednesday morning and then this barn fire Wednesday afternoon and then another fire yesterday.

Fortunately, in both the fires no one was injured. The barn was used for storage and contained a few cars but no people or animals. Since it was a less-intense fire scene I shot it in a more feature-ish way than usual.

One moment in particular caught my eye: 10-year-old Troy Cutter was with his father, an Elkhart firefighter, when they saw the smoke from the barn fighter and decided to check it out. Cutter’s father assisted the Jefferson and Concord Township firefighters on scene while he sat on the truck and watched all the action. He helped the guys roll up their hoses and get the gear on their trucks. It was a nice moment at an otherwise unfortunate event.

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Friday Football

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It’s been too long since I last updated and for that I apologize. Here is a lot of what I’ve been busy covering: high school football. This Friday will be the final regular season game before the playoffs start.

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Getting Schooled

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Over the last two weeks every local school our paper covers returned for the 2014-2015 school year. This meant a week of getting up early and taking photos of all the kiddies going to school. I was able to make several very cute and adorable photos.

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Fair-y Good

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Better late than never, here are my highlights from the 2014 Elkhart County 4-H Fair.

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All’s Fairs in July

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As a community photojournalist the seasons aren’t marked by what seasonal calendars but rather by which events you’re photographing. From August to June its high school sports season, then it’s graduation season and as the calendar turns to July in the Midwest, it’s fair season.

That great American Midwest tradition of the county fair. It’s a piece of Americana and something that has a long tradition in the summer months. I’ve been around the county fair as long as I can remember whether it was going as a patron when I was kid, working them as a carnie in high school or shooting them for work.

This week I visited two of the local fairs around here: Kosciusko County and LaGrange County 4-H fairs. A week from today, though, the Elkhart County 4-H Fair starts which will consume just about every second of my working life. There will be plenty of pictures from that to come, I hope. In the meantime, here are some of the better photos I got.

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Graduation Season

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As the calendar flips to June that can mean only one thing: high school graduation season. Even with the long winter and many snow days all ten of our coverage schools held their graduations in the last nine days. Four of them fell on one day.

Thankfully I had help covering those but I still managed to shoot five of the ten. These are my favorite photos.
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