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My boy. He has a dream.

July 19, 2011

At one point, we were all amatures, right? Pictured above is my little boy, born July 16, 2000. At the time, I was a MWAC… or shall I say a “Mom with a point and shoot”? I was obsessed with taking his picture, but didn’t become serious from a photography stand-point until 3 years after he was born. He just turned 11 years old this past weekend. Time sure flies!

He was destined to be a fan of motor sports between my and my husbands family. He started riding dirt bikes when he was 3 years old, around the same time I picked up my dSLR. We have grown a lot together and now he is an amature motocross racer. He races local races just about every weekend and is racing 2 big national races this year; Mammoth MX and Ponca City. He also has a chance to win a trip to race in Utah and pit with the King of Supercross, Jeremy McGrath! Jeremy was his original inspiration and he wants to win this contest BAD. I told him that I would help him out if he could prove to me how much he wanted to win. I sat down with him and “interviewed” him and we created a photo essay on why he wants to win this contest. Please read below… and if you are on Facebook and has a spare minute, cast him a vote!


“Motoplayground is holding a contest to win a trip to race in Utah and pit with Jeremy McGrath and I want to win! Jeremy McGrath was my very first favorite rider. He is the king of supercross! When I was 2, I used to wear these pajamas all the time.”

“I think Jeremy’s room may have looked a lot like mine when he was a kid. I hope to follow in his footsteps!”

“And now I have a chance to meet him! Not only that, but to win a race in Utah and maybe a few pictures in motoplayground magazine! That would be sick! So, here is what you need to do to vote for me:
First, you need to “like” the moto playground fan page, then go to my photo here and click “like”. Clicking “like” gets me one more vote to victory! Your vote means a lot.”

CLICK ON THIS TEXT AND “LIKE” THE MOTOPLAYGROUND FAN PAGE (you have to do this in order to “like” Mikey’s picture)

CLICK ON THIS TEXT AND “LIKE” MY PICTURE (“liking” my picture = a vote!)

Thank you, and check out my favorite pictures of me riding. My Mom took them! Mikey Sandoval”

Thank you all for reading and voting. I will let you know the results! Carrie

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8 Responses to “My boy. He has a dream.”

  1. Lauren says:

    Well, if it’s a “get the most votes” sort of competition he’s a shoe in 🙂 good luck

  2. Kelli Nicole says:

    Ever since high school motocross has been one of my favorite things to photograph! These are some GREAT shots; makes me miss it. Hope he wins!

  3. Rachel says:

    Voted! Great pictures! I can tell he loves it just by the look in his eyes. Good luck, Mikey!

  4. amy b says:

    oh i LOVE the shot of Mike talking to him in the gates. awesome. i hope he wins. 🙂

  5. Wendy Easley says:

    That’s so awesome, I just voted! Hope he wins! : )

  6. Haring says:

    I love the flying one!!!

  7. Jenny says:

    I am a family photographer in Orlando FL…one of my clients has asked that I come out to the tracks and get some shots of their boys during Motocross…can you make a recommendation as to what lens’ i should take? Also any other helpful tips! Thanks so much & of course love your work!!

  8. Arielle says:

    OMG Carrie!!! I don’t think I could stand seeing my son FLY on a motorbike like that! Amazing, I hope he won.

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