Posts Tagged ‘Arizona’

Video- A World War Two Love Story

Video- A World War Two Love Story

Not every Veterans Day story is a war story. This one is a love story. It took World War two for Frank and Scotty Hobbs to find each other. So many of our family histories, including my own, hinge on the fact that someone went to war and fell in love along the way. Pat […]


Video: Mushroom Hunting

Video: Mushroom Hunting

There are bold mushroom hunters and there are old mushroom hunters, but there are no old and bold mushroom hunters. She knows the difference between the mushrooms that will kill you and the ones that are tasty. He knows how to turn her tasty finds into fine dining. They combine forces to share their passions […]


Video: Arizona’s Demolition Boat Race

Video: Arizona's Demolition Boat Race

This was a story a year in the making. Nearly a year ago a friend who competes in demolition derbies called to tell me about this crazy race he drove in called a waterless boat race. Drivers drag fiberglass boats around a soapy asphalt track, trying to take out each other’s boats. The last driver […]


Video: Phoenix’s Real Life Bruce Wayne

Video: Phoenix's Real Life Bruce Wayne

Phoenix may not have a real life Batman but we do have a real life Bruce Wayne. A crazy idea to buy a Batmobile led him down a path to build his very own Batcave and start a charity that helps make sick kids and their families feel like super heros.


Video: A Trek Back in Time

Video: A Trek Back in Time

A Trek Through Time from Pat Shannahan on Vimeo. In 1973, three friends dressed like mountain men and rode horseback from Phoenix, Arizona, to Canada… just for the fun of it. The only modern device they took with them was a camera.


Video:Coping Through Art

Video:Coping Through Art

Orlando uses pastel and charcoal to share his experiences in Arizona’s mental health system. Art has helped him find a new identity as an artist.


Video:Logging Family Legacy

Video:Logging Family Legacy

Dwayne Walker’s family has been logging Arizona’s White Mountains for four generations. In that time logging technology has gone from men on the ground with saws to high tech machines capable of cutting down a huge tree in seconds. This is part of a larger package I did on Western Jobs in Arizona. Some of […]


Video:Fierce Protectors

Video:Fierce Protectors

The Bikers Against Child Abuse go way beyond charity rides. These guys ride with a purpose: to empower children who are the victims of child abuse.They do this by making kids feel protected and helping them find the strength to testify agains their accusers so they can start to heal. This was a pretty amazing […]


Video: Coverage of Arizona’s Medical Marijuana Law

Video: Coverage of Arizona's Medical Marijuana Law

As Arizona tries to figure out how to implement it’s voter approved medical marijuana law, some veterans are finding themselves stuck between the federal government and the state government.


Video: Pot Bellied Love

Video: Pot Bellied Love

So how passionate are you about the things you care about? Would you give up your paycheck? How about never taking a vacation? That’s how passionate this couple is about pot bellied pigs. They rescue them by the hundreds.


Video: It’s Never Too Late

Video: It's Never Too Late

Larry is a 72-year-old retired truck driver who never learned to read, until he started taking classes four days a week with a reading teacher in Chandler, AZ. He didn’t speak until he was 10-years-old because of a medical condition. Schools in the rural Ohio area he grew up in passed him along from grade […]


Video: Break

Video: Break

This is a story about a local dance and gymnastics instructor who helped out a group of break dancers. I first saw these break dancers while covering a community event in GIlbert, Arizona. They seemed to defy gravity. Once I talked with them they explained how a local gym owner helped them out and it […]


Wallow Fire

Wallow Fire

I put together a montage of photo and time lapse video I shot while covering the Wallow Fire in north eastern Arizona. While I was up there the Forest Service kept pretty tight control over access to the fire. We pretty much had to make do with what we could find from a distance. Underneath […]


Video: Arizona Rose Farm

Video: Arizona Rose Farm

A few weeks ago I spent a few mornings in the West Valley photographing a rose farm. Leyton Woolf grows millions of rose bushes every year that are then shipped out across the county to be sold in garden stores. Our timing to do the story was pretty good as all the fields were blooming. […]


Video:Up and Away

Video:Up and Away

Sam Kelly is a shy boy. The autistic teen usually won’t talk to someone unfamiliar to him. His care taker noticed he liked hot air balloons and decided to take him out to see some launch. Over the next five years Hot Air Expeditions befriended the boy. When he first started going out to see […]


Video: My video shown on the Nate Burkus Show

I video I recently shot of Sharron Saffert’s Scottsdale home was used on the Nate Berkus Show’s House Proud segment. Sharron is the co-owner of On The Veranda, a store that sells patios decor. Much of what she fills her store comes from old buildings in France. What doesn’t sell in the store finds it’s […]


Video: Umpire Comeback

Video: Umpire Comeback

John Woods had dreams of umpiring in the big leagues. He was one the right path to making it happen when a suffered a traumatic brain injury while umpiring winter ball in Venezuela. The injury left him in coma for three weeks. Afterwards he had to learn to walk again. Some people won’t quit. Joh […]


Favorite Photos of 2010

Favorite Photos of 2010

2010 Photos of the Year – Images by Pat Shannahan It was an interesting year to be a photographer in Arizona. This is a collection of my favorite photos I made during 2010. When I look back on the year, I can’t help but think it was the year of SB1070, Arizona’s tough immigration law. […]


Video: Mini-Maestro

Video: Mini-Maestro

Mini-Maestro from Pat Shannahan on Vimeo. Four-year-old Jonathan Okseniuk has been playing the violin for a little over a year. The he was recently asked to play a song during a holiday performance by the Chandler Symphony Orchestra. The mini-maestro is a bit of a Youtube star. Over 1,700,000 people have watched video’s of him […]


Photographing Four Football Games in Three Days

Four Football Games in Three Days – Images by Pat Shannahan I just finished a stretch of shooting four football games in three days. On December 1, I photographed Arizona State University’s overtime upset over the University of Arizona in Tucson. It was certainly the closest Territorial Cup I have ever shot. One of my […]


Video: Fields of White

Video: Fields of White

Fields of White from Pat Shannahan on Vimeo. I’ve always been stuck at how beautiful a cotton field can be when it’s ready to be harvested. Howard Wuertz’s family has farmed cotton in Pinal County, Ariz., since the 30s. He’s considered a pioneer in using sub-surface drip irrigation to grow cotton in Arizona. By using […]


Election Night

I love covering election nights. I love the anticipation you feel before the results are released. I love the challenge of making tight deadlines. I love trying to capture the emotion of people who are passionate about the issues. Last night I covered the GOP election night party at the Hyatt in downtown. Photog Michael […]


Copperstate Fly-in

As I walked around the Copperstate Fly-in for a Republic story letting people know about the event I couldn’t stay away from the World War Two era B-17 Flying Fortress. It was like a magnet, pulling my cameras back towards it. The plane, named Sentimental Journey, is based out of Falcon Field in Mesa and […]


Along the US and Mexico Border

Along the US and Mexico Border

Nogales Border Crossing – Images by Pat Shannahan I went on a recent trip to Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, with a reporter from our sister newspaper La Voz. We spent a day working on a story about unaccompanied minor immigrants and the next day we went out with an officer from Grupo Beta. They are a […]