2019 Georgia AAAA Boys Basketball Championship

When I was a student at the Art Institute of Atlanta a few years back, I called Manny Rubio, an amazing photographer to interview him about working for Sports Illustrated. (Don’t ask me how I found his number in pre-internet days, because I have no recollection.)

He graciously took my call and answered my questions … a lot of them.

Rubio impressed upon me how difficult it was to become a great sports photographer. And over the years, I found out through personal experience, just how right he was.

It’s been a long time since I dreamed of becoming a sports photographer, and a while since I photographed sports on a regular basis. So I was excited to be asked to photograph the Georgia State Wheelchair Basketball Finals again this year.

When I arrived to photograph the wheelchair championship game, there was about two minutes left in the boys AAAA finals game.

The Carver Tigers basketball team played the Americus-Sumter Panthers for the fifth time this season. I was privileged to see them play for the Georgia High School Association 2019 Class AAAA state championship.

I watched and took photos while the two teams went back and forth, taking a lead, catching up, taking the lead again, tying the game again. Until AJ Watts pumped in a three-pointer with 28 seconds left in the game.

“When it left my hands, I knew it was good,” Watts told Mark Rice of the Columbus Ledger Enquirer.

I was at the opposite end of the court when Watts made the game changing shot, but I was ready to charge the court as soon as the buzzer went off.


Cindy Brown

I'm an Atlanta wedding photographer who takes soulful, quirky and honest photos ...

I'm also an adventurous traveler and all-round nerd. I love to hike with my beagle/cattle dog Roux and best friend/spouse.

I was born in Atlanta, moved around a lot--30 cities and 5 states--and then came back.

After graduating from the Art Institute of Atlanta, I took a job at asmall newspaper in south Georgia, where I photographedhospital teas, pecan farmers, and beauty queens.

I photographed a biker funeral, death penalty protests andTed Bundy while interning with the Associated Press.

While a photographer for two dailies in Florida, I photographed Ronald Reagan, a train derailment and the dedication of a screened-in porch.

An unexpected life turn took me to Vermont where I fell in love with Bernie Sanders and on to Indiana, where I edited photos for a major daily, and nerded out getting a master’s and PhD.

After teaching photojournalism at colleges and universities in Florida, Indiana and Mississippi, I returned to Atlanta to earn myfifth degree--a Master's of Divinity.

My passion for storytelling with my camera and my interest in religious diversity led my to the field of wedding photojournalism.

I have documented weddings large and small, Unitarian and Pagan, indoors and out, Christian and Muslim, in backyards and in churches. The most exotic wedding I have photographed took place in Mexico and was officiated by aMayan shaman.

When I'm not photographing weddings, portraits or corporate events, I work on personal photo projects, visit friends in amemory-care home, and volunteer at a recovery center.