Capturing The Moment At Road America

For many years, in my graphic design career, I purchased and contracted with photographers to capture editorial photographs for whatever publication I was working on. Fast forward to when my son, Eric, played hockey throughout high school – that’s when I became the unofficial team photographer—the ultimate hockey mom.

That experience awakened the love of capturing defining moments in life. The first shot I’m posting is from 2006, when Eric scored the winning goal for his team’s first-ever progression into the local hockey playoffs. I missed the moment of the goal—hockey moves as fast as lightning and you are lucky to find a four- inch square in the glass to position yourself to get ANY decent photo. Couple that with the horrible lighting, and you never know what you are going to get.

No, Eric doesn’t actually appear in the photo, he’s on the very bottom of the pile. Trying to breathe—as it turns out, but exhilarated, just the same. The second photo is him attempting to recover after 18 kids piled on top of him in full hockey gear—sticks and all. These version of the photos are not the highest quality—I have the originals stored at home, but I wouldn’t trade those photos for anything.


after hockey

Now I find myself with a very fun camera in my hands. It is a Nikon D3400—which is an entry-level camera—and is what I wanted. I’d like to be really technical and master ISO and F-stops—eventually I will get there, but for now, I’m just having fun. I hope I captured some of the fun moments and some glimpses into the intensity and fun during qualifying and practices (along with my favorite blogger) here in at the Kohler Grand Prix in Elkhart Lake.
(The story behind Brian Redman’s cat is here.)


bow tie






dixon pose





hinch's girl

hunter reay3







pags head


penske trucks



rossicar copy


veach2 copy





4 Responses to “Capturing The Moment At Road America”

  1. Ron Ford Says:

    Nice shot of those gleaming transporters. They are an important part of IndyCar racing but they are generally as invisible as Scott Dixon on a city street.

  2. Ron Ford Says:

    The driver in the orange and yellow suit looks like he is 12 years old.

  3. Ron Ford Says:

    Do you know the story behind “Here lies Brian Redman’s Cat. The Blur With Fur.”

  4. BrandonWright77 Says:

    Great pics Susan, thanks for sharing! Not sure about that grumpy looking one at the end though… 🙂 I just got a Nikon D5 this past weekend, can’t wait to use it and hope to take it to Gateway in a couple months.

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