Most parents photographing their daughter in a swimming competition would be happy to get a shot like the one on the bottom. But a professional photographer removes all of the aberrations or clutter out of the background. I shot this picture in a hotel pool, so I created a black background to get rid of the unnecessary clutter so that all the viewer's attention would be placed on the action.
The Colts senior may be the most decorated high school girls swimmer in Pueblo history. Mary Saiz, who is headed to the University of Utah, finished her prep career with five individual state titles. She capped her illustrious swimming career in March by winning the 100 backstroke in a state-record time of 56.49 seconds.