Tim Uomoto and I have been friends since high school when we met in a marketing class. I soon discovered he was a b-boy and though I couldn't dance to save my life, I wanted to hang around his practice sessions. So I picked up my dad's old Minolta and started snapping photos. Both of us continued down those paths where he eventually won a world championship and became a successful entrepreneur while I'm still figuring out how to use a camera.
Ten years ago, Tim partnered with a friend to start Outshine Productions and launched the Northwest Sweet 16 break dancing competition – featuring some of the best breakers in the region. They've hosted this event every year and expanded across the US with regional competition (SW, East Coast, etc.). I've photographed most of their competitions and of course I couldn't miss this one.