Serving the Figure Skating,
and Sports Communities of the Pacific Northwest
Redefining Action Photography
- As an adult figure skater, I am well aware of the extraordinary commitment you are making, and the challenges you face daily in your sport. You have spent years of diligent and determined effort to learn your skills. You deserve an action photographer who shares your zeal and dedication, and consistently produces the finest action photos obtainable with today's most capable cameras. It's time to leave behind yesterday's standards, and take action photography to the next level.
- My approach makes extensive use of the fast-burst capability of modern professional cameras, and with my experience of over 5 million frames taken with current-technology equipment, you can be assured of optimal results. Spins, jumps, flying camels, spectacular death drops and more are captured at a rate of at least 8 frames per second, allowing you to study the full detail of your technique. The examples shown on this page are truly representative of the results you can expect to receive.
- Because this ambitious style of photography will typically produce about five times more frames, your complete photo set is delivered to you on recordable CD or DVD. This also frees you from painstakingly sorting through your photos to identify the favorite few you would like to take home. From your CD, you have the freedom to print photos at any time that is most convenient for you.
If you would like to place an order online, you may use the drop-down menu and Buy Now button below, but please be sure to read these instructions carefully before proceeding. Your CD will be mailed the morning of the business day after your order is received.
Pricing information for each competition is shown below under Recent Events, or on the Events Completed page. Prices shown here include any applicable taxes, but please note that a $2 shipping fee will be added for each order.
Family Special: If you have more than one skater or athlete in your family, the price is just $10 additional per competition - select a menu option which says + Family.
Combination Orders: You may combine prior competitions with your order. There is a discount of $5 on each competition added. To place a combined order, select any one of the lower 5 menu options which shows the correct total price. Please contact me by email if you need any assistance figuring the order price, or if the total exceeds $60, as additional discounts may apply.
To proceed, select the correct item from the drop-down menu, then click on the Buy Now button. This will take you to the PayPal site, which I use for credit card processing. You do not need to have a PayPal account to use your credit card. Once you are there, just click on the Continue button to skip the PayPal login. If you do have a PayPal account which you would like to use for payment, you may use the login provided.
Information Required: Please enter the name of the competition, and the skater or athlete's name, in the Instructions box during the checkout process. Alternatively, you may send this information to me by email (see Contact Information below).
Ordering by Mail or Email
- Simply contact me by email, mail or phone to place an order, stating the name of the competition, the athlete's name and your mailing address. Your CD will be mailed as soon as your payment arrives (use the PO Box address below to send payment; checks payable to Marianne Oelund). Full photo sets are delivered on data CD or DVD, by mail, or in person if you are local to me. Please add $2 shipping for each order to be mailed.
- Each CD includes all of your photos from one competition, regardless of the number of events that you participated in. CD prices are listed here, by competition. Payment must be by mail or PayPal (my user name is the email address shown below).
Photo Viewing and Archiving
- For assistance viewing the photos on your CD, please see the Irfanview Instructions and Tips.
- All photos taken are permanently archived, and remain available long-term for purchase or replacement.
- Storage is private and secure, on a computer system that is never connected to the world wide web.
- Photos are not generally posted for viewing on this web site. This is due to privacy considerations, and the huge storage requirement and excessive upload/download times involved in transferring hundreds of megabytes of data. At your request, specific photos or a composite photo file can be temporarily posted here in a private directory for access by family and friends. Please contact me by email if you are interested in this service.
Those interested in the technical aspects of photography, may enjoy perusing this area.
If you've been skating at competitions in the Washington-Oregon region, there is a good chance that I have pictures on file for you! Have a look at the event lists to find out what's available. Major events over the last year include Kingsgate Fiesta, Cascade Ice Classic, May Blades, Ice Fest, Apple Ice Classic, PNIC (Interclub), Sherwood Invitational, Blades On Ice, NW Pacific Regionals.
Recent Events - 2015/2016
Prices listed are for CDs picked up in person. Please add $2 shipping per mailed order.
- Highland Skating Club: Blades On Ice, Sep. 12-13, 2015. CD $30 ($20 if only one program skated).
- Seattle Skating Club: NW Pacific Regional Championships, Oct. 10-15, 2015. CD $30 ($20 if only one program skated).
- Carousel Sherwood FSC: Love to Skate, Feb. 27, 2016. CD $20.
- Seattle SC: Rising Stars Competition, March 5, 2016. CD $20.
- Kingsgate Arena: Fiesta Skate, March 26, 2016. CD $20.
- Cascade Valley FSC: Cascade Ice Classic, April 23-24, 2016. CD $20.
- Lakewood Winter Club: May Blades, May 13-15, 2016. CD $30 ($20 if only one program skated).
Upcoming Events - 2016
Prices listed are for CDs picked up in person. Please add $2 shipping per mailed order.
- Seattle Skating Club: Ice Fest, June 3-5, 2016. CD $30 ($20 if only one program skated).
- Wenatchee FSC: Apple Ice Classic, June 18-19, 2016. CD $30 ($20 if only one program skated).
- Everett FSC: Star Spangled Skate, July 16-17, 2016. CD $20.
- Kingsgate SC: Summer Sizzle, July 29, 2016. CD by donation to Marianne's Base 2 Space fundraising.
- Lilac City Figure Skating Club: PNIC/Jo Williams, Aug. 12-14, 2016. CD $30 ($20 if only one program skated).
- Carousel-Sherwood FSC: Sherwood Invitational, Aug. 27-28, 2016. CD $20.
- Highland Skating Club: Blades On Ice, Sep. 10-11, 2016. CD $30 ($20 if only one program skated).
- Wenatchee Figure Skating Club: NW Pacific Regional Championships, Oct. 8-11, 2016. CD $30 ($20 if only one program skated).
Coverage for Your Event
- If you have an event which you would like me to cover, and which does not conflict with the Upcoming Events listed above, please feel free to contact me for further information.
- Email: This is the fastest way to contact me during normal business hours.
- Cell phone: 425 417-5696
- Post: Marianne Oelund, PO Box 2232, Redmond, WA 98073.
Important: Mail must be addressed to me personally, not to ActionPhotos, or the post office may refuse to deliver it.
Provided at Competitions
- At covered competitions, all athletes will be photographed. It is not necessary to request or pre-order photos before your event.
- Photos are available for viewing at my networked viewing stations within a few minutes of when your warmup group has finished. In other words, you can often see your photos even before results are posted for your event.
- Depending on the competition, photo viewing/ordering may be either self-service, or assisted by volunteers. When volunteer staff is on hand, you can place an order and receive your CD before you leave the competition venue. For self-service ordering, I will record your CD and mail it within 1 week of the close of the competition.
- CD purchases include copyright privileges for you to print your pictures as you please. You may make copies of your photo files for backup, or for friends or family, and you may edit your photos as you deem appropriate. You may submit your photos to publications for printing or other forms of publishing; in this case, I only request that attribution be given to ActionPhotos by Marianne.
- Your privacy is fully respected and honored. Photo storage is secure, and your photos will not be provided to any other parties for viewing or purchase. Of course, that means you cannot order photos of other skaters or athletes, unless you have obtained their permission.
and Care of Your Photo CDs
- If you use a Windows PC, I heartily recommend Irfanview, which is the viewer application which we run on our viewing station computers. It's fast and easy to use, and is loaded with features for viewing and editing. It's one of the few viewers that can be set to display your photos right-side-up automatically. See http://www.irfanview.com for your freeware copy. Be sure to download the plugins also. Note that the photo CDs we provide will generally include an Irfanview folder with the software.
- Since your photos are valuable as a training aid, please do share them with your coach for analysis and commentary.
- If your CD ever develops defects or incurs damage (or suffers mysterious disappearance), just let me know and I'll send you a replacement.
- Keep your CD in a cool place away from direct sun - don't leave your CD sitting in a car on sunny days! Do make backup copies of your favorite photos, on a hard drive or tape. CD-R media may have a limited lifetime of 2-5 years, depending on the quality of the media, but storage temperature and protection from strong light are the most important factors determining data life on your CD. DVD-R discs are even more sensitive and must always be kept out of direct sunlight.
- As I have time available to provide them, purchasers of photo CDs may request a few retouched versions of their photos for the purpose of printing enlargements. Email me with the competition name, athlete's name, file numbers, and the print size that you intend to use (this determines cropping ratio); I will send your retouched files to you by email. Retouching includes color correction, noise reduction, tone adjustment and cropping. This service will be complimentary, provided I am not overwhelmed by demand.
Marianne Oelund, Photographer
ActionPhotos by Marianne
Last Update: May 16, 2016.