In 2014 I photographed the Northwestern Regional Championship in Lincoln, CA. It was my first time photographing a Championship IPO event after having been a competitor for more than 10 years. There I met a relatively new helper named Weston Kester. I was impressed with his solid and safe technique, intensity and power. I learned that he had only been doing helper work for a couple of years, which made his performance all the more noteworthy. However, what really struck me about Weston was his soft-spoken and sincere character. This, and the positive, supportive dynamics he has with his charming wife Elise. Now and again one meets folks that replenish your faith in humanity. Weston and Elise are two of these people. Check out my blog for more about their story.