Alyssa Pointer
Multimedia Journalist

Football

I grew up watching football with my family. As a teenager, I became more interested in the sport because of, well, boys! In addition, it gave me and my father something to look forward to during our leisurely Sundays. I quickly picked up on the lingo, positions and stats. And then I moved to college and I couldn’t afford cable. I also wasn’t into college football. Needless to say, the last football game I watched was when MY Atlanta Falcons blew a 17 point lead against… well, you know the rest! #SuperBowlLI

I was excited when I got the opportunity to photograph my first NFL game. The Chicago Bears were taking on the Carolina Panthers at Soldier Field. I hadn’t photographed a football game since my junior year of college so, I was going to be a little rusty.  But, once you learn how to do something, you usually don’t forget.

The rain that was predicted to fall didn’t start until the last seconds of the fourth quarter. And to top it off, a fan decided to run on the field shirtless. Talk about excitement! All in all, it turned out well. Here are my images. (All photos copyright Chicago Tribune 2017)

Chicago Bears fan Zack Phelps [cq] shows off his painted face before the start of the game against the Carolina Panthers, Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017, at Soldier Field. (Alyssa Pointer/ Chicago Tribune)

A Chicago Bears fan watches the team practice before the start of the game against the Carolina Panthers, Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017, at Soldier Field. (Alyssa Pointer/ Chicago Tribune)

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) runs the ball during the first quarter of a game against the Chicago Bears, Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017, at Soldier Field. (Alyssa Pointer/ Chicago Tribune)

Chicago Bears free safety Eddie Jackson (39), left, celebrates with his teammates in the end zone following a fumble recovery and a 75 yard run during the first quarter of a game against the Carolina Panthers, Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017, at Soldier Field. (Alyssa Pointer/ Chicago Tribune)

Members of the Chicago Bears defense sacksCarolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) during the first quarter of a game against at Soldier Field, Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017. (Alyssa Pointer/ Chicago Tribune)

Carolina Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart (28) runs the ball during the second quarter of a game against the Chicago Bears, Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017, at Soldier Field. (Alyssa Pointer/ Chicago Tribune)

A member of the Chicago Bears team gives Chicago Bears running back Tarik Cohen (29) a hug after he made a touchdown during the first half of a game against the Carolina Panthers, Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017, at Soldier Field. (Alyssa Pointer/ Chicago Tribune)

People in the stands celebrate after a man caught a Carolina Panthers field goal ball during the first half of a game against the Chicago Bears, Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017, at Soldier Field. (Alyssa Pointer/ Chicago Tribune)

Chicago Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky (10) is tackled by Carolina Panthers offensive tackle Daryl Williams (60) before making to the goal line during the second quarter of a game at Soldier Field, Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017. (Alyssa Pointer/ Chicago Tribune)

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) looks to pass the ball during the first half of a game against the Chicago Bears, Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017, at Soldier Field. (Alyssa Pointer/ Chicago Tribune)

National Football League referees discuss a penalty call during the second half of a Chicago Bears and Carolina Panthers game at Soldier Field, Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017. (Alyssa Pointer/ Chicago Tribune)

Carolina Panthers wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin (13) makes a catch during the second half of a game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field, Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017. (Alyssa Pointer/ Chicago Tribune)

Chicago Bears defensive end Akiem Hicks (96) tells the crowd to get louder during the second half of a game against the Carolina Panthers at Soldier Field, Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017. (Alyssa Pointer/ Chicago Tribune)

An incomplete pass to Carolina Panthers tight end Ed Dickson (84) during the second half of a game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field, Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017. (Alyssa Pointer/ Chicago Tribune)

An unidentified man is tackled by members of the Soldier Field security team after running onto the field during the second half of a Chicago Bears and Carolina Panthers game at Soldier Field, Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017. (Alyssa Pointer/ Chicago Tribune)

Chicago Bears running back Jordan Howard (24) is tackled by Carolina Panthers linebacker David Mayo (55) during the second half of a game at Soldier Field, Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017. (Alyssa Pointer/ Chicago Tribune)

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) and Chicago Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky (10) talk amongst themselves at the end of the game at Soldier Field, Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017. The Chicago Bears beat the Carolina Panthers, 17-3. (Alyssa Pointer/ Chicago Tribune)

Chicago Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky (10) smiles as he exits Soldier Field following a victory against the Carolina Panthers, Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017. The Chicago Bears beat the Carolina Panthers, 17-3. (Alyssa Pointer/ Chicago Tribune)

Chicago Bears tight end Zach Miller (86) prepares to gives= his glove to a fan before exiting the field following a victory against the Carolina Panthers, Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017. The Chicago Bears beat the Carolina Panthers, 17-3. (Alyssa Pointer/ Chicago Tribune)


A trip around the sun by a transplant living in Chicago

The Chicago skyline as the sun rises, Thursday, September 28, 2017, in the Uptown neighborhood. (Alyssa Pointer/ Chicago Tribune)

Sonitra Mitchell, from left, Shacoori Jackson , center, and Chrishauna Thompson, left, laugh amongst themselves while posing for a portrait, Wednesday, May 17, 2017, in the South Chicago neighborhood. All three young ladies have been doubled-up, living with various family members without having a permanent home, at one point in their lives. They all have gotten help from the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless. (Alyssa Pointer/Chicago Tribune)

Former U.S. Secretary of Education under the Obama administrartion, John J. King, right and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel walk into a classroom during a visit with students at Curie Metropolitan High School, Friday, Dec. 2, 2016, in Archer Heights. Mayor Rahm Emanuel, former U.S. Secretary of Education, John J. King and Chicago chief of education, Janice Jackson, announced an expansion of the International Baccalaureate program within Chicago public schools. The program will be expanded to four Chicago area high schools. (Alyssa Pointer / Chicago Tribune)

Isaac Tobin, senior book designer at the University of Chicago Press, poses for a portrait at 57th Street Book Store, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016, in the Hyde Park community. Tobin has contributed 12 years of designing experience to the UIC Press. (Alyssa Pointer / Chicago Tribune)

An Oracle sponsored plane, flown by aerobatic pilot Sean D. Tucker, flies over Lake Michigan, Thursday, August 17, 2017, in Chicago. (Alyssa Pointer/ Chicago Tribune)

Rev. Dr. Merlon Jackson of Christ Community Church prays over Harlan Community Academy students, Mitchell, left, and Sonitra, before the two leave and participate in their school’s Las Vegas themed prom at McCormick Place, Saturday, June 10, 2017, in the Fernwood neighborhood. Family, friends and neighbors crowded themselves on the sidewalk to join in the couples “prom send off” party. Reverend Jackson prayed for wisdom for the couple along with safe passage as they traveled throughout Chicago for a night of fun and memories.

Moah’s Ark urban farm owner, Mo Cahill, talks about the chickens she keeps in her backyard, Tuesday, June 13, 2017, in the Rogers Park neighborhood. Following a few protests over the years from neighbors, Mo will face a judge over a noise ordinance. The chickens roost inside an old baby blue Chevrolet suburban that Mo transformed into a coop. (Alyssa Pointer/Chicago Tribune)

Pedestrians walking on East Ohio Street use their umbrellas to shield themselves from the rain of an afternoon thunderstorm, Thursday, October 6, 2016.(Alyssa Pointer/Chicago Tribune)

Conductor Riccardo Muti leads the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Thursday, May 11, 2017, at the Chicago Symphony Center. (Alyssa Pointer/Chicago Tribune)

Ashley Huicochea, 18, poses for a portrait at her residence, Thursday, August 20, 2017, in the North Austin neighborhood. During the 2016-2017 school year, Ashely, a graduate of Prosser Career Academy, submitted an idea for visualizing Chicago in a positive way for local artists Jamila Woods and Chance the Rapper’s latest music video. Her idea won the contest and she was able to bring her ideas to fruition for the song, “LSD.” (Alyssa Pointer/ Chicago Tribune)

Beasty, a 13 month old French Bulldog, hitches a ride with his owner during a morning walk in the Lake View neighborhood, Wednesday, June 5, 2017. (Alyssa Pointer/Chicago Tribune)

President Barack Obama speaks during a fundraiser for Democratic U.S. senate candidate, Tammy Duckworth, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016, at the Stony Island Arts Bank in the Grand Crossing neighborhood. (Alyssa Pointer/Chicago Tribune)

A special operations U.S. Marine walks past a Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey, part of the Marine One squadron, as it lands in the Soldier Field Stadium parking lot, Friday, October 7, 2016, in Chicago. President Barack Obama visited Chicago Friday to attend a fundraiser luncheon for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. (Alyssa Pointer/Chicago Tribune)

U. S. Coast Guard commanding officer of Chicago’s Marine Safety Unit, Cdr. Zeita Merhcant, middle, stands in reverence during the Veteran’s Day wreath laying ceremony at Soldier Field, Friday, Nov. 11, 2016, in Chicago. (Alyssa Pointer/Chicago Tribune)

A Chicago Police officers secures police tape at the scene of a shooting, Monday, Oct. 17, 2016, in Englewood. One person was killed and five others were shot at 67th Street and Winchester Street, Monday night. (Alyssa Pointer/ Chicago Tribune)

A crowd disperses throughout the Heavenly Angels funeral home parking lot following the emotional outburst of a man attending the funeral for Nahmar “Nemo” Holmes, Sunday, September 18, 2016, in the East Beverly neighborhood. Family and friends told the young man to release his emotions before he left the service in order to keep the negative energy away from his children, who were at home. After much convincing, the man released his anger and was comforted on the ground as he cried. Nahmar Holmes, 23,  was shot to death outside of his home in the Brainerd neighborhood, Saturday, September 10, 2016. (Alyssa Pointer/ Chicago Tribune)

A man hugs a crying woman at the scene of a fatal shooting on the 130th block of West 69th Street, Wednesday, May 17, 2017, in the Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood. (Alyssa Pointer/Chicago Tribune)

A woman, who asked not to be identified, holds a sign at the intersection of North State Parkway and East Division street, near the scene of a shooting involving multiple victims, including an off-duty police officer, Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017, in the Gold Coast neighborhood. “I’ve been a direct target of [gun violence],” the woman, a resident of the Englewood community, said.” Every time there is a shooting, I’m coming up with this sign until he does something.” (Alyssa Pointer/ Chicago Tribune)

Tereasa Martin is comforted by her boyfriend on the porch of her apartment as she cries while talking over the sequence of events that she believes led to the discovery of her daughter, Kenneka Jenkins, in the freezer of a hotel in Rosemont, Sunday, September 10, 2017, in the Near West Side neighborhood. Kenneka’s body was found in a freezer at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, in Rosemont, early Sunday morning.  (Alyssa Pointer/Chicago Tribune)

Darius Cephas, of Boston, Massachusetts, right, and Bleu Rainer, of Tampa Florida, rouse up a group of demonstrators with a participatory chant during a protest outside of the McDonald’s Corporate office headquarters, Wednesday, May 24, 2017, in Oak Brook, Illinois. Fast food workers and supporters gathered from all over the nation to protest for a raise in their minimum wages and the formation of a union as a shareholders meeting took place inside the McDonalds Corporation headquarters office Wednesday. (Alyssa Pointer/Chicago Tribune)

Local Chicago rapper, Chancellor “Chance the Rapper” Bennett, is escorted through the streets of Chicago following the Social Works Parade to the Polls concert, Monday, Nov. 7, 2016, in the Loop. (Alyssa Pointer/ Chicago Tribune)

A lucky fan is plucked from the crowd and given the opportunity to sing with Green Day as they perform at Aragon Ballroom, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016. (Alyssa Pointer/ Chicago Tribune)

HaiSous Vietnamese kitchen owners, Thai Dang, left, and Danielle Dang, left, pose for a portrait inside their restaurant, July, 25, 2017, in the Pilsen neighborhood. (Alyssa Pointer/Chicago Tribune)

An octopus and radish dish served at HaiSous Vietnamese kitchen, July, 25, 2017, in the Pilsen neighborhood. (Alyssa Pointer/Chicago Tribune)

A beer served at The Native, a new bar located at 2417 N. Milwaukee Ave., Monday, Nov. 21, 2016, in the Logan Square neighborhood. (Alyssa Pointer/ Chicago Tribune)

Michelle Diliberto, 15, left, and her mother, Maria Diliberto, cross East Chestnut Street and North Michigan Avenue on their way to a Quinceanera themed photoshoot for Michelle’s 15th birthday, Monday, July 24, 2017, in downtown Chicago. (Alyssa Pointer/Chicago Tribune)

A man jogs down East Huron Street during a morning run, Monday, July 31, 2017, in downtown Chicago. (Alyssa Pointer/Chicago Tribune)

Members of the Chicago fire department keep a look out over Lake Michigan during a body recovery near Montrose Dog Beach, Thursday, August 31, 2017, in the Uptown community. (Alyssa Pointer/ Chicago Tribune)

A man jumps from a street light pole on North Sheffield Avenue and West Addison Street following the Cubs win over the Los Angeles Dodgers, 5-0, at Wrigley Field, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016, in Wrigleyville. The Cubs will advance to the world series. (Alyssa Pointer/ Chicago Tribune)

A man is held up by rejoicing Cubs fans after he jumped from a stop light pole at the intersection of North Sheffield Avenue and West Addison Street following the Cubs win over the Los Angeles Dodgers, 5-0, at Wrigley Field, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016, in Wrigleyville. The Cubs will advance to the world series. (Alyssa Pointer/ Chicago Tribune)

A man is detained during the Chicago Cubs World Series parade on North Michigan Avenue. (Alyssa Pointer/Chicago Tribune)

Chicago Cubs fan celebrate on North Michigan Avenue during the Chicago Cubs World Series Parade, Friday, Nov. 4, 2016, in Chicago. (Alyssa Pointer/ Chicago Tribune)

Toddlers Bennett Stengle, 2, foreground, Sutton Williams, 4, center and Parker Stengle, 4, right, hold onto their boxes of “RizzO’s” before posing for a photo with Chicago Cub’s first baseman Anthony Rizzo and PLB Sports CEO Ty Ballou at Jewel Osco, Wednesday, May 3, 2017, in the LakeView neighborhood. Anthony Rizzo was on scene Wednesday to introduce his cereal, which will be carried exclusively at Chicago-area Jewel Osco stores and online.(Alyssa Pointer/Chicago Tribune)

Chicago Bulls forward Taj Gibson (22) fouls Brooklyn Nets forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (24) during the second half of the game at the United Center, Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016. (Alyssa Pointer/ Chicago Tribune)

Charlotte Hornets guard Ramon Sessions (7) defends Chicago Bulls guard Jerian Grant (2) during the second half of a preseason game at the United Center, Monday, Oct. 17, 2016, in Chicago. The Hornets beat the Bulls in overtime, 108-104. (Alyssa Pointer/ Chicago Tribune)

Chicago Red Stars players Vanessa DiBernardo [cq], from left, Katie Naughton [cq], Sarah Gorden[cq], Casey Short [cq], and Michele Dalton, right, pose for a portrait at Toyota Park stadium, Thursday, July 20, 2018, in Bridgeview, Illinois. Each player formerly competed with a local soccer team in a suburb near Chicago. They are the only five players of the team that have opted for staying near their hometown and playing for their local U.S. soccer women’s national team.  (Alyssa Pointer/Chicago Tribune)

George Hoffman, of Libertyville, wades across McKinley Avenue on his way to get fuel for his back up generator, Wednesday, July 12, 2017, in Libertyville, Illinois. (Alyssa Pointer/Chicago Tribune)

“This is better than [fishing in] Canada,” Walter Lakstutis, left, 44, exclaims after catching a large Carp fish in front of his house, at the intersection of South Chicago Avenue and Hickory Street in Mundelein, Illinois, Wednesday, July 12, 2017. Walter was helping his neighbors catch a few Koi fish that escaped their backyard pond when they noticed a larger fish swimming in the flooded intersection. After no avail to catch the fish with their hands, Walter retrieved his nets and with help from his neighbors, and a Mundelein public works employee, caught the fish. (Alyssa Pointer/Chicago Tribune)

A man tries to keep dry under his wind damaged umbrella while commuting on North Michigan Avenue during an early morning downpour, July 10, 2017, in downtown Chicago. (Alyssa Pointer/Chicago Tribune)

A small crawfish displays its strength by refusing to let go of Beckett Casey’s finger after being caught during an exploration of Sawmill Creek at the Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve, Sunday, July 30, 2017, in Lemont, Illinois. Beckett, along with his parents and 3 other siblings, were visiting the preserve to catch crawfish and whatever else they could cast in their small nets. (Alyssa Pointer/Chicago Tribune)

A Monarch butterfly pollinates a purple milkweed near Millennium park, Wednesday, September 13, 2017, in the Loop. (Alyssa Pointer/ Chicago Tribune)

Low clouds, seen from Promontory Point Park, loom over the Chicago skyline, Thursday, September 14, 2017. The National Weather Service issued a dense fog advisory Thursday. (Alyssa Pointer/ Chicago Tribune)

A woman crosses the intersection of North Michigan Avenue and East South Water Street, Wednesday, September 13, 2017, in the Loop. (Alyssa Pointer/ Chicago Tribune)

A woman uses solar filter glasses to view the moon passing over the sun during the solar eclipse, Monday, August 21, 2017, in downtown Chicago. (Alyssa Pointer/ Chicago Tribune)

Cherish reacrs in laighter as her mother, Zerlina, throws a bunch of leaves at her while they attended a rally for Laquan McDonald, Thursday, October 20, 2016, at the Chicago Police Headquarters. (Alyssa Pointer/ Chicago Tribune)

Tonya Radcliffe, and her 8th grade son, Jacoby Radcliffe, laugh amongst themselves during a halftime ceremonial introduction of the Wolfpack’s rising varsity players for the 20th annual homecoming game at Jackson Park, Sunday, September, 24, 2017, in the Woodlawn community. The Wolfpack team, which was started by her husband, Ernest Radcliffe[cq] in 1997, has called Jackson Park home for 20 years. The players were given a chain, a team ring and a gift bag. (Alyssa Pointer/ Chicago Tribune)

Reverend Robin Hood poses for a portrait at Penn elementary school in the North Lawndale neighborhood.

Children cover an anti-diversity stenciled message with hearts and positive messages in the courtyard of Thomas J. Waters elementary school, Sunday, August 27, 2017, in the Lincoln Square community. Over the weekend, neighbors found graffiti supporting anti-diversity and hatred displayed in the school’s courtyard as well as a nearby church’s steps, neighborhood sidewalks and a homeowner’s garage. The group that met at the church, talked about diversity and inclusion and followed up with a march to a nearby park. (Alyssa Pointer/ Chicago Tribune)

Siblings Tamya Truitt, 15, from right, Taniyah Barrett, 10, and Tamisha Applewhite, 8, work together to build a snowman at Williams Park, Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016, the Bronzeville neighborhood. (Alyssa Pointer / Chicago Tribune)

Skiers and snowboarders ride the slopes during a cloudy sunset at Wilmot Mountain Ski Resort, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016, in Wilmot, Wisconsin. (Alyssa Pointer/ Chicago Tribune)

Sam Karow, of Lincoln Square, helps his son, Gabe, 8, balance on a snowboard at Cricket Hill , Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016, in the Uptown community. (Alyssa Pointer/Chicago Tribune

A round up of a few images that I made during my first year at the Chicago Tribune. 


Fun in the Sun

A few weeks ago (or a month, whose counting?), I assisted a photographer as she and a reporter sought to capture the vibe/crowd of one of Chicago’s most popular beaches. While helping the photographer light the portraits, I also snagged time to shoot some b-roll. I decided to throw something together, as an ode to a great summer. Cheers to warm weather and having extra time to spare!

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