{Monster Truck Jam, Phoenix 2010}


I never thought I’d blog about Monster Trucks, but here I am:)  My husband works for Universal Technical Institute, a sponsor at the Monster Jam.   This was my first experience up close and personal with Monster Jam and the humungo trucks that compete – I was in awe.  I didn’t think I’d enjoy it as much as I did.  Before the show we went to the Pit Party and saw the trucks and drivers up close – it was crazy how big these trucks are and how little we were next to them.  The kids loved it and when we were told we could write on the cars that were going to be demolished, the kids were in heaven. {the kids in action above}.  I even got into it…it was freeing to be able to do something like this LOL.  I’ve banned sharpies from my house for fear the kids will think it’s a Crayola marker and ruin our table, furniture and well, everything.  So the kids looked at me before writing on these cars and hesitantly asked ‘Really?  We can draw, we write on these cars?’   I loved seeing their excitement.:)  After the Pit Party the show was ready to begin so we headed up to UTI’s Party Suite!  Again, we were in awe – food, souvenirs, drinks and a great view of the trucks below.  It was a blast!!!

(below) I got to see the ‘pretty’ mechanical parts of these trucks – they were really colorful and complex.


UTI’s Party Suite below:)


The first competitor in the Freestyle Competition was a woman driver.  She and her truck ‘Outlaw’ were tough!   She was a driver with no fear!  At the end of her portion of the competition her wheel broke off.  Her gutsy driving put her in high ranking but in the end she ended up tying for second place.


Monster Mutt below.


El Toro Loco.


GraveDigger – Our Favorite!



by Kara

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Arnold M. WilsonJanuary 14, 2011 - 7:48 am

Great photos indeed, I am a professional photographer myself and find this work very creative, great work!

Greg Adler MotorsporOctober 28, 2010 - 6:20 pm

I am a huge monster truck fan. Those are some amazing photos. Thanks

janetFebruary 19, 2010 - 10:36 am

Fun! Love the processing on these….it emphasizes the dirt!!

TanyaFebruary 12, 2010 - 5:21 am

Awesome photos Kara! sounds like you all had a fantastic night :)

jeanaFebruary 11, 2010 - 5:01 pm

Looks like so much fun. Love the color and images. Also, I love the images below of your daughter…she is stunning and I can’t wait for spring! Love all your work!

jen harrFebruary 10, 2010 - 4:31 pm

seriously cool…my son would love this!! awesome shots.

PattiFebruary 10, 2010 - 2:55 am

That looks like so much fun!

Terry McKaigFebruary 10, 2010 - 2:20 am

It sounds like you guys have a great time! I like your processing, it is perfect for these!!

Cheryl JohnsonFebruary 9, 2010 - 8:11 pm

i thought they were toy trucks until I saw the crowds in the stand – my boys would love to see something like this. loving the processing

KateFebruary 9, 2010 - 4:44 pm

Looks like a great time! You captured some amazing images! Love the processing!!!!

Kim HulbertFebruary 9, 2010 - 9:21 am

now that’s boy heaven!!! very cool.

ElmaFebruary 9, 2010 - 12:27 am

SO cool! The HDR PP is just perfection. This makes me think I may actually enjoy going to a monster truck show! LOL

AmiiFebruary 8, 2010 - 7:27 pm

How fun! My 5 year old would have LOVED this…anything that is loud and destructive is right up his alley!

elizabeth pelletteFebruary 5, 2010 - 5:39 pm

this looks like a lot of fun

amandaFebruary 4, 2010 - 5:18 pm

ohmygoodness! AWESOME! love all the images! What a fun time!

Haleigh RohnerFebruary 4, 2010 - 5:09 pm

Kara, These shots are awesome… I’m sure I’ll see you at this event in the next few years, now that we’re expecting our first little boy. :) BTW, he isn’t arriving until June, so email me if you get a chance and we can set up a time to do lunch and chat.


ginnyFebruary 4, 2010 - 1:48 pm

that is sooo cool. my boys would love it (as would my crazy daughter) i have to try and go to one.

JaideanFebruary 4, 2010 - 1:28 am

Oh wow, your pictures are awesome!!! (tempting me to take my real camera this year instead of my point and shoot! ha!)… So fun! We have gone the last two year and have tickets to go again and will be taking our daughter for the first time this year. Excited to see how she likes it – my son LOVES it!

Michelle KaneFebruary 3, 2010 - 10:48 pm

Super cool. Love the Hyper real edits. Perfect for these kinds of photos.

ShannonFebruary 3, 2010 - 8:15 pm

This was AMAZING – I know my seven year old would have so much fun at a Monster Truck Jam. The shots are amazing (? what lens did you use and did you use flash?).

ChelseyFebruary 3, 2010 - 7:48 pm

How AWESOME is this!!! As the mom of an {almost} 4yo boy … I know we’d have a blast at something like this. How fun for your fam! Great action shots too, Kara!

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