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Sam Morris

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Sam Morris is an Iowa native who made his way to Las Vegas 11 years ago after beginning his career as a freelance photographer in San Francisco. It was in San Francisco that he met his fabulous wife and started a family that grew to include three delightful girls. While he doesn't prefer to shoot one subject over another (he's still surprised people pay him to take photos), he tries to find the quirky, humorous, subtle or graphic in what he covers.

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In sync and under water
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
I didn’t notice this photo until the second time I went through my take from a recent synchronized swimming competition.
Crowd surfing the Warped Tour
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Surfing to the stage like projectiles being hurled at a castle.
EDC's 'seriously happy people' prove infectious
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Don't leave your earplugs in the car.
UNLV graduate flies across stage to retrieve diploma
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
The university commemorated its first class of entertainment engineering graduates with quite the highlight.
On the other side of the camera
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Black goggles, black gloves, way too many hot dogs.
A rockabilly touch-up
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Photos of things on the periphery of an event can be just as telling, or certainly as interesting, as photos of the event itself.
Photos: Remembering snowstorms in Las Vegas offers retreat from the heat
Friday, Aug. 26, 2011
This week’s record-high temperatures might make some Las Vegans consider moving to colder climes where snow is more common than 110-degree heat waves. But Las Vegas does get the cold stuff from time to time.
My Pop Rocks
Thursday, June 17, 2010
In honor of Fathers’ Day, some local-music dads stopped by the Weekly offices with their biggest fans.
Sam Morris - The photography compulsion
A collection of our favorite photos that didn't run this year
Monday, Dec. 21, 2009
I wouldn’t say taking photos is a compulsion, but sometimes it does seems as if I can’t help myself. Even though a photo may never be displayed anywhere other than my computer, if I see something that catches my eye, I have to shoot it.
Housekeeper finds two dead in apparent murder-suicide
Monday, Sept. 14, 2009
Metro Police said a housekeeper found two people in their mid-20s dead this afternoon in an apparent murder-suicide in the south Las Vegas Valley. The shooting likely happened late Friday or early Saturday, police said. Police Sgt. William Scott said a woman was found shot to death on a couch downstairs, then a man was found dead upstairs.
Joy Prom: Dancing the night away
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
It was a Vegas-style, first-class evening for 250 mentally and developmentally disabled Nevadans on May 8 at Joy Prom.
Sights Unseen
Our favorite pictures that didn't run this year
Sunday, Jan. 4, 2009
Opposites attract. Sometimes, in going over a year’s work, one finds unexpected relationships between seemingly opposite photographs.
Convention security tight, but polite
Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2008
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Threatened by hotel security with eviction if I shot (photos) or interviewed anyone else in the hotel.
Getting down, for tradition
Saturday, April 26, 2008
“It’s a tradition. We’re supporting the team and adding enthusiasm.”
Look, watch, learn — batter up!
Friday, March 28, 2008
“You can observe a lot by just watching,” Yankees legend — and master of the malaprop — Yogi Berra once said. And what holds true in the majors is equally true at other levels of the game.
Baseball on the brain
Saturday, Feb. 23, 2008
Sorry, Tennyson, but in the United States, a young man's thoughts turn to baseball in spring.
They hear no evil, but hustle to spot it
Saturday, Feb. 16, 2008
Scream all you want, sports fans, but you’re not going to get to the officials. At least not Emma Major-Hassinger.
They warmed to soccer, soccer players
Saturday, Feb. 9, 2008
A playoff should be enough reason for someone to attend a sporting event.
But in high school, there may be something else that helps get a guy to stand around for a couple hours in near-freezing weather.
Surprise: Clinton carrying Paris Las Vegas, 2 to 1
Saturday, Jan. 19, 2008
Pint-sized ambassador
Saturday, Jan. 19, 2008
Flitting among the stacks of gastronomic fare usually found in concession stands, Ashley offers, “We have pizza, nachos, hot dogs, candy and chips. Lots of people like nachos, but I like ice cream the best.”
The Elko numbers
Friday, Jan. 18, 2008
SIGHT UNSEEN: Our favorite photos that didn't run this year
Sunday, Dec. 23, 2007
These photographic orphans are some that I have taken on other assignments but were never meant to be published. Sometimes an image presents itself and I shoot it. I look at the preview on the back of the camera and maybe pull it up full-size on my laptop later.
For Love of the Game
Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2007
In flip-flops instead of cleats, with a jersey instead of shoulder pads hanging off his shoulders, Moapa Valley junior Ben Paul does all he can do from a wheelchair as his team pulls away from Virgin Valley in the 3A championship game.
Tropicana at 50
Sunday, April 1, 2007
To escape Cuba in 1961 after spending months in a concentration camp, Jose Dominguez signed over his plantation and all his belongings to Fidel Castro's Communist government.
FOR THE LOVE OF THE GAME
Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2007
A basketball makes an unmistakable sound when bounced on asphalt. It's a high-pitched, echoing "ting." And on a weekday night at VoTech High School, that sound is followed by one akin to a muffled gong as a basketball fails to hit its mark and caroms off the metal backboard. First the "ting," then the "gong." And again, and again.
FOR LOVE OF THE GAME
Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2006
Nothing cuts through the echoing din of a gymnasium quite like the shout of a parent with a kid in the game.
FOR LOVE OF THE GAME
Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2006
Green Valley High varsity bowler Christina Conti gets high-fives from her teammates after picking up her fourth consecutive strike in a match against Silverado.
FOR LOVE OF THE GAME
Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2006
An eerie silence pervades in the locker room. Save for the occasional cough or the rasping of Velcro nervously being opened and closed, the defending champion Las Vegas Wildcats wrap themselves in thoughts of the battle to come.
FOR LOVE OF THE GAME
Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2006
At the speed with which most people read a comic book, Rancho wrestler Nick Jevons flips through his advanced calculus text. He occasionally looks up to see how his fellow wrestlers are progressing or when coach Gabe Gledhill repeatedly barks a command.
FOR LOVE OF THE GAME
Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2006
Back in September, Bishop Gorman soccer coach Nick Arbelaez said, "We intend to win for him this season. I think, ultimately, that's what will happen." When the Gaels won the state championship on Saturday, the tearful coach embraced his father, Victor. "This is all for you, Dad. We did it all for you."
Winning isn't the only thing
Friday, Oct. 27, 2006
There are the rare few who know the feeling of winning a race, of coming in first. An equal number know the feeling of coming in last. Dead last.

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