Sports Team Photo
Creating an interesting sports team photo takes a lot more than grabbing an SLR and an on-camera flash. You have to be interesting, creative, and deliver the product in a timely manner. All while working on marketing, computer problems, and everything else.
When I first conceptualized this shot, I was thinking of how I could take the entire Juggernauts team of roller derby ladies from Jackson Hole and place them somewhere else with a little more grit. That is, not dirt grit from climbing the Tetons, but rather industrial grit only found in the city. Looking for ideas, I thumbed through the various roller derby team photos I found online and realized that, for the most part, they were just plain shots in their arena. Boring. Some had lighting but the sparkles from the reflections behind the players were distracting and thus ruined the photos. As a sponsor of the Juggernauts, I had to deliver better.
There was one interesting shot online that was done in a city drain but the lighting was unbalanced, so it was impossible to see the team member’s faces. I had seen some interesting team photos in posters around town, so they were my inspiration. I needed an original Detroit industrial-looking location with a big city in the background. After visualizing my shot, I went about figuring out how to create it. Sports team photography is enjoyable because the players appreciate the work put into the shot. They know what the conditions were when the shoot was done, so when they see the final product, they’re blown away. Based on the Juggernaut’s response, this was no exception.
I was very happy to deliver this photo after a considerable number of hours invested into the photography and the post-processing of the image. The team’s response made me even happier, knowing I had hit the mark. If there are teams looking for compelling and interesting shots, look at the above image and ask, “Do I want a generic shot in the arena or do I want something that sets us apart from everyone else?”
Hire me and you’ll have just that shot.