Motion and Emotion
Maybe I’m revealing a little secret among photographers, but I believe shooting sports is probably the easiest of all types of photography. Let’s face it, you get to walk into a space where you know something is going to happen. If you’ve done it long enough, you know how to get credentialed, which means you practically get th best “seat” (sitting or standing) in the house. You often have 360 degree access to the competitors, the coaches, the staff and the fans. If you’re intentional enough, no one knows you are there. Your subjects are all too focused on why they are there. And you get to access any range of emotions, from contained and controlled focus on the task, to the most joyful exuberance of accomlishment, to the depths of defeating disappointment.
From many of the pro shooters before me, I have learned to shoot intentionally; to prepare by framing the shot composing all four corners, have my settings settings ready, and be prepared for the action to enter the frame. And do it over and over and over again, adjusting my objectives as the competition is played out before me. The vast volume of my sports photography is published on f/go with a mission of “building community around the spirit of sport”.
Kids in the Best Light
Most of my sports photography covers youth sports. This happened because I found myself attending high school sporting events with an itch to do more. I had already spent several years being active with the Minneapolis Public Schools, championing funding increases through a referendum and other school board level efforts. But for me, I found sitting in meetings was not accessing enough of what I might be able to do to help. There are six high schools in Minneapolis, and I became dedicated to covering each of them and as many different sports they offered. The intent is to honor the kids, most of whom will not experience organized sports after high school, and support the notion that school sports builds community, communities that help many children who may not otherwise feel connection, purpose, victory, and productive dealing with defeat that comes along to each of us throughout our lifetimes.
Perspire and Inspire
Maintaining an active healthy lifestyle is key to happiness, longevity, and a balanced life. Some embrace this to impressive levels. I have found myself migrating to organized sports, both team and individual, where enthusiasts dedicate considerable focus to developing competitive skills that reach their dedicated spirits. These athletes, for me, are inspirational and my challenge is to show them just how very good they look.