Five Things a Sports Photographer Brings to a Shoot:

So our last blog post was about five favorites a portrait photographer brings to a shoot. This week we are talking about five favorites a sports photographer brings to a shoot. We wanted to do these posts back to back to illustrate how different each photo shoot can be, specifically focusing on equipment in this case. When shooting sports, you must be prepared for action, literally. With so many quick movements to capture you need to be able to think fast not only on your feet, but creatively as well.

 

Our first item is something all of you have, trash bags. Trash bags are a great backup for weather. Even though we now have our rain covers for our cameras, we still bring trash bags. Of course, the first time we used them wasn’t exactly a success story. This was back when we had first started the business. We only had two cameras at this point. We were at a local high school shooting a game and of course the weather was absolutely horrible, and we hadn’t gotten around to purchasing one of the professional camera covers yet. We had seen other photographers use trash bags, so we decided to cover up the camera and wrap it in athletic tape to secure it. Flash forward a bit, we didn’t wrap up the camera well enough. And unfortunately, we had a camera causality that day. Eventually we learned how to properly secure the camera in a trash bag, and it worked wonders! So for those of you thinking about using trash bags make sure you seal it up correctly or it won’t be a good day. Trust us.

 

Moving on to number two. A monopod is very similar to a tripod, but it is much simpler to use and transport which is great for sports and action-based shoots. It allows the photographer to increase the cameras stability which produces sharper images. This is perfect for those shots across the field where you wouldn’t have time to get to the other side to capture the entirety of the play.   

 

Comfortable shoes are our next favorite and are key for shooting sports. You are constantly moving around whether on the field or on the court in order to capture the perfect shot. And at the end of a day when you’ve shot three for four games, your feet will be thanking you. Also, if we are really giving our five favorites we could even get as specific as saying New Balance and Vans are our favorite shoe brands to shoot in.

 

Moving on to some of the most important pieces. Our 70-200 f/2.8 lens. This lens is crucial for sports photographers as it offers a lot of versatility. You could be shooting right next to a batter at home plate and get a perfect photo and then shoot across the field to capture a play and get just as crisp of an image. Because of the speed of the lens it does wonders for shooting in low light situations, such as an indoor court. Shooting in low light can result in grainy images but the speed of this lens helps to counteract it.

 

Our final favorite is our 300mm or a 400mm f/2.8 lens. These lens’ allow you the option of more coverage of the field, meaning you can capture more content in your image. So you can get that wide shot of that final touchdown or that winning goal. It’s also a good idea to bring two different lenses as it offers a bit of variety depending on what sport you are shooting.

 

Even though we said our five favorite we had to include one more. So what is the last one? Two camera bodies. Because again, always be prepared.

Our Five Favorite Items to Bring on a Shoot :

Hello all! We wanted to mix things up today. We thought it could be kind of neat for you guys to take a bit of a peek into the business, you know a little behind the scenes action. So for all you photography nerds out there, read on to learn about our five favorite pieces of equipment to bring along on a portrait shoot!  

 

Just diving right in here, but our first choice would have to be a scrim. A scrim allows you to soften sunlight and makes it SO much easier to shoot in direct light, especially during that mid-afternoon time when the sun is at its peak. Think of it almost as a portable shade provider.  

 

Moving on to number two, because we like to be super prepared, we always bring two camera bodies with us. Just in case one of them decides it doesn’t want to work. It’s always important to be over-prepared for a shoot because it creates a good sense of professionalism for the client.

 

For numbers three and four we have listed our favorite lenses, particularly for portrait sessions. The first, and the one we always bring with us, is our 24-70mm f/2.8 lens. This one has amazing versatility. It allows you the option to shoot both wide and tighter shots, making it the perfect candidate for portraits. The second is either our 50mm or our 70-200mm f/2.8 lens. We prefer to select the lens based on the shoot so we usually bring only one of the two. The 50mm is best for more compact shots since it is set at a fixed focal length. The 70-200mm f/2.8 lens works great for shooting at more of distance, for instance in a city setting where you would want to include more in the background.

 

And finally, drumroll please, our last item we always bring with us is a flash. Flashes are super key to shooting in low light and they allow you to create dramatic spotlight effects, which is always a fun way to add some creative flair.

 

And so there you have it! Our top five favorite items to bring on a shoot. We hope you found this useful or even inspiring for your future endeavors.

Quinn + Hayden : A Preview

The perfect way to describe the Grizzle wedding? A whole lotta love. (Thank you to Led Zeppelin for providing such a clever caption.)

The day was sweet and intimate. Full of close friends and family the Grizzle wedding was a wonderful blend of classic southern and a little bit of whimsy.

We shot Quinn and Hayden’s engagement photos back in January of this year and then in November we were honored to be able to capture their wedding day. It’s always neat to see how a couple grows together during a season of engagement. From being newly engaged to just days until the wedding, until they promise each other forever, it’s almost like it’s own little storybook.

A favorite moment? Most definitely the first look with the bride and her father. It was tender and sweet and perfect. We love capturing moments like these.

The bridesmaids were nothing but fun. You could see the tight bond they had with Quinn, especially when they saw Quinn for the first reveal!

The space for the ceremony was stunning with the colors of fall in full effect. It made for the perfect backdrop to such a sweet ceremony. Quinn was all smiles too, you could tell she was excited to spend the rest of her life with her most favorite person.

There was a sign behind the dessert bar with a quote, “You have my whole heart for my whole life.” And we just love that. It just really speaks to what Quinn and Hayden were feeling that day. And so, Mr. and Mrs. Grizzle it was truly a joy to be a part of your day, we offer our congratulations once more and wish you a lifetime of happiness!

Miranda + Ben : A Preview

Miranda and Ben’s day was such a dream. We have been so excited about sharing it, and though we wish we could share the whole day with you, we have yet to finish all of the photos! With so many beautiful elements to this day we just could not wait any longer.

As one of our last weddings of the year we can say with confidence that the wedding of Miranda and Ben was well worth the wait.

To start, we were super excited to work with our favorite coordinator and designer, Ms. Kecia Wilson of Three Little Birds weddings, so we knew immediately this wedding was going to be a showstopper.  Every detail from the bouquets to the sparkler exit was beautifully executed.

The pale pink bridesmaids dresses paired perfectly with the groomsmen’s navy suits and Miranda stole the show in her stunning Hayley Paige gown.  

And the flowers? Um hello, they were wild and lovely. Full of lush greenery with accents of ruby and navy and soft touches of creamy whites and oranges.

Since it was November it was a bit chilly in the evening. So Miranda wore this gorgeous fur stole for some of the portraits and we were obsessed. The fur perfectly complimented the delicate lace of her gown and added a touch of elegance.

One of our favorite details from the wedding were the toasts at the reception. Never have we heard such memorable speeches with as much personality as these. From reminiscing on funny childhood stories to everyone knowing Miranda and Ben were instantly meant to be, capturing these moments was truly a treat.  

The whole day you could really just feel the love between not only Miranda and Ben, but every friend and family member too.  

We couldn’t have been more pleased to be a part of this beautiful day.

Congratulations again Mr. and Mrs. Foster, we wish you nothing but happiness.  

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HUDSON

Our sweet angel of a son is now four years old.  To say that I am handling this beautifully would be a lie.  There are moments when I am very relaxed about how quickly he is growing and changing.  There are some other moments when I am fast-forwarding in my mind to when he will leave our home to forge his own path.  Most of time, I am constantly reminiscing about when he was smaller, about when he learned some new skill or discovered something new, about when he became more independent.  Every day, he is becoming his own person.

Our grown-up little boy, captured by David while playing after work one day.  This shows his personality so much.

Our grown-up little boy, captured by David while playing after work one day.  This shows his personality so much.

Becoming a mother - Hudson's mother - has changed me in ways I could have never anticipated.   I am extremely guarded person, someone who has trouble sharing their vulnerable core.  I have been this way for most of my life, only showing my tender side to those who have earned that trust. From the moment that I knew he existed, I felt my hard shell soften.  My love and admiration for my son is completely unguarded.  I show that to whomever will listen,  I shower him with affection and attention, I live for his happiness and well-being.  Unlike most parts of myself, the emotion and truth of my feelings about Hudson are unfiltered and unwavering.  And it comes easily.  It surprises me constantly.

Walk with me down memory lane and humor this embarrassingly sentimental mother for a moment.  I could attempt to share the thousands of pictures we have taken of Hudson, but I selected just a few (I promise).  Looking back on his first year of life gives me perspective on my journey as a mother and human being.  Each year with Hudson is important, and each results in growth.  But nothing broke me out of my comfort zone more than the first year.

The first real picture David took of Hudson.  This was in our hospital room after we got settled for the evening.  Things were quiet, Hudson had just eaten, and I was just staring at him (like most mothers do).  The sweetest bundle as soon as he arrived.  My heart grew three sizes that day.

The first real picture David took of Hudson.  This was in our hospital room after we got settled for the evening.  Things were quiet, Hudson had just eaten, and I was just staring at him (like most mothers do).  The sweetest bundle as soon as he arrived.  My heart grew three sizes that day.

Visiting Daddy at the studio while I was still on maternity leave.  He was so alert, even though he was only about a month old here.  I miss these days.  He was new every day, taught me more every day.  It was a primal, intimate, quiet, challenging, rewarding time. 

Visiting Daddy at the studio while I was still on maternity leave.  He was so alert, even though he was only about a month old here.  I miss these days.  He was new every day, taught me more every day.  It was a primal, intimate, quiet, challenging, rewarding time. 

One of the things that I love most about Hudson is his face.  I know that sounds dumb.  But he has the most wonderful, pensive expressions.  Here, he was happily playing and then, all of a sudden, he looked toward the window in the living room.  He looked over at it as if he was just figuring out all of the pieces.  He still gets this face when he is working on something.

One of the things that I love most about Hudson is his face.  I know that sounds dumb.  But he has the most wonderful, pensive expressions.  Here, he was happily playing and then, all of a sudden, he looked toward the window in the living room.  He looked over at it as if he was just figuring out all of the pieces.  He still gets this face when he is working on something.

Hudson's first Halloween.  We arrived at his daycare to see their costume parade, and Hudson was holding court (as he tends to do).  David and I decided not to dress him in a costume, so he has on a little monster onesie and a skeleton hat.  Clearly a new parenting decision moment.  I love that even so early, he had swagger. 

Hudson's first Halloween.  We arrived at his daycare to see their costume parade, and Hudson was holding court (as he tends to do).  David and I decided not to dress him in a costume, so he has on a little monster onesie and a skeleton hat.  Clearly a new parenting decision moment.  I love that even so early, he had swagger. 

Hudson's first Christmas tree.  He was so mesmerized by the lights, the same way I am every Christmas.  I remember feeling as though we were making memories, though I am sure he will not remember this.  Still so special to me.  I had hopes that I would hit all of the marks as a parent with his first Christmas.  Long story short, it was another example of how I needed to let go of my expectations and simply be in the moment.

Hudson's first Christmas tree.  He was so mesmerized by the lights, the same way I am every Christmas.  I remember feeling as though we were making memories, though I am sure he will not remember this.  Still so special to me.  I had hopes that I would hit all of the marks as a parent with his first Christmas.  Long story short, it was another example of how I needed to let go of my expectations and simply be in the moment.

Hudson's first Braves game.  And look at this face.  Hudson had - and still has - so much joy. Hudson really soaked in the atmosphere as we wandered through most of the public areas of Turner Field.  I love watching David and Hudson spend time together, but seeing the two of them share this experience made this a day that I will always cherish.

Hudson's first Braves game.  And look at this face.  Hudson had - and still has - so much joy. Hudson really soaked in the atmosphere as we wandered through most of the public areas of Turner Field.  I love watching David and Hudson spend time together, but seeing the two of them share this experience made this a day that I will always cherish.

The two most important people in my life on Hudson's first birthday.  We took Hudson to the zoo for the first time.  Hudson loves animals, and that love started early.  I felt like we had the whole place to ourselves.  Hudson was showing more and more personality and he communicated so much.  It was one of the first times we were out in a public place with Hudson and I felt like I knew what I was doing.  I now know that this feeling is fleeting and not true at all.  LOL

The two most important people in my life on Hudson's first birthday.  We took Hudson to the zoo for the first time.  Hudson loves animals, and that love started early.  I felt like we had the whole place to ourselves.  Hudson was showing more and more personality and he communicated so much.  It was one of the first times we were out in a public place with Hudson and I felt like I knew what I was doing.  I now know that this feeling is fleeting and not true at all.  LOL

Some advice from Hudson, in his fourth year:  Sounds effects are important and need to be used.  One more hug and kiss, always.  Chocolate milk is king.  Say no when you mean it.  Tell people they are the best and they will prove you right.