Sports Photography

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.

BEST OF 2017

1039 portrait sessions, 9 weddings, and over 400 events.  I think that we all can agree that 2017 was a year like no other.  When looking back the mountain of work that we did over those 12 months, it so hard to select such a small portion to highlight.  What isn't hard is the amount of gratitude that we feel that we are able to make a living doing what we love and be a part of such close-knit communities.  Big things are coming in 2018 and we are excited to share them with you!

Here are the stories behind each of our selections for our Best of 2017.  We hope you enjoy the details as much as we do!

We are HUGE sports fans, and sports photography is one of the hallmarks of our business.  Even though we typically are photographing high school sports, we had the opportunity to photograph Georgia vs. Appalachian State.  This would be a special experience for any photographer, but for us it was more than just the game.  Several people we photographed were part of the game - cheerleaders, players, and even a member of the Georgia coaching staff.  Being able to get a photograph of Nick Chubb's signature celebration was icing on the cake.

We are HUGE sports fans, and sports photography is one of the hallmarks of our business.  Even though we typically are photographing high school sports, we had the opportunity to photograph Georgia vs. Appalachian State.  This would be a special experience for any photographer, but for us it was more than just the game.  Several people we photographed were part of the game - cheerleaders, players, and even a member of the Georgia coaching staff.  Being able to get a photograph of Nick Chubb's signature celebration was icing on the cake.

The fall season is an extremely popular time to have your family photographed, and we look forward to this season every year.  However, when the fabulous Pagel family came for their annual family portrait, something was different.  Their session was first thing in the morning.  The air was cool, and there was still some fog lingering from the rain the night before.  The result was a dreamy, almost painterly effect on the whole scene.

The fall season is an extremely popular time to have your family photographed, and we look forward to this season every year.  However, when the fabulous Pagel family came for their annual family portrait, something was different.  Their session was first thing in the morning.  The air was cool, and there was still some fog lingering from the rain the night before.  The result was a dreamy, almost painterly effect on the whole scene.

The caption on this is simple: Game-winning shot at the buzzer during state playoffs.  What an unforgettable moment.

The caption on this is simple: Game-winning shot at the buzzer during state playoffs.  What an unforgettable moment.

This portrait was unlike any bridal portrait we had taken during 2017.  Liz (the bride) encompassed both modern and classic glamour all in one image.  The shadows provide the perfect about of drama and accentuate each curve and line. 

This portrait was unlike any bridal portrait we had taken during 2017.  Liz (the bride) encompassed both modern and classic glamour all in one image.  The shadows provide the perfect about of drama and accentuate each curve and line. 

Senior portraits is something in which we specialize.  When things come together as perfectly as they did in this shoot, we have to admire it.  Anthony's athleticism, drive, and steely eyes make this a once-in-a-lifetime senior portrait.

Senior portraits is something in which we specialize.  When things come together as perfectly as they did in this shoot, we have to admire it.  Anthony's athleticism, drive, and steely eyes make this a once-in-a-lifetime senior portrait.

One of the things that makes wrestling such a unique sport is that it is all up to you.  It is just you and your opponent on the mat.  You live and die by your choices.  This environment can be a pressure cooker of emotion, particularly when you get to the state championship level.  However, when the hard work pays off, you see raw, unbridled jubilation - just like Mason showed us at the GHSA State Duals.

One of the things that makes wrestling such a unique sport is that it is all up to you.  It is just you and your opponent on the mat.  You live and die by your choices.  This environment can be a pressure cooker of emotion, particularly when you get to the state championship level.  However, when the hard work pays off, you see raw, unbridled jubilation - just like Mason showed us at the GHSA State Duals.

The fact that we can build lasting relationships with families is so special to us.  We have been photographing the Portmann family for several years now, and seeing their daughters grow up has been awesome.  The lines in this portrait just draw you into this sweet family.  They always just relax and blossom in front of our lens.  Such a pleasure to work with them.

The fact that we can build lasting relationships with families is so special to us.  We have been photographing the Portmann family for several years now, and seeing their daughters grow up has been awesome.  The lines in this portrait just draw you into this sweet family.  They always just relax and blossom in front of our lens.  Such a pleasure to work with them.

Lauryn was one of our senior portrait models of the Class of 2018.  We photographed her session in the spring of 2017, selecting Little Five Points as our backdrop.  Lauryn has such a calm, kind, relaxed demeanor and she couples that with a clever sense of feminine style.  We loved how she just popped against the colorful murals behind her.

Lauryn was one of our senior portrait models of the Class of 2018.  We photographed her session in the spring of 2017, selecting Little Five Points as our backdrop.  Lauryn has such a calm, kind, relaxed demeanor and she couples that with a clever sense of feminine style.  We loved how she just popped against the colorful murals behind her.

Everyone should want their wedding to be like Don and Linda's.  This couple is crazy about each other - you can see it in their smiles.  When we say that they danced all night, they really did.  Love this portrait of them.

Everyone should want their wedding to be like Don and Linda's.  This couple is crazy about each other - you can see it in their smiles.  When we say that they danced all night, they really did.  Love this portrait of them.

One of my secret passions in food photography, which is why our relationship with Private Chefs of Atlanta is so great..  I typically do not eat while I am working at a shoot, but the chef insisted and he made a portion of each course for me.  Each dish was beautiful and delicious, as you can see from this garnishing shot of his pork dish.

One of my secret passions in food photography, which is why our relationship with Private Chefs of Atlanta is so great..  I typically do not eat while I am working at a shoot, but the chef insisted and he made a portion of each course for me.  Each dish was beautiful and delicious, as you can see from this garnishing shot of his pork dish.

Swimming is an intense sport.  Swimmers push their bodies to the limit and they are highly competitive people.  Jack is no exception.  This celebration was after one of his many victories at the 2017 GHSA State Championships.  And he is now being coached by Michael Phelps, as if he needed any more accolades to add to his resume.

Swimming is an intense sport.  Swimmers push their bodies to the limit and they are highly competitive people.  Jack is no exception.  This celebration was after one of his many victories at the 2017 GHSA State Championships.  And he is now being coached by Michael Phelps, as if he needed any more accolades to add to his resume.

There is something about a bride and groom that is open to any suggestion that you make during their wedding portraits.  Lourie and Royal were madly in love and they were all about having their portraits taken together.  Their enthusiasm made this portrait come out exactly how I saw it in my head - something that is not as easy as it sounds.

There is something about a bride and groom that is open to any suggestion that you make during their wedding portraits.  Lourie and Royal were madly in love and they were all about having their portraits taken together.  Their enthusiasm made this portrait come out exactly how I saw it in my head - something that is not as easy as it sounds.

You look at this portrait and you think, "Wow, she looks really at home in that water."  Guess again.  In order to get an epic portrait, sometimes you have to be a little uncomfortable.  Bella loves the water, so we opted to visit Lake Lanier  for her senior portrait session.  At the end, I suggested that she step into the water.  She immediately exclaimed "It is so cold!  Hurry up!"  You would never know how cold she was by the smile on her face.

You look at this portrait and you think, "Wow, she looks really at home in that water."  Guess again.  In order to get an epic portrait, sometimes you have to be a little uncomfortable.  Bella loves the water, so we opted to visit Lake Lanier  for her senior portrait session.  At the end, I suggested that she step into the water.  She immediately exclaimed "It is so cold!  Hurry up!"  You would never know how cold she was by the smile on her face.

In a typical family portrait session, we will photograph both posed and candid portraits.  When it comes to photographing children, sometimes the best moments are when kids are just being kids.  We let these girls run through a Christmas tree farm in November and the result is a beautiful representation of sisterhood.

In a typical family portrait session, we will photograph both posed and candid portraits.  When it comes to photographing children, sometimes the best moments are when kids are just being kids.  We let these girls run through a Christmas tree farm in November and the result is a beautiful representation of sisterhood.

Environmental portraits are a keystone in our business.  We love going to a location and finding beautiful spots in which to immerse our clients.  Jasmin looked like a goddess during her senior portrait session.  We went to Lenox Park in Atlanta to take in the old trees, water, bridges, and urban architecture.  No matter where we put Jasmin, she was the light in every portrait.  In this one,  the golden afternoon light was gleaming through the trees and Jasmin was simply glowing.

Environmental portraits are a keystone in our business.  We love going to a location and finding beautiful spots in which to immerse our clients.  Jasmin looked like a goddess during her senior portrait session.  We went to Lenox Park in Atlanta to take in the old trees, water, bridges, and urban architecture.  No matter where we put Jasmin, she was the light in every portrait.  In this one,  the golden afternoon light was gleaming through the trees and Jasmin was simply glowing.

If I am being honest, bride and groom portraits are one of my favorite parts of photographing weddings.  The quiet, intimate moments between two people that are in love and committing their lives to each other.  The Starlings are a memorable couple, not just because their wedding was elegant.  This portrait was taken following their ceremony, and it shows the care and admiration that they have for each other.  The kind of love that lasts forever.

If I am being honest, bride and groom portraits are one of my favorite parts of photographing weddings.  The quiet, intimate moments between two people that are in love and committing their lives to each other.  The Starlings are a memorable couple, not just because their wedding was elegant.  This portrait was taken following their ceremony, and it shows the care and admiration that they have for each other.  The kind of love that lasts forever.

This celebration was following the state semi-final match.  Even though the finals didn't go as planned, the happiness and comradery show here is exactly why we love sports.  Teams are families, winning and losing together.  In fact, when we posted this picture on Instagram as part of our series, the team members were still building each other up.

This celebration was following the state semi-final match.  Even though the finals didn't go as planned, the happiness and comradery show here is exactly why we love sports.  Teams are families, winning and losing together.  In fact, when we posted this picture on Instagram as part of our series, the team members were still building each other up.