BARRON COLLIER HIGH SCHOOL {NAPLES, FLORIDA SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHER}

BARRON COLLIER HIGH SCHOOL {NAPLES, FLORIDA SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHER}

Many of you know that I shoot the images for the varsity football team at Barron Collier High School here in Naples, Florida. I began a few years back shooting for the freshman team, then moved to the junior varsity team, and now have the honor of shooting under the Friday night lights for the varsity boys.

BARRON COLLIER HIGH SCHOOL {NAPLES, FLORIDA SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHER}

I started out with these boys and was a total “rookie” at sports photography when I began several years ago. I’m a portrait photographer so typically I specialize in people who are standing still (most of the time). Following a moving ball hidden amongst multiple players is a bit like cat and mouse. Being on the sidelines with the coaches and the boys proved to be a bit intimidating as well. However, the teams have made me feel right at home along side them and have welcomed me and my unexperienced self through the years. From day one though…I loved it. Even feeling inadequate in the sports photography world, it was a challenge for me that I truly formed a love/love relationship with.

BARRON COLLIER HIGH SCHOOL {NAPLES, FLORIDA SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHER}

You could say that I’ve definitely learned a thing or two about football along the way and have to find a good sense of peace when out there with the boys now. I’d learned when and how to dodge that rush of players in order to save my life (and my camera gear!) as well as where to go to follow that ball and capture the most important part of the plays.

BARRON COLLIER HIGH SCHOOL {NAPLES, FLORIDA SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHER}

Although this was a totally new genre for me, I think I’ve found a second home so to speak. 🙂

BARRON COLLIER HIGH SCHOOL {NAPLES, FLORIDA SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHER}

BARRON COLLIER HIGH SCHOOL {NAPLES, FLORIDA SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHER}

One of the most exciting parts is getting home, uploading the images, and seeing what moments were frozen in time. Like this shot for instance. When this kids head went missing…

BARRON COLLIER HIGH SCHOOL {NAPLES, FLORIDA SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHER}

Yeap. And we wonder why football is considered so dangerous. lol! Thank goodness #10 was fine. #Trooper

BARRON COLLIER HIGH SCHOOL {NAPLES, FLORIDA SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHER}

The agility of these boys never ceases to amaze me. Splits anyone???

BARRON COLLIER HIGH SCHOOL {NAPLES, FLORIDA SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHER}

And then this…this is worth every ounce of hard work for them, I’m sure of it.

This is what winning looks like…

BARRON COLLIER HIGH SCHOOL {NAPLES, FLORIDA SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHER}

Thanks for always bringing me along for the ride Cougars! I can’t wait to see what this season holds for you boys. 🙂