BARRON COLLIER HIGH SCHOOL {NAPLES, FLORIDA SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHER} Sep14

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. 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. 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. Although this was a totally new genre for me, I think I’ve found a second home so to speak. 🙂 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… Yeap. And we wonder why football is considered so dangerous. lol! Thank goodness #10 was fine. #Trooper The agility of these boys never ceases to amaze me. Splits anyone??? And then this…this is worth every ounce of hard work for them, I’m sure of it. This is what winning looks like… Thanks for always bringing me along for the ride Cougars! I can’t wait to see what this season holds for you boys....

ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL??? {NAPLES FLORIDA PHOTOGRAPHER} Aug27

ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL??? {NAPLES FLORIDA PHOTOGRAPHER}...

It’s that time again. Time for those Friday night lights. For the cheers behind the sidelines. For the stomping of the bleachers. For the concessions of popcorn, hot dogs, cold cokes, etc.  It’s high school football season. And lucky for me, I actually have a high school sophomore (my first born) who plays tight end for his high school team. Last year, I was asked to photograph their games each week. He was a freshman at that time and I was a true rookie to sports photography. I’m always up for a new challenge though so I gladly accepted the honor of being their team photographer. It was a great way to stand on the sidelines and capture these moments with my son and his teammates and it was also a new genre of photography for me to try out. In the end, I truly fell in love with being on the field and capturing those action shots as much as I could. With each new game, I made it a personal goal of mine to find a new angle, a new spot, a new way to capture the normal images a sports photographer might always get. I wanted to seek the different and break the mold. I set out to view the games with a brand new set of eyes and document each and every move from a new perspective. Whether that new perspective meant climbing on a bleacher behind the players to capture their view from the sideline, getting down on my hands and knees with my very pregnant belly to capture all of their different cleats along the sideline (I’m lucky my preggo self was able to get back up without help. lol!)… Whether it meant throwing myself in the middle of the congratulatory line up at the end of the game as the players did their pass by or when I would get right behind the coach during his pep talks or screaming matches to view the players faces and emotions – any of those were fun and challenging for my “so not a sports photographer” self.   I really enjoyed also getting to witness the comrodery of the players together as well as the coaches with the players… These coaches invest so much into our boys and they truly love these kids and want only the best for them. I was privy to the “atta boy” encouraging comments as well as the “what in the world were you thinking???” moments on those sidelines. Both types of scenarios just pushed our sons to be better next time. To say that I had a blast photographing their freshman year of football would be a huge understatement. I literally watched the coaches take them from young boys and separate the boys from the men. The freshman boys who started on that team were incredible young men by the end of their season. With their growth came my growth as a sports photographer. I started as a rookie with sports photography and finished that season feeling like I’d fallen in love with a new chapter of photography. When all was said and done though…it was the moments spent getting to know these players and their coaching staff that made me love the sport even that much more. I try to shoot from my heart when I’m photographing things. Instead of just snapping the shutter like it’s any ol’ day – any ol’ shoot – I push myself to dig deep for the story and then document that story in front of my lens. I want the capturing of the story to be real and genuine. I want to freeze moments in time that not only show what people looked like at that moment in that photograph but also who they were when that image was taken. I think these last two shots really go along with the teams...