For the past few years I have been very blessed to be able to work with the Sandpoint Junior Tackle organization providing their team photos. I was excited for this year’s team photos because in the off season I have upgraded to some much more powerful flashes than the speed lights I have used in previous years. The new lights worked great and gave me more creative options to work with. Not only is our lighting better this year but I also redesigned all of the templates that we used for the final prints. Here are a few samples of the final images.
P.S. you will see the initials “E.M.A.D. on some of these templates, if you are not familiar with that it stands for “Every Man A Dog” Sandpoint Football’s motto. In between taking the different team’s photos I was able to shoot some action photos. For more photos from the games and to order prints you can visit the gallery on my website at these links:
Paul is a senior soccer player from Lakeland High School, we captured some fun images at a number of different locations in Rathdrum and then finished up our time at the High School to take some sports themed photos.
This next photo is one of my favorites from the entire senior photo season, we set up this shot to look like it was taken after dark and then I turned the stadium lights on in Photoshop.
The first time I photographed Jim was at a basketball game in Coeur d’Alene back in 2010. The defending state champion Priest River Spartans looking for strong competition were playing the Coeur d’Alene Vikings and during a stop in play I was taking photos of the Priest River fans from across the gym. One of the fans noticed I was taking photos, stood up and pointed at me, I took this photo.
The reason I remember this is the fact that it started something that continued through the rest of the season, at every game I would look for Jim and he would look for me so we could get yet another photo of him doing the “The Point”. We tried to mix it up every now and then and get a variety of “Point” shots.
Now a couple of years later I have had the privilege of taking Jim’s senior photos as well as some photos with his sisters, yes we had to sneak in a pointing shot.
Alright, enough pointing fingers let’s get on with some senior photos!
Right around sunset we were at a perfect spot and the sky was amazing. The next shots were all taken at the same spot only minutes apart, we simply turned different directions and were able to get very different looks.
I have had the opportunity to photograph Andrew a number of times this summer with more to come this fall. He is the starting center for the Sandpoint Bulldogs who I cover frequently for IdahoSports.com and he was also of the athletes that I photographed for the cover of the 2012 Football program, check out this link for those photos. I also had the pleasure of working with him on his senior photos. Here are some of the photos from our session.
Do you see the special guest in the next photo? I did not see it until I started editing this photo, but there is a hummingbird in the top left corner of this shot.
This year Steve Russo and the staff at the Sandpoint Newsline took on the tack of creating and publishing the 2012 Sandpoint Bulldog Football Program. Steve and I are both sticklers for quality so when he contacted me about shooting some portraits for the program as well as for the upcoming September issue of the Newsline I was thrilled. The inside of the program also features many of my action photos and for every home game they will be publishing a new program featuring one of my action photos on the cover. Here are some of the published and unpublished photos from my shoot with the team.
We took a number of different vertical shots to give the Newsline plenty of options for the cover. We did some individual shots. . .
We squeezed did a group shot with 6 athletes and Coach Puailoa
And a couple of shots with three of the linemen
This is the one they ended up using, minus the victory bell.
We also did a couple of old school shots and I processed them with a grainy black and white look.
We ended the session with a lineup of linemen.
If you want to see the finished product grab a copy at any Sandpoint home game or at any of the businesses that you would normally find a Sandpoint Newsline. You can also check out the online version at this link: http://bit.ly/Ovu9CG