April 21, 2009

I love sportraits!

Georgia gymnast Courtney Kupets 2009

When I shot my first sportrait almost 4 years ago I was completely clueless. I remember asking the reporter what the heck I was supposed to be doing with the high school shot putter.  I had so much anxiety every time I shot them. In those days I didn't even have an off camera flash cord so I was completely dependent on natural light or on camera flash. I would try to come up with concepts before heading out, but often just had to figure it out on the spot.


Holy armpit hair Batman! My first sportrait of Villa Rica High School shot putter Wesley somebody, 2005. This was literally day 3 at my first job and I didn't have my archiving system down yet so the cutline info is lost. 

Carrollton High School wrestler Andrew Roden 2005

West Georgia's Jonathan Smith 2005

 I finally got an off camera flash cord and then 2 years ago changed jobs and have had access to studio lights. These lights scared the crap out of me at first. I was completely intimidated by all the switches and plugs. Finally the fear went away as I got comfortable despite setbacks when nothing worked like it was supposed to or I forgot the sync cord.

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Oconee County High School pitcher Derek Varanadore, 2007

This was my first sportrait using the white lightnings. It took me an embarrassing 10-plus minutes to figure out how to break down the lightstands.

Prince Avenue's Ian Rogan and Athens Christian's Whitney Bishoff 2008

Apalachee High School runningback John Lee 2008

After shooting a guy at a computer or the 4,000th building mug I have sportraits to satisfy me creatively. There is always something new to learn or try. I love sportraits!

Georgia gymnasts from left Courtney Kupets, Courtney McCool, and Grace Taylor 2009

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