I am extremely proud of these images but I can't take all the credit. Tricia at Sukha Artist Development Studios provided the perfect space to work and the girls really brought their A-game plus an open-minded willingness to try pretty much anything I suggested. These girls are SUPER STARS!
Until recently I had not considered the possibility of taking any sports related photos. My children's interests, though varied and wide, have not included organized sports. When my friend Jessica approached me about taking some candid shots of her oldest son playing baseball, I had no idea what I was getting into! Real action photography is very different from the portrait work I've been doing. As soon as I got home and saw the images blown up, I knew that I wasn't happy with the image quality, resolution or detail. Lucky for me I *love* research. :) I began reading all the information I could find about sports and action photography. I invested in a new lens and went back to work. It was nearing the end of the season and TCCHS only had one remaining home game so my window of opportunity was closing, and fast! The day of the game arrived on a warm, breezy golden afternoon in south Georgia. I couldn't have asked for better lighting as game time fell right into that magical golden hour of sunlight. Even with the weather and light, I was a bundle of nerves. I desperately wanted to provide Jessica with images worthy of the trust she'd placed in me by asking me to be her photographer but I wasn't sure that my research and investment would be enough. As I began to snap shot after shot, my nerves faded away and I began to remember the countless afternoons I spent at fields much like that one as I watched my baby brother play every sport that involved a ball of some sort. Each frame reassured me because I could tell, even on the camera viewing screen that these images were great. It didn't hurt one bit that her son is a mini heart-throb! Her younger son is absolutely dreamy too, but you'll have to wait to for their family photo session before you see him on the blog! :)
I was thrilled when my friend and colleague asked me to come out to the ballpark to get some candid action shots of her son play. Walking up to the stands brought back so many memories. . . of being in high school and attending games with my friends and later watching my little brother has he ranked up from t-ball to all star pitcher in high school. The ball fields always smell the same, don't they? Hotdogs, boiled peanuts and the smell of little athlete warriors fill the air. Sports photography is new to me so it was really fun to try my hand at something entirely out of comfort zone. Lucas is such a cutie it was easy to get some good shots of him in action. Here is just a peek of last week's session. [caption id="attachment_121" align="alignleft" width="600" caption="Lucus on the Mound © Callander Photography 2011, Thomasville, GA"][/caption]
It didn't take me long to realize that I *really* want to build a better inventory of lenses. I've focused mainly on building my equipment set for portrait work. I was surprised to find that sports and action photography is interesting enough to compel me to investigate it further. Any photogs out there with suggestions for lenses or other equipment?