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The Perfect Season & Awesome Kids

There are so many highlights from this season, too many to capture in one post and literally over 5000 photos from the 8 game season, scrimmages and portraits. Our boys went undefeated this season and I am so proud because I was on the field and saw how it all came together. Every snap, every play of every game, we went out there and learned how to win.

There’s one more game left and my son Christopher is so happy that it’s not yet over. We were supposed to have our Turkey Bowl last weekend, but it was cancelled thanks to that fucking bitch Sandy who messed up so many peoples lives. I thought for sure we would not see another snap, but West Babylon decided they were still going to hold the Turkey Bowl and would move it to this weekend. Everyone still seems into doing it, so it’s a go. I hope our team can make it with everything that is going on lately.

Some of our All Stars. I Love This Team!!!

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Christopher catches a screen pass and runs it in for a touchdown

One of many scored on the day, including a first for Josh, Alan and our beloved quarterback, Casey. Go Bulldogs!

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NB Bulldogs Peanut Blue Game 3 at Malverne

It continues to amaze me week after week watching our team grow and evolve into a very exciting football team and group of kids. Each individual player is out there because they want to play. Yet they are actually learning the sport as a team because without your team, it is difficult to teach a young child the rules applied when playing sports, and that is what makes it fair and fun.

I am so proud of our team this year. They are all learning an important lesson of competition. You may not win every battle, but if you stay determined and focused, you can still win the war…..and they did!

The most important thing for me, which makes me feel we are doing something really good…..it’s all about the smiles.

Go Bulldogs!!!

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Some players are just bigger than others….as you can see.

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– Mark

North Babylon Bulldogs – Peanut Blue–Game 2

So proud of our team this year. I love watching our 2nd year players progress and grow from last year, while the new players quickly learn the game from the older ones. We have such a great group of kids this year. Our second game of the season proved that our team is not only tough, but has heart. Eye of the Tiger!

Go Bulldogs!!!

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North Babylon Bulldogs Peanut Blue–First Game

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Bulldogs peanut blue team had an awesome game this past Sunday to start the season. Keep up the good work boys.

Go Bulldogs!!!

Link to pictures from Game 1

Youth Sports

My son Christopher has become quite the aspiring athlete. Ever since he was born, I dreamt of coaching him while he learned and grew playing sports. At 5 years old, he has already played soccer, pee wee tackle football and he is now in his 3rd year of baseball.

As a manager/coach of his baseball team, I am not able to get pictures of him playing in the games, while I am on the field coaching. My wife takes care of that with her camera and she does a good job. I was always interested in trying my skills at sports photography and what better way to get a feel for it than to shoot your own kid.

When he began playing football last summer, I was able to bring my camera down to the field while he practiced and get some nice shots from outside the fence and I was happy with that. After a scrimmage game right before the season began, I shot over 300 pictures of all the players and emailed the gallery to the coaches and parents so they could see and enjoy all the photos. They were all very appreciative to see such close action pictures of their own kids playing in game.

I approached the head coach and asked if it were possible to get onto the field for all the games and shoot from the sidelines. In football, the only people allowed on the field were coaches and players. Sometime this meant that you were watching the game as far as 50 yards away. In return, I would document the entire game and be sure to get pictures of all the players and email the link from my site to the coaches and parents each week to they can see all the pictures. They were excited about the idea and now the team had an official photographer.

Each week the pictures got better and better and I was really enjoying sports photography.  I covered every game from 2011 season. The parents were enjoying the photographs each week, so much in fact that I was actually getting hired to shoot some away games for the older divisions. I began to wonder if this could be another opportunity for me. As a wedding photographer, I love shooting weddings and events. Shooting sports to me was very different and so much fun. I felt it was a perfect balance to keep shooting all the time and never get tired of it.

I recently went to register my son for football this upcoming season and I met the commissioner who had apparently seen some of the photos I took from last year. He asked if I would be interested in covering some of the games this coming season for him and the photos would be showcased in the league newsletter and who knows what else will come of it.

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Youth Sports

My son Christopher has become quite the aspiring athlete. Ever since he was born, I dreamt of coaching him while he learned and grew playing sports. At 5 years old, he has already played soccer, pee wee tackle football and he is now in his 3rd year of baseball.

As a manager/coach of his baseball team, I am not able to get pictures of him playing in the games, while I am on the field coaching. My wife takes care of that with her camera and she does a good job. I was always interested in trying my skills at sports photography and what better way to get a feel for it than to shoot your own kid.

When he began playing football last summer, I was able to bring my camera down to the field while he practiced and get some nice shots from outside the fence and I was happy with that. After a scrimmage game right before the season began, I shot over 300 pictures of all the players and emailed the gallery to the coaches and parents so they could see and enjoy all the photos. They were all very appreciative to see such close action pictures of their own kids playing in game.

I approached the head coach and asked if it were possible to get onto the field for all the games and shoot from the sidelines. In football, the only people allowed on the field were coaches and players. Sometime this meant that you were watching the game as far as 50 yards away. In return, I would document the entire game and be sure to get pictures of all the players and email the link from my site to the coaches and parents each week to they can see all the pictures. They were excited about the idea and now the team had an official photographer.

Each week the pictures got better and better and I was really enjoying sports photography.  I covered every game from the 2011 season. The parents were enjoying the photographs each week, so much in fact that I was actually getting hired to shoot some away games for the older divisions. I began to wonder if this could be another opportunity for me. As a wedding photographer, I love shooting weddings and events. Shooting sports to me was very different and so much fun. I felt it was a perfect balance to keep shooting all the time and never get tired of it.

I recently went to register my son for football this upcoming season and I met the commissioner who had apparently seen some of the photos I took from last year. He asked if I would be interested in covering some of the games this coming season for him and the photos would be showcased in the league newsletter and who knows what else will come of it.

Portrait Day

I spend most of my time behind the camera taking photojournalistic event images, but I really enjoy a good portrait session with one of my favorite subjects, my son Christopher. I am actually hoping to do more portrait work next year because I enjoy it so much. I get to use my studio lighting equipment and modifiers that I can’t always use when I am shooting a wedding cause I am moving around so much. I enjoy putting together a complex setup with soft boxes, umbrellas, gels, grids and snoots, but I appreciate when you can get awesome results from one key light, off-camera to blend with the ambient light which sings by itself.

We were supposed to have portrait day this past weekend for my son’s football team, but Mother Nature did not allow it. Another photog taking pictures of my son, he won’t allow it….he won’t smile right. So we decided to gear up and take some pictures right out in the backyard. I wanted to get some images for the family that will show his true personality (clown) and that he will enjoy. After snapping 25 images in different poses, with and without the helmet. Chris and I narrowed it down to 18 that we really likes (mostly cause he made silly faces), but he told me he wanted specific images for his bedroom wall and one that he wanted to put in his wallet. He doesn’t like the picture day portraits that we take with the rest of the team. We really just go for the team photo so he can always remember all his team mates.

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Just go out and take some pictures.

– Mark