As we prepare for our last game of the season and the playoffs to follow, I wanted to share just a few of the thousands of images I captured from this perfect season.
Over the past couple of years, I watched these kids learn a lot about themselves. Last year was a lesson in losing, while keeping your head up and never give up. This year we kept that same attitude which so far has led us to an undefeated season. All the while, exercising great sportsmanship as they all know what it is like to be on the losing side of an important game.
When they would notice the opposing team were bigger in size, they knew they needed to play stronger and faster. They never gave up and this perseverance has helped them grow as a team and as individuals. These victories are a result of every single player learning their responsibilities and doing their job every day.
Thanks to everyone that takes the time to volunteer as a coach. The education does not stop when school is out. Some of life’s important lessons are learned on the field.
I am so proud of this team!
This time of year is something special. Like everything else, it comes and goes and before you know if, it’s gone. I usually set aside some important time to go out and shoot fall foliage, but this year has been real busy. However, I was able to deprive myself of some much needed sleep and head over to Belmont Lake State Park early one morning this week at sunrise and get a few images. Holy shit was it cold, but it is beautiful and peaceful to be at such a busy place that early in the morning…..and so close to home.
I chose this image for this weeks post because of its significance for a couple of reasons. Shamie and Anthony thought Captree would be a cool spot for their engagement shoot because Anthony has a picture of himself when he was very little at this very same spot. He was on the beach playing as a young boy and in the background is the the Robert Moses Bridge. The image he described shows the entire length of the bridge including the Robert Moses needle. So going into this shoot, I knew I wanted to create an image for them, which has the same canvas.
We planned the shoot to end around sunset as to capture a nice silhouette of the bridge. Given the lack of natural light, I needed to set up a strobe that lights them and I wanted to make it look like they are being lit by the setting sun, so the light had to come from the side of me and light them from the front. Here is where it gets interesting. I set my light up near the water and pushed the legs of my stand into the sand so that the wind would not blow my stand with my light and battery pack into the water. Well it worked for a few shots, but then a big gust of wind took the whole thing over right after I snapped this shot and I could not react to catch it before it was submerged in the water. I quickly grabbed it in hope that the water did not make it into the battery compartment, set it aside and kept working the rest of the shoot with just my on camera flash.
Thank goodness, my light is fine and in perfect working condition. I realize afterwards that it could have been much worse…..It could have happened before I got the shot.
For most of my photographic career, I would only take portraits outdoors. I have always loved the idea of environmental portraits and I still do. Even though I had the equipment, I never really embraced the idea of tampering with studio portraits……until about a year ago. Although I am primarily a wedding/event photographer, I have always studied photography from a much broader spectrum. Most of the blogs I read and photographers I follow are not even wedding shooters. I have always felt that this helped me keep my style original instead of unconsciously copying someone else.
As I became more and more curious about studio portraiture, I decided to utilize my basement as a photo studio. I purchased a few different backdrops, set up my studio strobes in position and began to experiment with my favorite subjects, my kids. The thing that intrigued me about it was the total control of the light. When shooting outdoors, I sometimes have to wait for the sun to either come back out or go back behind the clouds for a particular shot. Not here, I choose my background and set my lights up exactly the way I want and shoot. I can shoot with one light or six lights, depending on the type of shot.
I since have shot portraits for families and kids, holiday portraits, communion portraits, sports composite portraits and professional headshots. It’s a nice thing to have in my back pocket. This particular image is a communion portrait for a good friend and beautiful subject. We took some traditional portraits, but some of my favorites were the semi-silhouette images that focus more on her gesture rather then her smile.
The Studio is Open!
This shot was taken two years ago during a North Babylon Football away game. I was hired to shoot the final game of the season for the 6-7 year old team in Malverne. During halftime, I was able to capture part of an animated pep talk the coach was giving his team while preparing them for the last half of football they would play for the season.
I personally have always connected with this image and I keep coming back to it because for me it captures the essence of what it means to be a coach. The emotion on the coaches face and when he touched his heart, I knew to grab the shot. Coach your knowledge with your heart. These kids listen to your words, do what you ask, they learn the game and all the situations that go along with it from you. Show them the way you know is right.
For all the coaches out there who volunteer their time to children everywhere and don’t expect anything in return but a sense of self-satisfaction, here’s to you! Whether you know it or not, most of the kids you coach will remember you forever. You are a hero to many!
To all NB Bulldogs family, friends and guests. I have developed a web page designed specifically for the 2012 season. It contains all games, portraits and even a special section created for season highlights. There are so many images from this season, that I thought it would be nice to build a highlights gallery to summarize some great moments from the 2012 season. However, I have not yet completed my selections, so feel free to comment on a specific photo you may like and I will add it to the highlights section. A slideshow plays on the 2012 season home screen, which contains images from the season highlights gallery.
Thanks to all for your nice comments regarding the pictures this year. It’s nice to know you are enjoying them.
The Turkey Bowl images will show up in this gallery this weekend after the game, so I will not send out a specific invite for this game.