I am a Freelance Sports Photographer in Southern Michigan. I have come across some schools where the Athletic Director will make the decision and contract a photographer to do all of the Athlete & Team Portrait shoots for all of their Sports Team for the year. I have also come across some schools who make recommendations but ultimately leave the decision up to the individual Sports Coaches.
I am curious as to how your school handles this?
I shoot Athlete & Team Portraits on your home field and natural setting of your sport.
The Athlete Portrait:
I encourage the athletes to do what they would like for their portrait. This includes their particular area of expertise and contribution to the team and sport. Examples would be: the pitcher having their portrait done on the pitching mound; a solid hitter having their portrait done up to bat; a discus throwing having their portrait done in the discus circle with the discus; a pole vaulter having their portrait done in the pole vaulting pit with the pole; or a good putter having their portrait done on the green with their putter & flag.
It has been surprisingly amazing that when an athlete has the opportunity to do what they want for a portrait, they really like their portraits more and are more willing to have their portraits done. A photo shoot also tends to go a little bit faster! Track may be the only exception to this considering there is such a large range of events that could be involved. However, I always attempt to limit the amount of time I take an athlete from practicing their sport.
My Objective as a Sports Photographer:
Throughout many years of being a parent of an athlete, I have learned what parents and athletes are looking for in a good Athlete & Team Portrait and Memory Mate. In my opinion, one of the main objectives a portrait photographer should have is to capture the true contribution, dedication and expertise an athlete brings to a team and sport. An Athlete & Team Photo Shoot should not be about me and what I perceive as the perfect pose but instead what the athlete, team and coach perceives as the perfect pose.
It is my belief that the athletes and teams should have ownership in their portraits. This would be the foundation of Photography by Char. It would be a great pleasure to be able to photograph your school’s athletes and teams.