View Full Version : Nervous Wreck Over Upcoming Shoot
02-24-2012, 06:33 AM
So, as the title say, I am a nervous wreck. My son's school hockey team has approached for their team photos this year. They had a professional do it last year and I guess they were awful. I have been taking photos all season and taking the player of the game photo, dropping it into a template I made in photo shop and forwarded them on to the coach. Now that there's money involved, I am worried. I am buying my own photo printer so I can print them, nut I am not sure how to layou the photos for a team/player combo. Any suggestions of how to shoot, what to shoot, how to lay things out??? The shoot is this coming Sunday night. Thanks
02-24-2012, 07:29 AM
You can do it Andrea! Don't be too nervous. On the printing side of things, I recommend outsourcing it to a place like Mpix.com. Your prints will look much or consistent and professional.
Hopefully Michael will chime in - I bet he has some good ideas for you for setting up the team photo.
02-25-2012, 07:57 PM
I'll give you what advice I can. Honestly, if it were me and I was shooting posed sports photos for the first time, I would go on google images and look up posed hockey photos. If you were getting paid to create unique portraits, this would be unethical, but generally posed images of children's sports teams aren't intended to be particularly unique. There are standard layouts, poses, and templates, copying them is just like looking online for the standard way to do head shots.
Parents want an image that showcases their kid, they aren't looking for artistry. I would find a basic pose that looks good, get the lighting (natural or strobe) set up with your camera on a tripod, then run kids in front of the camera. The art involved comes from how you get the expressions from each kid. If you want to offer something special like having the kid's name at the bottom or printing a fake magazine cover, I'd look at somewhere like mpix, otherwise I'd just print out good quality prints and call it a day.
I hope this is what you are looking for and isn't too cynical. I wouldn't suggest doing this for a senior portrait type thing, but kids sports shots are basically like shooting head shots. The good news for your nerves is that this kind of photography is more about getting an acceptable shot and repeating it for every kid. This just needs to be a picture, it doesn't have to be art. Just find a layout you like and copy it.
02-26-2012, 09:53 AM
Michael's advice is spot on Andrea. The best approach would be to pick a pose and practice setting it up in advance. You can practice with the lighting and get everything the way you think works best before hand.
Be sure to post a few of your pics and let us know how it went!
02-28-2012, 06:33 PM
I agree with Steve and Michael. It's best to have some standard poses lined up and be ready for the day. Just make sure you bring backup batteries and that everything is packed! That's one of the biggest things to do, the other stuff will fall into place. At the end of the shoot you will be smiling and thinking that it wasn't too hard, and will be looking forward to the next one.
I would also recommend outsourcing your shots to one of the labs such as mpix, millers, or somewhere like that. It's more cost efficient unless you're doing a large amount of prints all the time.
03-03-2012, 12:29 PM
Well guys, I took some of your advice. I did browse the internet to see what others were doing. The team is large, so we had only the standard in front of the net shot. I did a custom background in photo shop using a small corner of the team logo from the school website (which had grass behind it) and mangled it with the liquify tool. Then I created templates for player cards and the 8x10 team/player combo shot. I did all of my printing myself on my new Epson Artisan 730 (which gives awesome photos on premium epson photo paper, guaranteed to last). I manage to turn all of the photos around in under a week (and this is between the hours of 6pm and 11pm). And have over $300 in my pocket, with more orders still trickling in, plus it's a good foot in the door in the community for my studio. The shoot itself was fairly well organized. The team manager lined the kids all up, wrote their name and numbers on my clipboard, then she and the coach were removing helmets, sending kids to the net for photos, putting helmets back on and sending them down the ice. All I had to do was kneel on the mat they had for me and shoot the photos. The parents loved the photos, and one kid turned around on the bench to let his mom know I was there with the photos. Here are a few of the finished photos.
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03-03-2012, 05:38 PM
Nice work Andrea! You really pulled it out!
03-03-2012, 07:10 PM
Thanks Steve, and everyone for your support. I quite often doubt myself, but in the end, at least this time, everything went well. All of the parents could say enough about how the photos on face book looked and how pleased they are with the finished prints. It sure makes me feel good. Especially when the kids were excited to see me. A couple of the boys thanked me for doing their photos and they were joking around. And these kids are only grade 3 to 5.
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