The summer after my freshman year of college, my father thought he’d do me a favor by arranging a job for me at a local convenience store (thanks dad). Among the many disgusting duties of the job, one of my least favorites was restocking the self-serve hot dog roller grill. After removing all the unsold charred and shriveled hot dogs, the burnt gunk accumulated from hours and hours of overcooking had to be scraped from the rollers. It was a truly gag-inducing chore. Now, at this point, I’ll bet you’re wondering what this has to do with sports photography? Glad you asked.
As far as I’m concerned, there’s nothing better than watching your kids (or grandkids) play sports. No, it’s not all puppies and rainbows. There are endless evening practices, countless expenses and of course, there are those cold, hard, unforgiving bleachers. Lots and lots of bleachers. Don’t get me wrong, it’s totally worth it. When your baby gets a hit, makes a basket or scores a goal, all that time, money and effort (and yes, even all the bleacher time) is completely forgotten. It’s the best feeling in the world.
But it could be better?
If you’re anything like most parents, you probably have a crazy amount of photos of your kids, am I right? Of course I’m right. I mean, who doesn’t love taking and sharing pictures of their kids? They’re smart, funny and adorable (in our completely unbiased opinions)! And don’t get me started about all those shots you took of them playing sports.