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?
How could it be better? Glad you asked. As fun as it can be to watch your kid play, it can also be pretty damn emotional... stressful even. And from a photography standpoint, sitting on those bleachers will rarely put you position to take great pictures. In my experience, picking up that camera and getting off those bleachers has a number of benefits:
Okay, I might have exaggerated just a tad about bleachers ruining your sports photos. It's not like they’re going to jump in front of you while you’re shooting or try to erase the memory card on your camera. But if you never move off the bleachers, they will absolutely ruin your chance to get some great shots of your kids. My advice is to grab your camera, get off the bleachers and start shooting. You’ll be happy you did.