When you think of youth sports photography, you probably think of action shots taken during games or matches. As much as I love a good action shot, they don’t really tell the whole story. When you really think about it, the game is just one small part of the overall experience. And if the goal is to capture as much of the experience as possible, shouldn’t we be shooting other things in addition to those fun action shots? Now, you may be thinking “Okay, what do you have in mind?” Glad you asked. This post is the first in an ongoing series of photographic subject ideas you may not have thought of. The goal is to offer examples that will hopefully provide food for thought and maybe generate ideas for capturing your child’s sports experience. Let’s dive in with our first topic.
At the beginning of my rather short high school athletic career, I played on the freshmen basketball team with one of the oldest and crankiest coaches imaginable. He taught us the basics and never sugar coated his opinions about the team or individual players. I didn’t mind one bit. In fact, I made a point of being one of the hardest working players on the team. Despite my efforts, I didn’t get much playing time. When I finally asked the coach why, he said “Son, don’t ever confuse hard work with results.” As harsh as that advice may sound, it was 100% true and it’s a lesson I carry with me to this day. Good, bad or mediocre, coaches will have a huge influence on your son or daughter’s athletic experience and in some cases, maybe even their future. For that reason alone, I would argue they should be one of your regular photographic subjects. Here are a few examples that may provide a bit of inspiration.