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Tips to Prepare for Sports Portraits
Specializing in senior pictures allows me to really keep up on trends and help you prepare for your senior sports portraits! For athletes, that means making sure I can capture everything about their sport, whether they play club sports or school sports. As a mom, you may think your child will be in this sport forever, often even college. The reality is that high school is often the last time your teenager may compete. Also, for all the moms who think their son won’t enjoy a senior portrait session, this is just one way to get them involved and loving it! Don’t pass up what might be your last opportunity to create senior pictures like these!
Bring Your Gear
I know this seems obvious, but you’d be surprised how often socks are forgotten or the ball is left in the garage. Plan ahead, make a list, and bring it all! Pack your uniform, ball, t-shirt, jersey, letter jacket, warm-ups, shoes, socks, and other equipment for your sport.
Be Ready to Play
The best part is capturing seniors doing what they love. I mean actually playing and having fun! Of course during a game or meet, this can be difficult, but during your senior pictures we’ll have time to shoot and play around with some creative ideas. Admittedly I don’t know much about every single sport, so while I definitely have ideas, I also want your input. Be prepared to show off! It’s OK, I absolutely love meeting all these talented athletes and sharing in their success!
Go All Out
Even though the stands aren’t full, don’t hold back! I was reminded of this during a spring photo shoot when I asked one of my track kids to go run. Let me tell you, he sure did and it made the images that much more amazing! Going full speed brought the photos to life with his realistic emotion and expression.
Be Flexible With Locations
Sometimes your school will be great for senior pictures and sometimes other locations might work better. Always check with your school and get permission before your photo shoot if you’d like to use the field. We’ve used grassy areas, urban streets, neighborhood courts, and even other schools’ fields (again, with permission!) and much to my surprise, the alternative locations have been far better than we’d imagined!
This urban area provided the perfect backdrop for Nicholas’ wrestling pictures! Mom loved the blue, the texture was perfect, and Nicholas came with every single detailed piece of clothing as if he were ready for a wrestling match. Check out the socks, that’s the best part!
This particular day, Perry had either baseball practice or a game, but another local high school’s baseball field was completely empty! It made this the perfect night for taking our time and capturing exactly what we wanted without having other people around.
And sometimes, we get lucky and the school works out beautifully! There was actually practice this day, but since we didn’t really need much space, the coaches at Mesquite High School were more than happy to let us use the track.
Want to see more more senior sports portraits or other senior photography ideas? Here are a couple more posts you might enjoy!
Matthew, club soccer
Jalen, high school football
Connor, high school baseball
Trevor, high school basketball
Michelle, your sports portraits are amazing you are so talented. Love how you captured the athletes in action. The baseball one being my absolute favorite.
Thanks so much! Yes, he’s a wonderful young man and I was so glad I got to do baseball pictures with him!
Great sports portraits. I appreciate the tips on how to be prepared for a photo session. How helpful for seniors! Great work!
Great tips! My son just love soccer and I will definitely will do such kind of session for him!
I love any sport with my seniors, especially when they make great action shots like these soccer ones!