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Often times people think the main objective of a sports photographer is capture action.  To capture that split second image that properly displays some incredible athletic feat that the average couch potato could only wish he could replicate in Madden 17.

But the truth, is photographing sports is much much more than that.  Don’t get me wrong, I love when I get the perfect action frame.  There’s a certain adrenaline rush you get when you know you “nailed it.”  However, while action shots are exciting and fun to look at, they rarely tell the story.  They communicate a short split second in time of a specific play, but most of the time say nothing about the essence of who a player is at his core, the stakes of a game, the mental fortitude, level of focus, frustration, or effort.  For those you need portraits.

Shooting portraits during sporting events is very very different than shooting other types of portraits. Very little is in your control. You often are limited in where you can shoot from.  There’s usually no moving forward or backward to adjust your perspective.    You have no control of the environment that the player finds himself in.  There’s no adding props, removing distracting elements from the background.  There’s also a very short amount of time in any given situation to make your shot.  Players move around, they’re not generally going to stand there like most portrait subjects while you shoot, check your LCD and then try again.  Most importantly, there is absolutely no interaction with the subject. A photographer who tries to illicit a reaction from a certain from player to make a frame is a photographer who is going to find his credentials instantly yanked.

The vast majority of the time the player has absolutely no conscious awareness that you’re even taking the image.  In most instances this isn’t a bad thing though.  I generally want the people that I’m photographing to be “camera unaware,” and to not be thinking about the fact that I’m sticking several thousand dollars worth of equipment in their faces.  With most portrait situations that takes  a lot of work to build up that level of trust and rapport with a subject.  With sports it comes automatically because of the situation.

Here’s a few of the portraits I made yesterday during the freezing cold Broncos Patriots game.

 

Pre-game right before Brady and Edelman take the field.

Dec 18, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) and wide receiver Julian Edelman (11) wait to take the field before the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Taken right after the opening kickoff as Brady prepares to take the field for the first series.

Dec 18, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) during the first half against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Shane Ray

Dec 18, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos outside linebacker Shane Ray (56) reacts during the second half against the New England Patriots at Sports Authority Field. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

This image actually took place during a TV timeout.  There was really nothing going on.  Players were standing around waiting for the OK to get started again.  The sun had just about set behind the stadium walls and there was literally the tiny sliver that Von Miller just happened to be standing in.  I’ve taken hundreds of images of Von Miller over the years.  This might just be my favorite. The light.  The expression on his face.  His stance.  Those eyes.  This image certainly isn’t one you can go into the game trying to get.  It just presents itself to you and you have to be looking for it.

Dec 18, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos outside linebacker Von Miller (58) during the first half against the New England Patriots at Sports Authority Field. The Patriots won 16-3. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

 

Till next time!

Hi gang!

I’m sure like most of you (those of you in Colorado at least) we’ve been loving this warm fall weather!  We’ve been taking advantage of it to do more family shoots this year than we’ve ever done before.  We wanted to share some of our favorite images that Lindsey and I (Chris) have captured over the last couple weeks.

The forecast for the next week or two still looks promising and there are still a few leaves on the trees in a few areas.  If you’ve procrastinated getting family photos done, let us know and we’d love to capture some before the snow comes!

Enjoy!!

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In June, we had the honor of flying out to Kansas City to document Lauren and Anthony’s wedding day! They had their ceremony at the absolutely beautiful Visitation Church in Kansas City and their reception at Mission Hills Country Club.  This was the first wedding we’ve shot out in Kansas City and we hope we’ll be back for more to come – what a fun town and gorgeous venue! The day went off without a hitch thanks to Hannah with Weddings by Hannah.

Enjoy a few of the highlights!

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Lauren and Anthony, the day was spectacular and we were honored to be there to document it!!

We are so excited to share Emily and Matt’s gorgeous wedding at Deer Creek Valley Ranch! A few years ago, we were introduced to the Thompson family when we shot Emily’s sister’s wedding. We were so honored when they reached out to us again about shooting Emily and Matt’s wedding, and it was another absolutely incredible day! Both Matt and Emily’s families are so special and the whole day was so joyful and fun.

Matt and Emily are kind and genuine, funny and so thoughtful, and their day was absolutely beautiful. On top of that, Deer Creek Valley Ranch made for a stunning backdrop for the day!

Below are a few favorite images from their day! You can also check out their wedding day slideshow with more highlights!

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Emily and Matt, we loved spending the day with you and couldn’t be more grateful to have gotten the chance to know your families. You guys are what make us love what we do!! Thanks for letting us share in your day!

Lindsey recently had the chance to shoot with past clients of ours, Carl and Angie, and document some time at home with their new baby, Owen! Chris loved shooting Carl and Angie’s wedding, and so it was really special to us when they reached out about having us capture their sweet new baby!

The first weeks after a new baby arrives are so special. There is little sleep, lots of change, and so many things to do for such a small little person. But these days are so incredibly special, and more than anything, your first baby shows you your heart is bigger than you ever could have imagined. I love that these photos will serve as a reminder of their transition to a family of three and bring them back to their first days at home.

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