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Mar 29, 2013 18:41 |  #1

I teach high school and the normal group that does team/individual photo can't do the spring sports. So, I've been asked to do them.

Any tips on baseball individuals? I don't really want to do the kneeling, holding a bat shot. I thought about having them at bat...make it kinda look like a baseball card. Any tried and true crowd pleasers anyone would be willing to share?


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Mar 29, 2013 19:43 |  #2

I had a year when it was raining hard on picture day. Which the coach said could not be changed and he suggested that I just take them in the gym! I explained that the gym was not their "home", they belong outdoors. I decided to shoot the kids in the locker room, standing in front of an open locker, with one arm up and hand on top of the door. The parents loved it. It was different than what they had in the past.


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Mar 29, 2013 20:02 |  #3

Great idea.

I'm also the yearbook advisor...that's how I got into photography in the first place. The normal guy that does the team photos is from out of town. If it rains...do it in the gym. I HATE that! The golf team in the gym. The cross country team...in the gym. Always drove me nuts.

Only down side is the baseball team doesn't get locker space. One positive though, if it rains I can always switch the day.


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Mar 29, 2013 20:09 |  #4

tstowe wrote in post #15770654 (external link)
Great idea.

I'm also the yearbook advisor...that's how I got into photography in the first place. The normal guy that does the team photos is from out of town. If it rains...do it in the gym. I HATE that! The golf team in the gym. The cross country team...in the gym. Always drove me nuts.

Only down side is the baseball team doesn't get locker space. One positive though, if it rains I can always switch the day.

Where I shoot, They tell me the day and there's no flexibility. The coach's just want to get it over with and the parents never complained about the gym shots in the past. The coach was surprised that I cared.


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Mar 29, 2013 23:36 |  #5

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Mar 29, 2013 23:48 |  #6

Thanks Mike. I know you shoot the big leagues but what do you think about the shots where they make it look like a cover of a sports magazine?


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Mar 30, 2013 19:58 |  #7

I shoot from 5 year olds up to MLB...the kids love the "big league" poses and the magazines have increased a lot since introducing them - they usually want an action shot or the pose, but anything like mentioned before (set up shot) is good - they like 'em....should add pretty much most leagues expect the basic boring poses, so any differences is good - I actually print a sheet with 4-5 on there and they can choose or come up with their own.


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Mar 31, 2013 07:50 |  #8

MJPhotos24 wrote in post #15773715 (external link)
I shoot from 5 year olds up to MLB...the kids love the "big league" poses and the magazines have increased a lot since introducing them - they usually want an action shot or the pose, but anything like mentioned before (set up shot) is good - they like 'em....should add pretty much most leagues expect the basic boring poses, so any differences is good - I actually print a sheet with 4-5 on there and they can choose or come up with their own.

What do you think about something like this? http://www.toddstowe.c​om …q#!i=2432958320​&k=jsWJD75 (external link)


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Mar 31, 2013 20:28 |  #9

I've never been a huge fan of the SI knockoffs, IDK why and just personal preference I guess, but always wanted to create my own even though not very good with it - actually for posters going to be buying a few templates from a friend who is amazing at that stuff.

This is one I do, very basic and customize it for each sport (FIRST DOWN for football, CORNER KICK for soccer, LEAD OFF for baseball - or something like that). It's from 2010 as only one I have on the computer, not sure what changes made last couple years but sure there's been a couple here and there. Used to have the side headlines customized for each kid and what not but took them off for just the one big one, saves some screwing around.


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Apr 02, 2013 13:33 |  #10

Mike R wrote in post #15770670 (external link)
Where I shoot, They tell me the day and there's no flexibility. The coach's just want to get it over with and the parents never complained about the gym shots in the past. The coach was surprised that I cared.

Just because the parents aren't complaining to you doesn't mean they liked them.
It's a difficult situation at times because the coach is the person that you need to please but the parent writes the check.
Last year a photog did soccer T&I in the gym, Facebook lit up with complaints between parents. I bet they get the job again because no one had the backbone to complain to the coach.
We're dealing with a situation this year where a board member doesn't feel the need for the individual portraits. Just wants group shots for sponsors etc. Our portraits are what sets us apart because we do a real portrait not a snap shot. The parents appreciate that.


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