Hello all, i have been doing photography for a while now, and i'm able to pay the bills with my cameras thankfully. I am trying to branch out into other fields and trying to build up a portfolio with a possible goal to try to shoot sports professionally in 2-5 years.
I love sports, grew up playing soccer and tennis all my life and as i reach my 30's i just miss being around the action. Luckily through my photography job i use the 1D III and 100-400mm multiple times a week for a few years, so i am very familiar with that beast.
My problem is that i am very introverted and don't know ANY photographers really, and don't know/want to go out and meet people but i am just so desperate to get shooting sports to build my portfolio. Luckily i live behind a high school in Northern Virginia, and also attended a high school within 10 miles of where i live.
The question is should i approach these high schools and see if i could somehow shoot for them maybe once or twice a week for a full year, doing it for free and just giving them the photos? Has anyone tried this method?
I have shot one high school football game and many motorsport racing competitions, so should i put together some kind of action portfolio and maybe bring it to the school? I just don't know the best way to approach this.
Any other suggestions? Sadly i am having back problems so it's difficult for me to drive far, but i can use the camera on a tripod or monopod with little problems.