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Got the Sports bug - Looking for experience - Talk to high school?

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Jul 16, 2014 16:32 |  #1

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.

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Jul 16, 2014 18:11 |  #2

Take a look at MaxPreps and consider submitting a portfolio to become one of their photographers. This will provide you media credentials (after 10 gallery uploads), and trust me, you will need the credentials most places in Northern Virginia (I'm in Arlington).

Alternatively, consider one of the yearbook companies, e.g., LifeTouch. Their standards are lower than MaxPreps, so getting signed up to shoot sports candids shouldn't be too difficult. The pay is minimal, but better than nothing.

Either of these options is far better than offering your time for free and undercutting those of us trying to provide a service and make a profit (as minimal as it is as sports candids aren't where the money is).

PM me if you have some local questions.

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Jul 16, 2014 18:47 |  #3

Very good advice from Pat

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Jul 17, 2014 09:48 |  #4

Maxpreps generally wants a decent portfolio when you apply. So you may be turned down. Take a look at and see if you can find someone in your area to mentor you.

Don't forget about JV/Pee wee games, you can probably get better access to those to build a portfolio. As with Pat, you can message me as well with any questions. When you do start getting images together for a portfolio message or email that to me and I can help critique it for you.

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