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CLC Parks and Recreation

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I was recently commissioned by the City of Las Cruces Parks and Recreations department to photograph for an upcoming campaign and a refresh of their photograph inventory.

The goal was to visit as many parks and facilities as possible (in a very short time frame) to capture people utilizing the parks–this meant the majority of the shots would include action. Over the course of 6 days I managed to shoot many sports including volleyball, basketball, parkour, skateboarding, and I even had a reunion with my old pals, the Crossroads City Derby for a scrimmage.

The best part of this gig was meeting all the friendly folks; many of the subject gladly took time to work with me and get some memorable shots!

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Sucias Photo Shoot

Puncher Villa

Puncher Villa ready to whoop some butt.

As much as I blog about the derby girls, one might think they’re all I shoot. Since they’re so much fun and the results are so awesome, I’m kind of forced to write about them!

The shoot was for the Crossroads City Derby Sucias; the all-star travel team consisting of skaters from the respective home teams (Reguladies, Spitfire Sallies and the Rink Rash Revolutionaries).

We decided on some location shots around Las Cruces, and met up at the West End Art Depot to get started. The building provided some nice grungy looking backdrops to contrast the beautiful skaters. On the train track, next to the building and gifted by the photo background gods, were a couple of tank cars with colorful graffiti that were left overnight. After getting the required shots, including one of Puncher Villa tied to the train track, we headed over to the colorful handball court on Picacho Avenue.

These were easily my favorite shots; from the individuals to the group shot with the team on their backs (thanks to Goldie Blocks for the killer idea), the artwork on the wall provided a great backdrop. From a photo geek perspective, I tried to shoot wide, from 10mm to 24mm to get as much artwork in as possible. I ended up having to strobe the back part of the wall with a Profoto Magnum reflector separately to get some even lighting across the wall.

The best part for?  My beautiful wife joining me for the shoot, where she assisted me and got the “derby girl experience” first hand.

Thanks to Robbie and Andre for flagging, gripping and holding to stuff for me.

Team Photo

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