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Mayfield Softball Team Pictures

2012 Mayfield Softball – Seniors

I think my favorite things in photography is the uncertainty about a gig; not knowing what to expect, and if needed, thinking on your feet, making the best of a less-than-perfect situation and walking away feeling good about it.

In pretty much that situation, I walked away feeling good about the photo shoot I had with the Mayfield softball teams, and the great bunch of young ladies I had met.

The shoot, initially scheduled at their practice field, was rumored to be at the Field of Dreams. After everyone had made the 200 yd walk across the parking lot to the FOD, it was finally determined that the pictures would be taken at the less scenic practice field. We then waited another 30 minutes trying to gain access to the field. With the shoot finally starting at 4:45 (an hour late), and the sun setting at roughly 5:50 and 34 girls to shoot, I had to work fast!

34 girls might not sound like too many, but I had to get group shots, team shots, and a variety of poses for the team poster. Since girls tend to be a bit more picky about their appearance, and like to try different poses, I plan on longer sessions. If it were 34 boys, I would have been done in 20 minutes.

Long after the varsity team had left, a group of junior varsity/freshman players hung around to try some extra shots, which turned out to be some of my favorites. Since the juice in my battery pack was low, I went to a single light, and put the girls to work by having them position my reflector. By the time we were done, it was dark and me and my battery were spent.

Gear-wise, I used a Profoto portable battery pack, powering two studio strobes to balance out the full daylight. For modifiers, I used a beauty dish as the main, and a softbox as a fill. The nice thing about shooting in daylight is the sun makes a fantastic hair light. To lessen the depth of field, I used a diffusion filter when it was brighter, but abandoned the idea and made the decision to work out the distracting backgrounds elements in post.

I’ve since had a chance to shoot the Lady Trojans in action against against Eldorado and at the Southern New Mexico Softball Invite, and they’re fun to watch; it will be an interesting season in District 3-5A. Good luck Lady Trojans!

The Junior Varsity team getting it done

The player/pose was masked out for the poster



Las Cruces High Basketball

As many  sports fans in Las Cruces know, both girls and boys Bulldawg basketball teams are having a good year. The boys are ranked #1 in the state and the girls are consistently in the top 10, in spite of key injuries.

I had a chance to shoot both teams last fall and recently got to see the results from the session in the marketing material created for the teams by the Tú Media Group.

I shot everything high key (low contrast, on a white background) for a number of reasons: I like the clean style, and the respective booster clubs/coaches like to market their teams in different ways. Shooting high key easier to mask out the players from the background.

The boys team used the shot of the starting five for posters and used different masked photos for elements in their program.

For the girls team, the designer created a collage from separate player’s photos for posters, programs and other marketing materials. Below are some shots of the players (top) and the final program (bottom).

One of my favorite shots from either session was the photo of the “Superfan”. The initial pose and calm demeanor from the die-hard Bulldawg supporter didn’t match his over-the-top outfit and makeup, so I started yelling at him to yell at me, and before I knew it we had a friendly shouting match!