1,000 Words: Pro Sports Photographer


This photograph is from my one and only paid, professional gig as a sports photographer.  A parent (that I didn't know) saw me shooting at one of Steel's wrestling matches one time and hired me to shoot his kids' baseball game.  I didn't really want to do it so I set a high price, and he shocked me when he agreed. Shooting a wrestling match is significantly easier than shooting a baseball game.  Not only is the movement happening at a much faster pace, it's also happening all over the field as opposed to a 10 foot radius on a mat.  I have a hard time watching a game, let alone trying to catch it with a photograph.  Needless to say I learned my lesson and never agreed to shoot another game.

I did, however, end up with this beauty.  It's one of those shots that is made great by the timing of the action.  Sure, a photographer has to have the settings on the camera in the right place, but the timing of the subject is where the moment is either caught or lost.

I entered this picture in the county fair that year and if I remember correctly, the judges didn't like it as much as I did.  But it's still one of my favorites.  Art is subjective so everyone has an opinion.  But I was happy with this one and it made the effort worthwhile.