Football Photographer MaxPrep’s Preseason Top 25

Football Photographer?

Football Photographer in April/May? Yep, that’s me 🙂 Excited to be able to share some of what I have been up to the past five weeks!

I’ve been photographing for MaxPreps for quite a while now, and they are still one of my favorite clients, so I was excited to have the opportunity to photograph four of the top twenty five high school football teams for them this year.

I started with three teams in the Ft. Lauderdale/Miami area. Just so happens there are some reasonably priced flights from here to there and my brother lives in the area, so logistically speaking things worked out well. Traveling with an entire outdoor studio setup was a bit of an issue, but thankfully between Think Tank Photo, Pelican Products, and some nifty Amazon Prime shopping I had everything I needed.

First up was #11 American Heritage in Plantation, FL. Gorgeous campus, great athletes and staff! (link to full gallery here)

4-29-2016 MaxPreps Preseason Top 25 Photo Shoot at American Heritage High School in Plantation, FL.

4-29-2016 MaxPreps Preseason Top 25 Photo Shoot at American Heritage High School in Plantation, FL.

4-29-2016 MaxPreps Preseason Top 25 Photo Shoot at American Heritage High School in Plantation, FL.

4-29-2016 MaxPreps Preseason Top 25 Photo Shoot at American Heritage High School in Plantation, FL.

Next was #16 Central in Miami, FL. Another awesome bunch of people, and you just have to love it anytime you get to use a rocket in your images, plus the clouds cooperated well! (link to full gallery here)

5-2-2016 MaxPreps Preseason Top 25 Photo Shoot at Miami Central High School in Miami, FL.

Photographer above obviously has some skills!

5-2-2016 MaxPreps Preseason Top 25 Photo Shoot at Miami Central High School in Miami, FL.

Last one for me in Florida was #1 St. Thomas Aquinas in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. As usual, great people, another amazing facility, and the clouds remained friendly to me here as well! (link to full gallery here)

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I owe my brother Michael and some other friends a huge shout out for all the help assisting me in Florida, I could not have done it without you guys!

 

Finally got home for a few weeks and got my last school, #15 Central Catholic in Pittsburgh, PA scheduled for their shoot. (link to full gallery here) More great people, and the school is located downtown with some amazing architecture. Even with a lot of construction going on, you simply have to love the place, especially after you realize that this is where Dan Marino went to school! Michael Messing (super assistant and awesome photographer himself) came along on this trip and all the “Behind The Scenes” shots are his. (Thanks Mikey!)

5-24-2016 MaxPreps Preseason Top 25 Photo Shoot at Central Catholic High School in Pittsburgh, PA.

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Laying down on the job! With all the construction going on, finding clean backgrounds was a chore.

5-24-2016 MaxPreps Preseason Top 25 Photo Shoot at Central Catholic High School in Pittsburgh, PA.

 

5-24-2016 MaxPreps Preseason Top 25 Photo Shoot at Central Catholic High School in Pittsburgh, PA.

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According to my exhaustive research on Google Earth prior to this trip, that is a simply gorgeous hillside behind us 🙂

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No, your OTHER left!

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Here’s the link for the for the entire Top 25 from MaxPrep’s, looks like there is going to be some amazing high school football played this year! Big thanks to MaxPreps and especially Todd Shurtleff (Director of Photography) for this great opportunity, let’s shoot for 8 teams next year! 🙂

For all the photography minded people out there, practically everything was shot with a Canon 5DIII and the 24-105mm lens. Lighting was all Paul C. Buff White Lightning 1600’s and/or Einsteins, normally a three light setup. All power came from the Vagabond Mini Lithiums. Used an Octabox on the main light in Pittsburgh, everything else used either standard or 8.5″ reflectors. And yes, it was too windy for me to set anything on fire 🙁

 

Baseball Photography – Oxford Chargers #1

Baseball Photography in January? You Bet!

Yep, baseball photography in January. Brrrrrr…!!!

Last month (January 2016) I returned to Oxford High School in Mississippi to photograph the baseball team for MaxPreps, who I thought were going to be ranked VERY high in the MaxPrep’s preseason poll. Turns out I was right! I say returned, because I also photographed the Charger’s football team in July of 2015. It was very nice to go back to a school where I knew some of the staff and a few of the athletes.

Coach Baughman and his staff were great to work with, and gave us complete cooperation every step of the way. As usual for my shoots in this area, my pal (and super great photographer himself) Fred Brooks came along to assist…couldn’t have done it without you Fred!

I shot straight to an iPad (which the athletes had) and as always that was a HUGE hit. The guys really got into it, offering “styling” and posing suggestions to their teammates throughout the shoot.

For the photography buffs out there, everything was shot with a Canon 5D Mark III with a f/4.0 24-105mm lens. Lights were White Lightning 1600’s. Triggered using Pocket Wizard Plus III’s/Mini TT1 in HyperSync mode. And yes, that’s real fire and smoke (worn out bats and rubber cement).

Again, big thanks to Coach Baughman, his staff, and the entire athletic department. You guys are a class act and really helped to create some awesome images. Go Chargers!

Here’s a video plus a few of my favorite images. You can view the entire gallery here (as well as purchase images…hint, hint).

 

The Fred!!!

The Fred!!!

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That’s about as messed up as a football bat!

 

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His name is Tag. Yep, plays infield. You can’t make this stuff up.

 

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SMOKIN!

 

Coach Goolsby

Coach Goolsby

 

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HUGE thanks to Thomas, he helped us lug our gear around a lot!

Thanks for looking, hope everyone enjoyed!