So after a few more runs at the sports photography thing, I think I am winding down with it. One reason was a personal gripe that I won’t express here, even though it was kind of the breaking point for me and this little experiment.
However, I really wasn’t enjoying it that much anyway. I was continuing to pick up some jobs because it was paid photography work which isn’t easy to find and it wasn’t very hard.
I continue to see the same patterns that I observed in my first experience. The interesting thing, is I wonder how much of my observations the company owner sees. He doesn’t seem to realize what the problem is. So it goes I suppose. I tried to encourage teams and do a good job as a matter of personal pride, but I get paid the same no matter how the photographs turn out. (Maybe another problem with the entire field?)
It is a shame that this is what parents get of these prescious times. My honest advice to a parent – get your team photos and skip out on the individuals. At the end of the year, make an appointment with a professional photographer. Take your uniforms and bats and balls or whatever props go with your sport. Get some unique, individualized, high quality shots of your kiddo in their full sports attitude.
Or find a parent with a camera . . . (sarcasm relating back to prior post on this topic – if you didn’t read it, you won’t get it!)