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Sports and Underwater FAQs

Sports and Underwater FAQs

While I probably won't cover everything you can think of, my intent is answer some of the most popular questions I get regarding these sessions. If you have a question, I don't answer, feel free to contact me and I'll get it answered as quickly as possible.

And away we go!

"What is a Sports Session?"

Sports sessions take your average portrait session and make it a moving production. No leaning against a tree or simply wearing your football jersey. You're going to move, run, dive, swing and whatever else you do in your sport! Think of it as practice with pictures.

"I'm tired. Can we take a break?"

So, I won't tell your coach you just asked me that. Yes, breaks are welcome. Just ask!

"How long do these last?"

Sports sessions are generally about 1-2 hours. Prior to your session, we'll have discussed what you want in these pictures and we go into the session with a game plan and image list. We'll basically go until we get all the images on the list. Sometimes, it's quick. Other times, a little slower.

"Can I bring a friend?"

Sure you can! A lot of times, we need someone to throw or kick balls or play the off-camera role of teammate. Obviously, mom or dad can do that, but friend or team mate is often a excellent replacement.

"Should I do anything to prepare?"

Be rested and drink plenty of fluids. If you can arrive before I do, run a couple laps and get a little sweat going. If you are injured, we need to talk before the day of your session. Let's not ruin a session because you are already hurt and reaggravate that injury.

"Do you give instructions?"

Yes and no. Yes, I'll define the shot we are looking for and what we need to do to get it. No, I'm not going to walk you through it or do any posing that looks unnatural.

Underwater Specific Questions

"Do you do underwater maternity or bridals sessions?"

No. Unfortunately, I only do in water sessions for individuals who participate in water sports. This is a safety concern for me and I will not wavier on it.

"Is it safe to have flashes around water?"

I am fortunate that all my flashes, including my studio strobes, are battery operated. The batteries are lithium-ion and are sealed. Unlike many photographers who run countless cords to live power sources, my unit is self-contained.

In addition to being mounted to a heavy light stand, anytime I am around water, there is significant weight on the light stand - somewhere around 30 pounds. The wind won't blow that over nor will it accidentally get pushed into the pool.

In the highly unlikely event that the flash does fall in, I get to buy a new flash. The battery doesn't contain enough juice to shock anyone and, since the battery pack is sealed, there's no electrical current.

"What shot do we aim for?"

Most of the images will be shot under the water and up towards you. Freestyle and butterfly work best for these. However, I will shoot breast stoke from above the water with an attempt to capture the "water beard" image. Backstroke is a little tougher, but we can work around to get some of those.

I always do my best to get a turn shot too. Easy as it sounds, this is often the most difficult one to really capture.

Also, I recommend checking out Pinterest for swimming pictures. There's some great shots on there that may trigger something you want to give a little variety.

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