Last fall, I photographed the Mashpee Pop Warner D Team on the same school field that I once competed on as a child. It proved to be a fun and nostalgic photo experience. Prior to heading back home to Mashpee, I reached out to two dear friends to discuss my project. I knew I wanted to shoot portraits but, I also wanted to photograph their game. I had never shot action photography so I had a few technical questions. I knew the perfect person to call, one of the industries most talented action shooters, Rob Tringali. I’m convinced Rob, has a few extra camouflaged eyeballs on his head because he always captures stunning imagery both on/off the field. After talking with Rob, who gave me some great tips (“Don’t drop the lens”..thanks ROB!!!) and affirmed that I did need the lens I had my eye on using. (Canon’s 300mm 2.8 L series lens) I made my second call. Monte Isom, who is known for his stunning athlete portraiture and who also happens to be the first photographer I ever worked for in NYC. Hard to believe that was almost nine years ago. Monte hooked me up with the lens I needed as well as discuss my ideas for the portrait. Thanks guys!
It was a collaboration of all sorts, friends from two very different times of my life. With the help two childhood friends, Chad Gingras and Kim Cuozzo the production went nice and smooth. I built a “pop up studio” on the side lines of the football field and ran power by generator thanks to Leon Pinsonneault. The “studio” which created a lot of curiosity on the side lines and my concerns of too much light bleeding through was fixed with heavy painters canvas. (Another perk of having a finish carpenter assisting you). We set up prior to the game so I could shoot the action and then the portraits after the game. Although I wanted the photographs to have a studio portrait feel I wanted them to be authentic as well, so I chose to photograph the kids after the game. Win or Lose, they played their hearts out. I want to thank Kim Cuozzo for all her help coordinating with the other parents, model releases and ice cream bribery for good behavior. Thank you D Team, parents and all the Coaches for making the shoot a fun experience!
Here are a few images.