The End of an Era

Oh, I am so dramatic.
But, it is.  Earlier in the season I thought I would still go to games and take pictures and then realized I don’t enjoy it as much if the kids I know and watched grow up are not on the field.

Last year was my son and his class’ Senior Night.
Last night was round two of “my crew”.


See, when Q was in middle school I was the “team mom”. During the spring season I fed those boys food every Tuesday and Thursday for 3 years.  I knew which one liked ham, or turkey, which would would bribe or sneak Goldfish.  Who hated Cheetos…They were not my kids, they were my boys.

I also took pictures of them playing those seasons, back before I had a great camera and “fast” glass.  It was my Canon Rebel and a 75-300 5.6.

When I started shooting them most of them were barely as tall as my shoulder, now it is the other way around.  I have watched them grow through their awkward stage, through pimples and braces and voice changes and come out on the other side with hairy legs and scruffy beards.
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But not only that, these boys were my “experiment” in photography.
Shooting them day after day,
season after season,
morning, noon and night,
Sun, rain, SNOW.

I experienced every condition possible.
I would encounter a tricky lighting condition and they were my testing ground.

Through those years, I realized that I am not as much of a portrait or sports photographer as I thought I was.  The people that I shot well were people I knew, and people I loved.  If I don’t have that connection, the spark and the heart isn’t there.

So, going forward, I will still shoot family and friends and events that have my heart but professionally, I am sticking to real estate and architecture.  Structure and Form.  Because while those things also have my heart, there isn’t an emotion in it.  Form and Function.  Something I can never attach to humans.

I am looking forward closing this chapter, freeing up some emotional and creative space for a few other ventures.

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