Summit Spartan Marching Band - Summit vs Independence High School Football Game

September 18, 2016  •  2 Comments
 

I've been asked a few times if I shoot team photos.  There are two answers to that question.

If you mean, do I shoot team photos where everyone gets in line and one by one I take a picture of them smiling fakely at the camera, usually in bad light or with a fake backdrop, then the answer is no. I know there is a market for these posed team photos, but they just don't inspire me at all, and I want to stay true to myself and only shoot work that inspires me. 

If you mean, will I come hang out with your team, band or group and shoot a day-in-the-life style documentary photos, then absolutely yes.  

Katie contacted me months ago to set up this shoot for the Summit High School band booster club.  I was immediately excited about it because I felt that Katie "got" my style and that what she was looking for was exactly the kind of thing that I get excited about.  

I didn't realized it when we booked the session that it would be the big Summit vs. Independence game.  The entire town was excited about this cross-town rivalry...the Border Battle.  My girls are future Spartans, so I'm team Summit all the way. Too bad we didn't win, but it was an awesome time anyway.  Congrats to Indy for the win.

This was the coolest experience to be able to experience behind the scenes with these band kids.  I have pretty much zero experience with marching bands as my high school did not have one...at least not when I was there. The Summit band of about 120 kids is actually twice as big as my senior class, so while football games were definitely a big part of my high school experience (as I was actually a cheerleader), my tiny single A high school does not quite compare to the excitement of a Summit vs. Indy game.  

The kids were great and I absolutely loved watching the connection and camaraderie between them.  My biggest concern was trying to make sure I got a least one good picture of each of them. I have no idea whether or not I succeeded but I hope I got as many of them as possible. (This is just a preview and the entire gallery will be completed within two weeks).

I've also decided that I absolutely love football light...and all its variations.  We started out with beautiful magic hour sunset with lots of fun lens flare.  Then blue hour (just after dusk) was gorgeous as well.  And if it being the big border battle wasn't enough, there was even a Harvest Moon! And once dark came, the lights of the football field lent themselves to some cool pics.  

As a side note, my focus was definitely the band, but I had to snap a few of the fans as well.  You can't put a big group of really excited people who also happen to be covered in paint in front of me and not expect me to snap a few pictures. 

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Comments

Cat Poss(non-registered)
These pictures are wonderfully done! But I gotta have more trumpets! :-) you take beautiful shots.
Lori Stone(non-registered)
I had to be out of town on business and missed this game but seemed to have captured the excitement of the night!
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