On Saturday, May 10th I photographed an adorable Sherwood Fireballs team in the morning. That evening, I snapped pictures for my son’s Sherwood Prom group. It was not until I pulled the images from my camera to my computer that overwhelming nostalgia settled in. Childhood truly goes that fast my friends – your little people are in kindergarten and playing t-ball in the morning, and by that evening, those same little people are grown and in gowns and tuxedos heading to Prom. Those precious little girls and boys become stunning, wonderful young men and women. At any given moment this year, my heart both clenches with beautiful memories or swells from pride and their contagious excitement over what is yet to come. Graduation is just 22 days away…
Wrong. Oddly enough, after many years of back-to-back sports seasons, all three of my guys took the winter off.
The good news is that all of this sudden downtime in our schedule is getting the kiddos to reconnect with each other (and me). I’ve never played so many after school basketball games of “Pig.” And, the boys love to play “Knockout” on the driveway.
So, it turns out, all I had to do was go out on the driveway to get my competition pictures.
The hands are filthy from playing with a damp, dirty ball on the driveway and for some reason, that game always gives them the giggles.
This Project52 work is fitting so nicely with my New Year’s Resolution to take more photos of my kids in “everyday life.” Very fun.
Oh, and, my close up got picked for a Moms with Cameras favorite of the week. Woohoo!
In the last several years I have been on a mission to conquer the challenges of basketball photography. That crazy gym lighting and high-speed, close-up action can be so, so hard to capture.
I use all my tricks and am ecstatic that I can freeze those passionate faces and amazing leaps to the basket. And it’s thrilling to share the images with the parents. I know they love the pictures now. And how sweet will it be to look back at these 3rd grade shots when they’re playing for the high school or college or ???
Let me know if you’d like a game photographed before the end of the season…just a few weekends left!