Some moments in life you never want to end. Sitting on the turf of Ravsten Stadium, preparing to take the field, life was just perfect. Loose, relaxed and ready to go, there was nothing that was going to keep me from enjoying that moment.
As I prepared to take on the cross town rivals in Skyline, I was calm, relaxed, and enjoying every second. Sure I felt the pregame jitters just like everyone else, but when you’re prepared, there’s nothing to worry about. At this moment, I couldn’t have cared less about the homework due the next day, whether the girls liked me, or even previous struggles during the season. All that mattered was the here and now, living in the moment.
With all of the stuff going on around me, coaches yelling, referees calling for the captains, teammates warming up, none of it mattered. I was in my special zone, where everything was perfect. It is a rare moment in life when you can feel so tranquil and content. Too soon it was all over, captains were called for the coin toss, and coach had a few last minute words of advice. But I will never forget that moment that was just for me.
Sometimes everything just feel right, and everything has its place. This was one of those moments, and I will always feel that way when I look at this picture.
I usually shoot people who want to keep their poses pretty simple. Not a lot of laying-down-ankles-crossed-in-the-air type of thing. I love senior photos like that. I just don’t shoot them very well.
But nobody wants to wind up with 17 photos that look exactly the same. So the best thing to do it switch up your pose improv-style after each camera click.
If you’re not shy, get really RANDOM. Don’t be afraid to look dumb in a few of them. Your photographer is gonna junk any that “don’t work”. If you don’t like having your picture taken, at least switch it up a tiny bit. A little smile here, a slight “blue steel” there. You never know what’s unexpected favorite photo you’ll wind up with.
Bridger Blakeslee. Quarterback, Hillcrest High School in Ammon, ID. Photo by Brad Barlow, B2X Photo. Photographers in Idaho Falls, ID.
I shot this one of Hillcrest Knight quarterback Bridger Blakeslee with my Fuji x100s as part of my new series going up in the halls of Pro Image in the Grand Teton Mall in Idaho Falls. I also used my Westcott Rapid Box with beauty dish, Impact light stands, Wein Trigger and Yongnuo YN560ii speedlights.
I believe those prints should be waiting for me in the mail when I get home today. Can’t wait to see them 24×36 inches.
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Watch behind the scenes of a B2X Photo OneShot photoshoot with high school senior, Carter. My goal with a these isn’t an album of different looks and locations. It’s one bold and true photo. (And sure, we end up with more. That’s just how it goes.) Sandcreek Golf Course, Idaho Falls. Photos by Brad Barlow, B2X Photo. Music and sports photographer in Idaho Falls, ID.
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The 2015 Tiger Grizz Wrestling Tournament at Skyline High School in Idaho Falls, ID. See over 50 photos online now at www.photographersidahofalls.com/Brad-Barlow-b2xphoto/2015/Tiger-Grizz-Wrestling Photos by Brad Barlow, B2X Photo. Photographers in Idaho Falls, ID.
Skyline Grizzlies sophomore running back David Ames III during the 2014 Emotion Bowl versus the Idaho Falls Tigers at Ravsten Stadium in Idaho Falls, ID. Photo by Brad Barlow, B2X Photo. Photographers in Idaho Falls.