Sports Photography – Team Elite Prospects 98s Hockey Shoot
Sports Photography: TEP 98′s Photo Shoot
All in the span of a few months, I went from hockey goalie to hockey trainer/photographer. My good friend and cousin-in-law Andre Darlow runs TEP – Team Elite Prospect Hockey in Ontario. He is also the coach of the Markham Islanders AA Minor Bantam team in the GTHL (Greater Toronto Hockey League), and this is the team I am the trainer for. Shortly after volunteering for the trainer role, Andre asked my sister and I (S-Squared Photographers) to take pictures of the Markham Islanders for the TEP website. Along with the photography, we also did some videography for his site where I created short “highlight reel” video’s of each player while they were practicing.
All of the photos and videos can be found in the Gallery called TEP 98′s – 2011.
Being our very first assignment we had no idea what to expect. I had never done videography before and we had no experience with sports photography. And although all we had was our entry level equipment (we used Bristol board as a reflector when taking the off-ice still shots) we were still quite impressed with the results! And best of all so was our employer, Andre and the Markham Islanders.
The one thing I found most difficult was not being on the ice. It was quite hard to get the angles I wanted being limited to walking around the stands. I had to search for a piece of glass which had minimal puck marks on it so that I could get the great shots. Another thing my sister found difficult was staying warm. She definitely did not dress well enough to stay in a cold rink for over 2 hours. I ended up giving her my sweater and track pants which were ridiculously over-sized for her!
Despite the above it was an amazing experience, one of which I hope we get more practice with! Once again, if you’re a photographer just starting out like us, all you can do is get out there and take as many photos as you can and learn from each of your experiences.
S-Squared Photographers – Chris and Sarah Skeates