Summer is winding down, and school is starting. Soon the Las Vegas 100 degree heat will be a thing of the past, and it will be Christmas all too soon. The one thing I notice about summer being over is there are kids everywhere, in parks and fields, playing that great American game we have all come to know and love, Football. This year I have decided to shoot some images of these young men (and sometimes women). Rather than use the tired old standby pose of the poor kid kneeling by his helmet and holding a football, I'm going to attempt to give the players and their families something more.
The Henderson Cowboys were nice enough to allow me into their practice last Saturday morning. These are some of the images I captured this day. These kids work hard, and put out a giant effort for this team. It's obvious to me that these boys love this game. I know when I was their age, I didn't want to get up at the crack of dawn, to run drills and work my tail off. Everyone of the kids on this team has heart. Practice started at 6:30 am, as the sun was peaking over the mountain to the East, as evidenced by this long shadow.
Watching these young men work so hard for a sport they loved, inspired me.
The sun was climbing fast, and shooting into the sun can be tricky. Using a body for a shield from the sun can be advantageous when time is short. As the photographer it's important to remember that sometimes, you need to be the one moving, not the subject. As these young men listen intently to instructions from their coach, I seized the moment to move into place and capture this image.
It seems that America's love of the sport continues to grow. I just hope that pairing my passion for photography with their passion for football will be a winning combination.
Till next time. -Tyler