Here Comes the Boom!
Early in August I received an email from the Fort Osage volleyball coach. She had seen the work I did with the girls basketball team last year and was hoping that I could do the same for them. My goal in photography is to "Capture and share the beauty of GOD's creation through the lens of a camera." How could I turn down the opportunity to help out my school? I couldn't.
After practice on August 21, we met to take some pictures. I was fairly nervous (as I am anytime I'm doing a "professional" shoot for someone). I spent most of the weekend before looking over volleyball team pictures and volleyball senior portraits on Pinterest. I found several that I liked and then began envisioning them and adding parts of the ones I like to come up with several "poses" that I wanted the girls to do.
The girls were very sweet and listened very well. I enjoyed working with them a lot. I even stayed and took some individuals of a couple girls after the seniors because they had done such a good job. When I got home I quickly uploaded them to my computer so I could start culling through them. One thing I did notice was that there was motion blur in A LOT of the images. I felt very insecure at that moment about what I was going to be delivering to them. I know that they were wanting images to make banners and a team calendar, and I was worried at what I could provide.
I didn't let the worry slow me down too much though. I found several of the images that were the sharpest, marked them as keepers, and then stated the editing process in Lightroom. I like to do three different edits of each image so they can have different options to choose from. I know the ones I like, but I want them to have options. The first edit I do is liked more by the boys. It is a much more bright and contrasty photo. See the first image below. The second option below is my personal favorite. I start with a Lightroom preset called "Artsy-The Boxer," and then adjust the image slightly. Finally I take the second image and make it black-and-white.
After finishing the editing I have my wife look over the images and see if she thinks any need more adjusting. Finally, at about 11pm, I was able to export the files and upload them to the server for the coach to access. I spent the entire next day waiting for an email from the coach wondering if I met her expectation. I always want to try to make sure they are happy, but I also know I'm not a 'professional' and hope they can accomplish what they want with what I was able to provide.
Throughout the process I realized that the nerves and worry that I was feeling is not something that GOD has in plan for me. I need to remember that GOD will work with me in my nervousness. Nervousness is just a mild version of fear. GOD tells us over 80 times in the bible "do not fear." Maybe I should really start listening.
The LORD is the ONE who will go before you. HE will be with you; HE will not leave you or forsake you. Do not be afraid or discouraged.
Now this is what the LORD says - the ONE who created you, Jacob, and the ONE who formed you, Israel - “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; you are MINE"
Below are some of my favorite images captured that night. I hope you can enjoy viewing them as much as I enjoyed capturing them.
Song: Boom by P.O.D.