Being a Sports Photographer and other things...
I got into sports photography in an odd way. When Austin Bishop became sports editor in Kosciusko for the Star Herald, he looked on Scout.com for local people that were following the Kosciusko football team closely. Through that I met him for lunch one day and over the following weeks got to know him. At the time, I was photographing, of all things, pro "rasslin", for some friends of mine who owned a "rasslin" promotion. I had talked to Austin about doing a story on the promotion, because some of the workers, were former college football players. I did the photos for the story, and he said if you can shoot that you can shoot football, so I began shooting sports for him and the Star Herald. So, that is how that got started.
Austin left the Star Herald after a few years, and became a consultant, and I eventually, along with several others started, taking assignments that he would offer to us each week. I currently shoot a lot for the Neshoba Democrat, then some for the Kemper Messenger, the Choctaw Plaindealer, The Winston County Journal, and occasionally for other papers as well. Schools I currently shoot at are Noxapater, Louisville, French Camp, Ackerman, Kemper County, Choctaw Central, Nanih Waiya, Leake Academy, Union , Philadelphia, Neshoba Central and Winston Academy. I have shot all the high school sports, and occasional other assignments such as triathlons, and Stickball on the Choctaw Indian Reservation.
I currently work with Canon camera bodies, but I also occasionally use Nikon. At any game I will be holding in my hand a minimum of 3 thousand dollars worth of equipment. I use a Hewlett Packard Envy laptop and editing is normally done with Photoshop, Lightroom, and Topaz editing software.
Currently, I generally work Tuesday nights, Thursday nights, Friday night and some Saturdays when needed. Sports is what I do most, but I have also do some photojournalism work, as well as worked on some social issue projects. Some of my social issue work, has been in Huffington Post as well as picked up by MSNBC and various newspapers.
My favorite part of it all, though, is meeting people, building relationships, and watching student athletes develop into young men and women. Recently, I ran into a young man I had photographed from ninth grade through high school graduation, after which he went on to play football at Ole Miss. He came up, shook my hand, and introduced me to his wife, and told her, this is the man that took all those pictures of me.....That made my day.....
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