I am a portrait photographer. But I secretly love photographing high school football games. It started a few years ago when my oldest son played for the Eagle’s View Academy Warriors. (He has since graduated and is in college.) Being a photographer, I was able to stand on the sidelines and get some really great shots. That’s one advantage of having a “big camera.”
Being right there in the action by all the players is a really neat experience. Yes, it’s stinky. And I occasionally get brushed by a sweaty player. And there’s the fact that I may or may not get tackled by accident. But that’s all part of the excitement! I teach or have taught most of the boys on the team. They work so hard during practice week after week. Seeing their hard work pay off in person is very rewarding. It’s an honor for me to be able to document their efforts of the field. I also like the challenges of photographing a football game: the high-speed photography and vastly changing lighting situations.
Here are a few of my favorite images from the EVA vs. St. Joseph game. And I look forward to photographing more home games this season.