The biggest part of my last 8-10 years has been photographing Sequoyah High School sporting events. I've shot almost everything they offer to a student to participate in; golf, volleyball, soccer, baseball, softball, basketball, football. The last 3 years I've done several individual photo sessions with kids in most of these and other sports as well.
This school year the school has initiated a new rule saying that none of these athletes can be photographed in their school uniforms outside of school activities. I've had two separate photo sessions canceled by Sequoyah athletes, one quite recently, because of this rule. So I decided I would do something a bit different. I wanted to do a photo project from as many of these sports as possible with Sequoyah athletes where they weren't in their uniforms but instead in a plain red tee shirt.
The reasons for doing so are 1, even if they don't have their uniforms we can still get really cool pictures. And 2, regardless of what they're wearing, I'm way more concerned and care about the kids in the uniforms than the uniforms they are wearing.
So I asked for a couple of volunteers from each sport: football, basketball (girls and boys), cheerleading, soccer, volleyball, baseball, and softball. When I posted to Facebook about this I really just expected a couple of kids per sport. Turns out I ended up with approximately 45 kids that volunteered in those sports and 1 for tennis as well. Not only did I get volunteers to be in the photos but I got other photographers and parents ask to help out with posing, assisting, handing out shirts, and adding creative ideas. It became a collaboration instead of just my project and in turn made the project a whole lot more fun and successful.
Here are the results from the days work. We took a group shot of each sport and then singles of each athlete. Some of the kids participate in multiple sports so we only took one single of each of them just in whatever sport they wanted it in: