This past summer I started experimenting with a new style of photography I think of as action portraits. It all stemmed from seeing so many local photographers doing senior photos that I just didn't like. Specifically pictures of guys thrown up against a brick wall, or in front of a bunch of flowers, posing exactly like all the girls and then getting airbrushed like crazy to look "cute". Don't get me wrong, there is a need for beautiful photos of guys, it's necessary to have proof that (some of us) do clean up well!
But I feel like guys should also be treated like guys! Most of us don't want to be posed, sometimes we don't want to smile and we definitely don't want to show teeth! The fact is: if it isn't something we do in everyday life, we aren't willing to do it on a photo shoot. So how could I fix this? I could follow someone around all day, snapping candids, but that might get old quick. I could steer clear of male portraits altogether, but then I'd never have a chance at working for Mens Journal (which is a pretty big goal of mine). Instead I decided to capture people in their element, within a set space and on my terms. I couldn't believe how easy it actually was! Especially with team sports athletes. The subject is used to doing repetitive drills while taking instruction from a coach, so the flow of the shoot is normal for them.
While this style isn't new, it isn't typically seen outside of Sports Illustrated or ads in sports arenas. I'm having fun and I'm trying something that isn't seen in the local market. Maybe that's a good thing, maybe it's stupid, but I think it's awesome!