I’ve been shooting for the athletic department at the University of Wisconsin Green Bay for 20 years. I’ve seen what I photograph change a little and how the photos get used change a lot. When I first started shooting for Green Bay athletics, the main usage of the photos was for their media guide. I remember the day I was told that the university, along with many other schools would no longer be printing a media guide. I thought that was going to be a major hit to the need for photos. I, as many other photographers at the time, knew of web sites, but social media wasn’t really even on the radar.
Once a year, I do a shoot for both the men’s and women’s basketball teams. This year our goal was to shoot every player on both teams on a white background and to get some serious photos, but also to get some fun shots that bring out the personality of the players. I gave the players a little direction, but for the most part I just let them roll with whatever they wanted to do. A couple of my favorite shots are ones I captured between individual athletes when groups of students would just mess around.
Here are some of my favorite photos from the day.
Thanks for looking!