This past weekend I photographed the Baltimore Ravens cheerleading tryouts for the 10th year in a row. The faces of the competitors have changed, but for 10 years, everything else has stayed relatively the same. To anyone with a creative mind, an assignment like this has the potential to be extremely frustrating.
Every time I go out on assignment, regardless of how many times I’ve photographed something before, I try to look at things with fresh eyes. I try and avoid the “safe” shots that have worked in previous outings and really push myself to be creative. That can be especially challenging when you are also shooting in an environment that is poorly lit and full of distracting elements everywhere you look.
For Ravens cheerleading tryouts, I do set up lights because the available overhead fluorescent spot lights just don’t provide the quality I need to produce images for advertising. As far as the background goes, sometimes I embrace the clutter, while other times I try to hide it depending on the look I am going for it.
No matter what the challenge, this assignment is a lot of fun because it pushes me to be better and see differently.
Last weekend, the Ravens held the first two days of their 2013 Cheerleading tryouts. A few hundred girls turned out but only a select few were fortunate enough to make it through to the next few rounds of the tryout process where even more cuts will be made before the final squad is decided.