Spring sports means baseball and softball and one of THE best opportunities to cash in on the millions of T-ball, Little League and high school and middle school players that will lace’em up and head out to a local diamond. But even before you begin taking photographs, you need to logically decide what poses you’ll be using on the specific age groups you’ll be shooting. Making decisions like this in advance can save you a lot of time on photo day and keep you, your shooting crew, and parents happy.
Frequently at a team and individual photo shoot, photographers fall behind and are unable to stay on time because they squander too much time posing the individual photos. Though your photos may look fantastic and your on-time delivery may be quick, all that the league and the parents will remember is that you were running 30 minutes behind on every team.
When deciding what poses to use you have to keep in mind the age of the athlete. For the most part, four to six-year olds simply cannot be put into the same poses as older children or teenagers. Conversely, you wouldn’t put a high school athlete into a pose best suited for an inexperienced T-baller. Keeping your posing simple for any age athlete will keep you on schedule as well as provide great looking photos.
It’s important to shoot more than one pose as we have found the more poses and images taken, the more opportunities you have to sell photos. When posing young children it is best to keep them in a standing pose. Trying to get them to balance themselves on one knee is impractical and will cost you time as smaller children tend to “fold up” in a one knee pose (see below). Also, it makes it easier to transition from one pose to another if they can accomplish both poses while standing.
They have a hard enough time just standing; don’t press your luck with a fancy pose. The two poses in images 2 & 3 will work well with young kids.
Also, when using a baseball bat as a prop in posing it’s important to use a batting POSE and not a batting STANCE. There is a major difference and it can affect the look for your photographs. Note the two poses in images 4 & 5. The one in image 4 is a batting pose; while the one in image 4 is a batting stance. The batting stance creates a smaller face size (to include the whole bat) and takes longer to pose the child. Remember, staying on time is critical!
As the athletes get older they are able to execute more sophisticated poses which gives you more freedom to vary your posing like the poses in images 6-10.