I had the absolute pleasure of photographing the Barrie Sharks Atom DS team at the Innisfil Recreation Complex on March 12, 2016. The Sharks played the North Halton Twisters and to commemorate the event they ordered our Team Package and were more than happy with the product. This package features one hour of on-location action photography, 200 action images, and the team receives their very own online drive to access the images to download, print, and share them.
The Barrie Sharks Atom DS team is comprised of 22 nine and ten year old girls and four members on the coaching staff. This team is very near and dear to my heart as my niece, Kiera, plays on the team. Pretty much every weekend of the hockey season I’m photographing a tournament in southern Ontario so I was elated when I got the chance to not only come out and see Kiera play, but also get to photograph her and her team.
I had the most optimal shooting position I’ve ever had in an arena; my very own press box! I’m not sure why, but there’s a box in between the Home and Visitors benches that isn’t protected by glass and is right on the red line. I couldn’t ask for a better position than that. When a team orders the Team Package, they get images from the entire game, and because of this great location, I not only captured action photos during the play, but also was at a great angle to snap some moments on the bench. That’s what makes the package so special is the range of shots the team receives.
Here are the Barrie Sharks Game Highlights:
The Coaching Staff
Often in photo packages, the coaching staff is over looked. They are obviously an integral part of the team and the glue that holds everything together. The coaching staff also sets the mood for the team, the games, and the overall experience. The Barrie Sharks coaches were some of the most positive, up-beat staff I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with, and I saw a lot of smiles on the girls’ faces so I get the feeling that it’s not just me that thinks that.
Here, Coach Ross gives the team an uplifting pep talk before the game:
When I played hockey as a young girl, I remember eagerly waiting for the Zamboni to finish and the doors to close so I could fly onto the ice. There something about those first few strides on freshly resurfaced ice that just gets me. Here’s an image of Kiera while she waited with her team to go on.
Something my job entails and is at the forefront of my mind every time I photograph a hockey game is getting an action image of every player on the team. Every player is unique; one may have funny facial expressions, while another holds her stick with only one hand or lets her hockey hair fly in the wind behind her. In the images below, it’s interesting how different each player’s visage is when caught mid-action.
I not only snag action shots of all the players with the Team Package, I also capture ‘The Moments’. There are so many cute and memorable moments in a youth hockey game that add to the experience for the players and also for the parents and fans in the stands. Below is one of my favourite moments: when a player scores a goal and their teammate is right there beside them to congratulate them and share the excitement.
I have no idea what these partners in crime were talking about, but it looks as though they might be saying “Whataya in for?”
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