Our local Little League has a Challenger Division for players with physical or developmental disabilities or other special needs and "buddies" who want to teach them about baseball. They asked me to come take team and individual portraits for the division today, and I agreed. Here's two of my favorite portraits from the day:
A few action shots I took:
Two pictures that just touched my heart:
And one of the new friend I made today. She loves having her picture taken and told me that I was the best "camera girl" ever:
I was a little anxious before the shoot because I wanted to do a good job and wanted to make sure I respected everyone's capabilities. I found a website with some good tips here. I didn't have time to focus on camera settings, so I put the camera on "sports mode" to avoid a flash and put my focus on connecting with each player and trying to capture his or her spirit. I was lucky to have an overcast day where I didn't have to worry too much about the light. On the whole, I felt like it was equally successful to the photo shoots I do for the middle school sports teams and think that the families will like the results.