This meet is one of my two favorite meets of the year—the other being the ATAC Long Course Invite over the summer.
I love swimming photos, and I think TECHNICALLY the level of swimming photography has gone up, BUT my creativity has decreased a little bit. I wanted to limit myself a little bit this weekend: I only shot with three lenses, all of which were fixed focal length (non-zoom) lenses.
I also set a personal goal for myself of capturing more emotion during the meet, and less just boring, stock-photo-esque action images.
I only coached one session out of a 7-session meet. And honestly it was one of the least rewarding coaching experiences in a while. I just wasn’t super stoked and didn’t feel like I helped that many kids out. I did have one or two really positive and exciting moments that I was PUMPED about, but overall the coaching part of the meet really let me down this weekend.
That resulted in two things: one, is I will strive to be a better and more inspiring coach during practices and at the next meet I work, and second was that I pushed my photos further to get some more emotional images.
I absolutely LOVE these next three images…The first two are of people I swam with while I was on a club team, and both of whom coach now. The third is my dear girlfriend and fellow coach.
To see my friends and former teammates inspiring children and excelling as coaches warms my heart and I really did smile looking at these photos today.
And that’s all I got for ya.
If you’re interested in looking at all 100+ images I saved and edited from this weekend, you’re more than welcome to check them out on in a gallery HERE.