On Becoming a Soccer Mom…and Sport Photography of Six Year-Olds

October 26th, 2009

While work has been rather slow, something that doesn’t seem very unique to my circumstance, it has given me time to apply for grants, fellowships, work on video projects and…learn how to be a soccer mom.

First, for full disclosure: I only went to one or two practices and only one game. But, it was pouring rain at that game so I think it counts for bonus points, as T would say.

The last several months have been an interesting experience of exponential learning. Fevers, colds, ‘adventuring’ to the Post Office, Legoland, climbing classes, bike rides, birthdays and homework…the list goes on and it is teasing me with thoughts of another multimedia installment of The Instant Parent.

While I did check the weather at Smith Rock last weekend, I stayed in town to pick pumpkins and, yes, be a soccer mom. I’m learning that it’s not really my excitement, but his excitement that makes it cool. And, yes, I did embarrassed myself by pulling out the longest lens ever seen at a six year-old’s soccer game. But what’s a photographer to do?

If you’re a non-professional with long-lens envy, the Sigma 120-300mm f2.8 for Canon works well. The wide aperture is necessary for the fast action because you’re going to need a higher shutter speed to stop the action–as well as the shallow depth of field it affords to isolate your athlete. The zoom is convenient if you’re shooting with one body, though two is preferred (one long lens, one wide). The camera body used? Canon 5D Mark II which, even though the 1D series can do 8+ frames per second, the 5D did just fine. I almost brought a tripod…but HD video of the game too? Then the kids wouldn’t look as heroic.

For the budget conscious you might consider selecting from these other options, though especially with glass you get what you pay for. (even that Sigma, which I was given, has a tendency to unscrew itself).
Canon 7D
Canon 50D
Canon 28-300mm F3.5-5.6 IS USM
Canon 300mm f4.0
Canon 70-300mm f4.5-5.6 IS

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2 Responses to “On Becoming a Soccer Mom…and Sport Photography of Six Year-Olds”

  1. Nadia says:

    Hey, Tim,

    I was a soccer mom for one season (that about all that Rio and I could take). I did, however, really enjoy the sports photography aspect of it. Here are some of my shots:

    Rio is the tall one in the second picture and my husband was the coach.

    Take care,

  2. Tim says:

    Thanks for sharing Nadia. Kids are in and of themselves sports photography–they’re always moving! I think we’re going to be in for at least a second season, T loved soccer (when it wasn’t raining).



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