I have been waiting for the right moment to finally show off the finished product of my work with the women of the Calgary Rage. Now seems like the right time, since I will be taking on a new project this fall – the women of the Calgary Fillies with the LFL as their official photographer.
The idea for the Rage was to start off by taking portraits of each player individually and to challenge myself to create images that were different that what a standard team headshot would look like. With 32 players on the roster, it was pretty difficult not to repeat poses, so there are some similarities in photos from players who play the same relative position, but within that, I tried to capture the personality of each player – all in a matter of an average of about five minutes with each girl.
Here are the final products of all 32 players on the roster:
#2: Tania Alame – Receiver
Tania, this shoot was fun and you are a striking girl, thank you for your patience in me messing with the paper.
#28: Lesley Armson – Linebacker
Lesley, this is one my favourite photos I have ever taken. You committed to the part I asked you to play, even though we did get some FAB-ulous photos in the process…HA!
#53: Cindy Barnett – O Line
Cindy, such a pro on set!
#15: Jamie Borthwick – Defensive Back
Jamie, it is hard to take a bad photo of you.
#88: Pam Buccini – Receiver
Pam, you committed to this and we got something cool out of it!
#24: Jordan Chappell -Quarterback
Jordan, I can’t wait to see the sleeping giant in you awaken on the field one day!
#14: Sue Childress -Defensive Back
Sue, your eye might say you are friendly to everyone, but I know they are really saying, “I am going to smile while I intercept the ball and run in for a TD, and then do it again to rub it in.”
#34: Kait Dinunzio – Linebacker
#47: Alanna Doyle – Linebacker
Alanna, this is a perfect example of badass beauty.
#33: Terri Eklund – Defensive End
Terri, not only are you a great football player, but I think you would make a great photo assistant as well…HA!
#23: Connie Fekete – Defensive Back
Connie, thank you so much for hooking me up with the team. You are the real deal and I am glad to call you a friend.
#70 Jeri Flamont – Linebacker
Jeri, I could not WAIT to shoot this for you. I saved this pose for you because I knew this was you EXACTLY! You can pick up a women twice your size, run her for ten yards and drop her on her ass and walk away like nothing happened. AMAZING!
#12: Lisa Gomes – Running Back
Lisa, this is PERFECT! I know my directions seemed silly, but BAM! I love this.
#56: Jolene Goulard – D Line/Kicker
Jolene, when you almost scored a TD in that game, that was probably one of the best football plays I have ever seen, and I have seen a lot.
#43: Jessica Guernsey – Defensive Back
Jessica, for only having a few minutes, this is a great photo. Good emotion in the eyes!
#58: Megan Guest – O Line
Megan, maybe next time you will not be injured and we don’t have to worry about you falling off tires! HA!
#3: Esther Hong – Running Back
Esther, you get two photos because I can’t decide on the awesomeness of either of them. You are the best and I am so glad I got to be there for your first TD EVER!
#5: Kora-lea Hooker – Running Back
Kora-lea, I am beyond excited to work with you again!
#44: Whitney Issik – Defensive Back
Whitney, another photographic natural.
#51: Amy Iverson – D Line
Amy, thanks for being brave enough to be one of the first to go!
#9: Ferne Lavers – Tight End
Ferne, there is no way I was not getting these sweet pink shoes in this photo.
#50: Sandy Lawlor – Defensive End
Sandy, if you can bend your own arm like that, I am scared to see what you would do to the other team.
#22: Amanda McKenna -Defensive Back
Amanda, you were probably the easiest shoot of all. You photograph so well, I think I only took three pictures and they were all magic!
#4: Jennifer McLean -Receiver
Jennifer, you make catching a football look soooo easy. I could not decide between these two photos either, and I am excited to working with you again soon!
#7: Tatrina Medvescek-Valentine -Safety
T, you were my last problem child, but you are so pretty that I can’t be mad at you! I am kidding, now relax your jaw…HA!
#54: Tiffany Mochinski – O Line
#62: Crystal Pellerin – O Line
Crystal, thanks so much for all your help with organizing. I think we made some magic here.
#25: Alyssa Quinney – Receiver
Alyssa, I am glad we got you in. This photo is super sweet, despite gassing you out of my house with the fog…
#13: Annie Tremblay – Linebacker
Annie, I am so glad I met you. You have such a positive energy around you all the time and were so fun to work with. I hope I get to shoot you again some day!
#21: Erin Walton – Quarterback
Erin, you are probably one of the nicest, most supportive people I have ever met, yet, you look so BADASS in this photo!
#55: Venessa Stuppard – O Line
Venessa, I am so glad this photo worked out. HA! Thanks for your patience and being a total pro, like you have done this a million times.
To all of you ladies and the coaches: Thank you for your time, talent, patience and most of all, your support. I had a blast with these photos, I learned a lot and gained a crazy amount of respect for all of you. Hopefully I will see you all out on the field next season!