Before Saturday's first 2018 exhibition game for the Duke City Gladiators in Albuquerque, New Mexico, I had a small window to make official portraits of all the Gladiators arena football players. When I say small window, I mean small. Kickoff was scheduled for 6pm. I made the first player portrait at 4:29pm! Being a professional photographer means being prepared for just about anything, so I made sure I practiced the exact lighting setup I wanted to a few days earlier, so all I had to do was show up, set up, and start making photos!
Usually my mobile studio setup is in a conference room, or quiet reception area. This time it was in a busy hallway just outside the team's locker room will all kinds of people walking by. Then there was the size difference in players too. The lighting setup I chose those had a lot of flexibility. I had a collapsable black background that was nearly 7 feet tall to accommodate the tallest player, just barely! Then I had two 12"x55" Cheetahstand Quick Strip Boxes facing each other without about 5 feet of space in between them so defensive backs could fit as well as offensive linemen.
With the help of my fantastic assistant, Jessica, I was able to get all 27 players photographed along with a few of the coaches too!
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