Over the past three years I have become the (sort-of) team photographer for grandson Carter’s travel league baseball team. A couple of clarifications here, if I may;
Carter is Sheila’s daughter Shauna’s oldest. He is turning 15 in about a week, growing like a weed, and among his many attributes he is a very good ball player. Of course, having only met Sheila 3 years ago, Carter has none of my blood flowing through his veins (for which I am eternally grateful … no sense messing up a fantastically great kid with polluted Jersey contaminants), but none-the-less, he feels like my grandson.
I originally started taking pictures of Carter when I first moved to Georgia. Sheila had this beautiful Nikon D70S camera with several lenses just sort of sitting there, and I asked if I could mess with it when we went to Carter’s game. She said “Sure”, I started taking pics of Carter and some of the other players, and before you know it I was posting 40-50 pics per game of these young men.
I’m a decent photographer, but not a professional by any definition. The quality of the pics is a direct result of great equipment, tons of images to choose from, and more than just a little luck when taking the shots.
Travel ball teams are groups of players within a specific age category who, literally, travel regionally to play other teams like them. Carter plays for the West Cobb Aces based out of Acworth GA, and they will travel regionally throughout the South-East (GA, SC, AL, FL) most weekends in the Fall months as well as in the Spring.
I have been blessed to be able to photo-document some of his playing time over the past few years, along with the guys on his team(s) … Carter played for the Kennesaw Generals before switching to the Aces last year … as they traveled and played their way through multiple tournaments, winning their fair share of them BTW.
As I did all of this picture taking, the other “baseball parents” started to look forward to the weekly FaceBook posts. In a way, it’s kind of amazing how much better sports-themed pictures look when you can use a long lens to get closer to the action, so the kids families began to see their sons up close in their element. Soon it was more or less expected that within a few hours of the game ending, new pics would be posted of the guys in action.