All Images © Emily Shur
I had an awesome time on this job. I spent most of the day with Cody Paul, whose story you can read here. I remember being excited when he walked up because he had such a great look. Loved everything about his face. He was also extremely comfortable in front of the camera and was willing to do a few things that could’ve gone either way. I shot him on the field in his uniform, then playing football in the park with his friends, and we ended the day with a portrait set up at his house in his room with his new puppy and whole bunch of trophies. A couple of the above shots didn’t run with the article, but I like them so now I get to show them.
I’m not a huge sports fan, nor do I know anything about football, but I love doing shoots like this that are a little outside of my norm. I find that stuff like this pushes me a bit more as a photographer. I think the trick is to keep that sensibility on all shoots, not just the ones we’re nervous about.