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Monroe, Ohio, United States
Began my photography career as most people do...the highschool yearbook. Upon graduation I attended the US Naval Photography School in Pensacola Fla. After getting a qualification in basic photography and then later attending their Portrait School,was assigned to a military operation. Experiences included USO photography for Bob Hope, Brooke Shields, Kathy Lee Crosby and Wayne Newton.Have also had the opportunity for travel assignments to places such as Beruit, Israel, Africa, Australia, Brazil, Italy, Spain and England. Upon exiting the Navy in 1984,opened up a Tanning Salon and Health Club in Oxford,Ohio and began photographing weddings, all as a vehicle to fund my way through college. I enjoy travel, sports photography, special event and Cincinnati Reds photography. I am frequently contracted as a sports photographer by parents, sports teams, and organizations,throughout the Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio areas, to provide the highest quality sports photography, both on an individual and team basis.

May 13, 2010

Sport-trait Photography

Sportrait Photography or Sportraiture Photography, I'm not really sure because I just made that term up....

Has been a cornerstone to a moderately successful youth sports photography business for me over the past three years.

Like any good quality portrait be it family or individual, capturing the natural expressions or nuances of a subjects personality is what can often separate a good photographer from the GWC (Guy With Camera) or picture taker as I like to refer to them.

Aside for high quality sports photojournalistic shots that tell stories of the moment, I also like to capture the tightly cropped close ups of the subject in action. While none of these types of shots are necessarily news worthy, they are highly attractive to the parents.

None of these shots would be a typical Cincinnati Reds action photo or a Sports Illustrated article shot.

One of the best compliments I get from people is that they instantly recognize my particular style of photographs.

On a final note, one of the key elements in any of these so called "Sportraits" is the eyes. Without the eyes in the picture as being clearly focused and sharp, it is nearly impossible to capture the personality of the player.

I have an entire collection of these photographs that I hope to one day compile in a book entitled, "Game Face" or "The Face of Sport"

In my next posting, I'll discuss the "less is more" philosophy of loading random shots from a game or activity on your web site.

Posted by Cincinnati and Dayton Sports Photographer Vincent Rush of Monroe, Ohio. For more information (877) 858-6295

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