My daughter is on a gymnastic team, and last summer we couldn't do team portraits because of COVID. We ended up doing portrait using compositing in a very unusual project for my studio. I photographed each of the girls on the team, one by one and then digitally placed them all together to create a final portrait for a team keepsake.
Due to COVID, I literally had to set up my backdrop in a PARKING LOT with my outdoor on-location light. Each gymnast had to wear a mask and remove it just prior to their pictures. I used my favorite light for location work, a GODOX with a beauty dish. I was able to capture them jumping, leaping and then assemble all of the portrait together for a lovely team memory. 2020 was quite a year, which is why I am just now, getting on to posting this project onto the blog.
Here is how it started, this is a behind the scenes shot of my set-up.
Here is the finished image of the same gymnast.
Here's a few other shots of these amazing gymnasts from the CRUZ scGym, Santa Cruz Gymnastics team. (This is the Excel team photographs in the black leos)
Here is the composite for the Excel Team Photograph that was taken during 2020 to give the girls a memory!
Now there are several Excel Teams... Here are the other ones of these talented gymnastic girls!
Then there are the JO gymanstics team photographs, also taken ONE AT A TIME and then all the images put together!! Its a good thing I adore photographing leaps, jumps and fun gymnastics dance style poses with high speed flash to freeze the jumping motions.
Now I didn't do alot of Sessions during COVID but I am super happy that I was able to capture these gymnasts because it was a quite a year in California, with wildfires & a pandemic happening in the background of life!
Here's a fun photo of life pre-covid when I got to capture the gymnastics team on the beach at sunset..... (when noone was worried about masks or social distancing for group photographs!)
and we could be outside, free as a bird!
Team photo from 2019 (pre-covid)
Can't wait to photograph more gymanstic team portraits in the future when things are "back to normal"!