Re: Youth Sports creative poses
I do not have them right in front of me, but for basketball this past season I did some fun portraits. Had a guard get in a defensive position and shot him with his arms in three different positions and combined them in Photoshop for a 6 armed defender look. Took one kid who could really jump, placed a strobe about a foot from the rim at 10 feet high with a softbox and shot him going up for a dunk but looking at the camera with a smirk on his face.
For baseball this season I want to do action portraits. I am thinking about standing close to second and have a kid jump and throw like he is turning a double play or getting down real low and having a kid slide into second head first. I am also experimenting with rubber cement and fire on baseballs and old bats. Get a fun shot of a hot pitcher or a slugger on fire. Of course a bucket of water and a fire extinguisher are on hand.
Combine these photos with some Photoshop work or templates from some place like Artistic Action and you have a winner.
Whenever I need portrait inspiration, I look at the work of Robert Seale of the Sporting News. He always has some incredible and stunning portrait shots of athletes.