There are so many interesting groups and clubs in this area and this is one example of just that. I am always on the lookout for anything that sparks my interest or makes me stop and look. This fencing center definitely fell into those categories.
I reached out to Chris at the Center a while back and didn't hear anything so I put it on the back burner for a while but once I had a small bit of free time, I made the attempt again and we were able to work out this shoot last week.
When I arrived, the children (all age ranges) were practicing and it was really amazing to watch the skill levels by all of them! We decided to setup in a back corner out of the way and take shots of everyone after their practice.
The final selects are first and then I posted a few behind the scenes images at the end along with the minor problems/issues I ran into for the shoot and how we handled them.
The images able were the final images that I selected as my favorites from the shoot. All the images below are the behind the scenes images. But first, here are the problems/issues I ran into during the shoot.
The location - I had scouted the location for the shoot earlier and I knew that it was just a typical gym with not a lot of interest. Until the day before the shoot, I was planning on bringing some Savage backdrops to use for the portraits. I still might revisit the center and do that but logistically, it was going to be more trouble than it was worth from the test shots that I did. During my period of indecision, I happened upon some photos of photographer Art Streiber photographing Hugh Jackman for Men's Health magazine. The main shot was straight on against a white backdrop but then Art moved to the side (didn't move any lights - that I could tell) and completely changed the look. So I decided to use that technique on this shoot. Quickly, I found out that the front shots I was taking really didn't do anything for me but the side shots produced the results above - which really punched better for me. I decided to continue to shoot both and use the front shots for behind the scenes images if nothing else.
Everything else I had to deal with was just the norm - occasional misses due to strobes not firing. Nothing too big. If I think of anything else, I'll be sure to edit this post.
Update 10/03/2014 - This story and images were featured in a Wonderful Machine blog post here. Thanks WM!