Living life behind the lens has it's advantages and disadvantages. It really does when you're photographing a fast paced team sport...like soccer!! A disadvantage is that you miss a lot of the game. You're so focused on the play around the ball that you miss a lot of the other things going on, on the field that is setting things up for the next play.
The player getting out in front waiting on a pass. The player checking an opponent to help advance the ball. The players stepping up to set an offsides trap. A lot of the small key things are missed.
The advantage is that you get to capture things like this. You get to capture the game from how the players are living it. Yes, we as spectators see what is happening throughout the game...but we're not living it!
Photography helps us get just a bit closer though. It freezes moments that we on the sidelines might have missed. We may have seen it, but we didn't see it the way the player or team saw it. Or how they felt it.
This is one of those cases. I took this photograph and when I went back through all of my photos and came to this one and stopped. I stopped and just stared. Why? Because this photograph shows you the heart of this team!
Ask any parent on the sidelines...any grandparent...brother or sister... aunt or uncle... and they'll tell you the same thing!
These girls are small, yet they're full of fight! They're young, yet they're determined! They're full of smiles, yet all about their business!
This play wasn't blown dead. No one fell. There were no tears. She kept playing! And that's how it is with all of our girls! They keep playing! They keep fighting for one another! They keep pushing forward! They've played 13 games to date. Most of those have been U9 or U10 teams...few have been U8...their own age group. And they've never backed down! They've faced some tough opponents. Not once though has any of these girls given up. Not once. They get pushed around...they push back! Don't matter the size of the girls they're facing...and they've faced some girls that were several feet taller than they were.