How to take Photos at a Graduation event.

How to take Photos at a Graduation event.

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Luke Kelley graduating on Friday, June 02, 2017 at in San Antonio, TX. Photo: OK3Sports

It’s the time of year where all the seniors are starting to graduate. So that mean all of us event photographers have to get to work.

Why we want to take pictures for the family’s during the graduation is so that they can clap, scream and celebrate when their child crosses the stage to adulthood.

I know you event photographers are asking what will I need.

  • Camera
  • Lens 70-200mm
  • Camera bag (small)
  • Flash
  • Patience

 

Once you get hired to cover a graduation for the family, you want to arrive early so you can get a good seat. You want a good seat so that you can have a plan view of the kids walking across the stage. If possible see if you can get hired to take photos of more than one child since you will be there anyway. Also when you make the arrangements go ahead in set up a meeting point for after the graduation, because everyone will be looking for their kid at the same time. In if you have a rallying point you will make it there quick. You have to make sure you have the right name of the child that is graduating, in the order they will call out names. Some graduations call out the top 20% of the students first then go in alphabetical order. Once you know the proper order, go ahead in fire off some test shots, so that you can adjust your camera settings. Once that is done you wait, here is where the patience come into play. After your kid or kids have crossed the stage, be sure to get photos as he walks back to the seat. Then proceed to the rally point. If its dark outside you will need your flash if its to shade you will need your flash. You be the judge of the flash or not. Once everyone is at the rally. Take those photos, then rush home to get them delivered.

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Luke Kelley graduating on Friday, June 02, 2017 at in San Antonio, TX. Photo: OK3Sports
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Luke Kelley graduating on Friday, June 02, 2017 at in San Antonio, TX. Photo: OK3Sports
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Luke Kelley graduating on Friday, June 02, 2017 at in San Antonio, TX. Photo: OK3Sports
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Luke Kelley graduating on Friday, June 02, 2017 at in San Antonio, TX. Photo: OK3Sports

 

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Seniors, seniors, and seniors it’s almost that time for Senior Portraits

Seniors, seniors, and seniors it’s almost that time for Senior Portraits

Those years flew by quick, just yesterday your family was making sure you had everything ready for that first day of kindergarten. In about two months it will be the beginning of your senior year in high school. You will have many options to choose from to take senior portraits, let me see you have Portrait Innovations, Sears, and JC Penny. If you’re anything like me, you like to have fun and be relaxed when you are taking pictures, I don’t want to be in a stuffy studio. If you agree with me about being in a stuffy studio you need to contact OK3Sports so we can get you started with a great Senior Portrait package that is good for you and your family.

Wait, Wait, Wait it’s more things you should consider

  • Quality of images
  • Location of the shoot
  • Will outfit changes be allowed?
  • Product choices (prints, digital images, posters, etc.)
  • Cost

All of those things are important in helping to make the right decision on deciding what portrait photographer you and your family should decide upon. I recall when I was a senior (many moons ago) I had my senior portraits taken at my high School, they were horrible, I don’t think they had Photoshop back then, but I needed Photoshop and more in order for me to like those photos.

I had to go elsewhere to get my portraits done, it cost a little more but boy was I fly in the photographer made me feel comfortable in allowed me to have outfit changes so I was able to pick out my Sunday’s best in had a great time in front of the camera. So email OK3Sports today at ok3sports@gmail.com so we can answer your questions in getting you set up for a Senior Portraits.

Track and Field: Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays

 

Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays 2017

 

This year the annual Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays track and field competition was held at Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin, Texas.  This event has been held at Mike Myers Stadium since 1999 when it opened. Over 5000 Track and Field Athletes from all over the United States came to compete.

 

During this year’s Texas Relays, new stadium records were set, world records were set but most importantly OK3Sports were able to catch some of that great action all on camera.

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Richmond George Ranch 4×200 relay team pose for a photo after setting a new HS division record with a time of 1:24.47 at theTexas Relays Track and Field on Saturday, April 01, 2017 at Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin, TX. Photo: OK3Sports

This Track and Field meet has always been a big event, these relay races started in 1925 by Coach Clyde Littlefield.  It was only not held for four years during the great depression 1928-1932, but other than that every year this event gas has taken place. I have read this is one of the biggest Track and Field events in the world, behind the Penn Relays.

The races are held over a course of four days, they consist of almost every track and field event. They have the 100m dash, 200m dash, 4x200m relays, 4x400m relay, high jump, shotput and much more.

The kids you usually see competing at the Texas Relays are the kids that will usually compete against one another during the UIL State Track meet. Sometimes depending on the high school division, they fall in they get to compete against athletes they normally wouldn’t be able to compete against.

OK3Sports always have the camera in hand in ready to go, to catch tomorrow’s stars Today. We understand a lot of hard work and effort goes into all the training each athlete has to put in, just to run for 23 seconds in then it’s over just that quick. Then you have to start all of that training all over again. This is not all of the photos that I took while I was at the Texas Relays but just a few to share with you.

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Texas Tech junior Trey Culver clears the bar during the 2017 Texas Relays Track and Field on Saturday, April 01, 2017 at Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin, TX. Photo: OK3Sports
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Canyon’s Sam Worley during the 1600m at the 2017 Texas Relays Track and Field on Saturday, April 01, 2017 at Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin, TX. Photo: OK3Sports
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Carter junior Lakyron Mays running the last leg of the 4×200 at the 2017 Texas Relays Track and Field on Saturday, April 01, 2017 at Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin, TX. Photo: Olen C. Kelley III
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Schertz Clemens’ Gabe Galvan attempts to throw the shot put at the 2017 Texas Relays Track and Field on Saturday, April 01, 2017 at Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin, TX. Photo: OK3Sports

 

NBA Draft 2017: Take a look at some of my favorite 2017 NBA Draft Prospects

NBA Draft 2017

is just around the corner, it will be at 6:00 pm on 22 June 2017, who will be the NBA #one draft pick this year? I am a little bias, I am pulling for quite a few players this year, I was able to watch some of them grow up on the court from behind my lens. It’s always good to see a kid move up to the next level to continue a dream that not many players can achieve.

 

For men’s basketball statistics show that about 3 out of 10,000 male high school basketball athletes will be drafted into the NBA.

 

De’ Aaron Fox 6’4”/175lbs (Kentucky, Point Guard, Freshman)

was very quick in always found a way to score no matter who was on defense in Raleigh, North Carolina at the HSOT in December 2015. De’ Aaron attended Cypress Lakes High School and is from New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Cypress Lakes’ De’Aaron Foxx attempts a layup during a basketball game against Virginia Episcopal School at the annual HSOT Invite 2015 at Broughton High School, Raleigh, NC on Monday, December 28, 2015. Photo: OK3Sports

 

Dennis Smith 6’3”/195lbs (N.C. State, Point Guard, Freshman)

I first witnessed him at the HSOT in Raleigh, North Carolina in December 2013 he was matched up against North Carolina Seventh Woods. Dennis graduated from Trinity Christian School and is from Fayetteville, North Carolina.

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Trinity’s Dennis Smith drives the ball upcourt during a basketball game at the annual HSOT Invitational Broughton High School Raleigh, N.C. Photo: OK3Sports

Harry Giles 6’11/222lbs (Duke, Power Forward. Freshman)

had superstar all over him, I heard about his game before I saw him play, he left me no doubt in my mind he would be in the NBA one day. Harry is from Winston-Salem, North Carolina and he graduated High School from Forest Trail Academy

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Wesleyan’s Harry Giles drives the ball to the basket during the Championship game at the 43rd Annual High School OT.com Holiday Invitational #HSOTINVITE December 26-30 2014 Broughton High School, Raleigh, N.C. Photo: OK3Sports

Bam Adebayo 6’10”/250lbs (Kentucky, Power Forward/Center, Freshman)

dominated the court, no one could contain him. I first saw him play at a Phenom Hoops event his raw talent is just unbelievable. Bam is from Gatesville, North Carolina and he attended High Point Christian Academy.

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High Point Christian’s Bam Adebayo attempts a layup during a basketball game at the HSOT Invite 2015 Broughton High School, Raleigh, NC on Monday, December 28, 2015. Photo: OK3Sports

Now that the NBA finals are over who knows where theses kids will land or what order they will enter the draft. I wish them all the best!!!

Don’t forget to contact OK3Sports so we can be at your next event. OK3Sports cover all sports.

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Wesleyan’s Harry Giles celebrates after winning the Championship game at the 43rd Annual High School OT.com Holiday Invitational #HSOTINVITE December 26-30 2014 Broughton High School, Raleigh, N.C. Photo: OK3Sports

The Journey to Friday Night Lights by OK3Sports

Friday Night Lights – Photo Essay – OK3Sports

Football in Texas is a different world, I personally believe everyone should experience this excitement at least once. I was recently tasked to do a Photo Essay, I decided to do a photo essay on the journey to Friday Night Lights. Luckily for me my son is on a football team so, it was an easy choice to decide which team. The team I chose was Samuel Clemens, but the locals just call it Clemens, Clemens is located in a small town called Schertz, TX. Schertz is pronounced like Shirts but spelled differently.

I was pumped and excited to start  the essay, so I took pictures of everything, I mean everything. Overall it took about 10 weeks to complete the project, the hard part was deciding what pictures to add or take away. The fans are crazy and the photographers are plenty  (I will talk about the photographer’s next blog). The atmosphere is electric, in the stadiums are full. The cheerleaders are loud and the bands sound good!!!

The part of the essay called Pep Rally, was actually a Meet the Buffs day, however not to confuse anyone I just called it Pep Rally. It was so well put together I thought it was a pep rally.

All photos were taken at a public event.

So sit back, click the link, OK3Sports-Journey to Friday Night Lights and enjoy. I would love to hear what you think (via email)!!!

Olen Kelley III

 

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