This Team Mom Tip is all about pictures and video. Being part of your kids sports experience is a wonderful thing. You get to watch them grow, learn and achieve their goals – and really, this is what youth sports is all about. But you know as well as I do, that we all want to capture those pictures and videos too and that, all on its own, is a full time job. So I’ve shared some great tips for team moms about how to make sure the entire team can benefit from a wonderful season of beautiful pictures and great video.
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Designate a team photographer
First, ask if anyone would like to volunteer to serve as the team photographer. Just because someone has an awesome camera doesn’t mean that they want to take pictures of everyone. But often you’ll find you have a photo bug who is willing to make that commitment to be at most games and grab a wide variety of shots of the entire team. If this is possible, this is a very good thing.
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Use Facebook to gather photos.
If you don’t have a team photographer in place, creating a private Facebook group is a great way to make sharing photos easy for every team parent who takes them. Remind them to upload pictures weekly so that then you can do something wonderful with the pictures at the end of the season. Announce this call for pictures early so that you get a wide variety of media to choose from and include reminders in your periodic team communications.
Get pictures of every athlete.
As photos are added to the sharing site, keep track of each team member to make sure that there are a generally equal amount of photos of every child involved. This can be more difficult than it seems because no matter what the sport, there are some children who play more than others and its even more challenging once your kids get to the high school level. This makes it even more important to be vigilant about getting the shot because those kids have so few opportunities to step out onto the court or the field.
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Use a photo sharing site that will also make products.
When you use a photo sharing site like Shutterfly or Snapfish, you are automatically saving yourself time by loading the pictures to the location where you can also create those wonderful gifts. There are so many great ones to pick from so this really comes down to the personal preference of the person who is gathering all the pictures. Share the information with the entire team so that everyone can log on and download any pictures that they’d like to have. This is a great way to get people excited about sharing their own pictures too.
Use photos to create a coach’s gift.
By having this photo library you can create a photo montage, poster, or an awesome video. These days photo and media is exactly what people want. We are so social, grabbing those snapshots mid-game and posting them on Facebook right away. People love to receive these as an end of a season gift.
And about that season photographer….
He or she is a very important person so make sure that the kids thank him or her directly as well. It’s because of that person’s willingness to focus on the entire team at every game, not just their own child, that everyone has access to so many great memories through photos or video.
This really isn’t that hard to set up, and as you can see, the end result is great for everyone. If you want to come take pictures during one of my kid’s busy seasons, just let me know! And tell me…
How do you handle the picture process for your players and parents? Do you have a designated team photographer?
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I know you all have some great tips too so make sure to comment and thanks so much for stopping by ~ we’ll see you next time!