As a photographer, there are few experiences more exhilarating than capturing a live sports event. Recently, I had the privilege of photographing a jujitsu tournament in Nashville, Tennessee (peep my website for the full take), and it was an experience I will never forget. Not only did I get to capture some incredible action shots, but I also had the opportunity to connect with some amazing sports fanatics in the jujitsu space.
One thing that struck me about the tournament was the level of sportsmanship on display. Despite the fact that the competitors were all vying for the top spot, there was a sense of respect and camaraderie among them. It was clear that everyone there had a deep love for the sport and a genuine appreciation for each other's skills and dedication.
As I moved around the venue, capturing shots of the competitors in action, I couldn't help but be struck by the compassion and support that was being shown by the athletes, coaches, and spectators alike. Whether it was a teammate cheering on their fellow competitor or a coach giving advice and encouragement, there was a real sense of community and shared purpose at the tournament.
But it wasn't just the athletes and coaches who impressed me with their sportsmanship and compassion. As a photographer, I often find myself in the background, observing and capturing moments without necessarily interacting with those around me. However, at this tournament, I found myself drawn into conversations with the sports fanatics who were there to support their friends and loved ones.
I was amazed by the depth of knowledge and passion that these individuals had for the sport of jujitsu. They spoke with such enthusiasm and excitement about the techniques and strategies being employed by the competitors, and it was clear that they had a deep respect for the hard work and dedication that goes into mastering this complex and demanding martial art.
Through these conversations, I was able to make some genuine connections with these sports fanatics, and it left me feeling inspired and energized. It reminded me of why I love my job as a photographer / cinematographer - not just for the opportunity to capture beautiful and compelling images, but also for the chance to connect with people and share in their passions and interests.
Looking ahead, I am thrilled to announce that I have many big collaborations on the way that I can't wait to share with you all. But more than that, I am excited to continue exploring the world of sports photography and to connect with even more amazing athletes, coaches, and sports fanatics along the way. As I learned at the jujitsu tournament in Nashville, there is a real sense of community and shared purpose in the world of sports, and I feel honored to be a part of it.