I took a break from family photo sessions last Saturday to get some pictures of the Holiday Bash at The Edge Skatepark and Visitor Center here in Allen. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I was excited for the challenge of trying to capture these kids doing tricks on their scooters, skateboards, and bikes.
It was a cold, windy day, so I bundled up and headed to the the skate park. There were quite a few people there. Mostly kids riding around practicing jumps, spins, etc… to get ready for this Holiday Bash. The competition started with two bikers, who each did a short session out in the park. Pretty impressive, but as a former skateboarder and a frequent scooter rider, I was ready to see the next part of the competition.
Scooters were up next, and I was not ready for the air they all caught when doing their tricks. These kids can defy gravity! It was so fun watching them, that I often missed the shot because I didn’t have my camera at the ready because there were so many scooters flying around the park.
One on my left, one on my right, one coming straight for me. It definitely took me a few minutes to settle in to a routine and understand when and where they might be skating next… Family photo sessions are much easier (and much calmer) usually!
I did learn very quickly, though, that I did not need to zoom in on these skaters, or they would quickly fly out of my frame. Unlike baseball, this sport is very unpredictable! How high in the air will they soar? Which way will they spin their scooter deck? Where will they land? Am I in the way? All factors I had to consider while trying to get some good shots!
I think I did pretty well for a beginner. Definitely room for improvement, and now that I’ve done this, I think next time it will be easier. I (sort of) understand where they might skate, jump, or spin now, and just exactly how high they will fly!
Maybe I’ll try a wide angle lens next time? Now sure how that would look, but sounds cool. And with a wide angle lens, I’m certain nobody’s head would get chopped out of the photo (like they did this time)!
After spending the morning at The Edge taking pictures of this event, I found myself wondering what other events were happening around town that might be fun to photograph. Guess it’s time to start looking for something, because this was a new and exciting challenge for me! And I loved every minute of it. What events are you attending that might be fun to photograph? Let me know!
In the meantime, if I can help you with a family photo session or any other photography needs, you can find me over at Paula Mason Photography!
Until next time…