In March I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to photograph the VoIP Defender World Junior Curling Championships 2016 in Taarnby, Denmark with the World Curling Federation. The media team was small, but mighty. We were two photographers, a computer tech genius, a writer and a master of operations as well as a love TV crew.
The week started off with a trickle and quickly turned into a crescendo. It was my first time really photographing curling, and while the setting was new, I was comfortable in the world of sports and totally looking forward to the challenge.
First up Richard and I shot head shots and team shots of all the athletes. After suffering through having terrible head shots on my accreditation when I competed at junior worlds, I was determined to make these athletes’ headshots look awesome. So I carted my lighting kit with me across the Atlantic and found myself Saturday morning in the tiny bright orange foyer of the Kastrup Curling Club sandwiched like sardines between officials inspecting brooms, coaches and athletes from all the countries. The results of the controlled chaos would be incredibly important for us later on, as we would rely on those photos to name the athletes in our snaps.
Each day of the round-robin, there were three draws. Going in, I only knew that the arena would be cold, but I had no clue how long the games might actually go on for. Turns out that 10 ends of curling can take quite a few hours to get through.
Richard was a great mentor and I learned a lot about shooting curling and especially backgrounds. The arena was quite small, with five sheets to play on and a boardwalk around the outside. Five games with 10 teams would be happening simultaneously, so there was a lot going on.
As the week progressed, we filled the library with images. And sought to capture the images that would represent the individual games.
And of course, the photos that would represent the medal games.
Thank you to the World Curling Federation for this great experience!
Published in the March 3 issue of the Pioneer.
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