My close friend, Kevin Grawer is the new Head Principal at Maplewood-Richmond Heights High School. He's doing an amazing job and I believe he will help Maplewood become one of the bright and shining examples of a school that pushes for excellence in all areas. Last year, he was the Dean of Students, and through him I met Coach Frazier (Boy's Basketball), and Coach Gregory (Track and Football). I did posters for their basketball and track teams, and was thrilled when Coach Gregory invited me out to shoot the football team. (Coach Gregory is a no-nonsense guy, and does an amazing job coaching these kids. They don't even have a real field to practice on, yet they are expecting to contend for a state title. I'm a big fan of his!) The kids were great and we had a blast. We were lucky when clouds rolled in, cooling off the heat, and evening out the light. Maplewood has a great school building, so we wanted to use that in the poster.
We shot each player individually, then combined them to make the poster. I stole the "Life is Black and Blue" idea from the University of Tennessee, so thanks for the idea.
When we finished with all the "formal stuff", I took a few shots of the guys just having fun and being silly. These are always my favorites. . . just kids being kids.