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10 Practical Tips for Documenting Your Kid’s Sports Activities

By Meghan Gesswein |

I am far from being a professional photographer, but every Saturday for the next few weeks, and then for years to come, I am going to pretend that I am one. Because, with a sports minded husband and children, I am destined to spend many, many hours watching my kids play sports. And my job, besides acting like a loon on the sidelines and embarrassing them in front of all of their friends, is to document their sporting activities.

And I suspect that many of you will be in the same situation, if you aren’t already.

So, what is an amateur photographer supposed to do? You can either cross your fingers and hope for the best, or take a few minutes to learn from my mistakes. After a couple of years of photographing games and swim lessons, and picking through many photography misses, I’ve come up with a few tips and tricks for the average mom or dad (or grandma, grandpa, aunt, uncle, babysitter, etc), to help get you on the right track.

You may not be up for a Pulitzer Prize, but at least you’ll have some great shots that your family can enjoy for years to come. And better yet, instead of stressing over getting the “perfect shot,” you might actually enjoy the photographic process!

You can check out my advice below and then tell me, have you ever captured the perfect sports shot of your kid(s)? If you can, share a link in the comments!

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10 Tips for Documenting Your Kid's Sports Activities

Remember, You're Not a Professional

But you can at least act like one. If you notice the professionals on the sidelines of any big sporting event, you know how big their lenses are. The best and easiest way to photography sports is to use a zoom lens. A DSLR is your best bet, but a point and shoot with a large optical zoom will also work. I have a DSLR and, because I knew I would be spending a lot of time in the coming years photographing various sporting events, I invested in a 70-300mm zoom lens. If you're patient and can wait until you find it on sale, it's well worth the money!
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About Meghan Gesswein


Meghan Gesswein

Meghan Gesswein is a stay at home mom to three boys. Most of the time. Meghan is extremely active online, and writes for the ever growing mom blog, Meghan GWine. She was a regular contributor to the Parenting channels on Babble.

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