Seniors Have Their Moments

During the summer of 2015, students from Brooks Institute took an intensive Sports Photography class and most traveled to Minneapolis, Minnesota, to document the National Senior Games. This group of students was hired by the National Senior Games Association to provide photographs of athletes during peak action moments as well as features in between the action. Students photographed archery, bowling, cycling, golf, horseshoes, pickleball, race walk, racquetball, road race, shuffleboard, swimming, track and field, badminton, hammer throw, javelin, table tennis and many more.

At the Games students captured a range of emotions from the athletes, be it intimate moments in the locker room or the collapse from exhaustion after a race. From the trip students acquired skills that included rapidly capturing photos, gathering information and writing captions, and submitting photos on deadlines that were as short as 30 minutes from capture time.

They often worked late into the night at the Convention Center editing photos and preparing for the next day. The Huffington Post and Sports Illustrated published photos by Rebekah Romero and the BBC published photos by Alicia Afshar. Tyler Rocheleau had his photos published on Competitor.com and Zach Kelley had his photos published by the Chagrin Valley Times.

The National Senior Games is a great experience for Brooks Students to get a taste of what it’s like being a professional sports photojournalist.

Also, two students in the class decided to do an interpretive portrait series on local athletes in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. And one student decided to stay in the city of Ventura to document sports events that took place there.