As a professional sports, event and corporate photographer, I have often been asked if I take better photos when I am emotionally involved in the photoshoot, or can this affect the outcome in a negative way and my response is that it can only be positive. When I photograph a football match for instance, I am often the official photographer for a team I support and in the case of the above photos, it was Dunbar United, who defeated junior side Newtongrange in a thrilling match at New Countess Park in Dunbar. My excitement during the game helped drive me to take better photos. Of course, you can’t get carried away and start cheering and shouting at the referee for instance, you have to remain impartial, especially since you are closer to the players than the rest of the crowd. This has also applied during some of my commercial photoshoots for conference photography commissions in Scotland. if the client involves you in the event and treats you with respect and as one of the team, because you are every bit a part of the team on the day, then you will take better photographs. This is probably why photographers usually take better images when they know the people involved. This is particularly true for wedding photography commissions I have had around Scotland. Of course, the other ingredient for successful photos, is when the client gives you artistic freedom to do things your way. Dunbar United for instance often post black and white and infrared sports photos on their website.
Anyway happy photoshooting at the weekend.