Texas Revolution football action photographed in action by Alex Cena Photography for Fred Shots, who is the official team photographer, on February 21, 2013 at the Allen Event Center during the IFL football game between the TX Revolution and the North TX Crunch. If you are having football withdrawals after the Super Bowl and cannot wait until the fall to watch your favorite NFL team such as the Dallas Cowboys, there are plenty of games left in the season and the Texas Revolution Dancers are way better than the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders anyway.
The entire action on the field
Just the Dancers and Cheerleaders for those interested in the performing arts but not really sports fans
I’ve been going to the Allen/McKinney Netweavers meetings for a couple of months now. The breakfast is held every Wednesday at Dodie’s Place Cajun Bar & Grill. It’s a great group who really want to get to know and help each other in business. If you are near the area and are looking for a networking group to join, it is worth a visit. In fact, let them know you learned about the group from Alex and you are there as a guest. After your first visit, you likely will want to continue to participate but obviously that is entirely your decision and you will not get any pressure from anyone to join.
There is another photographer there named Fred, who has been very welcoming. We have different styles so there really isn’t any competition between us and if there is it’s all friendly. He’s said many kind words about my work and vice versa. He invited me to shoot with him for the season opener of the TX Revolution. While I am concentrating on my headshot photography with a cinematic style for professional and corporate headshots, I agreed because I always have a blast on the sidelines of sporting events. I was not disappointed. Indoor football is fast paced action the entire family can enjoy.
Fred Shots Photography’s Fred Mahusay, pictured above holding on to my Canon 300/2.8 L IS lens and Bogen monopod,, is the official photographer for the Texas Revolution Indoor Football Team as well as for the Texas Revolution Dancers. Fred was kind enough to invite me along to shoot with him for the opening game of the season against the North Texas Crunch. It was also the premier performance for the ladies of the Texas Revolution Dancers cheerleading team which trains at Pure Movement Dance and Fitness in Allen Texas and is sponsored by Dodge City of McKinney.
It’s not like the old days when I would carry a backpack full of gear. This time I travelled light with just a Canon 5D Mark III for a body as well as the aforementioned 300/2.8 and a 70-200/2.8 L IS, which I could’ve left at home since I also packed my trusty Leica M9 along with a 35 Summicron and a 75 Summilux. In fact, the image above was shot with my M9. In other words, I would’ve shed a few more pounds of stuff.
If you miss watching football now that the Super Bowl has come and gone, you all should come to the Allen Event Center and enjoy some fast and fun action watching the Indoor Football League. The season just started so there’s plenty of football action to enjoy over the next several months. I do not shoot a whole lot of sports anymore to concentrate on lifestyle portraits and my cinematic style for professional headshots in McKinney so it was a nice treat to be back on the turf for an exciting event for the entire family.
As a graduate of Jesuit educational institutions, I have always been taught to give back to the community. In fact, my high school’s motto before it went co-ed many years after my departure was “Men for Others.” So I am writing this post to provide leads for those who want to shoot sports on a freelance basis. These “paid” photography gigs are for those freelance photographers who may want to fill gaps in their schedule with something different from what they normally shoot. Both of these leads have ongoing projects throughout the country, including Texas, New York, Pennsylvania, California, Colorado, Florida, North Carolina, Georgia, Illinois, New Jersey, etc most of the year so there is a high probability they will be in your neck of the woods at some point especially if you are near a large city.
The leads are:
So if you want to convert your favorite hobby into a part-time job, hope to do it full-time or fill-in the gaps in your schedule, you may want to follow-up with these leads.