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A Press Conference for… Kids?!?!?!

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There I was watching the evening news and the Sports segment headlined the signing of a free agent pitcher. It was a quick piece that lasted about 20 seconds on TV. I imagined how cool that would be to watch one of my kids be up there one day… I also imagined what an awesome experience that must be for the player. Then it hit me… I can make this happen. I proposed my idea to the Coach during practice one day and he loved it.

9u Solano Nationals Press Conference

Setup was fairly simple… I had a portable green screen as the back drop, a pair of softboxes with Nikon SB-800 strobes (one on each side), and a set of pocket wizards to trigger them. I laid out some instructions on how I wanted each of the 14 players to approach the coach as they walked up to the set and shot several frames of each of them.

9u Solano Nationals Press Conference

The second set involved an “interview table” where I placed some team hats and asked to borrow several of the player’s parents cell phones as “recording devices”. The kids were really getting into it as I asked them to point around the room pretending to answer reporters questions. It took me a little over an hour to get through 14 players on two sets, after the shoot we all enjoyed some pizza and refreshments… and boys being boys… they managed to organize a game of football. I truly enjoyed this project, the parents loved it, and the boys… they probably don’t quite realize it yet but, I hope they look back one day as say “that was really cool”.

I used Lightroom to organize the files and Photoshop to extract the background and create the composites.

Here are several of the images posted on the team’s Facebook fan page. With some creative captioning, many of the viewers truly believed we conducted a live press conference.

9u Solano Nationals Press Conference || Feb 02 2013 || Fairfield, CA: Jordan Scrivens is introduced as a member of the 9u Solano Nationals held at Solano Nationals Headquarters || © 2013 John Encinas, all rights reserved

9u Solano Nationals Press Conference || Feb 02 2013 || Fairfield, CA: Jordan Scrivens is introduced as a member of the 9u Solano Nationals held at Solano Nationals Headquarters || © 2013 John Encinas, all rights reserved

9u Solano Nationals Press Conference || Feb 02 2013 || Fairfield, CA: Mychal Catabay is formally introduced as a member of the 9u Solano Nationals held at Solano Nationals Headquarters || © 2013 John Encinas, all rights reserved

9u Solano Nationals Press Conference || Feb 02 2013 || Fairfield, CA: Mychal Catabay is formally introduced as a member of the 9u Solano Nationals held at Solano Nationals Headquarters || © 2013 John Encinas, all rights reserved

9u Solano Nationals Press Conference || Feb 02 2013 || Fairfield, CA: RJ Rualo is formally introduced as a member of the 9u Solano Nationals held at Solano Nationals Headquarters || © 2013 John Encinas, all rights reserved

9u Solano Nationals Press Conference || Feb 02 2013 || Fairfield, CA: RJ Rualo is formally introduced as a member of the 9u Solano Nationals held at Solano Nationals Headquarters || © 2013 John Encinas, all rights reserved

9u Solano Nationals Press Conference || Feb 02 2013 || Fairfield, CA: Tony Martinez proudly displays his jersey as he is introduced as a member of the 9u Solano Nationals held at Solano Nationals Headquarters || © 2013 John Encinas, all rights reserved

9u Solano Nationals Press Conference || Feb 02 2013 || Fairfield, CA: Tony Martinez proudly displays his jersey as he is introduced as a member of the 9u Solano Nationals held at Solano Nationals Headquarters || © 2013 John Encinas, all rights reserved

u Solano Nationals Press Conference || Feb 02 2013 || Fairfield, CA: Darryl Dilworth Jr. is formally introduced as a member of the 9u Solano Nationals held at Solano Nationals Headquarters || © 2013 John Encinas, all rights reserved

u Solano Nationals Press Conference || Feb 02 2013 || Fairfield, CA: Darryl Dilworth Jr. is formally introduced as a member of the 9u Solano Nationals held at Solano Nationals Headquarters || © 2013 John Encinas, all rights reserved

9u Solano Nationals Press Conference || Feb 02 2013 || Fairfield, CA: Nick Andrews is formally introduced as a member of the 9u Solano Nationals held at Solano Nationals Headquarters || © 2013 John Encinas, all rights reserved

9u Solano Nationals Press Conference || Feb 02 2013 || Fairfield, CA: Nick Andrews is formally introduced as a member of the 9u Solano Nationals held at Solano Nationals Headquarters || © 2013 John Encinas, all rights reserved

9u Solano Nationals Press Conference || Feb 02 2013 || Fairfield, CA: Quentin Holden answers questions from media as he is introduced as a member of the 9u Solano Nationals held at Solano Nationals Headquarters || © 2013 John Encinas, all rights reserved

9u Solano Nationals Press Conference || Feb 02 2013 || Fairfield, CA: Quentin Holden answers questions from media as he is introduced as a member of the 9u Solano Nationals held at Solano Nationals Headquarters || © 2013 John Encinas, all rights reserved

9u Solano Nationals Press Conference || Feb 02 2013 || Fairfield, CA: Dylan Pero answers questions from media as he is introduced as a member of the 9u Solano Nationals held at Solano Nationals Headquarters || © 2013 John Encinas, all rights reserved

9u Solano Nationals Press Conference || Feb 02 2013 || Fairfield, CA: Dylan Pero answers questions from media as he is introduced as a member of the 9u Solano Nationals held at Solano Nationals Headquarters || © 2013 John Encinas, all rights reserved

9u Solano Nationals Press Conference || Feb 02 2013 || Fairfield, CA: Hayden Tam is formally introduced as a member of the 9u Solano Nationals held at Solano Nationals Headquarters || © 2013 John Encinas, all rights reserved

9u Solano Nationals Press Conference || Feb 02 2013 || Fairfield, CA: Hayden Tam is formally introduced as a member of the 9u Solano Nationals held at Solano Nationals Headquarters || © 2013 John Encinas, all rights reserved

9u Solano Nationals Press Conference || Feb 02 2013 || Fairfield, CA: Coach Jason Olsen introduces Jalen Encinas as a member of the 9u Solano Nationals held at Solano Nationals Headquarters || © 2013 John Encinas, all rights reserved

9u Solano Nationals Press Conference || Feb 02 2013 || Fairfield, CA: Coach Jason Olsen introduces Jalen Encinas as a member of the 9u Solano Nationals held at Solano Nationals Headquarters || © 2013 John Encinas, all rights reserved

9u Solano Nationals Press Conference || Feb 02 2013 || Fairfield, CA: Jack Metcho is formally introduced as a member of the 9u Solano Nationals held at Solano Nationals Headquarters || © 2013 John Encinas, all rights reserved

9u Solano Nationals Press Conference || Feb 02 2013 || Fairfield, CA: Jack Metcho is formally introduced as a member of the 9u Solano Nationals held at Solano Nationals Headquarters || © 2013 John Encinas, all rights reserved

9u Solano Nationals Press Conference || Feb 02 2013 || Fairfield, CA: Isaac Zaldivar is formally introduced as a member of the 9u Solano Nationals held at Solano Nationals Headquarters || © 2013 John Encinas, all rights reserved

9u Solano Nationals Press Conference || Feb 02 2013 || Fairfield, CA: Isaac Zaldivar is formally introduced as a member of the 9u Solano Nationals held at Solano Nationals Headquarters || © 2013 John Encinas, all rights reserved

9u Solano Nationals Press Conference || Feb 02 2013 || Fairfield, CA: Landon Troutt is formally introduced as a member of the 9u Solano Nationals held at Solano Nationals Headquarters || © 2013 John Encinas, all rights reserved

9u Solano Nationals Press Conference || Feb 02 2013 || Fairfield, CA: Landon Troutt is formally introduced as a member of the 9u Solano Nationals held at Solano Nationals Headquarters || © 2013 John Encinas, all rights reserved

9u Solano Nationals Press Conference || Feb 02 2013 || Fairfield, CA: Jason Olsen Jr. is formally introduced as a member of the 9u Solano Nationals held at Solano Nationals Headquarters || © 2013 John Encinas, all rights reserved

9u Solano Nationals Press Conference || Feb 02 2013 || Fairfield, CA: Jason Olsen Jr. is formally introduced as a member of the 9u Solano Nationals held at Solano Nationals Headquarters || © 2013 John Encinas, all rights reserved

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