Competitive Cheer

Jumping Back into Competition: Winter Cheer Season

Even as the fall sport season comes to a close, high school cheerleading teams aren’t putting away their pom-poms yet. High school cheerleaders are entering into their competitive cheer season, often in addition to cheering on winter sports like basketball, wrestling, and hockey.  

Capture a Competitive Cheer Season Worth Being Remembered 

These dedicated athletes will be entering into rigorous practice schedules to learn new floor routines, choreography, and stunts for upcoming competitions and tournaments. Competitive cheerleading is a physically demanding sport full of impressive athletic feats. Do you have a professional photographer to capture their action-packed performances?  

Sports are an important part of the high school experience. Using a professional photographer to capture competitions and those incredible displays of athleticism is the best way to preserve the memory for a lifetime. If you are a high school that needs professional images of your student cheerleading teams for website publication or yearbook purposes, Epic’s Artwork & Photo has you covered. 

We Keep Up with Fast-Paced Cheer Routines  

Competitive cheer, like any other sport, moves incredibly fast. With explosive action and complex, fast-paced routines, you need professionals to stay on top of the high-speed action. Epic Artwork & Photo is well-versed in live action sport photography. We maintain high concentration levels to capture every unique pose, position, and stunt in competitive cheer routines.  

We are proactive, not reactive. If you are reacting to the action in a routine, you have already missed the shot. We know the rhythm and beat of cheer performances and the signs to look for when action is about to take place. You will be able to sit back and enjoy the performance while we focus on capturing it.  

We Convey the Emotional Essence of a Performance  

We know photographing your cheer competition is not only about capturing the perfect toe touch or basket toss—it’s also about capturing your cheerleading team’s expressions and emotion. Competitive cheer is a sport of faces. Since their performances require the undertaking of certain roles, you can often see the true work of the performance in their facial expressions. In addition to their impressive stunts, we focus on capturing the passion and emotional essence of the performance in their facial expressions and body language.  

We Balance Individual & Collective Shots  

As a team sport, everyone’s role is critical. We know every athlete has an important part to play. As a result, we work to capture the diverse range of roles in the routine and each athlete at the height of their performance. Our images will balance team shots and individual athlete shots.  

We Capture Quality Images  

Live action photography is difficult to begin with, but it becomes even trickier with sport events. Why? Sports like competitive cheer move incredibly fast—you have to have the equipment to keep up! Ever wonder why your images turn out blurry? That’s because the faster your subject is moving, the faster your shutter speed should be. We use fast shutter speeds and high quality equipment to freeze action and capture those “blink-of-an-eye” moments.  

As a professional photography team, we focus on capturing quality images. Here are some principles that guide us when we photograph sports events.  

Focus: Our images are in sharp focus. 

Face: You can see the athlete’s facial expression and eyes conveying an emotion. 

Action: An act of athleticism or emotional moment is taking place. 

Equipment: The athlete is holding or interacting with a piece of equipment (the football, soccer ball, etc.).  

Overshoot: You can never shoot too many images, but you can shoot too few! We make sure to capture an overabundance of images, so you have plenty of shots to choose from.  

We Stay Out of the Way 

We will be on the sidelines getting the shots fans can’t get from the stands, but we will do so without interfering with the officials or distracting the athletes.  

Professionalism is at the center of our services. As photographers, we know our presence at a sports event or competition is a privilege. We aim to be as unobtrusive and discreet as possible while still getting the shots that matter. We respect the officials, judges, coaches, athletes, staff, and audience at all times. We’ll get the action-packed moments you want without disturbing any aspects of the performance. 

Having a professional photography team shoot your competitive cheerleading team’s performance will preserve the memory of their hard work and make the greatest keep sake for a lifetime.  

Interested in booking us for a competitive cheer competition or tournament? Click here! 

Have any questions about our services? Email us at [email protected]  

The Epic Artwork Story 

Epic Artwork & Photo all started in 2005 when Andrew Bourne was deployed to Iraq at the Syrian border. He needed a camera for intelligence reasons, so his wife Karen sent him a digital camera. He also photographed the life of the Iraqi people around him. After he returned to the states in 2006 and Karen had a chance to finally view all the images that he took, she realized that Andrew had captured beautiful and harrowing images that later earned him a gallery show.   

While in Iraq, Andrew suffered a traumatic brain injury. When he was finally diagnosed in 2008, he was told he needed a hobby to help rework the neurons in his brain, so when he brought up doing live event photography to Karen, she encouraged him to do so. Not only was live event photography a tangible exercise in therapeutic mindfulness, but it also engaged the brain and encouraged the development of neuroplasticity.  

Andrew and Karen Bourne are a traveling photography duo with incredible experience and passion. Check out Epic Artwork and Photo’s portfolio here to explore their live event photography and the images Andrew captured in Iraq.   

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