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Hayduk3Lives

Any Santos sighting?


Comfortable_Sand_355

Out of country rn


AncientMoth11

Hope so, he’s my favorite player. Unstoppable with him in FIFA but I’m also a relatively recent football fan so kind of unorthodox with my offensive creativity. Speed kills tho as does an accurate shot. Better ball handling skills would be helpful tho. Been frustrating to watch this year especially when he overruns balls


Toph36

These are great photos! Really interested in how you were able to take these so up close and get to be so involved with their training session?


Comfortable_Sand_355

I get a schedule of all the trainings each week and rsvp with what ones I’ll be going to. I try to go to at least two a week. I started an internship at 16 and have also been doing game days staff stuff for years like stretcher crew and built a ton of rapport with players and ppl that work at the club. Then I’m October I discovered I really enjoy photography. I found two outlets and from there I gained access to games and from there bout rapport with the communications people and even more with players and that basically gave me access to training. I’m only 19 now so it’s a pretty rewarding feeling.


Toph36

What type of camera do you use. Since going to college I've also found I wanted to dip my feet into photography but have only been able to use my phone camera and don't know what camera to look for. These look great so I'm curious.


Comfortable_Sand_355

These were taking on a Canon r3. Since starting photography in October 2021 I’ve gotten an r6 (great, great camera) but I needed the upgrade if I wanted to really start to compete so two weeks ago. I grabbed the r3. I use a 70-200mm RF lens and a 100-500mm RF primarily for these. To be completely transparent and save you some research time Canon R6- $2500 Canon R3- $6000 Canon RF 70-200mm f/2.8 - $2800 Canon RF100-500mm F4.5-7.1 -$2900


Comfortable_Sand_355

I started on my dads 20 year old camera though, once I mastered that and made some money I saved up and upgraded to the r6. From then it’s a lot easier to have your local high school kids to pay you for games and so I saved up and kept taking jobs for student athletes.


Toph36

So for the union, is this just for fun or do you get paid? Thanks for all the insight btw, I have always wondered how photographers work with the union.


Comfortable_Sand_355

So in my case I shoot for Philly Soccer Page for Union II coverage and Area Sports Network for first team coverage. I do not get paid there but I do $200 an hour on average for high school games. Eventually the plan is to get a paying role there. So the Union is definitely fun but it’s also a great way to bring exposure and basically is a driving reason I can charge what I do other than my work itself. I do actually sell some prints here and there of Union players but the main benefit like I said is the exposure but also the experience and relationships I’ve built. I genuinely feel like part of the team with the Union II. Great kids, always post my pictures and give credit, always greet me, and are just overall very nice guys. If you have anymore questions feel free to shoot ‘em. I absolutely love talking about what I do.


Toph36

That's awesome! Thanks again for all the answers, hoping to start a similar journey!


Toph36

Just saw your Instagram tagged on your reddit account, had no idea that account was you lol. Actually have seen your stuff around pretty often. Love your photos man.


Comfortable_Sand_355

I really, really appreciate that. Thank you man!! Let me know when you upstart I’ll give you a shout out.