Hunter's senior portrait session might be one of my all time faves as far as sports photography goes. Hunter came in while we had been working with fog, fire, and pyrotechnics. So naturally we decided we needed to catch a basketball on fire in the studio. I've been asked several times if he was holding a real basketball that was on fire. He wasn't! I thought I'd give everyone a quick break down through on how me made the final photograph! Thanks for reading and make sure you check out the portrait gallery below for a few of the highlights from the whole shoot! Scroll down for 'How it Was Made' and Hunter's mini-portfolio.
How Was it Made?
We took the photos used to create the final in the studio. We started by shooting a variety of portrait options of Hunter holding a basketball in different positions. Then took the same basketball and placed it on top of a glass vase, duplicated the lighting, and set the basketball on fire to shoot the second shot. We used a fog machine to create the heavy smoke effect in the background. When we got into Photoshop dropping the basketball into the portrait was about as easy as composites get. View more senior athlete photography from our studio here.
Hunter Rommelman / Senior Portrait Session / Mini Portfolio