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You Only Get One Shot! That’s Why You Hire a Professional Photographer.

Donnie Nicodemus drives to the basket as Mom stand and cheers in the background, during SWBL Championship game.

Donnie Nicodemus drives to the basket as Mom stand and cheers in the background, during SWBL Championship game.


I get phone calls all the time from a Mom or a Dad, asking me to give a price to come out and photograph their son or daughter playing a particular sport or a coach will call me to come and shoot a team in an event.

My prices are not the cheapest. I generally charge between $250-$400 per event, depending on the circumstances.

While I don’t get a lot of resistance to my pricing, due to the reputation I have as a sports photographer, I still occasionally do get the; “Wow, That’s pretty high!” 

My response is always one of two questions, depending on what mood I am in.

Response one: “Are you referring to price or cost?” or two; “What criteria do you normally use, when choosing a professional sports photographer?”

Are you paying for photos or are you paying for memories?

If you are simply buying pictures then find someone with a camera from Best Buy and give them $25 and let them post 400 shots on their website.

However, if you have a special occasion and you want it captured for a keepsake, you need a professional.

When you hire a professional sports photographer to shoot action photos of a sporting event, you are not only paying for their time and effort, you are paying for their experience, knowledge of the game flow, understanding the angles and game momentum and anticipation.

You’re paying a professional sports photographer for their professional grade cameras with extreme low light capabilities. You’re renting their high speed professional grade lenses that can run $8000 to $10,000.00.

I’ve shot tens of thousands of action photos in little league baseball, select ball, football, basketball and other sports.

Every now and then I capture a moment like this.

Eaton, Ohio 8th grade basketball player Donnie Nicodemus was driving to the hoop in the Southwestern Buckeye League Championship game in Camden, Ohio at Preble Shawnee High School recently.

The lighting in the gym was not the worst I’ve shot in, but it wasn’t good either.

I was shooting a Nikon D700 with a Nikkor 80-200mm 2.8 lens and 5000 ISO and 1/800th of a second.

When I grabbed this frame and looked at the image, I realized that I had gotten Donnie’s Mom in the background.

This wasn’t just a picture, but rather a lifetime keepsake for Mom and son.

There is no greater satisfaction as a professional sports photographer than presenting a parent with a shot like this. I’ve shot a lot of pictures of Donnie as a result of little league photography. One I shot of him this past year was this pitching photo, with the Eaton Express, which became one of my favorites.



Why do you pay a professional photographer vs “Mom or Guy with Best Buy camera”, you don’t pay a professional for pictures and images. You hire a professional for memories that will hold a special place in your heart and soul for years to come.


Posted by Monroe Ohio photographer Vincent Rush, Cincinnati Sports Photography and Dayton Sports Photography of Monroe Ohio. Vince Rush can be contacted by phone at (877) 858-6295 or by email at or visit

Vincent Rush is a an Ohio based professional sports photographer that primarily serves as a Dayton Sports Photographer and  Cincinnati sports photographer.





Sports Photography Trends: Summer – The Best Time For Booking High School Sports!


RIGHT NOW is the BEST TIME to book high school sports…do you have your marketing kits ready?  The grads have thrown their hats in the air, and the coaches are taking a sigh of relief, FOR THE MOMENT.
Many schools require staff and personnel to work for a week, or several days, past the last day of the classes for students, so NOW is the time to act!  These couple of weeks following classes are PRIME TIME for speaking with any high school coach.  During these weeks most coaches are more accessible and more willing to meet – and listen – to what you have to offer.
Take advantage of this calm time, as a lot of coaches are hard to locate during the school year.  When they are busy it is tricky to find a “best time” to speak with them, and finding the “best time” that they are willing to listen can be even trickier!  Very often they are busy, and will only give you a few minutes of their time, if that.  You want to approach them at a time when they have more time to listen to you.
Plan ahead.  Do you have your marketing kits together and ready to go?  Be sure to have samples of unique products that will make you stand out among your competitors.  Have a calendar with you for scheduling.  Have testimonial letters from other schools and coaches.  Be prepared to leave detailed information with the coach/decision maker so they can refer back to what you discussed.
One HUGE advantage to approaching school coaches now is that more than likely there areMANY coaches there at the same time.  Once you’re in the school, track down other coaches of other sports.  Now is also the best time to show up unannounced and visit with as many coaches as possible.  Make the most of YOUR time and the coaches availability.  Don’t miss these lucrative couple of weeks…the BEST TIME FOR BOOKING SCHOOL SPORTS!

Posted by Monroe Ohio photographer Vincent Rush, Cincinnati Sports Photography and Dayton Sports Photography of Monroe Ohio. Vince Rush can be contacted by phone at (877) 858-6295 or by email at or visit Check out my profile!

Dan Fleming of LaSalle become all time winningest Coach in Lancer history!

Sports Photography by Vince Rush of Cincinnati Sports Photography

By: Nick Chaney of The Enquierer

LaSalle coach Dan Fleming became the winningest basketball coach in school history as the Lancers (14-1, 7-0 GCLS) beat St. Xavier 39-22. Fleming won the 335th game of his career, passing Bill Cady (334) on the all-time list.

LaSalle forced 14 turnovers in the win while only committing five of its own. The win reflected the type of play the Lancers have been known for under Fleming.

“We’ve got a bunch of tough guys who are all about winning and competing,” said Fleming. “It’s not always pretty, but the majority of the time we’ve been able to come out on top.”

“(Cady) really got it started here at LaSalle. It’s an honor to be mentioned in the same sentence as him,” said Fleming. “He’s a fine coach and an even better person.”

LaSalle senior guards Josh Lemons and Tyler Vogelpohl led the way for the Lancers. Lemons scored a game-high 15 points while Vogelpohl was the only other player in double digits with 11.

LaSalle took control of the GCL South race after last week’s win over Moeller. The Lancers take a break from league play tonight with a game against Northmont. Even after his record-setting win, that was Coach Fleming’s priority.

“(The record has) never been an issue,” Fleming said. “It’s always been about getting better for the next day, the next practice, the next game. Passing Bill Cady is nice, but we’re just trying to get better for tomorrow.”

In Youth Sports Photography, It’s Pros Vs. Parents

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Spring Valley Academy's Andrea Hoover by Ohio Sports Photographer Vincent Rush



This is a copy of an interview that I participated in for PDN (Photo District News) Online

By Daryl Lang

Parents hire John Harte to shoot youth sport photos like this one, but lately he’s seeing fewer clients as amateurs take over.

For ten years, John Harte had a streak going. Every Friday during football season, he had at least one client for his business, Shooting Star Sports Photography, which shoots pictures of high school athletes in action.

But the streak ended last week when Harte, a retired newspaper photographer in Bakersfield, California, had a Friday with no jobs. He’s watched his client list of football clients plunge to just 5 players this season, from an average of 15 to 20.

The reason? Harte says fans with DSLR cameras are offering photos for a much lower price than he can charge, or giving them away. “People in this age are just used to having pictures handed to them for free,” he says.

Youth action sports photography is a niche business, but it’s a source of extra income for many beginning, part-time and retired sports shooters. In some markets, photographers like Harte have made a full-time business out of it.

These photographers’ main products are prints, posters and CDs or DVDs of images of specific players, whose parents are willing to pay a pro to shoot their kids in a photojournalistic style.

But as in all sorts of professional photography segments, amateurs are disrupting the market. Harte says a teacher at one of his schools recently bought some good camera gear and is selling disks of game images for $395 each, undercutting the $500 Harte charges for the labor-intensive product. “I have no idea how he’s going to do it,” Harte says.

Pro photographers grumble that amateurs don’t know how to use their gear, crowd the sidelines, and have equipment ill-suited for challenging environments like night games.

“At the last football game I was at, there were seven photographers,” says Vincent Rush, who runs Cincinnati Sports Photography in Ohio. “Let me clarify. There were three photographers and four guys with cameras strapped around their necks.”

“We call it the GWC, guy with camera, or the MWC, mom with camera,” says Haim Ariav, owner of Glossy Finish, a sports photo business based near Jacksonville, Florida.

Ariav says one parent at a local high school recently got a Canon Mark III and is posting sports images on Smugmug, where everyone on the team can access the photos for free. “I’ve got to give her credit. Her stuff looks good,” Ariav says. “I can’t compete with that.”

But Ariav doesn’t sound worried, since he has an edge. A former web developer and stock photo agency manager, Ariav started his sports business in 2006 by outfitting a trailer with computer stations. Parents who put down a deposit can enter the Glossy Finish trailer after the games and buy professional prints on the spot.

This unique service is a hit. At large tournaments, Glossy Finish may send nine or 10 photographers to cover games. Ariav’s advice is, “You’ve got to be able to adapt to survive.”

Other photographers say there’s still plenty of business out there, but they’ve had to adjust their marketing to get it.

Harte, for his part, is trying to broaden his business by reaching out to other schools in the Los Angeles area.

Rush has taken to promoting his pictures on Facebook and community message boards, inviting parents to visit his site for photos of their team. He’s also being choosy about which teams he covers. Select baseball—a league that students have to pay to be part of—tends to be good for business, since it attracts families willing to spend money on sports. Rush, who’s been doing this for about three years, says his business is still growing.

In Texas, the situation is similar. Jason Jump runs the Lone Star Christian Sports Network, a Web site that covers private school athletics. The site dispatches photographers to games around the state and parts of Oklahoma, and offers prints and other products for sale online.

Jump, who has been in the business about seven years, says the number of people on the sidelines has increased at many schools. One high school has even started issuing sideline passes, which is unusual.

Jump’s photographers can cover as many as 15 games on a Friday night, but they’ve stopped staffing some schools that are aggressively photographed by parents.

“If we have a parent or a fan… that is out there taking photos, and we know they’re burning a disk and giving it away to everyone on the team, those are the schools we’re really struggling with,” Jump says. At one school where that happened, he says, sales went from “decent” to “absolutely zero.”

Despite the competition, Jump says he and his photographers are cordial with the parents working the sidelines—who sometimes ask for camera advice. “We get a lot of parents coming up to us and asking how to operate their machinery,” he says.

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Re-posted by Ohio Sports Photographer and Cincinnati Photographer Vincent Rush of Cincinnati Sports Photography and Ohio Sports Photography