New Kid on the Block

Curiosity. Thirst for knowledge. Experience.

Those three words can describe why Joey wanted to take photos during PRFU’s event, the 2017 SPI 15s League finals.

Who is Joey? Well, let’s backtrack a little bit.

Joey Cate attended my first ever Photography 101 session way back January 28, 2017. Unlike the other participants who wanted to sit in the middle or at the back, Joey sat in front. All through out the workshop, Joey listened intently and he asked a lot of questions. Second only to Paolo Valera, who didn’t hold back in terms of photography-related questions. Haha!

I really felt Joey’s desire to learn the basics of photography, so much so that he committed to joining the shoot I arranged earlier this month.

Fast forward to the days leading up to March 11. Joey confirmed his attendance to the rugby game shoot. Again, I could sense his eagerness to hold a camera and take photos. To him, it didn’t matter what type of shoot was organized as long as he takes home a ton of knowledge.

On the day of the shoot, I met up with Joey in Alabang. We rode together going to Southern Plains in Calamba. On the way to the venue, I set his expectation about the upcoming shoot. I told him that it was going to be hot since rugby was played on a field and that the players are playing under the heat of the sun. I also told him that he needed to move, a lot! I wanted to instill in him the same discipline of following the ball and staying in front of the players so that he can take good photos.

When we arrived at the venue, I sat him down and told Joey that we should watch one whole game first. It helps, especially if one is new to a sport, if you watch them play first. Watching the game can give you somewhat of a background on how the game goes, something that can help you get in to the flow of your shoot.

During the latter part of the first game, Joey did something that was very Joey-like. He asked me if he can take photos already. I laughed because he couldn’t contain is excitement to experience his first sports shoot. I said: “Go ahead, knock yourself out.” Who am I to stop him from doing what he really wanted to do?

At first I observed him while he took photos. He tried his best to keep up with the players who were going up and down the field, he looked like he’s in to the game. He was slowly getting in to a good flow of the shoot.

After the second half of the second game, it looked like Joey is now familiar with the game. He took photos with ease and he already took shots from different parts of the field.

At the end of the day, Joey was tired and thirsty but I saw in his face the happiness and contentment of experiencing his first ever sports shoot. He told me that the shoot had a different feel compared to his usual gigs of company events, that it was more challenging since predicting the players’ moves were hard and staying under the hot sun made it harder.

Before we parted ways, he thanked me. The look on his face, his firm handshake and his heartfelt thanks made my day. It really is a good feeling to be able to pass on knowledge to people who want it.

By the way, all images I used in this blog entry were taken by Joey.

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