Getting the Shot: The First Family of Hockey
Nothing more challenging than showing up at a press conference/photo opportunity to find 10-plus photographers all looking for something different. You need to go through the motions and shoot what is presented to you for the straight, standard media use, and then see what you can come up with to scoop everyone else.
Arriving early and staying late sometimes helps, but in the case of the Hockey Hall of Fame media opportunity, the participants are sheltered until show time. Knowing the inductee Mark Howe definitely helps, but separating him from the group of shooters takes patience.
Sometimes these ideas don’t work, such as this one:
And sometimes they do, such as this one that ran in the Detroit Free Press, or this grab shot of Marty Howe (son of Gordie) photographing the 2011 Hall inductee Mark (Marty’s brother and Gordie’s other son) along with the legend himself, Gordie Howe.