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I am Sheila Huston, a professional graphic designer and sports photographer in the Vancouver, Washington area. I specialize in sports images, team pictures, portraits, and posters.

My sport portrait process goes beyond pushing the camera button, setting the lighting and posing. The work continues with the post process. The player poses on either a green or white background and the lighting is set to mimic the lighting that will be part of the end exciting photo. In the post process, I remove the background from the player and prepare it for the new background. I have to fine tune the sport players and backgrounds so that it looks like the photo was actually taken together.

The background, sport elements and wording all takes time to create. There is thought in every placement and style used in the photo. I like to create something more than just the standard plain photo with emphasis on the person.

My specialty is that the team photographs are linked to the design I use for individual players, so that they go together perfectly. Sports photography includes a wide range of games, exercises, sports, advertising, and brand development. Sports photographers are specialists in shooting pictures of sporting events and athletes. They shoot pictures for newspapers, magazines, websites, high school yearbooks, flyers, posters and programs, to name a few.

As an experienced freelance graphic designer and photographer, I am able to incorporate a unique theme into my sport program designs. I use high quality templates for unique backgrounds to promote schools, community programs, sports clubs and athletic teams, capturing images and content to create your brand. I create unique brochures for printing, banners, and mailers. I provide sport team pictures and posters with action and group images, as well as individual player portraits. 

Sports photographers need interpersonal, computer and business skills, as well as attention to detail. Strong knowledge of cameras and equipment, as well as graphic design and computer aided design and editing software programs is necessary to create the best possible images for programs and booklets, flyers, posters, sport player and team portraits, and photo art. 

Getting to know my subjects is critical in capturing emotions. Understanding who the athlete is can change the perspective on the person. I am diligent with names, and able to put my subjects at ease. I am dedicated to staying current with new techniques related to graphic design and photography. I enjoy getting to know my subjects, working closely with clients, and staying within budget in deadline-driven environments. 

If you are looking for a sports photographer who can combine graphic design and excellent photographs to ensure your school sports program looks better than ever, get in touch with me for all your school or club sports photography needs!


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