stylized portrait of volleyball athlete near net
January 28, 2013

Shooting for ESPN’s High School Magazine


While preparing for the launch of Stark Bellamy Photography’s new site I was going through my portfolio looking for photos of high school seniors that I shot for ESPNHS.


Nick Kasa for Rise/ESPN

jared-markham-espnThe high school sports magazine gave me a chance to meet athletes that were at the top of their respective games. All of them on their way to college and some probably to the pros.

It was called High School Sports Magazine when I started shooting for them in 2006. Since then the magazine was bought and sold several times changing its name to Rise, Rise/ESPN and finally ESPNHS before its demise. In that time I photographed athletes in, football, soccer, volleyball, lacrosse, hockey, field hockey, basketball, tennis, track and field, cross country, golf, snowboarding, swimming and probably a few sports I’m missing.

Each shoot would last about 4 hours and we would do lots of posed action and portraits using mostly dramatic shadowy light. I’d have these kids dunking, jumping, sprinting and catching, as my strobes flashed to freeze the action, good sports everyone of them. (passive – rework take out the ings) The best part of my time shooting for them was meeting some really nice kids that just¬† happened to be super talented.

As I did these over the years I always thought that these shoots would translate well into dramatic and stylized senior portraits. Most prep athletes will not be featured in ESPN or Sports Illustrated, but why can’t they look like they have been in their senior portraits? Get in touch with us to see how we can make you look and feel like a professional athlete in a glossy magazine.


Eric Bellamy
Wedding Photojournalist at Stark Bellamy Photography
Eric Bellamy is an award-winning photojournalist whose work has appeared on the likes of ESPNHS, the New York Times, Denver Post and more. He now focuses on editorial-style wedding photography and portraiture. He lives with his wife and children, and enjoys climbing rock and ice as well as sampling good wine and food in Northern Colorado.