Fall Football Preview Portraits

© Matthew Jonas 2011/Evergreen Newspapers 2011

About 6 months ago our sports editor, Michael Hicks, came to me with an idea for the fall. He wanted to put together a multi-page, pull out section filled with previews for the fall high school football season. I was immediately on board. It has been a long time since we had tackled anything this big. Newspapers with a circulation size as small as ours do not get to work on projects like this often. As everyone is well aware, the newspaper business is a little unstable right now. With that instability comes budget cuts and physical page count and size reductions. Getting a full color, multi-page section is a difficult pill to swallow for most publishers, especially if there is a lack of committed advertising to offset the cost.

Initially, we asked for 8 to 12 pages that would encompass all the teams that we cover. We would build the pages, insert them into the paper and that would be that. Simple. That’s not quite what we got. What we ended up with was 4 pages per paper (we have 4 papers) and we would zone (put certain teams in certain papers) the coverage. So all in all, we got our 12 pages. They just weren’t together. No big deal. We still got the pages.

Scheduling, shooting and editing 8 portraits of 13 players for our fall football preview was an amazing amount of work. On top of all of that I was still shooting all of the daily work that needed to be done for the non-sports sections in the paper. It takes a lot of phone calls, showing up to practices to talk to coaches and players, more phone calls, emails and finally ends with scheduling times for the shoots. The whole project went incredibly smooth. I can’t thank all of the coaches, players and athletics directors enough for their help in making this happen. I also have to thank our Sports Editor Michael Hicks and our Publisher Tim Zeman. Nice job guys. Anyway, enough about the process. How about a few pictures?

© Matthew Jonas 2011/Evergreen Newspapers 2011

© Matthew Jonas 2011/Evergreen Newspapers 2011

© Matthew Jonas 2011/Evergreen Newspapers 2011

© Matthew Jonas 2011/Evergreen Newspapers 2011

© Matthew Jonas 2011/Evergreen Newspapers 2011

© Matthew Jonas 2011/Evergreen Newspapers 2011

© Matthew Jonas 2011/Evergreen Newspapers 2011

Can’t wait to do it again next year. I have lots of new ideas.

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