Tonight, I had the pleasure of being invited back to the National Guard Armory in Fredericksburg to do the Five 40 Roller girls group shot. It was hot out all day and as soon as we set out to do the group shot – thunderous, dark clouds rolled in behind us. It seems to be a running gag with mother nature that whenever I come out to shoot with the girls, it pours. It poured on both nights I did headshots. Rained all throughout the practice I shot. Dumped rain the night I shot their bout in Bealton. So finally, the one day where it’s bright, hot, blue skies, the weather turns just in time to make sure we don’t ruin our streak. Well, the girls were all amazing troopers and ignored it getting worse around them as we shot their group portraits.
Secretly as a photographer I had hoped this would happen. It happened on my wedding day where the weather went from bright and sunny to dark, snow and rain filled clouds. Instead of being mortified, I was overjoyed that the shots our photographer was able to get were dark and stormy like an HBO cover shoot. So in my mind I knew that the environment would now look as hard-core as these girls are. As if posing on Humvees and giant-not-tank-extended-vans wasn’t enough – these girls are fierce!
Lovely ladies galore! I’ll be the first to admit I know nothing of Roller Derby. I know that I’ve always had friends who played in the league, but I never got out there to find out what it was really about. I’ve been to a few games on and off for sponsorships, but never had the chance to see what goes on behind the scenes. It wasn’t for lack of interest because Roller Derby has always been something I wanted to get involved with! Well, the Five 40 Roller Girls gave me the opportunity when they invited me to a practise while we got our head shots on.
A chance to photograph lovely ladies who know how to get down with their bad selves? Woo!
Practise was a lot of fun to sit through. Even being a fly on the wall I was able to decipher a lot of the rules of the game I hadn’t previously been able to. There’s lots of determination and drive behind this fairly new team and I have no doubt that with lots of practise and exposure they will be a force in the league.
I witnessed quite a few bumps and spills and a lot of cheering on from team members. Not to mention – how can you not love the outfits! I am excited to be able to work further with the team and venture to several upcoming bouts. Their website is still under construction, but if you want to go to a game or say hello! to the team you can find them on Facebook!