by Caitlin Rice
I began photography as a hobby 6 or 7 years ago when I received a hand-me-down Nikon D60 from my dad. It wasn’t until almost 4 years ago, after getting hired at Mike’s Camera, that I started thinking of photography as more than a hobby. It was also around this time that I started attending, and then photographing, wrestling shows. It was at these shows that I found a welcoming community that is largely responsible for my improvement as a photographer.
I did not grow up a wrestling fan, but my boyfriend did. It was because he was a fan that I started to find local shows to attend. I began photographing from the seats and was soon asked to work officially at a couple promotions. Being that I wasn’t a fan growing up, I had no idea what to expect in terms of how to anticipate how the wrestlers move. Through trial and error I began to learn how to anticipate what move/ spot was coming next and properly capture them. My boyfriend also helped me learn the terms for these moves, which came in handy when a wrestler wanted to discuss some spots ahead of the show. My job at Mike’s also gave me the resources to learn how to use my equipment properly and figure out what I needed to do to properly photograph action in low light.
I am so grateful for being able to be a part of the local wrestling community for so many reasons. Wrestlers and promoters enthusiasm towards my photography has helped me with my confidence as a photographer. I have never been a very confident person and this can be a hindrance when pursuing a photography career. Without the support of the people in the wrestling community, I definitely would not be the photographer I am today. It was also because of this community that I have been able to pursue portrait photography. Almost every wedding and portrait gig I have done has been connected to the Colorado wrestling community.
I love photographing people. I love being able to capture a moment in time. And I love being a part of a community of creative people (including other photographers) working together.
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