I have several scrapbooks filled with team photos from every sport my sons have ever played. And they all have a few things in common.
The photos cost at least $20 for an 8 x 10, usually more. But you wouldn’t even think of not buying one. (I gave up purchasing the big packages because I never gave all the pictures out and didn’t have the heart to throw them away. So I created card games with the leftovers. We’d play “Portrait Go Fish.” “Give me all your Andrew 2005 Rec Ball Dodgers.” “Go fish. Do you have any 2008 Jack Little League Astros?” ‘Go fish!”
Each portrait has team members lined up in two rows with coaches standing uncomfortably in the back, wearing their “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” expressions.
At least one kid has his shirt untucked. Another is wearing dirty baseball pants (probably mine). Two others aren’t looking at the camera. At least one is wearing a smile so exaggerated, it makes your face hurt. If the boys are older, then they’re all glaring at the camera like they’re challenging the photographer to “COME AT ME!”
I wouldn’t trade a single one of them for all the Botox in Hollywood.
However, since starting Travel Ball Parents, I’ve noticed that team portraits have come a long way in style and creativity over the last few years. Here are some of my favorites that have been sent in. If your fall league is having picture day soon, think about changing things up a little with some of the team portrait ideas below.
And now three more super creative team photos we received after hitting publish the first time.