My third assignment Saturday was a portrait shoot for an article on the men's and women's soccer player of the year in the 5A division. The location and time of day were arranged by the reporter (a cliff side overlooking phoenix at about 230 pm - not the best time of day for a portrait but it worked pretty well) so I arrived 20 minutes early to scope out the location. The photo request wanted portraits of the players w/ the city skyline in the back, and though they weren't the most creative, they worked. In the paper they laid them on the page facing each other like below.
Left: spt-hs5Apoysocc0303 150746 -- 03/01/08 -- The Arizona Republic's Big School Soccer Player of the Year: Pinnacle High's Kyle Ciliento (cq), who became the state's all-time leader in goals with 160. -- Photo by Geoffrey McAllister/The Arizona Republic
Right: spt-hs5Apoysocc0303 150746 -- 03/01/08 -- The Arizona Republic's Big School Girls Soccer Player of the Year: Corona del Sol's Brittany Cole (cq) had 22 goals and 19 assists despite being the focal point of every opposing defense. -- Photo by Geoffrey McAllister/The Arizona Republic
After completing what was asked of me, I took some other portraits trying to tell more of the story. To me, the big story was that Kyle had set a state record for 160 goals during his high school career. His senior year I believe he scored 60 goals and had some 37 assists - pretty impressive. Shooting him from below and having him look into the light I feel gave him a 'king of the mountain' feel.