Shipman Photography | All Things Sports

All Things Sports

May 15, 2017  •  Leave a Comment


Thanks for taking a few minutes to check us out!

There are a lot of photographers and designers in this market.   I would like to introduce you to myself and make a brief case for why Shipman Photography should be your go-to choice for your athletic visual content.   Shipman Photography offers a unique one-call service for your athletic department's visual content.   How are we unique?

We blend 13 years of experience in live action sports photography and portrait photography with innovative, instructor-level graphic design and post production.   This equips us to take care of everything from quick and efficient team photos for your yearbooks and websites to custom stadium graphics, banners, posters and branding - and everything in between.   Within this blog are many examples, but for a more thorough look at our sports portfolio, check out our gallery.   And here is a great place for samples of our picture day portraits, team portraits and action shots.

Here's what 3 time, 6A div II  Oklahoma state champion football coach Loren Montgomery said about us after having worked with us on dozens of projects over the last seven years. 


There are a lot of reasons Coach Montgomery felt that way about his experience with us, and it starts with quality.    We take pride in doing excellent work - not only for the athletic department, but also for the coaches, the student athletes and their families.   Not just shots or 'pics' but wall art and custom design.   The quality of our work from the simplest picture day headshot to the most intricate senior poster or stadium graphic is something we take pride in.    Our goals are to always surpass expectations and build something better than we did the year before.  

Here's what Bixby Athletics Hall of Fame member, former cheer coach and current Bixby Athletic Director Stephanie Blackwell had to say about her experience  with us.

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The next aspect of our business that appeals to coaches is the efficiency of our picture day process. We work with coaches in advance to help them prepare the students and parents for a quick and painless process on picture day.   We show up early, we are organized and we are accurate.   On picture day we strike just the right balance of speed and efficient processes without sacrificing quality.   We have shot tens of thousands of student athletes over the years and with that experience, we will minimize the intrusion into your coaches' time, without sacrificing the quality of the resulting images.    Here's what Bixby High School's most famous alumnus says about working with us...

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Sports photography for us is not simply not limited to one aspect of visual content.  It means razor sharp live action game photos...



It means powerful, sideline candid images of coaches, players and fans that capture the emotion of the moment...

Of course, it means picture day portraits, team shots and beautiful products for parents.  


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It means creating large group posters to commemorate annually updated achievements, such as Bixby's famed Club 225...

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Through these various projects, we build personal relationships within the athletic departments.  These often lead to premium services for those individuals, and we've shot several weddings for coaches and many dozens of senior portrait sessions for senior athletes.  Many of those senior clients receive sports themed studio composite scenes that look more like NIKE ads than traditional portraits (along with traditional portraits of course).


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We often take these same commercial photography style production techniques and apply them to senior posters and program covers, working with booster clubs and coaches to strike the right balance between art and individual visibility.    For these cinematic scenes, we shoot the athletes individually - ensuring perfect focus and lighting, and then blend them into digital environments - using either original Shipman Photography or licensed high res stock files for our backgrounds.   The results are stunning, emotive and eye-catching.   

While there may be other photographers in the market who can provide excellent portraits, there simply are no others that can also do this...

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With the same one-call service, we can also design large scale indoor or outdoor graphics projects such as banners, floor graphics, wall murals and stadium graphics.  One point of contact, from consultation to installation, or we can work with your print/installation vendors to provide them with custom fit designs.  Click here to see our full gallery of murals, banners and related photo-design projects.

We offer all your large project visual content solutions - From original art studio designs....

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Incorporating original content, live action photography....

...into stunning stadium graphics commemorating championships for all who compete there.

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Welcoming home a home town hero?


Internally branding the walls of your weight room with mission statements and core values directed TO your student athletes?


Or simply branding and beautifying campus walls and spaces?


Whatever your project, we offer a consultative photography and design service based on building relationships with satisfied clients. 

Thank you again for taking the time to check us out.   We look forward to the opportunity to discuss how we may help you brand your programs and provide visual content to promote and honor your student athletes and coaches.


- Gregg & Jen Shipman


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