Sports and the athletes that play them have always been of great interest to me since I was a young boy. My Dad played semi-pro baseball and I was always in awe of how he could make a baseball disappear over the center field wall. The opportunities to create impactful storytelling images was a natural direction for my image making. Starting with the Baseball Cardinals and continuing until the present time, when meeting these generally intimidating individuals, I always endeavor to stay calm, considerate and focused on our intent that day. (* all copyright belongs to barry elz photography and may not be reproduced without written permission).