Genuine athlete portraits for numerous applications

Manufacturers of brand­ed sport­ing goods for pro­fes­sion­als like to pro­mote their prod­ucts with por­trait shots and pho­to doc­u­men­taries of ath­letes they spon­sor. These types of pho­tos also appeal to sports mag­a­zines, trade jour­nals, and dailies report­ing about events con­cern­ing ath­letes they believe will inspire their read­ers. In each case, pro­fes­sion­al pho­tographs deter­mine their recep­tion by the read­ers. The assign­ment was per­fect for our pho­tog­ra­ph­er Sebastian Kuhn, him­self a for­mer triath­lete who knows his way around the industry.

Shots of athletes in locations around the world

On his quest to take the most authen­tic shots, Sebastian trav­eled to the ath­letes’ train­ing loca­tions, their home towns, or to the cities in which com­pe­ti­tions were to be held – wher­ev­er he found the ath­letes at their best and where the set­tings for his por­trait shots were most promis­ing. He did this because por­traits are all about pre­serv­ing the subject’s nat­ur­al demeanor, even in staged sit­u­a­tions. This is best achieved when the mod­els feel com­plete­ly at ease in the environment.

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