FRESNO - Over the summer months, local teenagers find themselves with a myriad of options to pass the time. For a handful of them, Fresno FC matches have become a space to learn the craft of photography and gain real world experience in covering matches.
Sunnyside High School photography students, under the guidance and leadership of photography teacher Tamela Ryatt, have spent the months of June, July and August photographing each Los Zorros' home match.
"The sports photography students' worlds were rocked by covering the Foxes this summer. Having the access to the field and press box really empowered them and gave them the confidence to take their photography to the next level," Ryatt said. "It was thrilling for me to see them standing next to the likes of Kiel Maddox, asking for tips on shooting the game. Where would they have ever gotten these experiences? We were beyond grateful for the experiences provided by Fresno FC this summer."
Through the process, students have been able to connect with official club photographer Kiel Maddox, shadowing the experienced photography veteran who also covers the San Francisco 49ers, Oakland Raiders and Fresno State football, as well as Fresno FC marketing staff, learning visual storytelling and match coverage strategy and techniques.
Fresno Football Club, the Central Valley’s first professional soccer club, is a member of the United Soccer League (USL). The club hosts home matches at Chukchansi Park in beautiful downtown Fresno. FFC exists to provide a top-class, inclusive and dynamic sporting experience in one of the nation’s most diverse regions. For more information, visit FresnoFC.com.