I've been so fortunate to photograph every level of football available. As much as the big guys are amazing, with their skills and experience, I have to admit one thing.
The little guys are my favorite to shoot. I know, that may sound strange (especially to parents that think I'm crazy for preferring to spend a Saturday afternoon photographing 10-13 year olds), but it's true.
While the pros, even college to some extent, have the big crowds, they just seem to lose a lot of the passion for the game that the young guys have.
These guys run their fastest, hit their hardest and are in constant learning mode. They don't know everything and don't pretend to (unlike their older counterparts).
These guys just want to play. After all, it's a game. It's a game with life lessons that encourage discipline, hard work, physical exhaustion, time management...all things that we need to do later on in life.
Yes, it's only a game. Unless you're a 12-year old on the field of play. Then, it's life.