The greatest team photo ever hits home run and goes viral! Must see!

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Everyone wants something they create to go ‘viral' right? I love seeing something that was created by someone not intending it to go viral in the first place – someone who just creates something out of passion for the creation – for the fun of it!

So many people try to go viral and are disappointed when it doesn't happen (me included)…

But when it happens to someone humble and modest and just having a blast creating something for themselves and the little ones in their life, then it is all the more awesome!

I ran into the photo below (shot by Betsy Wagner-Gregory‎ – website – Facebook business page) on a private Facebook group yesterday. Betsy shyly posted it to a “professional” photographer's group because she's been in awe of what others have posted and was somewhat worried it wouldn't be good enough.

So I have to admit that I am a little intimidated to share my image among the greats that are part of this group, but I am so excited about this shot! This is my daughter's softball/ tball team. We had an absolute blast trying to get this image and the fact that I did not have to switch any heads is an absolute miracle! Meet the Freeze…we may have only won one game this season, but we sure did look cute doing it!

Yet the reaction in the group was overwhelmingly excited for her creation. I was too!

And then I showed it to my wife… and low and behold, a few hours later it was in my wife's Facebook feed from a totally different source – an old friend of hers who'd seen it in her FB feed.

Indeed, Betsy's greatest team photo had gone viral and was popping up everywhere!

You've got to see this awesome tough girl 'Frozen' team photo! The expressions are hilarious! Click To Tweet

So I contacted Betsy and chatted with her a while and asked about how she'd created the team photo and asked for behind-the-scenes photos etc…

She graciously agreed to share her story first here on planet5D! Our thanks to Betsy for the opportunity to share this with you!

But first, here's the photo (and scroll down for behind-the-scenes)! Oh, and Betsy's daughter is… “the catcher in the middle. I figured she would be the only one OK with covering up part of her Elsa dress!”

(Note! If you plan to share this, please share while giving credit.. either this planet5D post or Betsy's business Facebook page post where this image is found… giving credit helps everyone)

Betsy Wagner-Gregory‎'s "Freeze" team photo

Copyright Betsy Wagner-Gregory‎ – “Freeze” team photo (click for larger version)

Oh, I asked Betsy if they had to go out and get dresses for the photo…

They either had them, or some had two and we shared! I just told everyone to find a dress!

So Frozen was indeed popular with young ladies in the last year :)

Betsy's story of the Frozen team photo

(planetMitch note… Betsy also sent along some photos contributed by other mom's from the team… thanks to all the mom's for the great behind-the-scenes! Wish I could have used them all)

Equipment used:

  • Canon 5D Mark III
  • Canon 50 MM/1.2L
  • Canon 580 EX (On-camera with Gary Fong Lightsphere)

The whole idea for the Freeze team started when I was sitting with a group friends waiting on our girls to finish dance class…we joked that we should start a softball team with a Frozen theme.

We were going to be called the Sparkling Elsa's and then the Freeze was thrown out and we knew it was the name for us! We laughed about uniform ideas, recruited friends to coach, asked Elsa-loving girls to play and the Freeze was born.

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Our girls are 4-5 years old playing some girls as old as 7, so we just approached the season as a way to have fun, get the girls some softball experience and look really cute doing it along the way.

The girls improved with each game, we only practiced a few times and my dream for an Elsa picture kept growing. I laughed with some of the Moms on the team, told them my idea and they were all on board.

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So, we planned a date, prayed the rain would stay away, gathered up the Elsa dresses and met at the University of Central Oklahoma's softball field. We did traditional pictures and then put the Elsa dresses and eye black on the girls.

Keep in mind that this was one of the hottest days we have had this summer and these little girls were in some pretty warm dresses!

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The parents helped get the girls in position, I did a few test shots and between giggles and a few silly faces, the image you see at the top of this post (the one below is a parent BTS photo) was the winning shot.

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I was on the ground trying to get a lower angle while the parents were behind me helping to get the “serious, tough girl” faces. I am sure we were quite a sight!

I think every photographer/artist out there falls into a daily battle of comparing our work to those around us. I had just been dealing with that this week…we are saturated with ideas and other images between Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, etc… I am the world's finest at thinking I am not good enough and should just hang up my hat and call it good.

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And then, this image happened and is spreading like wildfire.

In the midst of it all, I am remembering why I started, to get images of my own children so when they are grown and have kids or grandkids of their own, they have some great memories to share. God has allowed me to go on this fun little journey and for that I am humbled and grateful.

Photography is such a timeless gift- moments in time frozen forever.

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Capturing great images of my own children turned into capturing memories for family and friends and Betsy Gregory Photography was born.

I don't claim to know everything or even a drop of what some know about photography, but I do know one thing, I love people and the chance to give them a moment in time.

The response to the Freeze image has been overwhelming to say the least. I am forever indebted to those that have taken time to share what really started as a joking matter!

It has been a wild ride the past few days and I am excited to see what might just come of this….for now, Go Freeze and thanks for sharing my image!

more behind-the-scenes from the parents

 

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Thanks!

Our thanks to Betsy, the team and all of the mom's who sent in photos to help you see the behind-the-scenes of this awesome photo!

Don't you think it is amazing?

(cover photo credit: snap from Betsy)


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