For those of you who have been keeping up with my Instagram Stories on my account @caree__marie, you're probably wondering why the heck I have occasional softball training videos up there...well, I am excited to announce that I have officially decided to add another component of Carlee Marie in addition to all the photography!
If you didn't already know, I am a HUGE softball fan. I have been playing since I was about 7 and I have been coaching for a good 6 years now. Through my journey of coaching so far, I have developed an especially keen interest in coaching competitive fastball pitchers. I have been running my own pitching clinic every year over the 8 months of off season we have in Canada (eye roll) developing and teaching kids of all ages. I teach them how to improve their technique as a pitcher, increase their inner confidence, and of course encourage a good sportsmanship. Let me tell you, it's been unbelievable. There is something I just love about being able to share all the knowledge I've learned over the years and teaching it to young athletes who are willing to improve their skills. Seeing progress in each of those athletes is what I strive for and wow is it rewarding in the end. There is honestly no feeling quite like it and I am SO proud of all the athletes I have worked with in the past, and will be working with this coming winter.
In addition to putting on pitching clinics every winter, and doing private sessions with athletes year round, I am also coaching the River City Hornet's U16 team this coming summer as their head pitching coach and I seriously can't wait! We are a competitive travel ball team competing across Alberta, BC, and possibly the States - you can definitely tune into our adventures through my Instagram as we will be doing a lot of off season training and in season competing.
On another note, I am also evolving my photography passion, I have definitely become extremely passionate about photographing athletes. I really strive to show off their talents, dedication, and confidence in a visual way. I want to make each athlete I photograph feel empowered and help them truly see how successful they are no matter where they are in their sporting journey. Athletes have so much talent that often isn't showcased in the way I strive to show them off. What if there was one photo that said it all for one particular athlete? One photo that made other athletes, parents, teammates, and rival teams FEEL the strength, power, and dedication of that particular athlete? I think that would be pretty amazing, don't you? As an athlete myself, I can definitely say first hand there is a LOT of time, money, and hard work that is put in to becoming a successful athlete in every sport there is. I truly admire all athletes out there, and I seriously wish I could photograph them all just to show the world how amazing they are.
Now, capturing sports will absolutely NOT be the only thing I will be photographing in the future... I still love capturing the uniqueness in each and every human out there, whether they are big into sports or not! Portraiture in general, is (and always will be) who I am as a photographer, but photographing athletes is definitely my own niche that makes me stand out as a visual artist. Incase you didn't know - I like to be different and I love to create. :)
And now, it is time for me to take a big step in developing more for this business I officially created in June 2017. My goal from here on out is to not only showcase the talent of athletes, but also coach many talented athletes in the sport of softball. I have a LOT of awesome plans in the works for both my photography side and coaching side and I'm super excited for you to follow me on this journey! Just to prove my point, I'll be on a flight TONIGHT to visit and learn from a very talented pitching coach from Alabama named Sharon O'Mara! Come find me on Instagram so you can stay up to date on my week long trip down South!
As always, if you have any inquires, questions, or comments about what I do, shoot me an email - I will be happy to have a chat with you.