We see the photos on social media of athletes absolutely crushing it at CrossFit events, but what goes on behind the lens to get those shots? We caught up with Brandon Kessler of BK Sports Photography just in time for the 2022 NoBull CrossFit Games. A fellow affiliate owner, he talks about his history with CrossFit, qualifying for an event just to take pictures, and advice to anyone wanting to break into the camera scene of the sport.
A: I had always wanted a camera and decided to purchase it for my 10-year sobriety anniversary and around the same time the media person from my gym was going back to school so I started taking pictures at my affiliate to promote.
A: 3 years.
A: I always loved wildlife photography and when I stopped competing in CrossFit, I swore I would never shoot CrossFit all the time, but one thing lead to another and here I am.
A: Yes, I have been doing CrossFit since 2011 and have been an affiliate owner since 2012.
A: I know a lot of the athletes personally both from just being in the space for a long time and from photography.
A: I qualified for Wodapalooza in 2020 and used my athlete credentials to sneak in my camera gear to take photos instead of competing.
A: I love the support and never-ending challenges it brings. Everyone on the media site of CrossFit is amazing and they all have taught me so much over the last few years. I’ve been very blessed to have met the people I have.
A: I love this shot of Noah doing GHD from this year’s MACC [Mid-Atlantic CrossFit Challenge].
A: Network, network, and network. Don’t be afraid to reach out and ask a ton of questions. If anyone is looking to know more they can always message me. It’s the least I can do to give back since so many others did it for me.
If you’re in the Havre De Grace, MD area, be sure to drop into Brandon’s affiliate, Iron Force Fitness!
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