Adventures of a new Soccer Mom

Connie Hanks Photography // // Adventures in soccer

Connie Hanks Photography // // Adventures in soccerI honestly never thought I’d have the title of “Soccer Mom” but I do indeed! Both of my girls started soccer this season for the first time ever. Their first games were this past Saturday and both my girls did fantastic!

My 5-year old baby is on the “Mighty Mermaids” and I have to say all these little girls are just so adorable! They played their hearts out in some pretty high heat. They did amazing, scoring several goals and getting a great feel for the game.

Part of the first weekend of games includes “Opening Day” – including team photos, food booths, soccer gear and accessories vendors, games, and overall family fun. Oh, and a team banner competition!

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Yes, yours truly made the “Mighty Mermaids” banner! When I heard a “banner” was needed for the team, I honestly envisioned the type of banners I make, like the ones here, here or here. So I offered to help out. Shocked is putting it mildly when I found out it would be a 5′ by 3′ banner, and either vinyl or felt. Say wha…? I was thinking cute paper!

Connie Hanks Photography // // Adventures in soccer

So after a little coaching from a seasoned-soccer-banner-making-mom on my 7-year olds team, I headed to Joann’s for fabric (felt), fabric glue, and puffy paint, then headed to Home Depot for PVC and rebar. It took a couple of fairly dedicated days to get it done, but I love the way it came out and we won 2nd place! Woot woot!

So there you have it… the start of my adventures as a (new) soccer mom 🙂 We made a deal with the girls to commit to the full season, but we’ll see where we go from here! One game down and a full season to go… Wish us luck!

Connie Hanks Photography // // Adventures in soccer

Photo Tip: If you’re planning to photograph kid sports, be sure to use a telephoto / zoom lens. You’ll get greater variety in your photos, from wide shots getting all the action, to close ups zeroing on their cute faces! I used Canon 60D with Tamron 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 for these soccer shots!

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23 responses to “Adventures of a new Soccer Mom”

  1. What a great opening day! I love the banner. Have fun in your new role, I really enjoyed the years my girls played soccer!


  2. wow – and this is the first year we have “no” soccer – after having soccer in our lives almost every year since 2002. wow – anyhow, I know you hear this often, but savor each day – and enjoy each season – because while it does not always go that fast, time does pass and before you know it you will be making a sports collage that covers kindergarten to senior year – !!

    anyhow, loved you picture and enjoy your soccer seasons. also, from experience – orange slices are the best game snack – not loaded with chemicals or sugar and give the kids a bit of sweetness with vitamin C. 🙂


    • Thanks so much, Yvette! I’ve had a dose of the harsh reality how quickly time passes now that my baby is in kindergarten. I’m wishing I had truly savored every second when she was with me full time. She only went to preschool 8 to 12 hours weekly, so she was my “side-kick” for quite a while!

      When we have challenging days, I especially try to remember this perfect summation: the days are long, but the years are short. So incredibly true!

      Thanks for the orange slices tip. Our daily fruits are usually berries, pineapple, watermelon, apples, so definitely good to know 😉


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