It’s a new year and time for a retrospective of my favorite photos from the past year. Through my association with UltimateCheerleaders.com, I have been to a number of professional cheerleading events in 2013, from auditions to the premier professional cheerleader convention in the United States. And over the past year, I have literally taken thousands upon thousands of photographs and in this article, I am going to highlight my favorite cheerleader photographs of 2013.
Over the next few days, I will be counting down my top 10 cheerleader photographs of 2013. So let’s begin.
10. Tennessee Titans Cheerleader Heather at the 2013 PRO Convention
The PRO Convention brings together the finest cheerleaders from all of professional sports. There are NBA cheerleaders. There are NFL cheerleaders. There are cheerleaders from minor league sports and there are a few college cheerleaders.
One of the teams that brings a lot of girls to PRO is the Tennessee Titans and they are a squad that I have wanted to photograph in Nashville for a long time. They have some great looking girls, but unfortunately I haven’t seen any game day photos that do them justice.
I didn’t get to visit them at home this year, but I was able to shoot a number of them at PRO this year and this photo kind of stands out. It was day two of a long weekend and Heather still was giving it her all in one of the last sessions.
See more photos of Heather and the Tennessee Titans Cheerleaders at the 2013 PRO Convention here.
9. Charger Girl Angela
I have said this before, that I have a special mojo going on with Angela. I get more keepers from her than any other Charger Girl and I believe this is because for whatever reason, we connect on a photographer – model level. Whatever it is, I seem to get some of my best cheerleader images from her on a consistent basis. And it doesn’t hurt that she’s very good looking to boot!
Needless to say, Angela is one of my all time favorite Charger Girls to photograph. And here’s a bonus image of Angela from the last home game I attended.
8. St. Louis Rams Cheerleader candidate
For the past two years, I have been covering the St. Louis Rams Cheerleader auditions. I have enjoyed the pageant style finals and I have been impressed with the caliber of candidates that the Rams attract. The girls that try out for the Rams Cheerleaders are the quintessential Midwestern girl, bright eyed and fresh faced with a wholesome quality that can be glam-ed up to be a sexy NFL cheerleader.
There were many beautiful candidates at their auditions this year, but there was one that stood out in my photos. She was bright eyed, pretty, and had a wonderful smile…all that you would want in an NFL cheerleader. All she needed was to strengthen her dance skills a little bit and perform with more power and showmanship, but you could see that she was cheerleader material. Unfortunately, she did not make the squad, but she left a lasting impression on me.
Too see more photos of the 2013 St. Louis Rams auditions, please click here.
7. Seattle Sea Gal Laura at the 2013 PRO Convention
I’ve got to be honest here. I think Laura is one of the most beautiful cheerleaders I have ever photographed and I have photographed hundreds if not thousands of cheerleaders over the years…okay, decades. And over the past few PRO Conventions, Laura has stood out for her all American good looks, but I always have to keep an eye out for her because she and her fellow Sea Gals always seem to hover around the rear of the ballroom. It seems to me that she is kind of on the shy side because all the girls that crave attention tend to gravitate to the front of the room and Laura is always in the middle or the back. So this leads me up to a grand supposition that Laura probably doesn’t know how beautiful she truly is and she probably thinks she’s just another girl who likes to dance that became a Sea Gal.
Oh well…it is too bad that she’s all the way up in Seattle, too far for me to shoot at a game day. Perhaps she’ll join former Sea Gals Melanie and Nicole and try out for the Charger Girls…I’d love to photographer her in the venerable Charger Girl uniform. But until that happens I will have to settle for photographing her at PRO. So, here’s a bonus pic of Laura from last year’s PRO Convention.
6. Arizona Cardinals Cheerleader Candidate Carla at their 2013 auditions
One of my favorite events to attend each year is the Arizona Cardinals Cheerleaders auditions. It’s a two day event for me and I get some great shots of the candidates trying out. And this past year, I was pleased to see a former Phoenix Suns Dancer that I had photographed in the past. I knew Carla would make the team because she’s a great dancer and looks the part of a cheerleader. She was one of two girls that I thought were “automatics” and I was correct…this time.
See more of Carla from her time as a Phoenix Suns Dancers here and you can see more photos from the 2013 Arizona Cardinals Cheerleaders auditions here.
5. Charger Girl Hope
Ever since she became a Charger Girl, Hope has been a favorite of mine and this past year, she changed her look to become a red head. And let me say, this little change has made a big difference! Her new look just increases the WOW factor and as such, she was a two time Charger Girl of the Day winner. She looks amazing in the uniform and she is a great dancer. Like her teammate Angela, I never seem to take a bad photo of her.
4. Houston Texans Cheerleader Caitlyn at the 2013 PRO Convention
I was fortunate to attend the PRO Convention again this year. Fortunate because I get to see some of the very best cheerleaders from across pro sports. I generally tend to focus on those cheerleaders that have something special that stands out. Now you have to understand, there are more than 300 beautiful cheerleaders in attendance, so to catch my eye you have to be very special indeed. And this year one Houston Texan Cheerleader stood out and her name is Caitlyn.
She was a great dancer, of course. She was beautiful, of course. She had the big Texas hair, of course. But above all, Caitlyn has this vibrant personality that stood out.
3. Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader Emma at the Opening Ceremonies of the 2013 Training Camp
The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders are the most renown and impressive cheerleading squad in professional sports and for the past few years, they have appeared at the opening ceremonies of training camp in Oxnard, California. So, when you have a chance to photograph the most iconic cheerleaders in the world, you have to avail yourself of the opportunity and this year training camp, I got several great photos of the DCC.
There were several DCC in attendance and they were all great looking and fine dancers as this was their show group, the best of the best. But, I was impressed with one in particular and her name was Emma. She just had something a little extra special, as you can see from the photo above. To see more photos of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders at the 2013 training camp, click here.
2. Charger Girl Anjelica
One of my all time favorite Charger Girls is a beautiful red head named Anjelica. She’s very photogenic, a common theme here, and she’s very beautiful, another common theme here. I guess I could have selected any number of photographs of Anjelica for this article, but I selected this one from the second to last game of the year because the Charger Girl blue velvet Christmas uniform compliments her red hair quite nicely. I hope she returns to the squad again next year because she is a fan favorite and I always have a enjoyable time photographing her.
1. Washington Redskins Cheerleader Ashley A. at the 2013 PRO Convention
I have been going to the annual PRO Convention in Atlanta since 2010 and one of the reasons why wanted to go was to see some cheerleading squads that I would not normally get to see. One of them was the Washington Redskins Cheerleaders. They have some of the most beautiful dancers and they wear some of the sexiest uniforms in professional cheerleading. And since my first time going, there has been on Washington Redskins Cheerleader that has been most impressive…her name, Ashley A. Taylor.
For me, she has these big, beautiful eyes…kind of like a Japanese anime character…that make for a very compelling photo. And she has this larger than life personality that comes through in her dancing and in her photos. So, Ashley A. gets the #1 photo of the year for her lovely kiss, a pose that not all girls can carry off but she does quite alluringly.
See more photos of Ashley A. at the 2013 PRO Convention here.