Whether it’s shooting the live action of a professional division or the winning smiles in a high school team portrait, sports photography is all about celebrating the love of the game. San Diego is home to several photographers who have made sport their specialty, including up-and-coming talent and businesses that have been in the industry for decades. In this guide, we will introduce 10 who are go-to options next time you need a sports photographer.

San Diego Sports Photography

A team portrait by San Diego Sports Photography [San Diego Sports Photography]

Owned and operated by Laurie Reinbold, San Diego Sports Photography is dedicated to team and action sports. He’s driven to look behind the immediacy of social media image culture to capture sports memories that will last a lifetime. Drawing on his years of experience in the sports photography industry, as well as his knowledge as a parent, he delivers images that will be treasured by young sports stars and their families.

John Cocozza Photography

One of John Cocozza’s surf shots [John Cocozza Photography]

While John Cocozza specializes in yoga and action sports photography, he also shoots weddings, engagements, maternity, newborn, and family portrait sessions. He regularly works with young athletes to capture high school sporting matches, such as football and basketball, as well as martial arts and a diverse range of board sports. Yoga on the beach goes hand-in-hand with living in San Diego and John is a go-to photographer for posed images to add to your portfolio.

Doug Sooley Photography

A girl kicks a soccer ball during a high school game [Doug Sooley Photography]

Doug Sooley understands that shooting live sports isn’t as easy as it looks, particularly when you’re confined to working along the sidelines. But with years of experience, he’s a master at sports photography and boasts a diverse portfolio that includes a whole range of different sports. Whether you’re after a one-time shoot or a recruitment package, he goes above and beyond to get the shots you need with the quality you’re after.

Brock Scott Photography

A close-up shot of a competitive swimmer [Brock Scott Photography]

Brock Scott is a commercial and lifestyle photographer who is highly skilled in documenting sports. His journey with photography began in 1980 in his high school darkroom and he later went on to study at the Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara. After working at a prominent portrait and sports photography company in San Diego, he established his own business in 1996 and hasn’t looked back since. Brock loves collaborating with his clients and providing a calming influence for nervous subjects.

MVP Studios

A portrait of a lacrosse captain for Temecula Valley [MVP Studios]

Based in San Diego and working with clients throughout Southern California and Nevada, MVP Studios offers a diverse range of photography services. In addition to shooting youth sports and high school games, they also offer corporate event photography and run a photography program for the Marine Corps. All of their sports photographers are highly-trained professionals, so you know that you’re getting the best in the business. MVP Studios’ images are processed at a state-of-the-art local lab that’s renowned for its high-quality prints.

Yary Sports Photography

A team portrait of the St. John Bosco Braves [Yary Sports Photography]

Originally established in 1975, Yary Sports Photography is one of the longest-running businesses on our list. Over the last 45 years, they have been providing sports photography for local high schools, youth organizations, and law enforcement departments, with their specialty being group team portraits. While based in Chino, California, they also have offices on the East Coast and photograph more than 300,000 individuals in a single year. Previous clients include the Michigan Wolverines, the Oakland Raiders, and the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Matt Thomas

A Padres pitcher in action [Matt Thomas]

Currently based in San Diego, Matt Thomas is proudly the team photographer for the San Diego Padres and is renowned for his creative and engaging shots. He previously worked as a staff photographer for the Boston Red Sox during the 2018 World Series championship season and he has had his images featured in “Sports Illustrated” and “The Players’ Tribune”. A testament to his talent is winning first place in the 2018 Picture of the Year International Sports Life Category.

Donald Miralle

A group of swimmers above a sea turtle [Donald Miralle]

When you consider that Donald Miralle has more than 50 international awards to his name, this incredibly talented sports photographer is one of the best in the business. Born and raised in Southern California, he studied fine arts at the University of California, Los Angeles, and has been praised for his artistic and creative approach to editorial and commercial work. Donald’s images have been featured in the “British Journal of Photography” and “The San Diego Union Tribune” and he has served as a keynote speaker at several international photography events.

Blair Austin

A surfer riding one of San Diego’s breaks [Blair Austin]

Blarrel is the business name of Blair Austin, a California-based photographer who specializes in surfing, wildlife, and ocean scapes. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, he loves documenting the coastline and surf culture of San Diego, both from the land and while out in the water himself. Blair’s work has been featured in “Pacific Longboarder Magazine”, “About Town Magazine” and “ZigZag Surfing Magazine”, as well as at the Misfit Gallery La Jolla.

John Matthew Harrison

A footballer in action [John Matthew Harrison]

Colorado-born John Matthew Harrison has been living in San Diego for the last 13 years and works as a sport, family, and wedding photographer. His goal? To capture loving, hilarious, wild, and candid moments with a classic editorial style that draws on his appreciation for photojournalism. Rather than taking on every project that he’s approached with, John likes to ensure he is the right fit for both the client and the work. In his downtime, John volunteers at local rescue centers shooting adoption animal portraits.

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