I have been attending California League (Minor League) baseball games since 1999. I am local to the Southern California ball parks and regularly attend games in Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (Dodgers), San Bernardino Inland Empire 66ers (Angels), Lake Elsinore Storm (Padres), High Desert Mavericks (Mariners), Lancaster Jethawks (Astros), Bakersfield Blaze (Reds), and this year I went up to San Jose Giants (Giants). I also attend games during the Arizona Fall League as well as Spring Training.
I have been taking photos at the games since I started attending the games in 1999. Most of the players that come to play in the California League come in from other states and countries. A lot of times these players families do not get to come out to watch their sons play. I have been taking photos and sending the photos to the players and their families for free. Players in the California League do not make very much money and I would never charge them or their families for the photos. It works out well as I enjoy the games, the players, their families, and shooting at the games. The players and their families get to keep up with their player through my photos. I have been using a simple Sony Cybershot. Ive been using this camera for almost 5 years now. It is on its last legs and its so dated, the new memory sticks are too fast for my camera so I cant even get a larger memory. I load the shots onto my computer or external memory, edit the shots after the games, then email them to the players and families. I put a lot of time into this process. Any extra money I have goes to ball game tickets, the road trips, etc etc.
I am not expecting this to go anywhere but hey you never know unless you put one up right? Id like to buy a real photography camera with zoom lenses to continue my passion for baseball and photography. I will continue to shoot and send the photos for free. If you choose to donate to my quest for a new camera, I will happily email you any photos I have taken over the past year or two at these baseball games.