Extreme Team | San Francisco 49ers Photographer Terrell Lloyd

Extreme Team | San Francisco 49ers Photographer Terrell Lloyd


Welcome back to Forty Niner Way, presented by
NRG. If you watch pro football you know NFL Films has been the historian of this
sport forever, but just take a walk around Levi’s Stadium, even here in the
Citrix Suite, and you see an incredible number of photographs that capture the
history and the legacy of this franchise so well. Several photographers do that to
this day for the 49ers, but we thought we’d have a chance to
focus on our full-time photographer, Terrell Lloyd; does that for the
49ers to this day, is this week’s Freeway. Alright, this is gonna be my best picture I’ve ever taken. I was a season ticket holder since 1981,
when they won their first Super Bowl. I used to take pictures from the stands,
and then fortunately I had an opportunity to get on the field in 1994
and photograph a game, and then I was hooked after that. And then I had this
dream. I said, ‘Wow, that’d be great to get with the 49ers,’ and about four-
five years later, I was doing stuff for them indirectly. Now I’m responsible for
all the game actions, website photos, marketing photos, community relations. So
basically everything that you see a lot on the 49’ers.com and their
publications you know, I’m kind of responsible for all that aspect as well. You know, I started bowling when I was
like 12-13 years old, and I got to be pretty good at a young age. At about 16
years old I was averaging 200, and I had this goal of going out on a Pro Bowlers
Tour. Then I went out on tour when I was 21-22 years old, and didn’t full-time for
about three years. My game day starts at, I want to say I
leave the house at 7:30 in the morning, and we don’t leave the stadium to almost
7:30 at night. So once we get here I have a crew of photographers that work with
me. Game day can be pretty intense. He gets into his zone, and we have worked
long enough together that we can kind of communicate without even saying too many
words, but it’s almost like he wants to come together pregame and we kind of go
over some things, and then he’s like, all right, everybody’s got their job. Let’s do
it. We never take a play off. So we’re constantly shooting you know, non-stop
throughout the game to the end of the game, and then even postgame. So after the
game, now is the editing process. People say how many images do you have?
Between the
three, four, five photographers that I have assisting through the home
games, we may have anywhere from five to seven thousand images that have to be
edited and broken down after the game. To be a good photographer and sports photographer
and football photographer, it’s like you have to understand the game. You have to
know the sport. Give an example, if I- I take pride in trying to create
multiple shots at the same time. So say for example, if I got to get a shot of
linemen. If I got to get a shot of a running-back. Wide receiver. Quarterback. So I can
get three or four different shots in one play. So I may be looking at alignment,
and he goes back. Boom boom boom. I fire off a couple of shots there. Then all of a
sudden Kap goes back to pass, I get a couple shots there. Now you created three-four different shots at the same time, but basically, you’re kind of like
scanning the whole field all at the same time, and you have to anticipate things
that are going to happen. When you get to do something that you
you love to do, it’s not like a job. You know, you go in every day, you
can’t wait to get to work. You can’t wait to get up to to start photographing
again. I’ve always loved photography and I’ve always loved sports,
and I’ve always loved the San Francisco 49ers. So to be doing I’m doing, people
say you talk about a dream job; truly this is the ultimate job. I can’t see
myself really doing anything else other than photographing the San Francisco 49ers.

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