When you earn your money as an event photographer, you never know what might happen during a shoot. There are always unexpected complications, surprises that come out of left field (literally, when you're shooting baseball), and wonderful spontaneous opportunities for great shots you could never have planned in advance. But one constant I can always bank on is my body's reaction to working behind a camera: no matter what else happens, I'm going to sweat like a man tied to an anthill in the Sahara.
It's a remarkable thing to behold, I guess... You know you're sweating at an abnormally high rate when complete strangers approach you and ask if you're "okay", with concern on their faces. And it doesn't even have to be hot, either. I can be shooting an indoor event in an air conditioned room, and just as soon as I take the lens cap off and aim the camera at a target something triggers my sweat glands to go into overdrive. It's as if someone has turned on bilge pumps and my body is desperately trying to purge itself of all fluids. In a matter of minutes I'll be soaking wet, with beads of sweat dripping down across the viewfinder... There will be actual puddles of drips wherever I've stood during a photo session.
In the past week I've shot four football games and a triathlon, and at every one of those events I've managed to spill out about half a gallon of sweat. I come home from a game with depleted camera batteries, full memory cards, and wet, salty clothing. Fortunately, I know a thing or two about rehydrating after work, and while my choice of replenishing fluids might vary, there's no question a lot of them are going to be consumed. And quickly.
So here's to anyone out there who sweats like a pig in specific situations. Maybe it never happens to you unless you're golfing, or giving a speech in public, or when in the company of that certain someone who makes your tiddly wink. But if you're one of those people who practically squirts sweat in those situations, here's to you!
We should form a club, or society, just for perspiring people.