A Crowd's Guide to Recording and Photographing Hoopers

Repost from our previous blog site hooptricks.org - originally published on June 24, 2015 at 8:56am

Many hoopers don't mind the attention they receive while getting their groove on. They can get flattered by the fact that what they are doing is worth taking photos and videos of. Its like having their very own paparazzi! However, it isn't always a pleasant experience for all hoopers. There can be a delicate balance when it comes to cameras. Some hoopers hate being recorded on video, some don't have a care in the world, and the rest just love it.

Here are some things that everyone should know about hoopers and how they feel about cameras.

Do They Want to be Recorded?

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                     Photo credit: Photo of Melissa Daly by Ben Matzke

You can tell a lot about a person by their behavior and body language in response to a situation. If they start to drop the hoop, get distracted, look angry, or seem to be bothered by the camera, you may want to stop recording and move on to something else. Another indicator is they may pick up their things and walk away. Or, they may come right out and ask you to stop.

On the other hand, and more likely to happen is a hooper might start showing off and trying to get really good footage. They might start smiling and making it clear they don't mind being recorded or photographed. In that situation, keep the camera going because you're about to catch some good stuff!

Give Hoopers a Choice

jasmineVideos make excellent photographs! Here is a screen shot from one of Jasmine Kienne's videos on YouTube!

Many hoopers do better when they don't know they are being recorded. Some hoopers do better under pressure of putting on a show. If you don't want to ask them if it is okay for you to record, you should at least approach them afterwards to offer to show them what you got. If they like what you captured, offer to send them copies of your videos or pictures. If a video is high definition, the hoopers have the option of creating photographs from the videos (just like photo above). If you are a professional photographer or videographer and you charge for copies of your work, at least inform the hooper and give them the option of purchasing.

Don't be a Stranger


Exchange contact information! There are a large number of ways to be in contact in today's world. You can text, email, Skype, call on a phone, get on facebook, the list is endless. The hardest part for you is to walk up to the hooper (after they are done with the song, of course) and talk to them. Exchange contact information and they might be thrilled to know they are getting videos and pictures! If they aren't shy, they may even shout out to you or walk over to you. Give the hoopers your business card or have them save your information in their phones. Don't be a stranger, you may just make a really good friend!

Give them Space!


You may want to back up a little bit. Some hoopers use up a lot of their area to rock out with their hoop. Don't get so far back that you can't see them very well, but make sure you aren't going to be in their way. A flying hoop can do some damage to your camera, so be careful.

Tips Are Appreciated!


If you really enjoyed their dance were amazed by their skills, tips are a great idea! If the hooper has a tip jar or a hat set out, leave a little something for them. If not, walk up to them after the song is over and use that opportunity to give them a tip and tell them how much they are appreciated. 

If you plan to record or photograph them without stopping to offer copies of it, the least you can do is tip them to thank them for the footage or photos they just helped you create. If you loved their work enough to stop and record it, it is safe to say you loved it enough to leave a tip for them.

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