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Meet the wonderful, talented photographers who document our games. Visit their websites to view their portfolios and find out how you can work with them. We are so very grateful to get the chance to work with these amazing photographers.
What do you do at the Texas Rollergirls bout? I try to capture the action and tell the story of the bout. I also do some of the marketing and promo photos for the league.
What other teams/leagues have you worked with? Mostly just the Texas Rollergirls, but I try to shoot some of the other leagues when I can.
What is your outside-of-derby job? I’m a full time freelance photographer. You can see my work regularly in magazines and advertising all over Austin.
Most ridiculous thing you’ve ever witnessed at a roller derby bout: I don’t know how ridiculous this is, but I love watching the junior league kids during the exhibitions. One year there was a girl who couldn’t have been more than 7 or 8 who skated with the best of the teenagers. The gritty, determined look on her face as she came around the corners on a jam was priceless.
Your favorite moment at a roller derby bout: I love the time before the bouts when we’re all getting set up during warm ups. It’s a chance for us to catch up with our friends, hang out a bit, and get prepared for the bout. There’s a kind of electricity in the air and a sense of anticipation. It’s like the calm before a thunderstorm.
Started with TXRG: 2004
Likes: Music, Travel, Roller Derby, Mexican Food, Dancing, Singing, Hanging with my peeps
Dislikes: Bell Peppers, Eggplant, Bad Drivers, Rude People
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I have spent alot of time studing and writing about roller derby in addition to shooting it. I love the sport more than I can put in words.
What do you do at the Texas Rollergirls bout? Capture moments
What other teams/leagues have you worked with? I am dedicated to the Texas Rollergirls. But I have shoot several nationals as well as going to London and Canada with the ladies.
What is your outside-of-derby job? I shoot music, movies, weddings, families, and just for fun. I also bartend at the new Austin City Limits-Live.
Most ridiculous thing you’ve ever witnessed at a roller derby bout: Some of the intro can be a little silly.
Your favorite moment at a roller derby bout: The trip to London was my favorite roller derby experience. Besides being in London for a week with some of my favorite people, the bout as so intense I kept forgetting to take pictures.
BILL SMOTRILLA AKA Smopho
Started with TXRG: 2006
Likes: Light, Shadow, Torque, Recoil, Speed, Curves, G-forces, Seafood, Tex-Mex, Jeeps, Tecate, Bass, and Rechargeable Batteries
Dislikes: Green Olives, StrollerDerby, and Cults of personality
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It’s been an amazing ride watching this sport evolve. I’m grateful to the leagues who’ve given me photo access and for the great friends I’ve made in the process.
What do you do at the Texas Rollergirls bout? I try to freeze a moment in time capturing the speed, color, and intensity of the sport of RollerDerby so I can share it with others.
What other teams/leagues have you worked with? I also shoot for Alamo City Roller Girls, Cen-Tex Rollergirls, Rockin’ City Rollergirls, Bat City Rebellion, Free Radicals, San Antonio Roller Derby, San Antonio Derby League, Junior RollerDerby, and I soon hope to shoot some Austin Anarchy men’s Rollerderby. At the recently completed Blood and Thunder World Cup 2014, I shot for Team Denmark.
What is your outside-of-derby job? I recently retired from a big blue computer company and am happy to spend more time focusing on my photography now. If you know of any gigs, call me!
Most ridiculous thing you’ve ever witnessed at a roller derby bout: If you mean “ridiculous” in an outrageous skills kind of way, I would say watching Hauss the Boss jam each time is ridiculous. She’s like a human pinball bouncing and spinning through the pack while making incredible recoveries multiple times per lap.
Your favorite moment at a roller derby bout: That would have to be the Texecutioners coming out onto center floor of a packed arena at WFTDA Nationals 2008 in Portland OR and doing the Haka for the first time before their bout with Carolina. There was a moment of stunned silence, then an incredible standing ovation from the crowd.
JENNIFER M. RAMOS
Started with TXRG: 2012
Likes: vegan soy cheese pizza, really dark beer, graffiti, classic cars, travel, art, and meeting all kinds of people
Dislike: That I’ve only made it to one after party all season.
What do you do at the Texas Rollergirls bouts? I try to document the experience. I try really hard to get action and expressions, but it’s just as important to me that I get the dedicated fans, a sense of what it’s like to be there, and that I provide a sense of diversity. My hope is that people who’ve never been to roller derby will look at my shots and find something relatable.
What other teams/leagues have you worked with? So far, I’ve only shot Texas Rollergirls bouts (plus the fantastic teams at the Star of Texas Bowl) and Cen-Tex which is based in Temple. This weekend, I’ll be in San Antonio, and then in October I’ll travel to Nebraska for South Central Regionals.
What is your outside-of-derby job? I am a freelance photographer. I sell my prints as art, but I also work for a couple of other non-profit organizations here in town. The one in which I’m most invested is Little Artist Big Artist (a program of Chula), and then I do social media and photography for Violet Crown Community Works. I also contribute to the Austin Derby Brats as photographer.
Your favorite moment at a roller derby bout: My favorite moment is that last jam when two teams’ scores are really close. Everybody is standing up, screaming their heads off, and then I leave and realize my ears are ringing a little.
What do you do at the Texas Rollergirls bouts? Capture expressions, freeze moments.
What other teams/leagues have you worked with? I have also worked a little with Cen-Tex, another very friendly and welcoming league.
What is your outside-of-derby job? Stare at a computer screen, trying to make things run faster. I also do theater, music, movie, and live event photography.
Most ridiculous thing you’ve ever witnessed at a roller derby bout: The blindfolded moving musical chairs, with people obviously peeking was pretty silly.
Your favorite moment at a roller derby bout: At the end of a close hard bout the range of emotions expressed by all the players, and how it draws all of the crowd so into the moment.