Ann Arbor Weather:
Friday September 24, 2021
Follow us: facebook twitter RSS feed
photographer drawing

Fan photos

A new memento business at the Big House

by Vickie Elmer

Published in October, 2008

They start at the tailgate parties and then head to the stadium while it's still almost empty. They talk to strangers, photograph them, and move on. And last year about 700 fans paid anywhere from $9.99 to $139.99 to buy pictures of themselves at the Big House (for the top price they also got two gold-overlaid team coins). The freelance photographers-seven or eight of them at a typical game-work for the U-M sports marketing office, shooting families, dogs in Michigan sweaters, shirtless students in maize-and-blue body paint, and alumni in wigs of the same colors.

"It gets a little crowded sometimes, and you have to step sideways so you don't get caught in the crush," says photographer Linda Peterson, by day an administrative assistant in the College of Engineering. When the crowd gets so thick it's difficult even to turn around, Peterson makes her way toward an entrance to get a little breathing room.

This is Fan Photo's third year, and it's been quite popular. Melissa Denning, a U-M promotions assistant, says about one in ten of those photographed end up

buying a copy. The photos "commemorate the experience" of a Michigan game, says Denning. Yet a handful of the people

pictured are not even Michigan fans. Peterson has photographed supporters of several other universities, including, last year, Appalachian State. "Generally when it's Ohio State," she observes, "they're with a friend from Michigan."     (end of article)

[Originally published in October, 2008.]

 




 
Bookmark and Share
Print Comment E-mail

You might also like:

Restaurants with prices Under $10
A clickable zoomable map
Photo: WWII Veteran Honored in Chelsea
Nightspots: Live
Networking & Career Development
My Neighborhood: Dicken
A new generation of families in Vernon Downs
James Leonard
Crime Map
A clickable, zoomable map
The Headlong Growth of LynxDx
First it became Michigan's largest Covid tester. Now it's going after prostate cancer
Ken Garber
Restaurants with Gluten-free Options Available
A clickable zoomable map
Ypsilanti's Civil War-era Thompson Block reawakens to a new life as Thompson & Co
The southern-style restaurant in an industrial loft brings a touch of New York to Depot Town
Trilby MacDonald
Books by Dale Fisher and the Ann Arbor Observer
a guide to senior living and services
Observer job posting for admin assistant