Working as a NFL photographer was a dream come true. I can remember the phone call when the NFL called offering me the chance to be a photographer for them for the 2018 season. I still can’t believe I’m an NFL photographer, but I’m enjoying every moment of it.
With the arrival of the new year comes the prerequisite list of changes we all want to make. Some people want to lose weight while others want to start a new job or learn a new hobby. It feels like every year we all have the same resolutions or goals and after a month or so, those goals become a memory like the previous year. I’m guilty of this too. Every year I want to stop procrastinating. Of course I usually start sometime around late March or early April. Achieving your goals doesn’t happen overnight and if you don’t properly plan you’re basically setting yourself up for failure.
Pricing your photography; a constant battle most photographers have to fight on the regular. It’s a landmine of questions such as how to price your photography services or how much you should charge for a photograph. There is no easy way to determine what to charge as each photographer is different and has placed different values on their work. And once a photographer sets his or her’s prices then there is the constant haggling from potential customers that a photographer has to deal with. Pricing your photography and trying to stick those prices is a roller coaster ride of emotions within a photographer and it’s almost daily.
Week 2 of the NFL preseason brings me the opportunity to photograph the Miami Dolphins vs the Baltimore Ravens. It was another hot and humid night at the Hard Rock Stadium. Hell, even my camera was sweating as I photographed the action between the two teams.
When you’re a Miami sports photographer you really never have an off or down season. There is always something to photograph sports wise. My latest assignment has been to photograph the Miami FC soccer club. This would be my first time photographing soccer, so I was really excited about it.
One of the cool things about being a sports photographer is that occasionally you get to photograph one of your favorite teams. I had that opportunity when I was photographing the 2016 Russell Athletic Bowl at the Camping World Stadium in Orlando, FL where the Miami Hurricanes took on the West Virginia Mountaineers. Lucky for me that the second college bowl game I was assigned to ended up being the Miami Hurricanes game.
The 2016 Boca Raton Bowl featured two high scoring offenses; the Memphis Tigers and the Western Kentucky University Hilltoppers. FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, FL was the backdrop for the game in which the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers defeated the Memphis Tigers 51-31. While the defenses for both teams didn’t fully show up to the game, they made sure to bring their offenses as both teams marched up and down the field at will.
It’s hard to fathom that the end of the college football season arrived as quickly as it did. I was just getting use to my Saturdays being spent on the field photographing games. Lucky for me that my last game of the season I was able to photograph the Miami Hurricanes beat the Duke Blue Devils on Senior Day at Hard Rock Stadium.
There is only one game a season I look forward to, the Florida State game. The atmosphere is different. The crowds are bigger, louder and rowdier. It’s the perfect game to photograph and the only downside to this game was that the Miami Hurricanes lost a heartbreaker to the Florida State Seminoles.