Photographing Sports Changed My Perspective of Players and Teams

Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) | Baltimore Ravens vs. Miami Dolphins | September 8, 2019 | Hard Rock Stadium

Growing up just north of Boston, I was a die-hard Red-Sox, Celtics, Patriots and University of Miami fan. Last one threw you off a bit, but it’s true. I grew up hating and I mean hating the Lakers, Yankees, Notre Dame, the Miami Dolphins and more. Not just the teams, the players too. Things changed when I started photographing sports. The hate no longer was there.

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Coronavirus Shut Down Sports and My Income

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As the Coronavirus spread rapidly not only in the United States, but worldwide, one by one sports leagues just as the NBA, NHL and MLB were being suspended, canceled or postponed. As a sports photographer who relies on shooting sports for income, it was a swift kick in the back of the head that my income streams went from plenty to none in a blink of an eye. And I’m not alone either, many others who are freelancers or use gigs to pay jobs are now stuck in the reality that they have no money coming in for the foreseeable future.

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My Favorite NFL Photos from the 2019 NFL Season

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady #12 | New England Patriots vs. Miami Dolphins | September 15, 2019 | Hard Rock Stadium

One of the perks in sports photography and working as an NFL photographer is the unbelievable opportunities we get to photography some amazing NFL photos. For instance the New England Patriots are my favorite team and I get the ability to photograph Tom Brady up close and personal. I can die tomorrow and be die a happy man knowing that my photos of Tom Brady are out there on the internet for people to find.

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5 Books That Made Me a Better Photographer

5 books that made me a better photographer

I consider myself an avid reader. I’ll read maybe 20 or so books a year. I rather read more, but sometimes life and time get in the way. During my foray into photography I’ve read countless books on how to do this and how to shoot that. In all the books I read these 5 books made me a better photographer and I’m grateful for it.

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Photographing Baseball Made Me Love it Again

Rawlings baseball glove - Philadelphia Phillies vs. Miami Marlins at Marlins Park

When I took the job as a photographer for Major League Baseball, I had no idea what to expect. As someone who grew up loving baseball and breathed it every day my love and passion for the game faded as I got older. Granted a certain owner named Jeffery Loria was a huge factor in my love fading, but baseball wasn’t fun anymore for me. That was until I started photographing baseball games for MLB.

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Nationals vs Marlins – Game Photos

Washington Nationals left fielder Juan Soto #22

Do you know what rhymes with Easter? Baseball. Baseball rhymes with Easter. Ok maybe it doesn’t, but that didn’t stop me from photographing the Nationals vs Marlins on Easter weekend.

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Phillies vs Marlins – Game Photos

Philadelphia Phillies right fielder Bryce Harper (3)

My third series photographing the Major League Baseball season featured the Phillies vs the Marlins. It was a NL East matchup coming on the heels of the NY Mets sweeping the Marlins at Marlins Park just a few days earlier. My third series in and I’ve already have my game day routine down like the players do.

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Working as a NFL Photographer

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) throws a pass

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.

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