To say I didn’t know what to expect in my first season shooting for the NHL would be an understatement. While my hopes of shooting the Stanley Cup faded in the second round of the Playoffs, I wouldn’t have changed a thing. It was such a wild ride and the non-stop action made it all that much better. Of course when you get to cover the best team in hockey, it definitely makes things more enjoyable.
It seems like every other week sports photographers on social media are bashing one of their own for something they did that either caused them no miss a shot or ruin it for someone else. Even though sports photographers will preach about mental health constantly on social media, we’re the first ones to put someone on blast or tear them down for something they did. And to be honest it’s mostly the experienced people attacking the newer ones. Reality is that there are rules or etiquette for sports photographers. Some are obvious, others unwritten.
When I was hired by the NHL to be one of their photographers in their LSC program I thought hockey was just another sport for me to photograph. I couldn’t have been more wrong. Photographing NHL hockey is a whole other beast entirely and honestly, I wasn’t ready for it.
The 2021 MLB Opening Day marked the start of my third season as a photographer for Major League Baseball and like the start of the 2020 season, we still were dealing with the effects of Covid. This year was a little different as I was not shooting from the photo wells to start the season, but from the stands. Was it ideal, no, but you play the hand you were dealt not the one you hoped for. The big difference to start this season was that fans were allowed back to the games albeit a limited number of fans to start the season.
The 2020 MLB season was definitely a unique one. 2020 in general was a whole other story to be honest. For the 2020 MLB season I was tested for Covid numerous times a week and I was the only sports photographer, other than the Marlins team photographer, in the well shooting. There were 60 games in 60 days and I had a stretch of 14 games in 10 days including a few double headers. The 2020 MLB season truly was an experience and one that I’m more than ok with not having again.
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.
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.
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.
With the 2019 MLB season, as well as my first season as a MLB photographer, in the books; I thought I share some of my favorite photos from the past 2019 MLB season. It was a great season for me and I can’t wait until the 2020 starts!