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.
As a sports photographer, it is super important that my sports photography workflow for during and after games is on point. If I’m slow transmitting photos up to the teams, the leagues or wherever then the chances of my photos being picked up dramatically decreases. The whole point of my sports photography workflow is to get my photos off my camera and uploaded in the shortest amount of time possible.
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.
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.
It’s not every day you get to spend your 40th birthday on the sidelines of an NFL game. And it’s not every day that game goes from a laugher to a thriller in overtime where the Dolphins beat the Bengals 38-35, but I’ll take. Any day on the sidelines photographing the NFL is a great day.
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!
Raise your hands if you thought it would be in week 9 of the NFL season that the Miami Dolphins would finally get their first win? Keep your hands raised if you thought the one win Jets were going to pull it out a win? It’s been a crazy season, but when the Miami Dolphins beat the NY Jets, it left only the Cincinnati Bengals as the only team in the NFL without a win.
There are four teams in Major League Baseball that are like royalty. They are the Yankees, Red-Sox, Cubs and the Dodgers. I finally had my chance to photograph royalty when the Los Angeles Dodgers came to Miami to take on the Miami Marlins in a three game series.