BOSTON, MA - APRIL 09: Jake Peavy #44 of the Boston Red Sox pitches to Prince Fielder #84 of the Texas Rangers at Fenway Park on April 9, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 09: Jake Peavy #44 of the Boston Red Sox pitches to Prince Fielder #84 of the Texas Rangers at Fenway Park on April 9, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Inside the ballpark for a late afternoon baseball game is one of my favorite places to be. Having Fenway Park as my office makes it even better. After chasing the light for the first five innings, it was ended with one swing by one of the greatest hitters, David Ortiz.

Here are some of my favorite images from yesterday’s matinee game between the Boston Red Sox and the Texas Rangers. Enjoy!

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 09:  Pricne Fielder #84 of the Texas Rangers warms up during batting practice prior to the game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on April 9, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 09: Pricne Fielder #84 of the Texas Rangers warms up during batting practice prior to the game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on April 9, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 09: Manager Ron Washington #38 of the Texas Rangers hits during batting practice prior to the game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on April 9, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 09: Manager Ron Washington #38 of the Texas Rangers hits during batting practice prior to the game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on April 9, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 09:  Robbie Ross, Jr. #46 of the Texas Rangers pitches against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on April 9, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 09: Robbie Ross, Jr. #46 of the Texas Rangers pitches against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on April 9, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 09: Jake Peavy #44 of the Boston Red Sox pitches against the Texas Rangers at Fenway Park on April 9, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 09: Jake Peavy #44 of the Boston Red Sox pitches against the Texas Rangers at Fenway Park on April 9, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 09:  Xander Bogaerts #2 of the Boston Red Sox is tagged out an attempted steal by Elvis Andrus #1 of the Texas Rangers at Fenway Park on April 9, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 09: Xander Bogaerts #2 of the Boston Red Sox is tagged out an attempted steal by Elvis Andrus #1 of the Texas Rangers at Fenway Park on April 9, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

 

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 09: Dustin Pedroia #15 of the Boston Red Sox throws to first base against the Texas Rangers at Fenway Park on April 9, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 09: Dustin Pedroia #15 of the Boston Red Sox throws to first base against the Texas Rangers at Fenway Park on April 9, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 09:  Evlis Andrus #1 of the Texas Rangers slides safely into home plate to score in the 8th inning past A.J. Pierzynski #40 of the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on April 9, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 09: Evlis Andrus #1 of the Texas Rangers slides safely into home plate to score in the 8th inning past A.J. Pierzynski #40 of the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on April 9, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 09:  David Ortiz #34 of the Boston Red Sox watches the ball after hitting a three-run home run in the 8th inning against the Texas Rangers at Fenway Park on April 9, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 09: David Ortiz #34 of the Boston Red Sox watches the ball after hitting a three-run home run in the 8th inning against the Texas Rangers at Fenway Park on April 9, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 09: David Ortiz #34 of the Boston Red Sox celebrates with teammates Jackie Bradley Jr. #25 and Dustin Pedroia #15 after hitting a three-run home run in the 8th inning against the Texas Rangers at Fenway Park on April 9, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 09: David Ortiz #34 of the Boston Red Sox celebrates with teammates Jackie Bradley Jr. #25 and Dustin Pedroia #15 after hitting a three-run home run in the 8th inning against the Texas Rangers at Fenway Park on April 9, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 09: Elvis Andrus #1 of the Texas Rangers reacts after mishandling a ground ball against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on April 9, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 09: Elvis Andrus #1 of the Texas Rangers reacts after mishandling a ground ball against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on April 9, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

 

 

Another Opening Series is in the books! The Boston Red Sox vs Milwaukee Brewers didn’t disappoint with some nice light and great action. Although it was a much different look than the last game in 2013 that I photographed when they became the World Series Champions. Nonetheless, I’m looking forward to my favorite time of the year – baseball season!

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 04: A fan holds up a sign prior to the Opening Day game between the Boston Red Sox and the Milwaukee Brewers at Fenway Park on April 4, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 04: A fan holds up a sign prior to the Opening Day game between the Boston Red Sox and the Milwaukee Brewers at Fenway Park on April 4, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 04:  Members of the Boston Red Sox and the Milwaukee Brewers line up along the first base line prior to the Opening Day game on April 4, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 04: Members of the Boston Red Sox and the Milwaukee Brewers line up along the first base line prior to the Opening Day game on April 4, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

 

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 04:  The 2013 World Series Champions Boston Red Sox banner is draped across the Green Monster prior to the Opening Day game between the Boston Red Sox and the Milwaukee Brewers at Fenway Park on April 4, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 04: The 2013 World Series Champions Boston Red Sox banner is draped across the Green Monster prior to the Opening Day game between the Boston Red Sox and the Milwaukee Brewers at Fenway Park on April 4, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 04: David Ortiz #34 of the Boston Red Sox shows off his World Series rings prior to the Opening Day game between the Boston Red Sox and the Milwaukee Brewers at Fenway Park on April 4, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 04: David Ortiz #34 of the Boston Red Sox shows off his World Series rings prior to the Opening Day game between the Boston Red Sox and the Milwaukee Brewers at Fenway Park on April 4, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 04: A US Coast Guard helicopter flies over Fenway Park following the national anthem prior to the Opening Day Game between the Boston Red Sox and the Milwaukee Brewers on April 4, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 04: A US Coast Guard helicopter flies over Fenway Park following the national anthem prior to the Opening Day Game between the Boston Red Sox and the Milwaukee Brewers on April 4, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 04: Ryan Dempster #46 of the Boston Red Sox and his son take the field during the ring ceremony prior to the Opening Day game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Fenway Park on April 4, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 04: Ryan Dempster #46 of the Boston Red Sox and his son take the field during the ring ceremony prior to the Opening Day game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Fenway Park on April 4, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 04:  Dustin Pedroia #15 of the Boston Red Sox dives for a ground ball against the Milwaukee Brewers during the Opening Day game at Fenway Park on April 4, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 04: Dustin Pedroia #15 of the Boston Red Sox dives for a ground ball against the Milwaukee Brewers during the Opening Day game at Fenway Park on April 4, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 04:  A young fan holds up a sign in between innings during the Opening Day game between the Boston Red Sox and the Milwauee Brewers at Fenway Park on April 4, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 04: A young fan holds up a sign in between innings during the Opening Day game between the Boston Red Sox and the Milwauee Brewers at Fenway Park on April 4, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 04: Logan Schafer #1 of the Milwaukee Brewers misses a catch in the fourth inning against the Boston Red Sox during the Opening Day game at Fenway Park on April 4, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 04: Logan Schafer #1 of the Milwaukee Brewers misses a catch in the fourth inning against the Boston Red Sox during the Opening Day game at Fenway Park on April 4, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 04: Scooter Gennett #2 and Khris Davis #18 of the Milwaukee Brewers celebrate after both scoring in the 9th inning against Scooter Gennett during the Openign Day game at Fenway Park on April 4, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 04: Scooter Gennett #2 and Khris Davis #18 of the Milwaukee Brewers celebrate after both scoring in the 9th inning against Scooter Gennett during the Openign Day game at Fenway Park on April 4, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 04: Jonny Gomes #5 of the Boston Red Sox rips his glove after striking out looking against the Milwaukee Brewers during the Opening Day game at Fenway Park on April 4, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 04: Jonny Gomes #5 of the Boston Red Sox rips his glove after striking out looking against the Milwaukee Brewers during the Opening Day game at Fenway Park on April 4, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 05: Dustin Pedroia #15 of the Boston Red Sox misses the ball in front of a stealing Jean Segura #9 of the Milwaukee Brewers at second base in the 8th inning during the game at Fenway Park on April 5, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 05: Dustin Pedroia #15 of the Boston Red Sox misses the ball in front of a stealing Jean Segura #9 of the Milwaukee Brewers at second base in the 8th inning during the game at Fenway Park on April 5, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 04: Dustin Pedroia #15 of the Boston Red Sox reacts after failing to throw out a member of the Milwaukee Brewers out at first base during the Opening Day game at Fenway Park on April 4, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 04: Dustin Pedroia #15 of the Boston Red Sox reacts after failing to throw out a member of the Milwaukee Brewers out at first base during the Opening Day game at Fenway Park on April 4, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 05: Carlos Gomez #27 of the Milwaukee Brewers is tagged out at home plate by A.J. Pierzynski #40 of the Boston Red Sox in the fourth inning during the game at Fenway Park on April 5, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 05: Carlos Gomez #27 of the Milwaukee Brewers is tagged out at home plate by A.J. Pierzynski #40 of the Boston Red Sox in the fourth inning during the game at Fenway Park on April 5, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 05: Chris Capuano #55 of the Boston Red Sox reacts after closing out the fifth inning against  the Milwaukee Brewers during the game at Fenway Park on April 5, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 05: Chris Capuano #55 of the Boston Red Sox reacts after closing out the fifth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers during the game at Fenway Park on April 5, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 06: Mark Reynolds #7 of the Milwaukee Brewers throws from his knees in the first inning against the Boston Red Sox during the game at Fenway Park on April 6, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 06: Mark Reynolds #7 of the Milwaukee Brewers throws from his knees in the first inning against the Boston Red Sox during the game at Fenway Park on April 6, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 06: David Ross #3 of the Boston Red Sox argues a called strike in the second inning against the Milwaukee Brewers during the game at Fenway Park on April 6, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 06: David Ross #3 of the Boston Red Sox argues a called strike in the second inning against the Milwaukee Brewers during the game at Fenway Park on April 6, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 06:  Dustin Pedroia #15 of the Boston Red Sox attempts to catch the throw from teammate David Ross #3 on an attempted steal by Ryan Braun #8 of the Milwaukee Brewers in the 8th inning during the game at Fenway Park on April 6, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 06: Dustin Pedroia #15 of the Boston Red Sox attempts to catch the throw from teammate David Ross #3 on an attempted steal by Ryan Braun #8 of the Milwaukee Brewers in the 8th inning during the game at Fenway Park on April 6, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 06:  Dustin Pedroia #15 of the Boston Red Sox attempts to catch the throw from teammate David Ross #3 on an attempted steal by Ryan Braun #8 of the Milwaukee Brewers in the 8th inning during the game at Fenway Park on April 6, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 06: Dustin Pedroia #15 of the Boston Red Sox attempts to catch the throw from teammate David Ross #3 on an attempted steal by Ryan Braun #8 of the Milwaukee Brewers in the 8th inning during the game at Fenway Park on April 6, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 06: David Ortiz #34 of the Boston Red Sox walks back to the dugout after flying out in the infield against the Milwaukee Brewers during the game at Fenway Park on April 6, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 06: David Ortiz #34 of the Boston Red Sox walks back to the dugout after flying out in the infield against the Milwaukee Brewers during the game at Fenway Park on April 6, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

What a year! A Stanley Cup and a World Series in my backyard here in Boston. A 20-year playoff drought for my Pittsburgh Pirates finally ended. And I documented an awful tragedy that had the overwhelming healing and support of its community and the very sports teams I photograph on a daily basis. Immediately following that was an inspiring showcase of talent and determination of the Wounded Warriors Amputee softball team that was put on display at Fenway Park against the men and women who were among the first responders on April 15th on near the finish line on Boylston Street.

For many, I’m sure that looking at sports photographs is merely for entertainments sake. Some, because of the raw power, skill, and emotion it shows that watching on television or in person may not be able to convey. But for the few who reached out and called, emailed, etc, because they were moved by my pictures for whatever reason, that to me is the best feeling and what I hope to accomplish every day as a photographer. Those messages help solidify why I do what I do for a living.

And as always, I appreciate the ever-continuing support from the photo community that I’m so lucky to be a part of every day.

So, to recap the year that was, here are some of my favorite images from 2013. Enjoy & Happy New Year!

FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 24: The New England Patriots take the field against the Denver Broncos before a game at Gillette Stadium on November 24, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – NOVEMBER 24: The New England Patriots take the field against the Denver Broncos before a game at Gillette Stadium on November 24, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 12: Members of the Pittsburgh Riverhounds practice during training at Highmark Stadium on April 12, 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA – APRIL 12: Members of the Pittsburgh Riverhounds practice during training at Highmark Stadium on April 12, 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

TALLADEGA, AL - MAY 05: Trevor Bayne, driver of the #21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford, leaves a trail of smoke after blowing an engine during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway on May 5, 2013 in Talladega, Alabama.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

TALLADEGA, AL – MAY 05: Trevor Bayne, driver of the #21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford, leaves a trail of smoke after blowing an engine during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Aaron’s 499 at Talladega Superspeedway on May 5, 2013 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 15: Stephen Drew #7 of the Boston Red Sox dives but comes up short for a ball hit down the third base line against the New York Yankees during the game on September 15, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – SEPTEMBER 15: Stephen Drew #7 of the Boston Red Sox dives but comes up short for a ball hit down the third base line against the New York Yankees during the game on September 15, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - JANUARY 4:  Kevin Garnett #5 of the Boston Celtics spills into the fans sitting in the court side seats before flipping over a chair after attempting to grab a loose ball against the Indiana Pacers during the game on January 4, 2013 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Kevin Garnett

BOSTON, MA – JANUARY 4: Kevin Garnett #5 of the Boston Celtics spills into the fans sitting in the court side seats before flipping over a chair after attempting to grab a loose ball against the Indiana Pacers during the game on January 4, 2013 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 12:  Santonio Holmes #10 of the New York Jets catches a pass against the New England Patriots in the second half during the game at Gillette Stadium on September 12, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – SEPTEMBER 12: Santonio Holmes #10 of the New York Jets catches a pass against the New England Patriots in the second half during the game at Gillette Stadium on September 12, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 14: Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates stands in the on deck circle during the game against the Cincinnati Reds on April 14, 2013 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA – APRIL 14: Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates stands in the on deck circle during the game against the Cincinnati Reds on April 14, 2013 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 20:  Brandon Lloyd #85 of the New England Patriots misses a catch against the Baltimore Ravens during the 2013 AFC Championship game at Gillette Stadium on January 20, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – JANUARY 20: Brandon Lloyd #85 of the New England Patriots misses a catch against the Baltimore Ravens during the 2013 AFC Championship game at Gillette Stadium on January 20, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - MAY 18: A member of the Chesapeake Bayhawks runs off of the field prior to the game against the Boston Cannons on May 18, 2013 at Harvard Stadium in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – MAY 18: A member of the Chesapeake Bayhawks runs off of the field prior to the game against the Boston Cannons on May 18, 2013 at Harvard Stadium in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - JULY 31: Fans watch the game between the Boston Red Sox and the Seattle Mariners in the 4th inning as the sun sets during the game on July 31, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – JULY 31: Fans watch the game between the Boston Red Sox and the Seattle Mariners in the 4th inning as the sun sets during the game on July 31, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 01:  Jason Grilli #39 and Russell Martin #55 of the Pittsburgh Pirates celebrate their 6 to 2 win over the Cincinnati Reds during the National League Wild Card game at PNC Park on October 1, 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA – OCTOBER 01: Jason Grilli #39 and Russell Martin #55 of the Pittsburgh Pirates celebrate their 6 to 2 win over the Cincinnati Reds during the National League Wild Card game at PNC Park on October 1, 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

HARTFORD, CT - JULY 16: Brek Shea #23 of the United States celebrates his goal after scoring late in the second half against Costa Rica during the CONCACAF Gold Cup match at Rentschler Field on July 16, 2013 in East Hartford, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

HARTFORD, CT – JULY 16: Brek Shea #23 of the United States celebrates his goal after scoring late in the second half against Costa Rica during the CONCACAF Gold Cup match at Rentschler Field on July 16, 2013 in East Hartford, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - MARCH 29:  Terrence Williams #55 of the Boston Celtics dunks the ball against the Atlanta Hawks in the second quarter during the game on March 29, 2013 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – MARCH 29: Terrence Williams #55 of the Boston Celtics dunks the ball against the Atlanta Hawks in the second quarter during the game on March 29, 2013 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - MAY 13: Patrice Bergeron #37, Tyler Seguin #19, and Brad Marchand #63 of the Boston Bruins celebrate following Bergeron's game-winning overtime goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on May 13, 2013 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – MAY 13: Patrice Bergeron #37, Tyler Seguin #19, and Brad Marchand #63 of the Boston Bruins celebrate following Bergeron’s game-winning overtime goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on May 13, 2013 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

EAST HARTFORD, CT - NOVEMBER 08:  Shakim Phillips #8 of the Connecticut Huskies makes a catch in the fourth quarter in front of Calvin Pryor #25 of the Louisville Cardinals at Rentschler Field during the game on November 8, 2013 in East Hartford, Connecticut.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

EAST HARTFORD, CT – NOVEMBER 08: Shakim Phillips #8 of the Connecticut Huskies makes a catch in the fourth quarter in front of Calvin Pryor #25 of the Louisville Cardinals at Rentschler Field during the game on November 8, 2013 in East Hartford, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA - JUNE 15: US Womens National midfielder Kristie Mewis #8 celebrates with teammates following her goal in the first half against Korea Republic during the game at Gillette Stadium on June 15, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – JUNE 15: US Womens National midfielder Kristie Mewis #8 celebrates with teammates following her goal in the first half against Korea Republic during the game at Gillette Stadium on June 15, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Mike Napoli #12 of the Boston Red Sox is congratulated by teammates at home plate after hitting a walk-off home run in the 11th inning against the New York Yankees during the game on July 22, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.

Mike Napoli #12 of the Boston Red Sox is congratulated by teammates at home plate after hitting a walk-off home run in the 11th inning against the New York Yankees during the game on July 22, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.(Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

 

FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 03:  Emmanuel Sanders #88 of the Pittsburgh Steelers misses an attempted pass in the endzone in front of Kyle Arrington #25 of the New England Patriots in the second quarter at Gillette Stadium on November 3, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – NOVEMBER 03: Emmanuel Sanders #88 of the Pittsburgh Steelers misses an attempted pass in the endzone in front of Kyle Arrington #25 of the New England Patriots in the second quarter at Gillette Stadium on November 3, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - JULY 24: Felix Doubront #22 of the Boston Red Sox pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays as the sun sets over Fenway Park in the fourth inning during the game on July 24, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – JULY 24: Felix Doubront #22 of the Boston Red Sox pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays as the sun sets over Fenway Park in the fourth inning during the game on July 24, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

HARTFORD, CT - JULY 16: Celso Borges #5 of Costa Rica takes a corner kick in the first half against the United States during the CONCACAF Gold Cup match at Rentschler Field on July 16, 2013 in East Hartford, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

HARTFORD, CT – JULY 16: Celso Borges #5 of Costa Rica takes a corner kick in the first half against the United States during the CONCACAF Gold Cup match at Rentschler Field on July 16, 2013 in East Hartford, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - MAY 1: Leo Komarov #47 of the Toronto Maple Leafs attempts to continue fighting Chris Kelly #23 of the Boston Bruins by grabbing his arm after having his jersey pulled over his head in the final seconds of the third period in Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on May 1, 2013 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – MAY 1: Leo Komarov #47 of the Toronto Maple Leafs attempts to continue fighting Chris Kelly #23 of the Boston Bruins by grabbing his arm after having his jersey pulled over his head in the final seconds of the third period in Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on May 1, 2013 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - JUNE 24: Members of the Chicago Blackhawks celebrate following their 3-2 win against the Boston Bruins during Game Six of the Stanley Cup Final on June 24, 2013 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.

BOSTON, MA – JUNE 24: Members of the Chicago Blackhawks celebrate following their 3-2 win against the Boston Bruins during Game Six of the Stanley Cup Final on June 24, 2013 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.

 

EAST HARTFORD, CT - NOVEMBER 08: Liam Sallquist #15 of the Connecticut Huskies runs onto the field prior to the game against the Louisville Cardinals at Rentschler Field on November 8, 2013 in East Hartford, Connecticut.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

EAST HARTFORD, CT – NOVEMBER 08: Liam Sallquist #15 of the Connecticut Huskies runs onto the field prior to the game against the Louisville Cardinals at Rentschler Field on November 8, 2013 in East Hartford, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 06: Pedro Alvarez #24 of the Pittsburgh Pirates warms up in the on deck circle in the fourth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals during Game Three of the National League Division Series at PNC Park on October 6, 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA – OCTOBER 06: Pedro Alvarez #24 of the Pittsburgh Pirates warms up in the on deck circle in the fourth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals during Game Three of the National League Division Series at PNC Park on October 6, 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA - AUGUST 16: Kevin Ogletree #85 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers reaches but misses a catch in front of Justin Green #41 of the New England Patriots during the game at Gillette Stadium on August 16, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – AUGUST 16: Kevin Ogletree #85 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers reaches but misses a catch in front of Justin Green #41 of the New England Patriots during the game at Gillette Stadium on August 16, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 19:  Koji Uehara #19 of the Boston Red Sox celebrates after defeating the Detroit Tigers in Game Six of the American League Championship Series at Fenway Park on October 19, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Red Sox defeated the Tigers 5-2 to clinch the ALCS in six games.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – OCTOBER 19: Koji Uehara #19 of the Boston Red Sox celebrates after defeating the Detroit Tigers in Game Six of the American League Championship Series at Fenway Park on October 19, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Red Sox defeated the Tigers 5-2 to clinch the ALCS in six games. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 02:  Jonny Gomes #5 of the Boston Red Sox lays the World Series trophy and the 'Boston Strong 617' jersey onto the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Boylston Street during the World Series victory parade on November 2, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – NOVEMBER 02: Jonny Gomes #5 of the Boston Red Sox lays the World Series trophy and the ‘Boston Strong 617′ jersey onto the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Boylston Street during the World Series victory parade on November 2, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - AUGUST 19: Gregory Reynolds #5 of the Wounded Warriors Amputee softball team catches a fly ball before throwing off his glove and throwing the ball with the same hand during the game against the Boston Marathon first responders on August 19, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – AUGUST 19: Gregory Reynolds #5 of the Wounded Warriors Amputee softball team catches a fly ball before throwing off his glove and throwing the ball with the same hand during the game against the Boston Marathon first responders on August 19, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 12:  Wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins #85 of the New England Patriots drops a pass in the endzone against cornerback Dee Milliner #27 of the New York Jets in the second quarter at Gillette Stadium on September 12, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – SEPTEMBER 12: Wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins #85 of the New England Patriots drops a pass in the endzone against cornerback Dee Milliner #27 of the New York Jets in the second quarter at Gillette Stadium on September 12, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 10: Neymar #10 of Brazil walks off of the field and through the tunnel past cheering fans following their 3-1 win against Portugal during the international friendly match at Gillette Stadium on September 10, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – SEPTEMBER 10: Neymar #10 of Brazil walks off of the field and through the tunnel past cheering fans following their 3-1 win against Portugal during the international friendly match at Gillette Stadium on September 10, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

 

Barking Dogs Studio crew (from left to right: Stephanie Strasburg, Justin Merriman, Jeff Swensen, Jared Wickerham, Mickey Miller)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I wouldn’t be where I am – both in my growth as a person and in my skills as a photographer without a very key group of people.

Obviously, most people have their parents to thank. And of course, my mom played a big role encouraging me to pursue my passion – whatever that was, for however long it existed. But what teenage boy actually listens to their mom? Certainly not this one.

During the Lancaster Festival in Lancaster, Ohio, I nervously walked up to Ken Ritchie, a staff photographer for the Lancaster Eagle-Gazette at the time who took me under his wing and introduced me to the other staffer, Bill Cannon. After that meeting, I spent as much time as possible at the newspaper downtown learning about composition, cropping, toning, and probably the most important aspects, ethics and people skills. Eventually, I would freelance for the newspaper covering sports from time to time. Both photographers would move onto greener pastures during my junior year in high school. However, during my band’s (I was the lead singer in a rock band with my best friend’s until they all graduated and I was left behind to finish school) final performance – ironically as the headlining band for the Lancaster Festival – it was also one of Bill’s final assignments before heading to Upstate New York. So, one of my favorite photos is that of myself signing on stage in downtown Lancaster, taken by one of my first mentor’s. I still have a couple laminated and digital versions of the newspaper article to this day.

Photo by William Cannon

 

 

 

 

 

 

Throughout college, I had a few teacher’s who were pretty important pieces to my successes as well – Katyna and Barry Lavery, Scott Spangler, and Jon Lisbon all were really helpful and pushed me through the homework and assignments. Actually, if it weren’t for Katyna, I probably would not be where I am today. She introduced me to the NPPA Northern Short Course workshop that happened to take place in Rochester, New York that year. I had absolutely no money as a student without even a part-time job so she and her husband Barry were willing to have me tag along on the drive to Rochester. I ended up getting a scholarship for the workshop and slept at my aunt and uncle’s place not too far from downtown. It was at the workshop, after waiting over an hour and a half, that I got the chance to speak to Al Bello, a staff sports photographer for Getty Images, following his speech. It was this opportunity that gave me the chance to apply for the Getty Images internship in New York City (I applied, didn’t get accepted, and was asked to reapply a year later, when I finally was accepted. Lesson learned here? Persistence – a lesson taught to me by my first set of mentors, Ken and Bill). Al Bello became an immediate mentor, and although I am lucky enough to say that we are a part of the same Getty Images team, is still and will always be a huge influence on me and my work.

Fast forward following my graduation from college at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, I was a passionate, driven freelance sports photographer living in Pittsburgh. I needed another push, photographically, and still had plenty to learn in life. After becoming frustrated with how slow the winter months can be on a freelance sports photographer with only so many sports teams in one city, I reached out to my friend Justin Merriman, who highly recommend that I swing by the studio he shared with Jeff Swensen, a fellow Getty freelancer (on the news side of things), who might be able to offer some advice. Jeff and I had worked on an assignment for the New York Times together, but had never really talked much since then. Come to find out, Jeff was exactly the fresh opinion and kick in the ass that I needed. Although hard to read at first, Jeff treated me like his own son – I felt like I had known the guy for years.

Soon after, I was invited to a party at the studio – ‘Chrishondrosmas’, a benefit for the late Chris Hondros who was killed in Libya while on assignment for Getty Images and who was a roommate of Jeff’s during graduate school at Ohio University. It was there that I realized how beloved Jeff was among his friends and how much they respected him. That night, although slightly intoxicated, Jeff asked if I would be a part of the studio. From then on, I spent a lot of time at 33 Terminal Way. Some days editing and doing work. Other days, just to kill time and sip coffee with whoever decided to come in that day, as we also shared it with Stephanie Strasburg, a very talented photographer and all-around awesome person, and Mickey Miller, a chill dude who can do amazing things both with a website and a video camera!

Every day in the studio I think I learned something new. Even if it had absolutely nothing to do with photography, it seemed to be what I always needed to hear. With Chris’ passing still very much on everyone’s minds, I think in a way, he was also a mentor of mine. Many days, Jeff’s advice or evaluation of a situation I was in would start with, “You know, if Chris were here, he’d say…”. It spoke of how important their relationship was to each other and made me see the bigger picture in life. I was certainly a very literal thinker until I met this ‘dude’ Jeff, who made me value relationships and life a lot more.

Mentors just happen to come into your life naturally – at a time in your career when you need it most. Thanks, everyone for all of the sage advice and honesty. I hope to one day have the impact that you all had on me, on someone coming up who is figuring out their life and passion with a camera.

 

Team Getty – US Open 2009

***A special thanks to everyone else who also made my time in Pittsburgh enjoyable and who were always helpful along the way including: Andy Russell, Jasmine Goldband, Michael Henninger, Rebecca Droke, Brian Henry, Pete Madia, Chris Horner, Chaz Palla, Pete Diana, Phil Pavely, Don Wright, Kevin Lorenzi, Evan Sanders, Ben Filio, Bill Wade, Jack Megaw, Barry Reeger, Lake Fong, Eric Schmadel, Guy Wathen, and Jason Bridge.

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Apply, apply, apply.

Anyone who has applied for an internship will tell you how hard they are to get. Sometimes though, it’s not so much about your portfolio as it about the intangibles. Let me explain…

Everyone knows how much talent exists in photojournalism and how many schools are churning out photography students (especially if you read the article about the school where I graduated from, The Art Institute of Pittsburgh). All of the best colleges and universities are having their students apply for internships. So how do you think you can win over the editors and photography departments of the respective newspaper/magazine/wire agency that you are applying at? By simply wanting it more.

I will use myself as an example here. I had three internships while going through school: Pittsburgh Pirates, Getty Images, and the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. I know for a fact that the other students who applied for all three of these internships had much better work than I. In fact, I failed to get the internship with Getty the first time around. After working my butt off for a year and attending Sports Shooter Academy for a second time, I was asked to reapply and I did so with even more motivation.

Some are you are probably thinking, “Well, I’m not ready or think my portfolio is good enough for an internship yet”. Maybe you aren’t ready to get it THIS year, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t apply for it. You are not going to be looked down upon for applying for an internship earlier than you should. It actually can help you in many cases. Just like with the images you make – you have to do all of the little things to set yourself apart from the competition. So when the DOP or person in charge of hiring the upcoming photography intern every year sifts through the many applications and recognizes your name from the previous year(s), they are much more likely to set yours aside for final consideration because it shows your persistence.

Wickerham

For those of you who may think your body of work isn’t strong enough to nail an internship, think about this. An internship is your opportunity to take chances. As a young, student intern you are expected to make some mistakes. Learning from those mistakes is sometimes the best learning experience you can have. In my opinion, to be surrounded by a group of supportive veteran photojournalists in a real world environment will help you grow as a photographer more than a semester of any college course you might take.

Most internships will ask you to write an essay explaining why you think you deserve it. Even if they don’t – as was the case in one of my internships – send one along with your application and portfolio anyways. The mere fact that you spent time to write an essay and went above and beyond what they asked for will speak volumes in and of itself. Even more so if that essay expresses your passion for photography and your desire to grow as a photography intern, your chances of being picked go way up.

The one thing most students or recent graduates looking for an internship or job don’t realize is that how well your personality fits in with the company is often times the clincher. Even if it’s just for the possibility of steady freelance work, it’s important. If you don’t get along well with others, your talents may not be enough to save you. This is a small community – even smaller with social media. Your reputation will follow you wherever you go.

Although most internships are announced and made public on many online photography forums (SportsShooter, NPPA, ASMP, etc), some come from referrals by meeting the right person at the right time. If you put yourself in the right situations by attending workshops (i.e. Eddie Adams Workshop, Sports Shooter Academy, NPPA Northern Short Course), your chances for these opportunities are much greater. Another way to find internships and learn exactly what each is like is to read the blog of the students who have already experienced it. They will show you and tell you things that aren’t written up in the description of the internship. That student can also be a great resource to recommend you for the internship the following year as well!

All in all, apply for and do as many internships as you can. No matter where it takes place, I guarantee that you will come away with some of the best images and experiences of your life.

And as my favorite editor picture editor at Getty, Trudy Laltoo, always used to tell me before every assignment, “Don’t fuck up!”

Wickerham

Here are a few blogs of students from various schools who completed internships this past year:

- Joel Hawksley (Ohio University) – Seattle Times

- Patrick Fallon (University of Missouri) – Dallas Morning News

- Patrick McDermott (Brooks Institute) – Getty Images Sport

- Brooks Canaday (Boston University) – Moline Dispatch & Rock Island Argus: