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FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 23:  Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots walks onto the field during the second quarter against the Detroit Lions at Gillette Stadium on November 23, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – NOVEMBER 23: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots walks onto the field during the second quarter against the Detroit Lions at Gillette Stadium on November 23, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

 

 

Well it’s been a month since I posted something to my blog. Partly because I’ve been traveling more and shooting less. A flight to Pittsburgh and a drive to Chautauqua Lake, NY to visit friends and family for Thanksgiving was very much needed. As any photojournalist can attest, this is always a slow time of the year. It gets cold outside so people and their events all hibernate for the winter. As do the paychecks.

So how do you get through this time as a freelancer? I asked myself that question about four years ago while struggling to find much work from about December through March following graduation. I immediately went to Pittsburgh Tribune-Review photographer, Justin Merriman, for help with that. Although he wanted to help, as a staff photographer, it’s not something he has to worry about. Instead, he forwarded me to freelancer Jeff Swensen, a guy he shared a photo studio with on the south side of Pittsburgh. What transpired over time from that single meeting at the Terminal Building has sent me on a much more clear, guided, thoughtful, happier, and fulfilling path. I joined a great space with a crew of folks that included Jeff and Justin, along with (current Pittsburgh Tribune-Review photojournalist) Stephanie Strasburg and (videographer and marketer extraordinaire) Mickey Miller.

As creatives we’re always looking to improve on our craft. And I’ve found the best way to do that and to always be driven is by surrounding yourself with other fellow artists. Not just good artists but good people. People who are open to working together and pushing each other in a positive way. It’s not just good for your artistry but also for your sanity and your mental state. There will be a lot of days where no one calls and no one emails with potential work. It can be pretty depressing at times and you can easily fall into a terrible state-of-mind if you’re not careful. On the flip side, there’s no better time to brainstorm and start on personal projects that you’ve been putting off all year. Use this time to put together your best images from the year and a new business plan. Write down what goals you accomplished and set new ones for yourself.

Collaboration is the key. These friends will help drive you on those days when you’re not feeling confident about your work or your business. For me, it’s a huge asset to have and certainly part of the reason for me returning to Pittsburgh. In that town, people aren’t afraid to share work. They make sure that the community succeeds because they genuinely care about each other. If someone helps you out with an assignment, you don’t steal their client, and you return the favor whenever possible. And that’s not even factoring in the daily benefits of being able to critique each others work and constantly keep each others minds thinking about the future in how you can evolve and become a better photographer, businessman, etc. And if you live in an affordable city that can foster groups of young creatives, start a studio! Get a few people to chip in for a space. It can be really beneficial to get everyone out of the house and into a place with fewer distractions that would allow for more work and progress to happen. The larger your circle of friends and fellow artists grows, so do your ideas, clients, and ultimately, paychecks. Because let’s face it, as much as we love what we do, the bills come every month too, regardless of the season.

So my suggestion to everyone out there having a tough time keeping busy is to just to continue to network and be a good friend. I am personally very thankful that I have such an amazing crew of people in the steel city. It won’t always solve your immediate financial issues but as long as you’ve set aside a little savings to help you through those months, it will at the very least keep your head up and the creativity flowing. After all, what are friends for?

I will leave you with some of my recent football images that were a result of my creative flame always staying lit thanks to those aforementioned people…

BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 22: Andrew Fischer #1 of the Harvard Crimson leaps into the endzone for the game-winning touchdown in the fourth quarter in front of Cole Champion #5 of the Yale Bulldogs during the game at Harvard Stadium in their 131st meeting on November 22, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Crimson win resulted in an undefeated 10-0 season and the Ivy League championship. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – NOVEMBER 22: Andrew Fischer #1 of the Harvard Crimson leaps into the endzone for the game-winning touchdown in the fourth quarter in front of Cole Champion #5 of the Yale Bulldogs during the game at Harvard Stadium in their 131st meeting on November 22, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Crimson win resulted in an undefeated 10-0 season and the Ivy League championship. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 22: Andrew Fischer #1 of the Harvard Crimson runs back a punt into the Yale Bulldogs territory in the first half during the game at Harvard Stadium in their 131st meeting on November 22, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – NOVEMBER 22: Andrew Fischer #1 of the Harvard Crimson runs back a punt into the Yale Bulldogs territory in the first half during the game at Harvard Stadium in their 131st meeting on November 22, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 22:  Andrew Fischer #1 of the Harvard Crimson catches a pass in front of Jason Alessi #19 of the Yale Bulldogs before running into the endzone for a touchdown second half during the game at Harvard Stadium in their 131st meeting on November 22, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Crimson win resulted in an undefeated 10-0 season and the Ivy League championship.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – NOVEMBER 22: Andrew Fischer #1 of the Harvard Crimson catches a pass in front of Jason Alessi #19 of the Yale Bulldogs before running into the endzone for a touchdown second half during the game at Harvard Stadium in their 131st meeting on November 22, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Crimson win resulted in an undefeated 10-0 season and the Ivy League championship. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 22: Marty Moesta #99 of the Yale Bulldogs celebrates after recovering a fumble in the fourth quarter against the Harvard Crimson in the second half during the game at Harvard Stadium in their 131st meeting on November 22, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – NOVEMBER 22: Marty Moesta #99 of the Yale Bulldogs celebrates after recovering a fumble in the fourth quarter against the Harvard Crimson in the second half during the game at Harvard Stadium in their 131st meeting on November 22, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 22: Anthony Firkser #42 of the Harvard Crimson runs with the ball past Carl Kreitzberg #54 of the Yale Bulldogs in the second half during the game at Harvard Stadium in their 131st meeting on November 22, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – NOVEMBER 22: Anthony Firkser #42 of the Harvard Crimson runs with the ball past Carl Kreitzberg #54 of the Yale Bulldogs in the second half during the game at Harvard Stadium in their 131st meeting on November 22, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 22: The student section for the Yale Bulldogs strip down to their underwear revelaing 'Harvard Sucks' underwear in the second half against the Harvard Crimson during the game at Harvard Stadium in their 131st meeting on November 22, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – NOVEMBER 22: The student section for the Yale Bulldogs strip down to their underwear revelaing ‘Harvard Sucks’ underwear in the second half against the Harvard Crimson during the game at Harvard Stadium in their 131st meeting on November 22, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 22:  Andrew Fischer #1 of the Harvard Crimson catches a pass in front of Jason Alessi #19 of the Yale Bulldogs before running into the endzone for a touchdown second half during the game at Harvard Stadium in their 131st meeting on November 22, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Crimson win resulted in an undefeated 10-0 season and the Ivy League championship.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – NOVEMBER 22: Andrew Fischer #1 of the Harvard Crimson catches a pass in front of Jason Alessi #19 of the Yale Bulldogs before running into the endzone for a touchdown second half during the game at Harvard Stadium in their 131st meeting on November 22, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Crimson win resulted in an undefeated 10-0 season and the Ivy League championship. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 22:  Andrew Fischer #1 of the Harvard Crimson is lifted in the air by teammate Michael Mancinelli #66 following Fischer's game-winning touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Yale Bulldogs during the game at Harvard Stadium in their 131st meeting on November 22, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Crimson win resulted in an undefeated 10-0 season and the Ivy League championship.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – NOVEMBER 22: Andrew Fischer #1 of the Harvard Crimson is lifted in the air by teammate Michael Mancinelli #66 following Fischer’s game-winning touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Yale Bulldogs during the game at Harvard Stadium in their 131st meeting on November 22, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Crimson win resulted in an undefeated 10-0 season and the Ivy League championship. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 22:  Morgan Roberts #19 of the Yale Bulldogs lines up under center in the red zone against the Harvard Crimson in the second half during the game at Harvard Stadium in their 131st meeting on November 22, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – NOVEMBER 22: Morgan Roberts #19 of the Yale Bulldogs lines up under center in the red zone against the Harvard Crimson in the second half during the game at Harvard Stadium in their 131st meeting on November 22, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 22: Tyler Varga #30 of the Yale Bulldogs reaches for a touchdown in the second half past Norman Hayes #7 of the Harvard Crimson during the game at Harvard Stadium in their 131st meeting on November 22, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – NOVEMBER 22: Tyler Varga #30 of the Yale Bulldogs reaches for a touchdown in the second half past Norman Hayes #7 of the Harvard Crimson during the game at Harvard Stadium in their 131st meeting on November 22, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 22: Scott Peters #44 of the Harvard Crimson celebrates following his interception with 10 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter against the Yale Bulldogs during the game at Harvard Stadium in their 131st meeting on November 22, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – NOVEMBER 22: Scott Peters #44 of the Harvard Crimson celebrates following his interception with 10 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter against the Yale Bulldogs during the game at Harvard Stadium in their 131st meeting on November 22, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 22:  Conner Hempel #14 of the Harvard Crimson celebrates on the field with fans following their 31-24 win against the Yale Bulldogs at Harvard Stadium in their 131st meeting on November 22, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – NOVEMBER 22: Conner Hempel #14 of the Harvard Crimson celebrates on the field with fans following their 31-24 win against the Yale Bulldogs at Harvard Stadium in their 131st meeting on November 22, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 22: Harvard Crimson fans celebrate after rushing the field following their 31-24 win against the Yale Bulldogs at Harvard Stadium in their 131st meeting on November 22, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – NOVEMBER 22: Harvard Crimson fans celebrate after rushing the field following their 31-24 win against the Yale Bulldogs at Harvard Stadium in their 131st meeting on November 22, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 23:  A general view before a game between the New England Patriots and the Detroit Lions at Gillette Stadium on November 23, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – NOVEMBER 23: A general view before a game between the New England Patriots and the Detroit Lions at Gillette Stadium on November 23, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 23:  Calvin Johnson #81 of the Detroit Lions makes a diving catch for a first down as Brandon Browner #39 of the New England Patriots defends during the third quarter at Gillette Stadium on November 23, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – NOVEMBER 23: Calvin Johnson #81 of the Detroit Lions makes a diving catch for a first down as Brandon Browner #39 of the New England Patriots defends during the third quarter at Gillette Stadium on November 23, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 23:  Julian Edelman #11 of the New England Patriots carries the ball after a catch during the second quarter against the Detroit Lions at Gillette Stadium on November 23, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – NOVEMBER 23: Julian Edelman #11 of the New England Patriots carries the ball after a catch during the second quarter against the Detroit Lions at Gillette Stadium on November 23, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 23:  Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions passes the ball during the first quater against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on November 23, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – NOVEMBER 23: Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions passes the ball during the first quater against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on November 23, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 23:  LeGarrette Blount #29 of the New England Patriots reacts after a game against the Detroit Lions at Gillette Stadium on November 23, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – NOVEMBER 23: LeGarrette Blount #29 of the New England Patriots reacts after a game against the Detroit Lions at Gillette Stadium on November 23, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

EAST HARTFORD, CT - DECEMBER 06: Darius Joseph #18 of the SMU Mustangs hurdles Javon Hadley #11 of the Connecticut Huskies in front of his teammate, Graham Stewart #2 in the second half after catching a pass during the game at Rentschler Field on December 6, 2014 in East Hartford, Connecticut.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

EAST HARTFORD, CT – DECEMBER 06: Darius Joseph #18 of the SMU Mustangs hurdles Javon Hadley #11 of the Connecticut Huskies in front of his teammate, Graham Stewart #2 in the second half after catching a pass during the game at Rentschler Field on December 6, 2014 in East Hartford, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

EAST HARTFORD, CT - DECEMBER 06:  Horace Richardson #9 of the SMU Mustangs intercepts a pass in front of Geremy Davis #85 of the Connecticut Huskies in the second quarter during the game at Rentschler Field on December 6, 2014 in East Hartford, Connecticut.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

EAST HARTFORD, CT – DECEMBER 06: Horace Richardson #9 of the SMU Mustangs intercepts a pass in front of Geremy Davis #85 of the Connecticut Huskies in the second quarter during the game at Rentschler Field on December 6, 2014 in East Hartford, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

A jockey looks on from the paddock area prior to the start of the ninth and final race at Suffolk Downs racetrack in East Boston, Massachusetts on October 4, 2014. (Photo by Jared Wickerham for the New York Times)

A jockey looks on from the paddock area prior to the start of the ninth and final race at Suffolk Downs racetrack in East Boston, Massachusetts on October 4, 2014. (Photo by Jared Wickerham for the New York Times)

One of the best parts of freelancing is never knowing what assignment is around the corner. And thanks to Tanner Curtis, a great friend and one of the best assignment editors I’ve ever worked with, I was asked by the New York Times to cover what was likely the last day of live horse racing at Suffolk Downs racetrack in East Boston. And working with great writers, as I did with Jess Bidgood on this story, makes working all the more enjoyable.

A huge thank you to the folks over at the track for the amazing access and for opening their doors and hearts to in order to best tell their story!

Here is a link to the story by Jess: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/06/us/suffolk-downs-is-put-out-to-pasture.html?_r=0

And I’ll leave you with my favorite images from my day spent with these wonderfully interesting people and beautiful horses…

Exercise rider, William 'Junebug' Terry, 23, looks on from the horse stalls prior to the final day of live horse racing at Suffolk Downs racetrack in East Boston, Massachusetts on October 4, 2014. (Photo by Jared Wickerham for the New York Times)

Exercise rider, William ‘Junebug’ Terry, 23, looks on from the horse stalls prior to the final day of live horse racing at Suffolk Downs racetrack in East Boston, Massachusetts on October 4, 2014. (Photo by Jared Wickerham for the New York Times)

5-year old Hidden Music stands in her stall prior to the final day of live horse racing at Suffolk Downs racetrack in East Boston, Massachusetts on October 4, 2014. (Photo by Jared Wickerham for the New York Times)

5-year old Hidden Music stands in her stall prior to the final day of live horse racing at Suffolk Downs racetrack in East Boston, Massachusetts on October 4, 2014. (Photo by Jared Wickerham for the New York Times)

Trainer Ambrose Pascucci shares a moment with Ginger, a 6-year old foal, during the final day of live horse racing at Suffolk Downs racetrack in East Boston, Massachusetts on October 4, 2014. (Photo by Jared Wickerham for the New York Times)

Trainer Ambrose Pascucci shares a moment with Ginger, a 6-year old foal, during the final day of live horse racing at Suffolk Downs racetrack in East Boston, Massachusetts on October 4, 2014. (Photo by Jared Wickerham for the New York Times)

Patrons line up to place bets during the final day of live horse racing at Suffolk Downs racetrack in East Boston, Massachusetts on October 4, 2014. (Photo by Jared Wickerham for the New York Times)

Patrons line up to place bets during the final day of live horse racing at Suffolk Downs racetrack in East Boston, Massachusetts on October 4, 2014. (Photo by Jared Wickerham for the New York Times)

A young boy looks on from the finish line during the first race of the day at Suffolk Downs racetrack in East Boston, Massachusetts on October 4, 2014. (Photo by Jared Wickerham for the New York Times)

A young boy looks on from the finish line during the first race of the day at Suffolk Downs racetrack in East Boston, Massachusetts on October 4, 2014. (Photo by Jared Wickerham for the New York Times)

Willie Thornton, 74, a 48-year patron of Suffolk Downs racetrack, watches the races during the final day of live racing at the track in East Boston, Massachusetts on October 4, 2014. (Photo by Jared Wickerham for the New York Times)

Willie Thornton, 74, a 48-year patron of Suffolk Downs racetrack, watches the races during the final day of live racing at the track in East Boston, Massachusetts on October 4, 2014. (Photo by Jared Wickerham for the New York Times)

Felix Martinez, 71, cheers from the stands during the final day of live racing at Suffolk Downs racetrack in East Boston, Massachusetts on October 4, 2014. (Photo by Jared Wickerham for the New York Times)

Felix Martinez, 71, cheers from the stands during the final day of live racing at Suffolk Downs racetrack in East Boston, Massachusetts on October 4, 2014. (Photo by Jared Wickerham for the New York Times)

 

Racing silks hang inside the jock's room at Suffolk Downs racetrack on the final day of live racing in East Boston, Massachusetts on October 4, 2014. (Photo by Jared Wickerham for the New York Times)

Racing silks hang inside the jock’s room at Suffolk Downs racetrack on the final day of live racing in East Boston, Massachusetts on October 4, 2014. (Photo by Jared Wickerham for the New York Times)

Racing silks and helmets hang on the jockey lockers inside the jock's room at Suffolk Downs racetrack on the final day of live racing in East Boston, Massachusetts on October 4, 2014. (Photo by Jared Wickerham for the New York Times)

Racing silks and helmets hang on the jockey lockers inside the jock’s room at Suffolk Downs racetrack on the final day of live racing in East Boston, Massachusetts on October 4, 2014. (Photo by Jared Wickerham for the New York Times)

Valet John Madeiros, 72, of East Providence, RI, cleans a jockey helmet inside the jock's room at Suffolk Downs racetrack during the final day of live horse racing in East Boston, Massachusetts on October 4, 2014. (Photo by Jared Wickerham for the New York Times)

Valet John Madeiros, 72, of East Providence, RI, cleans a jockey helmet inside the jock’s room at Suffolk Downs racetrack during the final day of live horse racing in East Boston, Massachusetts on October 4, 2014. (Photo by Jared Wickerham for the New York Times)

The contents of jockey Luis Garcia's locker at shown in the jock's room at Suffolk Downs racetrack during the final day of live racing in East Boston, Massachusetts on October 4, 2014. (Photo by Jared Wickerham for the New York Times)

The contents of jockey Luis Garcia’s locker at shown in the jock’s room at Suffolk Downs racetrack during the final day of live racing in East Boston, Massachusetts on October 4, 2014. (Photo by Jared Wickerham for the New York Times)

Jockey Joseph Buchanan, 49, watches a replay of his race in the jock's room during the final day of live horse racing at Suffolk Downs racetrack in East Boston, Massachusetts on October 4, 2014. (Photo by Jared Wickerham for the New York Times)

Jockey Joseph Buchanan, 49, watches a replay of his race in the jock’s room during the final day of live horse racing at Suffolk Downs racetrack in East Boston, Massachusetts on October 4, 2014. (Photo by Jared Wickerham for the New York Times)

Jockey Joseph Buchanan, 49, washes his face in the jock's room following a race at Suffolk Downs racetrack on the final day of live horse racing in East Boston, Massachusetts on October 4, 2014. (Photo by Jared Wickerham for the New York Times)

Jockey Joseph Buchanan, 49, washes his face in the jock’s room following a race at Suffolk Downs racetrack on the final day of live horse racing in East Boston, Massachusetts on October 4, 2014. (Photo by Jared Wickerham for the New York Times)

Jockey, Pierre Tomas, gets changed in between races during the final day of live racing at Suffolk Downs racetrack in East Boston, Massachusetts on October 4, 2014. (Photo by Jared Wickerham for the New York Times)

Jockey, Pierre Tomas, gets changed in between races during the final day of live racing at Suffolk Downs racetrack in East Boston, Massachusetts on October 4, 2014. (Photo by Jared Wickerham for the New York Times)

Jockey, David Amiss, checks the schedule for the day in between races inside the jock's room during the final day of live horse racing at Suffolk Downs racetrack in East Boston, Massachusetts on October 4, 2014. (Photo by Jared Wickerham for the New York Times)

Jockey, David Amiss, checks the schedule for the day in between races inside the jock’s room during the final day of live horse racing at Suffolk Downs racetrack in East Boston, Massachusetts on October 4, 2014. (Photo by Jared Wickerham for the New York Times)

Exercise rider, Kenneth Houghton of Revere, smokes a cigarette while waiting for one of the final races to start at Suffolk Downs racetrack on its final day of live racing in East Boston, Massachusetts on October 4, 2014. (Photo by Jared Wickerham for the New York Times)

Exercise rider, Kenneth Houghton of Revere, smokes a cigarette while waiting for one of the final races to start at Suffolk Downs racetrack on its final day of live racing in East Boston, Massachusetts on October 4, 2014. (Photo by Jared Wickerham for the New York Times)

A group of horses leave the starting gate for the ninth and final race of the day at Suffolk Downs racetrack in East Boston, Massachusetts on October 4, 2014. (Photo by Jared Wickerham for the New York Times)

A group of horses leave the starting gate for the ninth and final race of the day at Suffolk Downs racetrack in East Boston, Massachusetts on October 4, 2014. (Photo by Jared Wickerham for the New York Times)

A fog settles in as a group of horses cross the finish line during the final day of live horse racing at Suffolk Downs racetrack in East Boston, Massachusetts on October 4, 2014. (Photo by Jared Wickerham for the New York Times)

A fog settles in as a group of horses cross the finish line during the final day of live horse racing at Suffolk Downs racetrack in East Boston, Massachusetts on October 4, 2014. (Photo by Jared Wickerham for the New York Times)

Bingo Garcia of Dorchester yells at the television during a simulcast of a horse race on the final day of live horse racing at Suffolk Downs racetrack in East Boston, Massachusetts on October 4, 2014. (Photo by Jared Wickerham for the New York Times)

Bingo Garcia of Dorchester yells at the television during a simulcast of a horse race on the final day of live horse racing at Suffolk Downs racetrack in East Boston, Massachusetts on October 4, 2014. (Photo by Jared Wickerham for the New York Times)

Narsingh Bisnath of Lynn, a 20-year employee, sweeps up the discarded losing tickets on the floor of Suffolk Downs racetrack following the final day of live racing in East Boston, Massachusetts on October 4, 2014. (Photo by Jared Wickerham for the New York Times)

Narsingh Bisnath of Lynn, a 20-year employee, sweeps up the discarded losing tickets on the floor of Suffolk Downs racetrack following the final day of live racing in East Boston, Massachusetts on October 4, 2014. (Photo by Jared Wickerham for the New York Times)

Patrons watch simulcasts of horse races in front of a group of televisions at Suffolk Downs racetrack in East Boston, Massachusetts on October 4, 2014. (Photo by Jared Wickerham for the New York Times)

Patrons watch simulcasts of horse races in front of a group of televisions at Suffolk Downs racetrack in East Boston, Massachusetts on October 4, 2014. (Photo by Jared Wickerham for the New York Times)

A patron watches a simulcast of a horse race as employees leave the track following the final race of the day at Suffolk Downs racetrack in East Boston, Massachusetts on October 4, 2014. (Photo by Jared Wickerham for the New York Times)

A patron watches a simulcast of a horse race as employees leave the track following the final race of the day at Suffolk Downs racetrack in East Boston, Massachusetts on October 4, 2014. (Photo by Jared Wickerham for the New York Times)

FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 05:  Rob Gronkowski #87 of the New England Patriots catches a pass as George Iloka #43 of the Cincinnati Bengals defends during the second quarter at Gillette Stadium on October 5, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – OCTOBER 05: Rob Gronkowski #87 of the New England Patriots catches a pass as George Iloka #43 of the Cincinnati Bengals defends during the second quarter at Gillette Stadium on October 5, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Well, baseball season is over (for me at least!), which means football is back in full swing again. Last night the undefeated Cincinnati Bengals came into town for a Sunday Night Football against a struggling Patriots team but couldn’t keep their unbeaten streak alive in a highly offensive game, losing to a resurging Tom Brady and shut down corner and Pittsburgh native, Darrelle Revis, 43-17.

Here are some of my favorite images from the game. Enjoy!

FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 05:  A Cincinnati Bengals fan looks on before a game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on October 5, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – OCTOBER 05: A Cincinnati Bengals fan looks on before a game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on October 5, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 05:  Members of the New England Patriots run onto the field before a game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Gillette Stadium on October 5, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – OCTOBER 05: Members of the New England Patriots run onto the field before a game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Gillette Stadium on October 5, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 05:  Julian Edelman #11 of the New England Patriots catches a pass during the first quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at Gillette Stadium on October 5, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – OCTOBER 05: Julian Edelman #11 of the New England Patriots catches a pass during the first quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at Gillette Stadium on October 5, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 05: Don Jones #29 of the New England Patriots tackles Brandon Tate #19 of the Cincinnati Bengals during the second quarter at Gillette Stadium on October 5, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – OCTOBER 05: Don Jones #29 of the New England Patriots tackles Brandon Tate #19 of the Cincinnati Bengals during the second quarter at Gillette Stadium on October 5, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 05:  Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals reacts during the third quarter against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on October 5, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – OCTOBER 05: Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals reacts during the third quarter against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on October 5, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 05:  Darrelle Revis #24 of the New England Patriots strips the ball from A.J. Green #18 of the Cincinnati Bengals during the third quarter at Gillette Stadium on October 5, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – OCTOBER 05: Darrelle Revis #24 of the New England Patriots strips the ball from A.J. Green #18 of the Cincinnati Bengals during the third quarter at Gillette Stadium on October 5, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 05:  Kyle Arrington #25 of the New England Patriots scores a touchdown after recovering a fumble during the third quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at Gillette Stadium on October 5, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – OCTOBER 05: Kyle Arrington #25 of the New England Patriots scores a touchdown after recovering a fumble during the third quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at Gillette Stadium on October 5, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 05:  Rob Gronkowski #87 of the New England Patriots celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the third quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at Gillette Stadium on October 5, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – OCTOBER 05: Rob Gronkowski #87 of the New England Patriots celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the third quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at Gillette Stadium on October 5, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 05:  Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots celebrates with Rob Gronkowski #87 after scoring a touchdown during the third quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at Gillette Stadium on October 5, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – OCTOBER 05: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots celebrates with Rob Gronkowski #87 after scoring a touchdown during the third quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at Gillette Stadium on October 5, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 05:  Mohamad Sanu #12 of the Cincinnati Bengals catches a touchdown pass as Alfonzo Dennard #37 of the New England Patriots defends during the third quarter  at Gillette Stadium on October 5, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – OCTOBER 05: Mohamad Sanu #12 of the Cincinnati Bengals catches a touchdown pass as Alfonzo Dennard #37 of the New England Patriots defends during the third quarter at Gillette Stadium on October 5, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 05:  Stevan Ridley #22 of the New England Patriots carries the ball during the fourth quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at Gillette Stadium on October 5, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – OCTOBER 05: Stevan Ridley #22 of the New England Patriots carries the ball during the fourth quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at Gillette Stadium on October 5, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 05:  Patrick Chung #23 of the New England Patriots makes a tackle during the fourth quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at Gillette Stadium on October 5, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – OCTOBER 05: Patrick Chung #23 of the New England Patriots makes a tackle during the fourth quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at Gillette Stadium on October 5, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 05:  Devon Still #75 of the Cincinnati Bengals looks on during the fourth quarter against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on October 5, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – OCTOBER 05: Devon Still #75 of the Cincinnati Bengals looks on during the fourth quarter against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on October 5, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 05:  Devon Still #75 of the Cincinnati Bengals walks off the field after playing the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on October 5, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – OCTOBER 05: Devon Still #75 of the Cincinnati Bengals walks off the field after playing the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on October 5, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Baron Batch painting at Studio A.M. in Homestead, Pennsylvania

Studio A.M. is one of the best places on earth.

Not because it’s located in Homestead, Pennsylvania – a place where my family grew up and that holds a special place in my heart. Not because the walls of the former Smoke BBQ restaurant are now covered in amazing artwork and awesomely painted movie props. And not because it would make for one of the greatest bachelor pads.

It’s because of the people who spend their time inside this space – excited about life and collaborating together. Genuinely good people. Friends. And I meet new ones every time I visit.

I may live in Boston but this is always my first stop when I come back home and will be working closely with all of these guys in the coming months, showcasing the great relationships being forged and things being created.

In my first Studio A.M. post, here are some fun portraits with artist Baron Batch curator Sean Beauford and  from my most recent visit to 8th Avenue. There are certainly plenty more creative individuals involved and I will be bringing you their story soon!

Enjoy!

–Jared

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PITTSBURGH, PA - AUGUST 21:  Simone Biles competes on the balance beam section of the senior women preliminaries during the 2014 P&G Gymnastics Championships at Consol Energy Center on August 21, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA – AUGUST 21: Simone Biles competes on the balance beam section of the senior women preliminaries during the 2014 P&G Gymnastics Championships at Consol Energy Center on August 21, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

I recently traveled back home to Pittsburgh to cover what I learned is one of my favorite sporting events to cover – gymnastics! P&G hosted the 2014 USA Gymnastics Championships at Consol Energy Center. A huge thanks goes out to Maxx Wolfson over at Getty Images for sending on this assignment and allowing me to have fun with the assignment and take some risks. Even woke up today to the new Sports Illustrated issue giving some love to the competition and my images, with the cover graced by all around great guy and Pittsburgh Pirates star, Andrew McCutchen, shot by my fellow Pittsburgh brother and Art Institute grad, Coty Tarr.

As this was not my typical assignment, I’d love everyone’s thoughts on the images made – good and bad. Thanks for looking & enjoy!

–Jared

PITTSBURGH, PA - AUGUST 21: Jordan Chiles competes on the floor routine of the junior women preliminaries during the 2014 P&G Gymnastics Championships at Consol Energy Center on August 21, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA – AUGUST 21: Jordan Chiles competes on the floor routine of the junior women preliminaries during the 2014 P&G Gymnastics Championships at Consol Energy Center on August 21, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA - AUGUST 21: Gymnasts warm up on the balance beam prior to competing in the senior women preliminaries during the 2014 P&G Gymnastics Championships at Consol Energy Center on August 21, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA – AUGUST 21: Gymnasts warm up on the balance beam prior to competing in the senior women preliminaries during the 2014 P&G Gymnastics Championships at Consol Energy Center on August 21, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA - AUGUST 24: Donothan Bailey competes on the high bar in the senior men finals during the 2014 P&G Gymnastics Championships at Consol Energy Center on August 24, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA – AUGUST 24: Donothan Bailey competes on the high bar in the senior men finals during the 2014 P&G Gymnastics Championships at Consol Energy Center on August 24, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA - AUGUST 23: Macy Toronjo competes on the floor exercise in the senior women finals during the 2014 P&G Gymnastics Championships at Consol Energy Center on August 23, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA – AUGUST 23: Macy Toronjo competes on the floor exercise in the senior women finals during the 2014 P&G Gymnastics Championships at Consol Energy Center on August 23, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA - AUGUST 24: Vitali Kan competes on the floor exercise in the junior men finals during the 2014 P&G Gymnastics Championships at Consol Energy Center on August 24, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA – AUGUST 24: Vitali Kan competes on the floor exercise in the junior men finals during the 2014 P&G Gymnastics Championships at Consol Energy Center on August 24, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA - AUGUST 23:  Simone Biles competes on the floor exercise in the senior women finals during the 2014 P&G Gymnastics Championships at Consol Energy Center on August 23, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA – AUGUST 23: Simone Biles competes on the floor exercise in the senior women finals during the 2014 P&G Gymnastics Championships at Consol Energy Center on August 23, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA - AUGUST 23:  Ragan Smith competes on the balance beam in the junior women finals during the 2014 P&G Gymnastics Championships at Consol Energy Center on August 23, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA – AUGUST 23: Ragan Smith competes on the balance beam in the junior women finals during the 2014 P&G Gymnastics Championships at Consol Energy Center on August 23, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA - AUGUST 23:  Ragan Smith competes on the balance beam in the junior women finals during the 2014 P&G Gymnastics Championships at Consol Energy Center on August 23, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA – AUGUST 23: Ragan Smith competes on the balance beam in the junior women finals during the 2014 P&G Gymnastics Championships at Consol Energy Center on August 23, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA - AUGUST 24: David Jessen competes on the high bar in the junior men finals during the 2014 P&G Gymnastics Championships at Consol Energy Center on August 24, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA – AUGUST 24: David Jessen competes on the high bar in the junior men finals during the 2014 P&G Gymnastics Championships at Consol Energy Center on August 24, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA - AUGUST 23:  Ragan Smith competes on the balance beam in the junior women finals during the 2014 P&G Gymnastics Championships at Consol Energy Center on August 23, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA – AUGUST 23: Ragan Smith competes on the balance beam in the junior women finals during the 2014 P&G Gymnastics Championships at Consol Energy Center on August 23, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA - AUGUST 24: Davis Grooms competes on the high bar in the junior men finals during the 2014 P&G Gymnastics Championships at Consol Energy Center on August 24, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA – AUGUST 24: Davis Grooms competes on the high bar in the junior men finals during the 2014 P&G Gymnastics Championships at Consol Energy Center on August 24, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA - AUGUST 21:  Simone Biles competes in the bars section of the senior women preliminaries during the 2014 P&G Gymnastics Championships at Consol Energy Center on August 21, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA – AUGUST 21: Simone Biles competes in the bars section of the senior women preliminaries during the 2014 P&G Gymnastics Championships at Consol Energy Center on August 21, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA - AUGUST 21: Elena Arenas competes on the beam in the junior women preliminaries during the 2014 P&G Gymnastics Championships at Consol Energy Center on August 21, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA – AUGUST 21: Elena Arenas competes on the beam in the junior women preliminaries during the 2014 P&G Gymnastics Championships at Consol Energy Center on August 21, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)