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PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 01:  Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers leaves the field at the end of the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Heinz Field on November 1, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – NOVEMBER 01: Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers leaves the field at the end of the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Heinz Field on November 1, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Action is always the first thing that comes to mind when people think of sports photographs. Some games have more peak, athletic moments than others but emotion will always be there regardless of the level (high school, college, professional, etc) so don’t forget that there is always a story to tell on both sides of the ball. Just like you learned in grade school that you need a beginning, middle, and end to your writing, the same goes for your images. The game always fluctuates so keep that in mind and show that as well. It’s not always easy keeping things fresh when you’re shooting the same venue game after game, year after year, but trying different techniques and vantage points can help keep things from being stale and looking the same. The winners typically make for the easier photos to be made because the moments belonging to them are very obvious and loud. However, it’s important not to forget those who lost because those moments will be much more quiet and fleeting.

Some of the storylines for this past Sunday’s Pittsburgh Steelers game was the return of Ben Roethlisberger from injury, the loss of star running back Le’Veon Bell to injury mid-game, and the Bengals quest to continue their unbeaten season.

Here are some of my images from Sunday that hopefully lend themselves to the headlines.

PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 01:  Antonio Brown #84 of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrates a 1st quarter touchdown during the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Heinz Field on November 1, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – NOVEMBER 01: Antonio Brown #84 of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrates a 1st quarter touchdown during the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Heinz Field on November 1, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 01:  A.J. Green #18 of the Cincinnati Bengals is tackled by Antwon Blake #41 and Robert Golden #21 of the Pittsburgh Steelers during the 2nd quarter of the game at Heinz Field on November 1, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – NOVEMBER 01: A.J. Green #18 of the Cincinnati Bengals is tackled by Antwon Blake #41 and Robert Golden #21 of the Pittsburgh Steelers during the 2nd quarter of the game at Heinz Field on November 1, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 01:  A.J. Green #18 of the Cincinnati Bengals is tackled by Antwon Blake #41 and Robert Golden #21 of the Pittsburgh Steelers during the 2nd quarter of the game at Heinz Field on November 1, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – NOVEMBER 01: A.J. Green #18 of the Cincinnati Bengals is tackled by Antwon Blake #41 and Robert Golden #21 of the Pittsburgh Steelers during the 2nd quarter of the game at Heinz Field on November 1, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 01:  George IIoka #43 and Leon Hall #29 of the Cincinnati Bengals knock a pass away from Martavis Bryant #10 of the Pittsburgh Steelers during the 2nd quarter of the game at Heinz Field on November 1, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – NOVEMBER 01: George IIoka #43 and Leon Hall #29 of the Cincinnati Bengals knock a pass away from Martavis Bryant #10 of the Pittsburgh Steelers during the 2nd quarter of the game at Heinz Field on November 1, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 01:  The Pittsburgh Steelers offense huddles in the 2nd quarter of the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Heinz Field on November 1, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – NOVEMBER 01: The Pittsburgh Steelers offense huddles in the 2nd quarter of the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Heinz Field on November 1, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 01:  DeAngelo Williams #34 of the Pittsburgh Steelers is tackled by Adam Jones #24 of the Cincinnati Bengals during the 3rd quarter of the game at Heinz Field on November 1, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – NOVEMBER 01: DeAngelo Williams #34 of the Pittsburgh Steelers is tackled by Adam Jones #24 of the Cincinnati Bengals during the 3rd quarter of the game at Heinz Field on November 1, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 01:  Le'Veon Bell # 26 of the Pittsburgh Steelers is carted off of the field after being injured in the 2nd quarter of the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Heinz Field on November 1, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – NOVEMBER 01: Le’Veon Bell # 26 of the Pittsburgh Steelers is carted off of the field after being injured in the 2nd quarter of the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Heinz Field on November 1, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 01:  Heath Miller #83 of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrates a gain during the 3rd quarter of the game agaisnt the Cincinnati Bengals at Heinz Field on November 1, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – NOVEMBER 01: Heath Miller #83 of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrates a gain during the 3rd quarter of the game agaisnt the Cincinnati Bengals at Heinz Field on November 1, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 01: Jeremy Hill #32 of the Cincinnati Bengals runs the ball during the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on November 1, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – NOVEMBER 01: Jeremy Hill #32 of the Cincinnati Bengals runs the ball during the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on November 1, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 01: William Gay #22 and Mike Mitchell #23 of the Pittsburgh Steelers react after the Steelers blocked a field goal in the 3rd quarter of the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Heinz Field on November 1, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – NOVEMBER 01: William Gay #22 and Mike Mitchell #23 of the Pittsburgh Steelers react after the Steelers blocked a field goal in the 3rd quarter of the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Heinz Field on November 1, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 01:  Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Head Coach Mike Tomlin react to the ball placement of a 3rd quarter play by Heath Miller during the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Heinz Field on November 1, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – NOVEMBER 01: Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Head Coach Mike Tomlin react to the ball placement of a 3rd quarter play by Heath Miller during the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Heinz Field on November 1, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 01:  Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers takes a moment after being tackled in the 4th quarter of the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Heinz Field on November 1, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – NOVEMBER 01: Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers takes a moment after being tackled in the 4th quarter of the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Heinz Field on November 1, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 01:  Andy Dalton #14 (left) of the Cincinnati Bengals and A.J. Green #18 celebrate a 4th quarter touchdown during the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on November 1, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – NOVEMBER 01: Andy Dalton #14 (left) of the Cincinnati Bengals and A.J. Green #18 celebrate a 4th quarter touchdown during the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on November 1, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 01: Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers is hit by Geno Atkins #97 of the Cincinnati Bengals during the 4th quarter of the game at Heinz Field on November 1, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – NOVEMBER 01: Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers is hit by Geno Atkins #97 of the Cincinnati Bengals during the 4th quarter of the game at Heinz Field on November 1, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 03:  (Editor's note: Image has been converted to black and white.) James Harrison #92 of the Pittsburgh Steelers takes the field during introductions prior to the preseason game against the Carolina Panthers at Heinz Field on September 3, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – SEPTEMBER 03: (Editor’s note: Image has been converted to black and white.) James Harrison #92 of the Pittsburgh Steelers takes the field during introductions prior to the preseason game against the Carolina Panthers at Heinz Field on September 3, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

It may have just been preseason for the Steelers but it was great to get back to shooting some football this past Labor Day weekend, wrapping it up on Saturday with the first games (and wins) for the Pitt Panthers and the West Virginia Mountaineers.

And just like the players and referees who need some practice getting back into the swing of things, the same goes for every photographers no matter how many seasons you’ve been covering a particular sport or team.

One thing I’ve learned over the last few years is not to overthink how you cover a game. Over the span of a season you’ll get a feel for the team’s tendencies (i.e. Do they pass or run a lot? Deep routes and short 5-10 yard gains?). There are so many analytics websites out there that you could just as easily look at a chart and determine it that way as well. But going with your gut on where to best position yourself based on different variables will more than likely yield the best results. Reading up on your local teams can also give you more detailed information and befriending those same writers can go a long way in being a step ahead on the news that might develop and your images getting more play. Of course you will always miss something as you can’t possibly be in perfect position for every big play. However, always take into consideration how much time is left, what kind of weapons a team may have, etc. Don’t be afraid to take a chance and go with your gut instinct because I think the saying will almost always be true: ‘Go where everyone else isn’t.’ It just might pay off for you.

PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 03: Michael Vick #2 of the Pittsburgh Steelers is tackled by Kawann Short #99 of the Carolina Panthers in the first quarter during the game at Heinz Field on September 3, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – SEPTEMBER 03: Michael Vick #2 of the Pittsburgh Steelers is tackled by Kawann Short #99 of the Carolina Panthers in the first quarter during the game at Heinz Field on September 3, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 03: Fozzy Whittaker #43 of the Carolina Panthers is pushed out of bounds by Robert Golden #21 of the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first half during the game at Heinz Field on September 3, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – SEPTEMBER 03: Fozzy Whittaker #43 of the Carolina Panthers is pushed out of bounds by Robert Golden #21 of the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first half during the game at Heinz Field on September 3, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 03:  Landry Jones #3 of the Pittsburgh Steelers has his jersey ripped while running with the ball in the first half against the Carolina Panthers during the game at Heinz Field on September 3, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – SEPTEMBER 03: Landry Jones #3 of the Pittsburgh Steelers has his jersey ripped while running with the ball in the first half against the Carolina Panthers during the game at Heinz Field on September 3, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 03: Mike Brown #12 of the Carolina Panthers catches a pass in the second half against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the game at Heinz Field on September 3, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – SEPTEMBER 03: Mike Brown #12 of the Carolina Panthers catches a pass in the second half against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the game at Heinz Field on September 3, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 03: Will Johnson #46 of the Pittsburgh Steelers has his facemask grabbed while running with the ball in the fourth quarter by T.J. Heath #26 of the Carolina Panthers during the preseason game at Heinz Field on September 3, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – SEPTEMBER 03: Will Johnson #46 of the Pittsburgh Steelers has his facemask grabbed while running with the ball in the fourth quarter by T.J. Heath #26 of the Carolina Panthers during the preseason game at Heinz Field on September 3, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 05: Pittsburgh Panthers fans cheer on their team during introductions prior to the game against the Youngstown State Penguins at Heinz Field on September 5, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – SEPTEMBER 05: Pittsburgh Panthers fans cheer on their team during introductions prior to the game against the Youngstown State Penguins at Heinz Field on September 5, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 05: Pat Amara #25 of the Pittsburgh Panthers reacts while entering the field during introductions prior to the game against the Youngstown State Penguins at Heinz Field on September 5, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – SEPTEMBER 05: Pat Amara #25 of the Pittsburgh Panthers reacts while entering the field during introductions prior to the game against the Youngstown State Penguins at Heinz Field on September 5, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 05:  James Conner #24 of the Pittsburgh Panthers runs with the ball past an upended Kenneth Durden #7 of the Youngstown State Penguins in the first half during the game at Heinz Field on September 5, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – SEPTEMBER 05: James Conner #24 of the Pittsburgh Panthers runs with the ball past an upended Kenneth Durden #7 of the Youngstown State Penguins in the first half during the game at Heinz Field on September 5, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 05: Avonte Maddox #14 of the Pittsburgh Panthers breaks up a pass in front of Andrew Williams #80 of the Youngstown State Penguins in the first half during the game at Heinz Field on September 5, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – SEPTEMBER 05: Avonte Maddox #14 of the Pittsburgh Panthers breaks up a pass in front of Andrew Williams #80 of the Youngstown State Penguins in the first half during the game at Heinz Field on September 5, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 05: Pittsburgh Panthers fans sing 'Sweet Caroline' during the second half against the Youngstown State Penguins during the game at Heinz Field on September 5, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – SEPTEMBER 05: Pittsburgh Panthers fans sing ‘Sweet Caroline’ during the second half against the Youngstown State Penguins during the game at Heinz Field on September 5, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
MORGANTOWN, WV - SEPTEMBER 05:  Jovon Durante #5 of the West Virginia Mountaineers catches a touchdown pass in front of Dravon Askew-Henry #6 of the Georgia Southern Eagles in the first quarter during the game at Mountaineer Field on September 5, 2015 in Morgantown, West Virginia.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
MORGANTOWN, WV – SEPTEMBER 05: Jovon Durante #5 of the West Virginia Mountaineers catches a touchdown pass in front of Dravon Askew-Henry #6 of the Georgia Southern Eagles in the first quarter during the game at Mountaineer Field on September 5, 2015 in Morgantown, West Virginia. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
MORGANTOWN, WV - SEPTEMBER 05: Daryl Worley #7 of the West Virginia Mountaineers breaks up a pass intended for Ryan Longoria #31 of the Georgia Southern Eagles in the first half during the game at Mountaineer Field on September 5, 2015 in Morgantown, West Virginia.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
MORGANTOWN, WV – SEPTEMBER 05: Daryl Worley #7 of the West Virginia Mountaineers breaks up a pass intended for Ryan Longoria #31 of the Georgia Southern Eagles in the first half during the game at Mountaineer Field on September 5, 2015 in Morgantown, West Virginia. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
MORGANTOWN, WV - SEPTEMBER 05:  Tyrek Cole #1 of the West Virginia Mountaineers catches a pass in front of Deshawntee Gallon #27 of the Georgia Southern Eagles during the game at Mountaineer Field on September 5, 2015 in Morgantown, West Virginia.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
MORGANTOWN, WV – SEPTEMBER 05: Tyrek Cole #1 of the West Virginia Mountaineers catches a pass in front of Deshawntee Gallon #27 of the Georgia Southern Eagles during the game at Mountaineer Field on September 5, 2015 in Morgantown, West Virginia. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
MORGANTOWN, WV - SEPTEMBER 05: Rushel Shell #7 of the West Virginia Mountaineers stretches across the goal line for a touchdown in the second half against the Georgia Southern Eagles during the game at Mountaineer Field on September 5, 2015 in Morgantown, West Virginia.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
MORGANTOWN, WV – SEPTEMBER 05: Rushel Shell #7 of the West Virginia Mountaineers stretches across the goal line for a touchdown in the second half against the Georgia Southern Eagles during the game at Mountaineer Field on September 5, 2015 in Morgantown, West Virginia. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
MORGANTOWN, WV - SEPTEMBER 05: Favian Upshaw #13 of the Georgia Southern Eagles sits on the turf after being sacked in the second half against the West Virginia Mountaineers during the game at Mountaineer Field on September 5, 2015 in Morgantown, West Virginia.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
MORGANTOWN, WV – SEPTEMBER 05: Favian Upshaw #13 of the Georgia Southern Eagles sits on the turf after being sacked in the second half against the West Virginia Mountaineers during the game at Mountaineer Field on September 5, 2015 in Morgantown, West Virginia. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

 

Well, I’m a little behind on posting my favorite images of 2014. But between working, packing, moving to Pittsburgh, and that little ‘blizzard’ we had in Boston, I only ended up entering one contest – the Boston Press Photographers Association contest.

That’s one of the best contest’s I’ve ever entered. Why? Because at the end of the year you get to put your work up next to your friends who covered a lot of the same events in the same city. It’s the best way, I think, to see how well your year came out. And because it includes so many people who care about pictures and photojournalism, it was an honor to be a part of that group of folks in New England.

Onto the next chapter in life! Enjoy the pictures…

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 11: A competitor in the Freestyle Skiing Women's Ski Slopestyle Qualification on day four of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on February 11, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.
SOCHI, RUSSIA – FEBRUARY 11: A competitor in the Freestyle Skiing Women’s Ski Slopestyle Qualification on day four of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on February 11, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.
FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 16:  Chris Ivory #33 of the New York Jets is knocked out of bounds short of the goal line during the third quarter against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on October 16, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.
FOXBORO, MA – OCTOBER 16: Chris Ivory #33 of the New York Jets is knocked out of bounds short of the goal line during the third quarter against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on October 16, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.
BUFFALO, NY - MARCH 20: Aaron Craft #4 of the Ohio State Buckeyes reacts after losing to the Dayton Flyers 60-59 in the second round of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at the First Niagara Center on March 20, 2014 in Buffalo, New York.
BUFFALO, NY – MARCH 20: Aaron Craft #4 of the Ohio State Buckeyes reacts after losing to the Dayton Flyers 60-59 in the second round of the 2014 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at the First Niagara Center on March 20, 2014 in Buffalo, New York.
FOXBORO, MA - JUNE 06:  Javier Hernandez #14 of Mexico is fouled by Neto #14 of Portugal in the second half during the international friendly match at Gillette Stadium on June 6, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.
FOXBORO, MA – JUNE 06: Javier Hernandez #14 of Mexico is fouled by Neto #14 of Portugal in the second half during the international friendly match at Gillette Stadium on June 6, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.
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)
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.
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.
BOSTON, MA - MAY 18: Austin Jackson #14 of the Detroit Tigers poses for a portrait prior to the game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on May 18, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.
BOSTON, MA – MAY 18: Austin Jackson #14 of the Detroit Tigers poses for a portrait prior to the game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on May 18, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.
BOSTON, MA - MARCH 27:  Teuvo Teravainen #86 of the Chicago Blackhawks hits Johnny Boychuk #55 of the Boston Bruins in the first period during the game at TD Garden on March 27, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.
BOSTON, MA – MARCH 27: Teuvo Teravainen #86 of the Chicago Blackhawks hits Johnny Boychuk #55 of the Boston Bruins in the first period during the game at TD Garden on March 27, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.
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)
BUFFALO, NY - MARCH 20: Lasan Kromah #20 of the Connecticut Huskies and Langston Galloway #10 of the Saint Joseph's Hawks colllide during the second round of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at the First Niagara Center on March 20, 2014 in Buffalo, New York.
BUFFALO, NY – MARCH 20: Lasan Kromah #20 of the Connecticut Huskies and Langston Galloway #10 of the Saint Joseph’s Hawks colllide during the second round of the 2014 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at the First Niagara Center on March 20, 2014 in Buffalo, New York.
FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 14:  Jarvis Landry #14 of the Miami Dolphins warms up before a game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on December 14, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.
FOXBORO, MA – DECEMBER 14: Jarvis Landry #14 of the Miami Dolphins warms up before a game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on December 14, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.
BOSTON, MA - JANUARY 12:  Jason Brown performs during the Smucker's Skating Spectacular following the Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships at TD Garden on January 12, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA – JANUARY 12: Jason Brown performs during the Smucker’s Skating Spectacular following the Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships at TD Garden on January 12, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 11: A competitor in the Snowboard Men's Halfpipe Finals on day four of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on February 11, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.
SOCHI, RUSSIA – FEBRUARY 11: A competitor in the Snowboard Men’s Halfpipe Finals on day four of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on February 11, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.
Yale v Harvard
BOSTON, MA - JULY 28: The sunset is seen from the Green Monster in the third inning between the Boston Red Sox and the Toronto Blue Jays during the game at Fenway Park on July 28, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.
BOSTON, MA – JULY 28: The sunset is seen from the Green Monster in the third inning between the Boston Red Sox and the Toronto Blue Jays during the game at Fenway Park on July 28, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.
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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