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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Well, I’m a bit more than a month back into the freelance world and thought it was time to throw an update of recent work together to show that I wasn’t just sitting on my butt at home the last few weeks.

Anyways, here are 20 of my favorite frames from the months of July and August. Enjoy!

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.

BOSTON, MA - JULY 19: Steve DeNapoli #70 of the New York Lizards is tripped up going for the ball in front of Kyle Sweeney #77 during the game at Harvard Stadium on July 19, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – JULY 19: Steve DeNapoli #70 of the New York Lizards is tripped up going for the ball in front of Kyle Sweeney #77 during the game at Harvard Stadium on July 19, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - JULY 19: Kyle Sweeney #77 of the Boston Cannons and Jerry Ragonese #37 of the New York Lizards reach for a loose ball in the first half during the game at Harvard Stadium on July 19, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – JULY 19: Kyle Sweeney #77 of the Boston Cannons and Jerry Ragonese #37 of the New York Lizards reach for a loose ball in the first half during the game at Harvard Stadium on July 19, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - JULY 08: Mike Napoli #12 of the Boston Red Sox sits at second base after sliding into an inning-ending double play in the first inning against the Chicago White Sox during the game at Fenway Park on July 8, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – JULY 08: Mike Napoli #12 of the Boston Red Sox sits at second base after sliding into an inning-ending double play in the first inning against the Chicago White Sox during the game at Fenway Park on July 8, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - JULY 08: Jonny Gomes #5 of the Boston Red Sox leaps for a fly ball in left field in front of the Green Monster but comes up short against the Chicago White Sox during the game at Fenway Park on July 8, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – JULY 08: Jonny Gomes #5 of the Boston Red Sox leaps for a fly ball in left field in front of the Green Monster but comes up short against the Chicago White Sox during the game at Fenway Park on July 8, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - JULY 08:  Adam Eaton #1 of the Chicago White Sox fails to come up with the catch in center field against the Boston Red Sox during the game at Fenway Park on July 8, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – JULY 08: Adam Eaton #1 of the Chicago White Sox fails to come up with the catch in center field against the Boston Red Sox during the game at Fenway Park on July 8, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - JULY 18:  Stephen Drew #7 of the Boston Red Sox tags out Eric Hosmer #35 of the Kansas City Royals in the first inning on an attempted steal during the game at Fenway Park on July 18, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – JULY 18: Stephen Drew #7 of the Boston Red Sox tags out Eric Hosmer #35 of the Kansas City Royals in the first inning on an attempted steal during the game at Fenway Park on July 18, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - JULY 18: Xander Bogaerts #2 of the Boston Red Sox is congratulated by teammates in the dugout after hitting a two-run home run in the sixth inning against the Kansas City Royals during the game at Fenway Park on July 18, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – JULY 18: Xander Bogaerts #2 of the Boston Red Sox is congratulated by teammates in the dugout after hitting a two-run home run in the sixth inning against the Kansas City Royals during the game at Fenway Park on July 18, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - JULY 28: Fans look on from right field during the first inning between the Boston Red Sox and the Toronto Blue Jays during the game at Fenway Park on July 28, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – JULY 28: Fans look on from right field during the first inning between the Boston Red Sox and the Toronto Blue Jays during the game at Fenway Park on July 28, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - AUGUST 16:  Brock Holt #26 of the Boston Red Sox misplays a ground ball at third base in the first inning against the Houston Astros during the game at Fenway Park on August 16, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – AUGUST 16: Brock Holt #26 of the Boston Red Sox misplays a ground ball at third base in the first inning against the Houston Astros during the game at Fenway Park on August 16, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - AUGUST 16:  Xander Bogaerts #2 of the Boston Red Sox attempts to turn the double play over Dexter Fowler #21 of the Houston Astros during the game at Fenway Park on August 16, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – AUGUST 16: Xander Bogaerts #2 of the Boston Red Sox attempts to turn the double play over Dexter Fowler #21 of the Houston Astros during the game at Fenway Park on August 16, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - AUGUST 16: Jose Altuve #27 of the Houston Astros dives but comes up short on a ground ball against  the Boston Red Sox during the game at Fenway Park on August 16, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – AUGUST 16: Jose Altuve #27 of the Houston Astros dives but comes up short on a ground ball against the Boston Red Sox during the game at Fenway Park on August 16, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - AUGUST 16: Dustin Pedroia #15 of the Boston Red Sox runs to first base against the Houston Astros during the game at Fenway Park on August 16, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – AUGUST 16: Dustin Pedroia #15 of the Boston Red Sox runs to first base against the Houston Astros during the game at Fenway Park on August 16, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA - AUGUST 15: Head coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots looks on as his team warms up prior to the preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Gillette Stadium on August 15, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – AUGUST 15: Head coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots looks on as his team warms up prior to the preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Gillette Stadium on August 15, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA - AUGUST 15: Julian Edelman #11 of the New England Patriots catches a pass in front of Roc Carmichael #21 of the Philadelphia Eagles in the first quarter during the preseason game at Gillette Stadium on August 15, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – AUGUST 15: Julian Edelman #11 of the New England Patriots catches a pass in front of Roc Carmichael #21 of the Philadelphia Eagles in the first quarter during the preseason game at Gillette Stadium on August 15, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA - AUGUST 15: Ryan Allen #6 of the New England Patriots has his punt blocked by members of the Philadelphia Eagles in the first half during the preseason game at Gillette Stadium on August 15, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – AUGUST 15: Ryan Allen #6 of the New England Patriots has his punt blocked by members of the Philadelphia Eagles in the first half during the preseason game at Gillette Stadium on August 15, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA - AUGUST 15: Henry Josey #34 of the Philadelphia Eagles dives in for a touchdown in the third quarter against the New England Patriots during the preseason game at Gillette Stadium on August 15, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – AUGUST 15: Henry Josey #34 of the Philadelphia Eagles dives in for a touchdown in the third quarter against the New England Patriots during the preseason game at Gillette Stadium on August 15, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA - AUGUST 15: Jordan Matthews #81 of the Philadelphia Eagles is tackled by Malcolm Butler #29 of the New England Patriots in the second half during the preseason game at Gillette Stadium on August 15, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – AUGUST 15: Jordan Matthews #81 of the Philadelphia Eagles is tackled by Malcolm Butler #29 of the New England Patriots in the second half during the preseason game at Gillette Stadium on August 15, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA - AUGUST 15: Damaris Johnson #13 and Jordan Matthews #81 of the Philadelphia Eagles celebrate following a touchdown in the second half against the New England Patriots in the second half during the preseason game at Gillette Stadium on August 15, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – AUGUST 15: Damaris Johnson #13 and Jordan Matthews #81 of the Philadelphia Eagles celebrate following a touchdown in the second half against the New England Patriots in the second half during the preseason game at Gillette Stadium on August 15, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA - AUGUST 15: Roy Finch #29 of the New England Patriots is tackled by Malcolm Jenkins #27 of the Philadelphia Eagles on a kickoff return in the first half during the preseason game at Gillette Stadium on August 15, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – AUGUST 15: Roy Finch #29 of the New England Patriots is tackled by Malcolm Jenkins #27 of the Philadelphia Eagles on a kickoff return in the first half during the preseason game at Gillette Stadium on August 15, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Runners make their way down Boylston Street near the finish line during the 2014 B.A.A. Boston Marathon on April 21, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.

Runners make their way down Boylston Street near the finish line during the 2014 B.A.A. Boston Marathon on April 21, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Hey All,

I’ve decided to start a blog post at the beginning of every month with some of my favorite sports images from the previous month. This should make growing as a photographer a bit easier to see things on a monthly basis instead of only looking back at the end of every year. I think it can also help prevent your daily body of work from becoming stale, especially when covering the same venue almost every day, by seeing exactly what it is that you have and haven’t shot and maybe how you can make those first attempts at photos better the second time around.

I hope to get as many opinions on my work from as many photographers as possible, regardless of their genre. So please feel free to comment on the blog, Facebook, Twitter, or send me an email (jared@wickphotography.com)!

With this blog post I’m also unveiling a new redesign of my website that was done by my good friend Joel Hawksley. I also welcome everyone to take a look around and give me your feedback – good or bad!

This month in particular, April, was filled with a lot of Red Sox baseball and Bruins hockey with a small race sprinkled in. Enjoy!

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 21:  Meb Keflezighi of the United States crosses the finish line in first place to win the 2014 B.A.A. Boston Marathon on April 21, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. Meb becomes the first American winner of the Boston Marathon since 1983. Today marks the 118th Boston Marathon; security presence has been increased this year, due to two bombs that were detonated at the finish line last year, killing three people and injuring more than 260 others.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 21: Meb Keflezighi of the United States crosses the finish line in first place to win the 2014 B.A.A. Boston Marathon on April 21, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. Meb becomes the first American winner of the Boston Marathon since 1983. Today marks the 118th Boston Marathon; security presence has been increased this year, due to two bombs that were detonated at the finish line last year, killing three people and injuring more than 260 others. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 21: Rita Jeptoo of Kenya reacts after finishing in first place in the women's division with an official time of 2:28:57 during the 2014 B.A.A. Boston Marathon on April 21, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. Today marks the 118th Boston Marathon; security presence has been increased this year, due to two bombs that were detonated at the finish line last year, killing three people and injuring more than 260 others. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 21: Rita Jeptoo of Kenya reacts after finishing in first place in the women’s division with an official time of 2:28:57 during the 2014 B.A.A. Boston Marathon on April 21, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. Today marks the 118th Boston Marathon; security presence has been increased this year, due to two bombs that were detonated at the finish line last year, killing three people and injuring more than 260 others. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 15: Two Dorchester residents light their candles during the candlelight vigil for the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings at Garvey Park on April 15, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. Last year, two pressure cooker bombs killed three and injured an estimated 264 others during the Boston marathon, on April 15, 2013.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 15: Two Dorchester residents light their candles during the candlelight vigil for the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings at Garvey Park on April 15, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. Last year, two pressure cooker bombs killed three and injured an estimated 264 others during the Boston marathon, on April 15, 2013. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 18: Rene Rancourt sings the national anthem prior to the game between the Detroit Red Wings and the Boston Bruins in Game One of the First Round of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden on April 18, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 18: Rene Rancourt sings the national anthem prior to the game between the Detroit Red Wings and the Boston Bruins in Game One of the First Round of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden on April 18, 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 20: Andrej Meszaros #41 of the Boston Bruins flips over Tomas Tatar #21 of the Detroit Red Wings in the third period during the game at TD Garden on April 20, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 20: Andrej Meszaros #41 of the Boston Bruins flips over Tomas Tatar #21 of the Detroit Red Wings in the third period during the game at TD Garden on April 20, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 20: Zdeno Chara #33 of the Boston Bruins celebrates his goal with teammate Jarome Iginla #12 in the third period against the Detroit Red Wings during the game at TD Garden on April 20, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 20: Zdeno Chara #33 of the Boston Bruins celebrates his goal with teammate Jarome Iginla #12 in the third period against the Detroit Red Wings during the game at TD Garden on April 20, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 22: Jackie Bradley, Jr. #25 of the Boston Red Sox jumps up for a fly ball at the center field wall but comes up missing it against the New York Yankees during the game at Fenway Park on April 22, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 22: Jackie Bradley, Jr. #25 of the Boston Red Sox jumps up for a fly ball at the center field wall but comes up missing it against the New York Yankees during the game at Fenway Park on April 22, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 22: Grady Sizemore #38 of the Boston Red Sox dives for a fly ball in right field but comes up short against the New York Yankees during the game at Fenway Park on April 22, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 22: Grady Sizemore #38 of the Boston Red Sox dives for a fly ball in right field but comes up short against the New York Yankees during the game at Fenway Park on April 22, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 22: Jacoby Ellsbury #22 of the New York Yankees catches a fly ball in center field against the Boston Red Sox in the first inning during the game at Fenway Park on April 22, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 22: Jacoby Ellsbury #22 of the New York Yankees catches a fly ball in center field against the Boston Red Sox in the first inning during the game at Fenway Park on April 22, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 22: A.J. Pierzynski #40 of the Boston Red Sox reacts after a broken bat out in the ninth inning against the New York Yankees during the game at Fenway Park on April 22, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 22: A.J. Pierzynski #40 of the Boston Red Sox reacts after a broken bat out in the ninth inning against the New York Yankees during the game at Fenway Park on April 22, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 22: Nate McDonald of Andover, Massachussets holds up a sign during batting practice prior to the game between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees at Fenway Park on April 22, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 22: Nate McDonald of Andover, Massachussets holds up a sign during batting practice prior to the game between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees at Fenway Park on April 22, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 23: Kelly Johnson #33 of the New York Yankees throws a ground ball to first base before it lands off target in the eighth inning against the Boston Red Sox during the game at Fenway Park on April 23, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 23: Kelly Johnson #33 of the New York Yankees throws a ground ball to first base before it lands off target in the eighth inning against the Boston Red Sox during the game at Fenway Park on April 23, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 23: Mike Carp #37 of the Boston Red Sox attempts to slide and catch a fly ball before coming up short against the New York Yankees during the game at Fenway Park on April 23, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 23: Mike Carp #37 of the Boston Red Sox attempts to slide and catch a fly ball before coming up short against the New York Yankees during the game at Fenway Park on April 23, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 24: Fans enter the right field bleacher seats prior to the game between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees at Fenway Park on April 24, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 24: Fans enter the right field bleacher seats prior to the game between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees at Fenway Park on April 24, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 24: Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees warms up prior to the game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on April 24, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 24: Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees warms up prior to the game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on April 24, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 24: Carlos Beltran #36 of the New York Yankees plays against the Boston Red Sox during the game at Fenway Park on April 24, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 24: Carlos Beltran #36 of the New York Yankees plays against the Boston Red Sox during the game at Fenway Park on April 24, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 26: Milan Lucic #17 of the Boston Bruins celebrates his goal against the Detroit Red Wings in the third period in Game Five of the First Round of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden on April 26, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham) (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 26: Milan Lucic #17 of the Boston Bruins celebrates his goal against the Detroit Red Wings in the third period in Game Five of the First Round of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden on April 26, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham) (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 26: Zdeno Chara #33 of the Boston Bruins celebrates his goal at the end of the second period against the Detroit Red Wings in Game Five of the First Round of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden on April 26, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 26: Zdeno Chara #33 of the Boston Bruins celebrates his goal at the end of the second period against the Detroit Red Wings in Game Five of the First Round of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden on April 26, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 24:  Dustin Pedroia #15 of the Boston Red Sox fields a ground ball in the fifth inning agains the New York Yankees during the game at Fenway Park on April 24, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 24: Dustin Pedroia #15 of the Boston Red Sox fields a ground ball in the fifth inning agains the New York Yankees during the game at Fenway Park on April 24, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 09: A.J. Pierzynski #40 of the Boston Red Sox walks back to the dugout as the sun sets against the Texas Rangers at Fenway Park on April 9, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 09: A.J. Pierzynski #40 of the Boston Red Sox walks back to the dugout as the sun sets against the Texas Rangers at Fenway Park on April 9, 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)

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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)

After a completely dry first half, the skies opened up to start the 3rd quarter in what ended up being a showing of performance that was just as sloppy as the weather that Mother Nature provided us with.

Here is my take from the home opener for the New England Patriots in week 2 against their rival, the New York Jets. Enjoy!

FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 12: Wide receiver Julian Edelman #11 of the New England Patriots drops a pass in the second quarter against free safety Antonio Allen #39 of the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium on September 12, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – SEPTEMBER 12: Wide receiver Julian Edelman #11 of the New England Patriots drops a pass in the second quarter against free safety Antonio Allen #39 of the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium on September 12, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 12: Defensive end Michael Buchanan #99 of the New England Patriots celebrates after a sack in the second quarter against the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium on September 12, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – SEPTEMBER 12: Defensive end Michael Buchanan #99 of the New England Patriots celebrates after a sack in the second quarter against the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium on September 12, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 12: Stephen Hill #84 of the New York Jets catches a pass over Alfonzo Dennard #37 of 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: Stephen Hill #84 of the New York Jets catches a pass over Alfonzo Dennard #37 of 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: Ryan Spadola #85 of the New York Jets attempts to catch a pass in front of Devin McCourty #32 of the New England Patriots before having it knocked out of his hands during the game at Gillette Stadium on September 12, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – SEPTEMBER 12: Ryan Spadola #85 of the New York Jets attempts to catch a pass in front of Devin McCourty #32 of the New England Patriots before having it knocked out of his hands during the game at Gillette Stadium on September 12, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 12: Aqib Talib #31 of the New England Patriots celebrates after catching an interception in the second half against the New York Jets during the game at Gillette Stadium on September 12, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – SEPTEMBER 12: Aqib Talib #31 of the New England Patriots celebrates after catching an interception in the second half against the New York Jets 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)

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: Stephen Hill #84 of the New York Jets has his pass broken up by Aqib Talib #31 and Devin McCourty #32 of the New England Patriots during the game at Gillette Stadium on September 12, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – SEPTEMBER 12: Stephen Hill #84 of the New York Jets has his pass broken up by Aqib Talib #31 and Devin McCourty #32 of the New England Patriots during the game at Gillette Stadium on September 12, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 12: Julian Edelman #11 of the New England Patriots catches a pass in front of Antonio Allen #39 of the New York Jets in the fourth quarter during the game at Gillette Stadium on September 12, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – SEPTEMBER 12: Julian Edelman #11 of the New England Patriots catches a pass in front of Antonio Allen #39 of the New York Jets in the fourth quarter during the game at Gillette Stadium on September 12, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 12: Alfonzo Dennard #37 of the New England Patriots intercepts a pass in front of Clyde Gates #19 of the New York Jets in the fourth quarter during the game at Gillette Stadium on September 12, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – SEPTEMBER 12: Alfonzo Dennard #37 of the New England Patriots intercepts a pass in front of Clyde Gates #19 of the New York Jets in the fourth quarter during the game at Gillette Stadium on September 12, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 12: Geno Smith #7 of the New York Jets walks off of the field following their 10-13 loss to the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on September 12, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO, MA – SEPTEMBER 12: Geno Smith #7 of the New York Jets walks off of the field following their 10-13 loss to the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on September 12, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)