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.
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.
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…
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!
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!