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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)

Dear Pittsburgh: I’m coming home.

Life doesn’t always go as planned…

…and sometimes that’s a really good thing.

If everything we asked for and chased after resulted in our ideal outcome, what fun would that be? As an artist, I’d never learn how to get better at my craft nor would we strive to become better people.

We would be stagnant and boring with nothing to surprise us.

Why am I bringing this up? Because my quality of life will soon be in a much better place: Pittsburgh.

This February I will be moving back home to the city of bridges.

I’ve been three years removed from the place that taught and gave me so much. And even in such a short time, it has changed a lot. Just ask my good friend and artist, Baron Batch, who is making things happen over at Studio AM in Homestead, a part of western Pennsylvania that is especially close to my heart. It’s where my grandfather, or ‘Pap’ as I called him, grew up and made his living for so many years. The same man who introduced me to the city, Three Rivers Stadium, and the Stillers.

Whereas Gerald Wickerham, or Pap, was executive director of the North Side Development Council working on constructing new offices and landmarks during the height of the steel industry, this generation of young creatives are finding ways to repurpose those same interiors with their own ideas designed for today’s world while still maintaining the blue-collar mentality.

One foot firmly planted in the past and the other proudly moving forward towards the future.

It’s exciting to have the opportunity to put my own stamp on a city that was molded by previous generations of my family. Now, that’s not to say that I didn’t enjoy my time in Boston. I met some really great people, experienced historical moments, both good and bad, and made some pictures that I’m proud of. And for those things, I am truly grateful.

But it’s time to come home to the place I truly belong.

Being back in Pittsburgh is a feeling unlike any other. It’s a combination of the tangible and intangible moments. There is certainly a general sense of feeling welcome in such a friendly part of the world. But there’s also a self-confidence that comes with being in a place that is open to change and taking chances. There are no limits to what someone can accomplish in such a progressive place.

Don’t get me wrong – nothing will come easily. There will be a new set of challenges that await. But with the support of friends (let’s face it, they’re really family at this point) like Jeff & Beth Swensen, Justin Merriman, Stephanie Strasburg, Mickey & Molly Miller, Andy Russell, Jasmine Goldband, Baron Batch, Sean Beauford, and the rest of the folks I’ve missed dearly these last few years, I can’t go wrong.

And not to mention all of the Pamela’s hotcakes I can eat!

See yinz guys soon…

–Jared

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)

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)