Photos: Harvard University vs. Yale University Women’s Hockey.

A rivalry as classic as it gets – Harvard vs. Yale. This time, it was in the form of women’s hockey. I was asked to shoot this year’s installment of the game for the Harvard University Athletics Department. 

This was a well played game by both teams, but Harvard came out on top for the win. 

It was my first time shooting hockey this year, so it took me a bit to get my timing and rhythm down, but felt comfortable as the game progressed. It was a good warm up for the Beanpot Championships I’m shooting today at TD Garden! Winter in Boston is in full swing.

Photos: Red Sox Baseball Operations Clinic.

Here’s a quick set of photos from a nice kids baseball clinic hosted by the Boston Red Sox Baseball Operations department. Special guests included President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski, Manager John Farrell, and former players Jason Varitek and Pedro Martinez. 

A nice opportunity to do good in the community!

Photos: Boston Red Sox Winter Weekend 2016.

Here is a gallery of photos from the second annual Boston Red Sox Winter Weekend, held at Foxwoods Resort & Casino in Connecticut. The weekend gives fans the chance to meet the players, receive autographs, listen to panel discussions, and get in the baseball frame of mind ahead of Spring Training. In essence, it’s a Fan Fest. 

This year proved just as tough to shoot as last year. Aesthetically, the yellow lights and patterned carpets of the casino make it difficult to make a picture that says “baseball.” We made the best of what we had, though, and there were a few moments that worked decently well. 

The weekend served as a reminder that Spring Training is just around the corner. 24 days until I report to Florida! Thinking warmer thoughts.

Photos: Hotel Commonwealth Celebrates New Wing Opening.

Above is a gallery of photos from the grand opening party for a newly constructed wing in one of Boston’s most hip hotels, the Hotel Commonwealth. I was asked to cover the event for the hotel. 

I was there early to shoot some decor shots of the new spaces. The $50 million addition includes 96 new hotel rooms, an outdoor terrace, and 6,000 square feet of event space. All of it looks fantastic. 

It was a great party, too. Red Sox legend Jim Rice was in attendance for photo ops with guests, and the Dropkick Murphy’s performed a high-energy set of music. I’m looking forward to shooting more at the Commonwealth, the official hotel of the Red Sox!

Photos: Shabbat At Temple Israel Boston.

You never know where your shooting will take you. This was a different kind of assignment from the majority of ones I do, but I really enjoyed shooting for Temple Israel in Boston at their Shabbat services last week. 

The Temple’s public relations team asked me to shoot some staged portraits of one of the Rabbis, Rabbi Elaine Zecher, and to provide some general coverage of their Qabbalat Shabbat services. This was a delicate act, as technically one isn’t allowed to shoot photos during services. They made an exception this one time, so I tiptoed around and made use of my camera’s quiet shutter mode. 

Here are a few portraits and candids from the evening. A big thanks to fellow Boston photographer Elan Kawesch for referring me for this job!

2015: Year In Review.

Well, that took longer than I thought it would. 2015 was a busy year, as it turns out.

At the end of each year, I make a habit of looking back and reflecting on the year that was. I think it’s a good exercise to do at this time of year, and as I wrote last year, I again found that it was a refreshing experience this time around. When I look at this body of work, I realize one thing. I shot A LOT. It wasn’t until I went back to the start of my January archives that I even remembered I shot some of these things. 

But busy is a good thing. No, a great thing! Above is a gallery of my favorite pictures and favorite memories from 2015. Click on any individual photo to enlarge it. I’ve also included some of my favorite video pieces from the year.

I completed my sixth year as a photographer working in Major League Baseball, and my fourth as a Boston Red Sox team photographer. That role was made into a full-time Staff Photographer position in March, which I’m really proud of and thankful for. This season was as much about Fenway Park as it was the team on the field. Although the team finished last in the division for the second straight year, a collection of first class events, including concerts, football, Irish hurling, and milestones made for a really exciting year at Boston’s old stadium. I love the grind there, and I’m ready to recharge on some new creative initiatives with the team in 2016. 

As a result of the full-time upgrade at Fenway, there were some sacrifices I had to make on the freelance side of my career. Taking two or three weeks off is tougher for me to do now, so I wasn’t able to make it back to shoot the Championships Wimbledon this year. I still got to shoot the BNP Paribas Open, though, where I witnessed some real history. I also shot and edited at some different events and games for Getty Images, which I’ve enjoyed immensely, and continued work for new and existing clients at events and weddings.

I also continued to grow on the video front, and began to work those skills into the corporate realm. Video is just as important as still photography, if not more, so I want to be sure to continue that work next year. 

All along the way, I learned a lot, both about myself and about this crazy, fast-paced world I operate in. Looking back, there were some decisions I would rethink, but I’ve learned from those and think I’ve grown as a person. Most importantly, as I reflect on all of this, I’m reminded of how thankful I am to be surrounded by incredible people. Colleagues, mentors, friends, and family members. You’re only as good as the people you surround yourself with, and I’m really lucky to have great people in my life. Congratulations to all those people on everything they did in 2015. 

Thank you so much for following along all year! Happy New Year!

2016 is going to be big. 

 

Photo: ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Advanced Screening.

"Chewbacca sits in a theatre with guests during an advanced screening of 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' for Goldman Sachs at Loews Theatre in Boston, Massachusetts Thursday, December 17, 2015."

“Chewbacca sits in a theatre with guests during an advanced screening of ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ at Loews Theatre in Boston, Massachusetts Thursday, December 17, 2015.”

I was asked to shoot an advanced private screening of ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ for a corporate client with fellow Boston Photographer, Adam Glanzman.

This was mainly a grip and grin type of event, so there weren’t many opportunities to make art. I did get a chance to snap a few features, though, and I thought this one was kind of funny. 

Thank you Adam for having me out to shoot!

PS for the Star Wars fans out there, go see the movie. It’s great.

Photos: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Fall 2015 Activity.

There’s been lots of excitement recently at the beautiful Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, and I’ve been lucky to document some of it. 

With longtime Museum Director Anne Hawley stepping down have come some great events and farewells. Here are some photos from a few nights I’ve had at the Museum of late. 

Thanks as always to the Gardner for having me! It’s a pleasure. 

Photos: Merrimack Pharmaceuticals At Fenway Park.

Here is a gallery of photos from a private event at Fenway Park I shot for Merrimack Pharmaceuticals several months ago. 

I’ve come to enjoy shooting corporate types of events like these. It’s a completely different pace from shooting sports, but it’s a good, marketable skill to have as a photographer. In 2016, I’d like to figure out how to work more shoots like these into the portfolios and posts that I share publicly. 

Photos: B’Nai B’Rith Honors Larry Lucchino.

Here is a selection of images from a B’Nai B’Rith event at Fenway Park honoring Boston Red Sox President & CEO Emeritus, Larry Lucchino.