22 on 22.

"Rain falls in Lutherville, Maryland Tuesday, November 22, 2011."

I didn’t get the beautiful fall weather that I got on my birthday last year. In fact, it’s been pouring all day. It’s still been a wonderful day, though, and a great 22 years!

Happy Thanksgiving, everybody!

From the archives.

"Baltimore Orioles teammates congratulate left fielder Nolan Reimold as he runs toward home plate after hitting a two run walk off home run in the bottom of the tenth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox Wednesday, August 10, 2011. The Orioles won 6-4."

Here’s one of my all-time favorites! I just came across this one as I was searching through my archives. 

A nice, exciting, colorful jolt of energy to contrast the dreary weather we’ve had all week. 

Ugly Basketball.

"Members of the Johns Hopkins University and Goucher College men's basketball teams fight for a rebound during a 'Pride of Maryland Tournament 2011' opening round game Tuesday, November 15, 2011 at Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland."

"Members of the Johns Hopkins University men's basketball team collide during a 'Pride of Maryland Tournament 2011' first round game at Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland Tuesday, November 15, 2011."

I love shooting sports, but basketball is among my least favorites. There’s something about dark, yellowy lit gymnasiums that just doesn’t do it for me. 

At its roots, it’s not as pure of a game as other sports are. Often the only thing you see through your lens are clusters of bodies falling on top of one another, or, if you’re shooting from the baseline, bodies falling on top of you. Visually, I prefer sports with simple, clean lines and great light. You’ll get a sense of what I mean if you click here or here.

For me, those are refreshing to look at after the types of events I’ve been covering lately. 

Regardless, I shoot basketball when I need to, and I can make some good images when I do. I covered the opening round of the annual Pride of Maryland tournament at Goucher last Tuesday, and I liked these two as a pair. They show the uglier side of basketball. 

Networking.

"Student-athletes talk with a recruiter after listening to a career advice panel discussion at a networking event designed for graduating Seniors at Goucher College Tuesday, November 15, 2011."

This is about as exciting a photograph one can make at a networking event. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the discussions held and the questions raised while I was shooting, but visually, it was as ordinary looking as it gets. 

Sometimes that’s just how it is, and it’s important for me to keep in mind that I’m not going to make amazing pictures at every assignment I shoot. As long as I get quality images of what’s needed, then I’ve done my job. Such was the case from this event. 

If anything, it’s a good piece of PR for Goucher.

Magazine Cover Photo: Nick Markakis

"Young Harris College 'Echoes' alumni magazine: Fall/Winter 2011 Cover."

Here’s my first formal magazine cover!

While I was working as a photographer for the Baltimore Orioles this summer, editors of the “Echoes” alumni magazine at Young Harris College in northern Georgia contacted me requesting photos of Orioles right fielder, Nick Markakis, for a cover story they planned to run about him. If you weren’t aware, Markakis played his college ball at Young Harris. 

Click here to see the rest of the magazine, as well as the article itself, which includes more photos. 

This is a low resolution version of the cover, so I’ll be sure to post a better image once I get a hard copy of the magazine. Regardless, this is a great addition to my portfolio!

Hopefully this will be the first of many covers to come. 

During lockout, NBA players kick off Under Armour tour in Baltimore.

"Milwaukee Bucks point guard Brandon Jennings (left), Memphis Grizzlies point guard Greivis Vasquez, and #9 overall 2011 NBA Draft pick of the Charlotte Bobcats Kemba Walker await the start of an exhibition game to kick off the Under Armour 'Are You From Here?' tour at St. Frances Academy in Baltimore, Maryland Monday, November 7, 2011."

I shot the kick off event for Under Armour‘s “Are You From Here?” tour yesterday at the St. Frances Academy school in downtown Baltimore. The tour is designed to promote NBA players’ engagement with the community while the lockout prevents them from playing. 

On the tour are Brandon Jennings of the Milwaukee Bucks, Derrick Williams, the #2 overall NBA Draft pick of the Minnesota Timberwolves, Kemba Walker, the #9 overall 2011 NBA Draft pick of the Charlotte Bobcats, and Grievis Vasquez, former University of Maryland star and current Memphis Grizzlies point guard. 

I’ve shot basketball before, but I’ve never seen guys move like these NBA players can. Their movements are ridiculously quick, even in a pick-up exhibition game like this one. Their athleticism is freaky. 

This was a fun event which I enjoyed shooting, despite the horrible lighting in the school’s gym. It made shooting action really tough, so I focused more on the candid moments like this one. 

Wedding.

"Greg and Meredith Goldman walk down the aisle after their wedding ceremony at The Breakers Hotel Saturday, November 5, 2011 in West Palm Beach, Florida."

Despite the temptation to take a true break for a few days, I decided to try to be a bit productive over the past weekend, which my family and I spent in West Palm Beach, Florida. I did so by shooting some wedding pictures, adding to a part of my portfolio which is significantly smaller than most others. 

For the amount I shot (which wasn’t many), I was mildly happy with what I came away with. Weddings are fun to be at, especially when they are like Greg and Meredith’s here, but I don’t find them so fun to shoot. I know, though, that that’s simply because I haven’t shot enough of them. Like anything else I shoot, I’m sure I’d look at this type of photography differently if I shot more of it.