Photo: Boston Red Sox Rookies Visit Children’s Hospital.

"Boston Red Sox rookies (left to right) Blake Swihart, Garin Cecchini, Christian Vazquez, and Matt Barnes laugh as they visit a patient at Boston Children's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts Wednesday, January 15, 2014."

“Boston Red Sox rookies (left to right) Blake Swihart, Garin Cecchini, Matt Barnes, and Christian Vazquez laugh as they visit a patient at Children’s Hospital Boston in Boston, Massachusetts Wednesday, January 15, 2014.”

I just thought I’d make a quick post with this photo from our visit to Children’s Hospital Boston yesterday with some Red Sox up and comers who are in town this week for the Rookie Development program. 

It’s refreshing to see such youthful energy, and the guys were great to follow around as they met with patients. I liked this moment.

Photos: Figure Skating At Fenway Park.

"2014 US Junior Ladies Champion Amber Glen performs during a figure skating showcase at Fenway Park as part of Frozen Fenway 2014 Monday, January 13, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts."

“2014 US Junior Ladies Champion Amber Glenn performs during a figure skating showcase at Fenway Park as part of Frozen Fenway 2014 Monday, January 13, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Senior Ladies Competitor Aimee Buchanan performs during a figure skating showcase at Fenway Park as part of Frozen Fenway Monday, January 13, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Senior Ladies Competitor Aimee Buchanan performs during a figure skating showcase at Fenway Park as part of Frozen Fenway Monday, January 13, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Jade Esposito and Nathan Rensing, 2014 Juvenile Pairs National Competitors, perform during a figure skating showcase at Fenway Park as part of Frozen Fenway Monday, January 13, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Jade Esposito and Nathan Rensing, 2014 Juvenile Pairs National Competitors, perform during a figure skating showcase at Fenway Park as part of Frozen Fenway Monday, January 13, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Junior Men's skater Harrison Choate performs during a figure skating showcase at Fenway Park as part of Frozen Fenway Monday, January 13, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Junior Men’s skater Harrison Choate performs during a figure skating showcase at Fenway Park as part of Frozen Fenway Monday, January 13, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"2014 US Senior Pairs Competitors Alexandria Shaughnessy and Jimmy Morgan perform during a figure skating showcase at Fenway Park as part of Frozen Fenway Monday, January 13, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts."

“2014 US Senior Pairs Competitors Alexandria Shaughnessy and Jimmy Morgan perform during a figure skating showcase at Fenway Park as part of Frozen Fenway Monday, January 13, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"2011 US Men's Champion Ryan Bradley does a backflip while performing during a figure skating showcase at Fenway Park as part of Frozen Fenway Monday, January 13, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts."

“2011 US Men’s Champion Ryan Bradley does a backflip while performing during a figure skating showcase at Fenway Park as part of Frozen Fenway Monday, January 13, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"2014 US Senior Ladies Competitor Yasmin Siraj performs during a figure skating showcase at Fenway Park as part of Frozen Fenway Monday, January 13, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts."

“2014 US Senior Ladies Competitor Yasmin Siraj performs during a figure skating showcase at Fenway Park as part of Frozen Fenway Monday, January 13, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"2014 US Senior Pairs Competitors Alexandria Shaughnessy and Jimmy Morgan perform during a figure skating showcase at Fenway Park as part of Frozen Fenway Monday, January 13, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts."

“2014 US Senior Pairs Competitors Alexandria Shaughnessy and Jimmy Morgan perform during a figure skating showcase at Fenway Park as part of Frozen Fenway Monday, January 13, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"The Haydenettes Senior Synchronized Skating Team performs during a figure skating showcase at Fenway Park as part of Frozen Fenway Monday, January 13, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts."

“The Haydenettes Senior Synchronized Skating Team waits before a performance during a figure skating showcase at Fenway Park as part of Frozen Fenway Monday, January 13, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"The Haydenettes Senior Synchronized Skating Team performs during a figure skating showcase at Fenway Park as part of Frozen Fenway Monday, January 13, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts."

“The Haydenettes Senior Synchronized Skating Team performs during a figure skating showcase at Fenway Park as part of Frozen Fenway Monday, January 13, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"The Haydenettes Senior Synchronized Skating Team performs during a figure skating showcase at Fenway Park as part of Frozen Fenway Monday, January 13, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts."

“The Haydenettes Senior Synchronized Skating Team performs during a figure skating showcase at Fenway Park as part of Frozen Fenway Monday, January 13, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"The Lexettes Junior Synchronized Skating Team perform during a figure skating showcase at Fenway Park as part of Frozen Fenway Monday, January 13, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts."

“The Lexettes Junior Synchronized Skating Team perform during a figure skating showcase at Fenway Park as part of Frozen Fenway Monday, January 13, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Junior Ladies skater Heidi Munger performs during a figure skating showcase at Fenway Park as part of Frozen Fenway Monday, January 13, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Junior Ladies skater Heidi Munger performs during a figure skating showcase at Fenway Park as part of Frozen Fenway Monday, January 13, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"2014 US Junior Ladies Champion Amber Glenn performs during a figure skating showcase at Fenway Park as part of Frozen Fenway Monday, January 13, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts."

“2014 US Junior Ladies Champion Amber Glenn performs during a figure skating showcase at Fenway Park as part of Frozen Fenway Monday, January 13, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.”

It was a beautiful morning here in Boston, and although I didn’t really know what I was doing when it came to shooting figure skating, I tried to make some art out here at Frozen Fenway. It’s not every day that you get to see really good figure skating up close, so I made an effort to stay creative and play with the light and shadows. 

A fun experience for sure!

Photos: Scenes From Frozen Fenway 2014.

"University of Massachusetts players wait in the Red Sox dugout tunnel before a game against Salem State at Frozen Fenway Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“University of Massachusetts players wait in the Red Sox dugout tunnel before a game against Salem State at Frozen Fenway Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"University of Massachusetts players walk toward the ice before a game against Salem State at Frozen Fenway Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“University of Massachusetts players walk toward the ice before a game against Salem State at Frozen Fenway Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"The Salem State goalie waits in the net during a game against the University of Massachusetts at Frozen Fenway Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“The Salem State goalie waits in the net during a game against the University of Massachusetts at Frozen Fenway Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Game action during a game between University of Massachusetts and Salem State at Frozen Fenway Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Game action during a game between University of Massachusetts and Salem State at Frozen Fenway Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"A Salem State University player walk toward the batting tunnel between periods during a game against University of Massachusetts at Frozen Fenway Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“A Salem State University player walk toward the batting tunnel between periods during a game against University of Massachusetts at Frozen Fenway Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Former Boston Bruins player Bobby Orr skates during an open rink session at Frozen Fenway Thursday, January 9, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Former Boston Bruins player Bobby Orr skates during an open rink session at Frozen Fenway Thursday, January 9, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Former Boston Bruins player Bobby Orr leaves Fenway Park after skating during an open rink session at Frozen Fenway Thursday, January 9, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Former Boston Bruins player Bobby Orr leaves Fenway Park after skating during an open rink session at Frozen Fenway Thursday, January 9, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"A father leads his children in a lap around the rink at Fenway Park during a skate-around session with former Boston Bruins player Bobby Orr at Frozen Fenway Thursday, January 9, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“A father leads his children in a lap around the rink at Fenway Park during a skate-around session with former Boston Bruins player Bobby Orr at Frozen Fenway Thursday, January 9, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Norwich University players wait in the dugout tunnel before a game against Babson College at Frozen Fenway Thursday, January 9, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Norwich University players wait in the dugout tunnel before a game against Babson College at Frozen Fenway Thursday, January 9, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Starting lineups are introduced before a game between Babson College and Norwich University at Frozen Fenway Thursday, January 9, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Starting lineups are introduced before a game between Babson College and Norwich University at Frozen Fenway Thursday, January 9, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Babson College players line up on the ice before a game against Norwich University at Frozen Fenway Thursday, January 9, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Babson College players line up on the ice before a game against Norwich University at Frozen Fenway Thursday, January 9, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Game action during a game between Babson College and Norwich University at Frozen Fenway Thursday, January 9, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Game action during a game between Babson College and Norwich University at Frozen Fenway Thursday, January 9, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Game action during a game between Babson College and Norwich University at Frozen Fenway Thursday, January 9, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Game action during a game between Babson College and Norwich University at Frozen Fenway Thursday, January 9, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Game action during a game between Babson College and Norwich University at Frozen Fenway Thursday, January 9, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Game action during a game between Babson College and Norwich University at Frozen Fenway Thursday, January 9, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"The starting lineups are introduced before a game between University of Massachusetts Lowell and Northeastern University at Frozen Fenway Saturday, January 11, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“The starting lineups are introduced before a game between University of Massachusetts Lowell and Northeastern University at Frozen Fenway Saturday, January 11, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"The Northeastern University marching band plays during a game against University of Massachusetts Lowell at Frozen Fenway Saturday, January 11, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“The Northeastern University pep band plays during a game against University of Massachusetts Lowell at Frozen Fenway Saturday, January 11, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"A University of Massachusetts Lowell goalie's hat is shown during a game against Northeastern University at Frozen Fenway Saturday, January 11, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“A University of Massachusetts Lowell goalie’s hat is shown during a game against Northeastern University at Frozen Fenway Saturday, January 11, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Game action during a game between University of Massachusetts Lowell and Northeastern University at Frozen Fenway Saturday, January 11, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Game action during a game between University of Massachusetts Lowell and Northeastern University at Frozen Fenway Saturday, January 11, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Game action during a game between University of Massachusetts Lowell and Northeastern University at Frozen Fenway Saturday, January 11, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Game action during a game between University of Massachusetts Lowell and Northeastern University at Frozen Fenway Saturday, January 11, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"University of Massachusetts Lowell players shake hands with Northeastern University players after a game Saturday, January 11, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“University of Massachusetts Lowell players shake hands with Northeastern University players after a game Saturday, January 11, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"A Boston University goalie walks through the dugout tunnel before a game against the University of Maine at Frozen Fenway Saturday, January 11, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“A Boston University goalie walks through the dugout tunnel before a game against the University of Maine at Frozen Fenway Saturday, January 11, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"A Boston University goalie walks through the dugout tunnel before a game against the University of Maine at Frozen Fenway Saturday, January 11, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“A Boston University goalie walks through the dugout tunnel before a game against the University of Maine at Frozen Fenway Saturday, January 11, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Starting lineups are introduced before a game between University of Maine and Boston University at Frozen Fenway Saturday, January 11, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Starting lineups are introduced before a game between University of Maine and Boston University at Frozen Fenway Saturday, January 11, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Game action during a game between University of Maine and Boston University at Frozen Fenway Saturday, January 11, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Game action during a game between University of Maine and Boston University at Frozen Fenway Saturday, January 11, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Game action shown through a photographer's hole during a game between University of Maine and Boston University at Frozen Fenway Saturday, January 11, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Game action shown through a photographer’s hole during a game between University of Maine and Boston University at Frozen Fenway Saturday, January 11, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"A goalie pushes water off the ice with his stick after a rain delay during a game between University of Maine and Boston University at Frozen Fenway Saturday, January 11, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“A goalie pushes water off the ice with his stick after a rain delay during a game between University of Maine and Boston University at Frozen Fenway Saturday, January 11, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"University of Maine players celebrate after scoring a goal against Boston University Saturday, January 11, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“University of Maine players celebrate after scoring a goal against Boston University Saturday, January 11, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Game action during a game between University of Maine and Boston University at Frozen Fenway Saturday, January 11, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Game action during a game between University of Maine and Boston University at Frozen Fenway Saturday, January 11, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"University of Maine players celebrate after scoring a goal against Boston University Saturday, January 11, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“University of Maine players celebrate after scoring a goal against Boston University Saturday, January 11, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

It’s been a busy, cold, but exciting week shooting hockey at Fenway Park during Frozen Fenway 2014. We’ve had lots of games to cover, which has given us the opportunity to get a good variety of images. 

Over the course of the week, I’ve tried to find lots of different looks, not just on game action, but also on those quieter moments before and after the game. I think it’s important to remember that as huge as some of them are, these are just college kids. The chance to play the game they love outdoors in Fenway Park is something very special, and I tried to convey that emotion when possible. During the game, I kept mobile, shooting some periods from down low, some from behind the glass, and some from up high. 

I mentioned in my last post that hockey isn’t something I grew up around, but after these several weeks I feel very comfortable shooting the sport. This was a good introduction, and I hope I can have the opportunity to do more with it in the future. 

It was also neat to shoot a skate-around with one of the all-time hockey greats, Bobby Orr! I threw a few of those pictures in there as well for the Bruins fans out there. 

Photos: Frozen Fenway Hosts Providence, Merrimack, Boston College and Notre Dame.

"Starting lineups are introduced before a game between Providence College and Merrimack College at Frozen Fenway Saturday, January 4, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Starting lineups are introduced before a game between Providence College and Merrimack College at Frozen Fenway Saturday, January 4, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Starting lineups are introduced before a game between Providence College and Merrimack College at Frozen Fenway Saturday, January 4, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Starting lineups are introduced before a game between Providence College and Merrimack College at Frozen Fenway Saturday, January 4, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Providence College and Merrimack College play each other in the first period of a game at Frozen Fenway Saturday, January 4, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Providence College and Merrimack College play each other in the first period of a game at Frozen Fenway Saturday, January 4, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Game action during the first period of a game between Providence College and Merrimack College at Frozen Fenway Saturday, January 4, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Game action during the first period of a game between Providence College and Merrimack College at Frozen Fenway Saturday, January 4, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Game action during the first period of a game between Providence College and Merrimack College at Frozen Fenway Saturday, January 4, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Game action during the first period of a game between Providence College and Merrimack College at Frozen Fenway Saturday, January 4, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Providence College celebrates after scoring a goal during the third period of a game against Merrimack College at Frozen Fenway Saturday, January 4, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Providence College celebrates after scoring a goal during the third period of a game against Merrimack College at Frozen Fenway Saturday, January 4, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"A zamboni operator prepares the ice before a game between Providence College and Merrimack College at Frozen Fenway Saturday, January 4, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“A zamboni operator prepares the ice before a game between Providence College and Merrimack College at Frozen Fenway Saturday, January 4, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"A member of the Boston College hockey team enters the field before a game against Notre Dame at Frozen Fenway Saturday, January 4, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“A member of the Boston College hockey team enters the field before a game against Notre Dame at Frozen Fenway Saturday, January 4, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Starting lineups are introduced before a game between Boston College and Notre Dame at Frozen Fenway Saturday, January 4, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Starting lineups are introduced before a game between Boston College and Notre Dame at Frozen Fenway Saturday, January 4, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston College plays Notre Dame during a game against at Frozen Fenway Saturday, January 4, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston College plays Notre Dame during a game against at Frozen Fenway Saturday, January 4, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston College plays Notre Dame during a game against at Frozen Fenway Saturday, January 4, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston College plays Notre Dame during a game against at Frozen Fenway Saturday, January 4, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"A member of the Notre Dame hockey team looks on from the bench during a game against Boston College at Frozen Fenway 2014 Saturday, January 4, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“A member of the Notre Dame hockey team looks on from the bench during a game against Boston College at Frozen Fenway 2014 Saturday, January 4, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston College plays Notre Dame during a game against at Frozen Fenway Saturday, January 4, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston College plays Notre Dame during a game against at Frozen Fenway Saturday, January 4, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston College celebrates after scoring a goal during a game against Notre Dame at Frozen Fenway Saturday, January 4, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston College celebrates after scoring a goal during a game against Notre Dame at Frozen Fenway Saturday, January 4, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"The Boston College hockey team poses for a group photograph after player Notre Dame at Frozen Fenway Saturday, January 4, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“The Boston College hockey team poses for a group photograph after player Notre Dame at Frozen Fenway Saturday, January 4, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

We haven’t had enough excitement at Fenway Park over the past several months, so why not throw in some hockey on top of it all?

This weekend kicked off Frozen Fenway 2014, which features high school and college hockey games, a Monster Sled tubing course, and opportunities for fans to skate out on the rink.

On Saturday, the stadium was the backdrop to two big games: Providence College vs. Merrimack College and Boston College vs. the University of Notre Dame. It was a nice change of pace and scenery, and I was excited to shoot something different around here.

I quickly realized that I’ve somehow made it this long having never shot hockey, so it was refreshing to shoot a new sport, and the hours of shooting all weekend served as some good practice. Hockey is something of a way of life up here, certainly more so than where I grew up in Baltimore. It’s all so foreign to me, but it’s definitely fun to be around.

These are my highlights from those two games. The first ended in a 1-1 tie, and Boston College was able to scrape out a victory in the second game.

I shot the third period of the BC-Notre Dame game perched in the middle of both team benches, with no glass between myself and the rink. It’s an amazing spot that’s right on top of the action, but overall, I’m just happy to walk away from those 20 minutes without a high stick or puck to the face.

2013: Year In Review.

“The sun rises as a pedestrian passes by the entrance of Union Station in Washington, D.C. on the day before the 57th Presidential Inauguration Sunday, January 20, 2013.”

“The sun rises as a pedestrian passes by the entrance of Union Station in Washington, D.C. on the day before the 57th Presidential Inauguration Sunday, January 20, 2013.”

“Fenway Park is shown covered in snow Monday, February 11, 2013 after Winter Storm Nemo dumped over twenty inches of snow onto the city of Boston, Massachusetts.”

“Fenway Park is shown covered in snow Monday, February 11, 2013 after Winter Storm Nemo dumped over twenty inches of snow onto the city of Boston, Massachusetts.”

“Rafael Nadal reacts after defeating Juan Martin Del Potro in the championship Sunday, March 18, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Rafael Nadal reacts after defeating Juan Martin Del Potro in the championship Sunday, March 18, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

April 15, 2013 – Boston, Massachusetts, United States: Debris on Boylston Street is shown after two bombs were detonated at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon. (Billie Weiss)

April 15, 2013 – Boston, Massachusetts, United States: Debris on Boylston Street is shown after two bombs were detonated at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon. (Billie Weiss)

“Members of the Boston Red Sox mob center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury after hitting a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth inning to defeat the Cleveland Indians 6-5 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Sunday, May 26, 2013. The Red Sox came back from a 5-1 deficit in the eighth inning.”

“Members of the Boston Red Sox mob center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury after hitting a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth inning to defeat the Cleveland Indians 6-5 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Sunday, May 26, 2013. The Red Sox came back from a 5-1 deficit in the eighth inning.”

“Roger Federer walks off the Aorangi practice courts at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club in London, England Tuesday, June 25, 2013 during the 2013 Championships Wimbledon.”

“Roger Federer walks off the Aorangi practice courts at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club in London, England Tuesday, June 25, 2013 during the 2013 Championships Wimbledon.”

“Clouds form over Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts during a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays Monday, July 29, 2013.”

“Clouds form over Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts during a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays Monday, July 29, 2013.”

“Caroline Wozniacki connects on a forehand on Day 6 of the New Haven Open at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut Wednesday, August 21, 2013.”

“Caroline Wozniacki connects on a forehand on Day 6 of the New Haven Open at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut Wednesday, August 21, 2013.”

“Boston Red Sox teammates run out of the dugout in celebration as pitcher Koji Uehara and catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia embrace after recording the final out of a 6-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays to clinch the American League East title at Fenway Park Friday, September 23, 2013.”

“Boston Red Sox teammates run out of the dugout in celebration as pitcher Koji Uehara and catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia embrace after recording the final out of a 6-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays to clinch the American League East title at Fenway Park Friday, September 23, 2013.”

“Boston Red Sox left fielder Jonny Gomes celebrates alongside designated hitter David Ortiz, third baseman Xander Bogaerts, and center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury after scoring on an RBI double by right fielder Shane Victorino during the third inning of game six of the 2013 World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

“Boston Red Sox left fielder Jonny Gomes celebrates alongside designated hitter David Ortiz, third baseman Xander Bogaerts, and center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury after scoring on an RBI double by right fielder Shane Victorino during the third inning of game six of the 2013 World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

“Boston Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury kisses the World Series trophy during the Rolling Rally World Series Championship Parade through downtown Boston, Massachusetts Saturday, November 2, 2013.”

“Boston Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury kisses the World Series trophy during the Rolling Rally World Series Championship Parade through downtown Boston, Massachusetts Saturday, November 2, 2013.”

“New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady yells as he warms up before a game against the Denver Broncos Sunday, November 24, 2013 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.”

“New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady yells as he warms up before a game against the Denver Broncos Sunday, November 24, 2013 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.”

“Sienna Kaplan, 4, of Melrose, MA plays with snow during the annual Christmas at Fenway celebration Saturday, December 14, 2013, which featured speaking appearances and autograph sessions with players and coaches, holiday themed attractions and decorations, and opportunities for fans to purchase tickets for the 2014 season.”

“Sienna Kaplan, 4, of Melrose, MA plays with snow during the annual Christmas at Fenway celebration Saturday, December 14, 2013, which featured speaking appearances and autograph sessions with players and coaches, holiday themed attractions and decorations, and opportunities for fans to purchase tickets for the 2014 season.”

I always like to take just a bit of time to reflect at the end of each year. The world of journalism is a fast-paced whirlwind of ups and downs, and 2013 was certainly no exception. For a photojournalist in Boston, it was a year filled with the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. What I’ve posted above is one photo from each month of the year, and one more for good luck to make a group of 13.

I started my year off in Washington D.C., where I covered the inauguration of President Barack Obama as part of my coursework towards my M.S. in Journalism at Boston University, which I completed in May. I came out of that program with a new set of skills related to multimedia journalism, but more importantly, with a new network of friends and colleagues. In our world, nothing is more important. 

I completed my fourth season working as a photographer in Major League Baseball, and it was without a doubt the most thrilling, rewarding, and downright fun experience I’ve ever had. Documenting the Red Sox run through the playoffs and  World Series victory, particularly in the way it all happened this year, was literally a dream come true. Not many people can say they’ve lived their dream, so I feel very grateful.

For others in this city, this year was very difficult. We were all shaken by the tragedies at the Boston Marathon in April. My marathon coverage pales in comparison to the work of the journalists who were at the scene of the bombings, and their work has not gone unnoticed. I did my part to cover this story that has continued through the entire year and will carry on in 2014. 

I stayed busy on the professional tennis tour as well, working as a tournament photographer, videographer, and social media guy at my first BNP Paribas Open in Palm Springs, California, my second Championships Wimbledon in London, England, and my first New Haven Open in New Haven Connecticut. I love the tennis scene, and look forward to more coverage of those events in the new year. All the while, I was grateful for some wonderful freelance opportunities, among them the Patriots vs. Broncos game on the coldest night of the year.

Measured in page views and numbers, it was a down year for me on this blog compared to years past, but I’ve loved continuing to keep this record of my life and work, and I’m thankful for those who follow along. Here are the statistics from my yearly blogging report:

“The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 24,000times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 9 sold-out performances for that many people to see it. In 2013, there were 120 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 458 posts. There were 938 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 358 MB. That’s about 3 pictures per day.”

2013 was an incredible year, and one that I’ll never forget. Given everything that’s happened in Boston and throughout the world, I feel very lucky to be able to say that. I’ve loved meeting so many new friends, colleagues, professional contacts, and role models. I’m also surrounded by an amazing group of friends and family, and it’s very cool to see how far we’ve all come this year. Everyone continues to do big things, and I’m so excited to see what another year brings for everyone.  

Happy New Year! Much more to come in 2014!