2014: Year In Review.

I always like to make time to reflect back on the year that was. To me, it’s important to have a record of the work that I’ve done throughout the year, and in creating this post, found going back through this year’s work to be a particularly refreshing experience. I shot a lot, probably more than I have in any other year, and was lucky to be witness to some very special, historic moments. 

Above is a loosely edited gallery of my favorite pictures and favorite memories from 2014. Click on any individual photo to enlarge it. I’ve also included just a few of my favorite video pieces from the year.

I completed my fifth year as a photographer working in Major League Baseball, and my third as a Boston Red Sox team photographer. Although the season didn’t live up to the dream World Series run of 2013, I still enjoyed every second of it. Fenway Park is always an exciting place, regardless of whether the team is winning or losing.

I continued to stay busy on the professional tennis tour as well, and worked as the official tournament photographer for my second BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California, as a tournament photographer at my third Championships Wimbledon in London, England, as the tournament photographer for my second Connecticut Open in New Haven, Connecticut, and as a shooter at several events and appearances in between. 

I kept traveling quite a bit, and thanks to a great working relationship with Elite Clubs National League Soccer, shot video and photos at tournaments in Florida, California, Arizona, and New Jersey. I also had the wonderful opportunity to work as part of the Getty Images team as a picture editor for NFL, and was embedded with an incredibly talented team at every New England Patriots home game this season. 

On this blog, I posted a lot, and gave the site a much needed facelift. 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 16,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 6 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.”

Overall, 2014 was a fantastic year. Like any year, there were highs and lows, and I learned a lot about myself and the profession I work in. But during this season, I’m always reminded of how lucky and thankful I am to be surrounded by so many talented, caring, and supportive colleagues, friends, and family members. I believe one’s work is only as meaningful as the people it’s spent with. Everyone continues to do big things, and it’s great to see how far we’ve all come this year!

Happy New Year! Much more to come in 2015!

Photos: Weymouth Club Interior Spaces.

Above is a gallery of interior photos I shot recently at the Weymouth Club Tennis and Fitness Center in Weymouth, Massachusetts for use on an upcoming redesign of their website. 

I’m not an architectural photographer, but I think it’s a good skill to have in one’s arsenal, so I took this as a good opportunity to practice. I shot and post processed these using High-Dynamic Range (HDR) techniques, which I don’t do very often either. I think the HDR treatment, which involves shooting multiple photos of different exposures and stacking them together, gives a nice look and depth to photos when not overdone.

Photos: Isabella Stewart Gardner Third Thursdays.

Above is a selection of photos I shot on behalf of the beautiful Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.

This event was part of their Third Thursdays series, which features some great art and music for guests to experience within the museum!

Photos and Video: Elite Clubs National League Soccer – Phoenix.

I must preface this post by addressing the new look to “Billie With An I.E.” Simply put, the site hasn’t changed since I first created it in May of 2010, and it was in need of a facelift. Four years is a long time! I wanted something cleaner, simpler, and more elegant, and I think this update fulfills those needs. I’m still tweaking it, and the next few posts will take some perfecting, but in the interest of keeping it fresh, I wanted to get some new content up here tonight. 

As with all my work, I welcome any thoughts, comments, or criticisms you have on the design of the site! 

Above is a selection of photos and videos I shot and edited for Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) during their most recent tournament in Phoenix, Arizona. The stills are a mix of action and features which were sent on to tournament sponsor, NIKE, for promotional use, and the videos are quick feature pieces which were published on the league’s social media channels. The aim of the videos is to appeal to an audience consisting primarily of high school aged girls. 

I only had two quick days to shoot, so it was definitely tough to balance still and video evenly, but I think the content came out nicely despite the restrictions of time and manpower. It’s so important to be able to produce in both formats equally well.

It was also wonderful to visit a place I’ve never been to. Phoenix has a great vibe to it, and it’s tough to beat those early morning sunrises and big sunsets out there.

There will be more posts to come soon. Enjoy!

Photos: Christmas At Fenway Park.

 

"Fans purchase tickets at the box office during Christmas At Fenway Saturday, December 13, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Fans purchase tickets at the box office during Christmas At Fenway Saturday, December 13, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Fans purchase tickets at the box office during Christmas At Fenway Saturday, December 13, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Fans purchase tickets at the box office during Christmas At Fenway Saturday, December 13, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell and pitcher Heath Hembree shake hands during Christmas At Fenway Saturday, December 13, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell and pitcher Heath Hembree shake hands during Christmas At Fenway Saturday, December 13, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"The Boston Red Sox clubhouse is shown during Christmas At Fenway Saturday, December 13, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“The Boston Red Sox clubhouse is shown during Christmas At Fenway Saturday, December 13, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"A choir performs during the Great Fenway Park Yard Sale during Christmas At Fenway Saturday, December 13, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“A choir performs during the Great Fenway Park Yard Sale during Christmas At Fenway Saturday, December 13, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"A fan high fives Boston Red Sox mascot Wally the Green Monster during Christmas At Fenway Saturday, December 13, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“A fan high fives Boston Red Sox mascot Wally the Green Monster during Christmas At Fenway Saturday, December 13, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"A Boston Red Sox ornament hangs on a christmas tree during Christmas At Fenway Saturday, December 13, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“A Boston Red Sox ornament hangs on a christmas tree during Christmas At Fenway Saturday, December 13, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox mascot Wally the Green Monster poses for a photograph in front of a Christmas tree during Christmas At Fenway Saturday, December 13, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox mascot Wally the Green Monster poses for a photograph in front of a Christmas tree during Christmas At Fenway Saturday, December 13, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus pose for a photograph during Christmas At Fenway Saturday, December 13, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus pose for a photograph during Christmas At Fenway Saturday, December 13, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

Here are a few highlights from the annual Christmas at Fenway festivities at Fenway Park. No prize winners here, just a couple of holiday pictures. 

Happy Holidays!

Photos: Boston Red Sox Holiday Caravan.

"Boston Red Sox pitchers Heath Hembree and Steven Wright visit a patient at the Jimmy Fund at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute as part of the Red Sox Holiday Caravan Thursday, December 11, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox pitchers Heath Hembree and Steven Wright visit a patient at the Jimmy Fund at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute as part of the Red Sox Holiday Caravan Thursday, December 11, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox infielder Garin Cecchini poses for a selfie photograph with a patient during a visit to Boston Children's Hospital as part of the Red Sox Holiday Caravan Thursday, December 11, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox infielder Garin Cecchini poses for a selfie photograph with a patient during a visit to Boston Children’s Hospital as part of the Red Sox Holiday Caravan Thursday, December 11, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox infielder Garin Cecchini(left), and pitchers Heath Hembree (center) and Steven Wright (right) pose for a selfie photograph as they record a holiday greeting message for patients at Boston Children's Hospital as part of the Red Sox Holiday Caravan Thursday, December 11, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox infielder Garin Cecchini(left), and pitchers Heath Hembree (center) and Steven Wright (right) pose for a selfie photograph as they record a holiday greeting message for patients at Boston Children’s Hospital as part of the Red Sox Holiday Caravan Thursday, December 11, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"A young patient takes a photo with an iPad of Boston Red Sox infielder Garin Cecchini during a visit to Boston Children's Hospital as part of the Red Sox Holiday Caravan Thursday, December 11, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts."

“A young patient takes a photo with an iPad of Boston Red Sox infielder Garin Cecchini during a visit to Boston Children’s Hospital as part of the Red Sox Holiday Caravan Thursday, December 11, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox infielder Garin Cecchini and pitcher Steven Wright pose for a photograph with staff during a visit to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center as part of the Red Sox Holiday Caravan Thursday, December 11, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox infielder Garin Cecchini and pitcher Steven Wright pose for a photograph with staff during a visit to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center as part of the Red Sox Holiday Caravan Thursday, December 11, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright (left), infielder Garin Cecchini (center), and pitcher Heath Hembree (right) laugh with a patient during a visit to Spaulding Rehabilitation Center as part of the Red Sox Holiday Caravan Friday, December 12, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright (left), infielder Garin Cecchini (center), and pitcher Heath Hembree (right) laugh with a patient during a visit to Spaulding Rehabilitation Center as part of the Red Sox Holiday Caravan Friday, December 12, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"A shirt autographed by Boston Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright and Heath Hembree and infielder Garin Cecchini is shown during a visit to Massachusetts General Hospital as part of the Red Sox Holiday Caravan Friday, December 12, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts."

“A shirt autographed by Boston Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright and Heath Hembree and infielder Garin Cecchini is shown during a visit to Massachusetts General Hospital as part of the Red Sox Holiday Caravan Friday, December 12, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox infielder Garin Cecchini signs autographs during a visit to The Base baseball clinic as part of the Red Sox Holiday Caravan Thursday, December 11, 2014 in West Roxbury, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox infielder Garin Cecchini signs autographs during a visit to The Base baseball clinic as part of the Red Sox Holiday Caravan Thursday, December 11, 2014 in West Roxbury, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright reads a story to kids at the Four Seasons Hotel as part of the Red Sox Holiday Caravan Friday, December 12, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright reads a story to kids at the Four Seasons Hotel as part of the Red Sox Holiday Caravan Friday, December 12, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Kids listen as Boston Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright reads a story at the Four Seasons Hotel as part of the Red Sox Holiday Caravan Friday, December 12, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Kids listen as Boston Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright reads a story at the Four Seasons Hotel as part of the Red Sox Holiday Caravan Friday, December 12, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.”

Every year, several Boston Red Sox players and coaches take part in a Holiday Caravan, during which they visit various hospitals and community centers to share some holiday cheer.

This year, infielder Garin Cecchini and pitchers Steven Wright and Heath Hembree were on the caravan, and made stops at six different hospitals: The Jimmy Fund, Boston Children’s Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Shriners Hospital For Children, Mass General Hospital, and Spaulding Rehabilitation Center. They also visited The Base inner city baseball clinic and the Four Seasons Hotel. 

It’s always a great experience spending days on the road with the players. Thanks to Garin, Steven, and Heath, three great guys, for their time and for posing for so many photos over the two days.

It was also nice to have a quick byline in the Boston Herald from the trip.

Photos: Red Sox Foundation Visits Northeastern, Beth Israel.

"Boston Red Sox mascot Wally the Green Monster and Northeastern University mascot Paws walk through campus during a Boston Red Sox Foundation fundraising event at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts Thursday, December 4, 2014. "

“Boston Red Sox mascot Wally the Green Monster and Northeastern University mascot Paws walk through campus during a Boston Red Sox Foundation fundraising event at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts Thursday, December 4, 2014. “

"A student spins a prize wheel during a Boston Red Sox Foundation fundraising event at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts Thursday, December 4, 2014. "

“A student spins a prize wheel during a Boston Red Sox Foundation fundraising event at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts Thursday, December 4, 2014. “

"Students pose with Boston Red Sox mascot Wally the Green Monster and Northeastern University with the 2004, 2007, and 2013 World Series trophies are shown during a Boston Red Sox Foundation fundraising event at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts Thursday, December 4, 2014."

“Students pose with Boston Red Sox mascot Wally the Green Monster and Northeastern University with the 2004, 2007, and 2013 World Series trophies are shown during a Boston Red Sox Foundation fundraising event at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts Thursday, December 4, 2014.”

"Red Sox Foundation scholars are given a tour of the neonatal intensive care unit during a visit to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts Thursday, December 4, 2014. "

“Red Sox Foundation scholars are given a tour of the neonatal intensive care unit during a visit to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts Thursday, December 4, 2014. “

"Red Sox Foundation scholars are given a tour of the neonatal intensive care unit during a visit to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts Thursday, December 4, 2014. "

“Red Sox Foundation scholars are given a tour of the neonatal intensive care unit during a visit to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts Thursday, December 4, 2014. “

"Red Sox Foundation scholars are given a tour of the neonatal intensive care unit during a visit to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts Thursday, December 4, 2014. "

“Red Sox Foundation scholars are given a tour of the neonatal intensive care unit during a visit to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts Thursday, December 4, 2014. “

"Red Sox Foundation scholars are given a demonstration of a talking manikin in the minimally invasive surgery skills lab during a visit to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts Thursday, December 4, 2014. "

“Red Sox Foundation scholars are given a demonstration of a talking manikin in the minimally invasive surgery skills lab during a visit to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts Thursday, December 4, 2014. “

Here are a few quick photos from the Red Sox Foundation’s visits to Northeastern University and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center last week. At Northeastern, the Foundation was hosting a fundraiser, and entertaining students with the World Series trophies and mascot, Wally. 

At Beth Israel, this year’s class of Red Sox Scholars was given a tour of a few wings of the hospital, including the NICU and the Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery.