2016: Year In Review.

Another year has come to a close, and as I’ve done in the past, I’m taking a little bit of time to look back at my year of shooting. I always think it’s a good exercise that helps you compile what you’ve done, look at how you’ve grown, and see where you still need to learn and improve. It was another busy year in 2016. I’m lucky to be able to say that it was nonstop from January all the way through December. I like to be busy, so I took on a lot this year and worked really hard.  

Above is a gallery of my favorite images and favorite memories from 2016. Click on any individual photo to enlarge it. I’ve also included some of my favorite video pieces from the year. 

I completed my seventh year as a photographer working in Major League Baseball, and my fifth as a Boston Red Sox team photographer. 2016 was a transitional year for us at Fenway Park, as the photography staff was melded into the Marketing Department under a newly formed, specialized group called Creative Services. That transition certainly presented it’s challenges, but also gave me the opportunity to work on some cool projects that I wouldn’t have been able to contribute to in the past. From a shooting standpoint, I had a few lightbulb moments of clarity during the season that I’m excited to build upon starting on day one of Spring Training in 2016. I also felt like I began to push the boundaries a little more, and made better images on a more consistent basis, rather than just here and there. I wan to continue to be bolder, closer, and more creative in my shooting for the Red Sox in 2017.

As in year’s past, with my full-time responsibilities at the Red Sox, I’ve had to make some sacrifices on the freelance side of my career. Still, I was able to navigate the schedule and take on as much freelance work as I possibly could. It was great to be back at the BNP Paribas Open and Connecticut Open to keep shooting the professional tennis world that I love so much. As you’ll see above, there were several unique sporting events that I go to cover for Getty Images, which I’m very thankful for. I also tried my best to continue to work for new clients, and maintain relationships I’ve built over time with old ones.  

On the video side, I continued to shoot, edit, and produce work. While I didn’t make as many videos this year as in 2015, I believe the ones I did make were of much higher quality, and were more polished overall. I’m excited to continue growing on the video side in the coming year. 

As with every year, I learned a lot, both professionally and personally. There are still questions that I toss around in my head all the time. Am I doing the right thing? Am I working enough? Am I working too much? Am I where I want to be in my career? I’m not sure the answers to these questions ever become crystal clear, so I just try to keep my head down, work hard, and trust the process. What’s most important is how lucky I am to be surrounded by amazing people in all areas of my life. Friends, family, colleagues, and mentors. I’m thankful for the support and love I feel from so many people every day. 

As always, thank you for following along all year! Happy New Year!

I’m excited for 2017. 

 

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