2017: Year In Review.

Where did the time go? I feel like it wasn’t so long ago that I was building this same year in review post for 2016. I enjoy looking back each year. It’s a good exercise every once in awhile. It helps you see how you’ve gotten better, but also how you need to learn and improve. 2017 was a crazy busy year, but that’s how I like things to be and I’m lucky that they were. I took on as much work as I could, and pushed myself hard this year.

Above is a gallery of my favorite images and favorite memories from 2017. Click on any individual photo to enlarge it. I’ve also included some of my favorite video pieces from the year. 

I completed my eighth year as a photographer working in Major League Baseball, and my sixth as a Boston Red Sox team photographer. This was our second year working as the newly formed Creative Services department within the marketing arm of the Red Sox. Already having a year under our belts, our group gelled so well, produced incredible content, and continued to set the standard in sports marketing. It’s a privilege to work along with the photographers, designers, creative directors, and social media gurus at the Red Sox. They are all so talented. As far as the photography itself, I tried to push the limits as far as access and storytelling, and I’m excited to build upon that work in shooting for the Red Sox in 2018. 

As in years past, I tried to navigate my full-time Red Sox schedule and take on freelance work. It was great to be back at the BNP Paribas Open with my good friends, and I loved returning to shoot the US Open in New York City for the first time since 2011. I wish time allowed me to shoot more tennis. I enjoy it so much. As you’ll see above, there were several unique sporting events that I got to cover for Getty Images, which I’m very thankful for. I also tried my best to find 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. Video is a never ending learning process for me. I’ve tried to up the production quality and value within my videos, and I hope to expand upon that as well in the new year. 

It was an eventful year in my personal life, too. I moved from Brookline over to Dorchester to become a homeowner for the first time. One new condo and new car later, I’m a happy guy but it’s time to start saving again. My girlfriend Alaina moved up to Boston from Baltimore after getting a job as a psychiatric nurse at Mass General Hospital. I am so proud of her, and feel so lucky to have her with me. I’m very thankful for the important people in my life – family, friends, colleagues, and mentors – who provide so much support and encouragement every day. You all know who you are.

Thank you as always for following along all year! Happy New Year!

Pumped for 2018.

Photos: Boston Red Sox Participate In Holiday Caravan.

The Boston Red Sox brought the warmth and cheer of the holiday season to patients at Boston-area hospitals and children at a baseball training academy with the 2017 Holiday Caravan this week. Over a two-day period, Red Sox players Matt Barnes, Heath Hembree, Brian Johnson, Austin Maddox, Deven Marrero, and Robby Scott visited with patients at hospitals throughout Boston. Red Sox Manager Alex Cora also joined players at hospitals and a visit with kids at The BASE, a training academy that provides young baseball players with coaching and academic and life skills training.

The Caravan tour included stops at Boston Children’s Hospital, Dana-Farber’s Jimmy Fund Clinic, and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Shriners Hospital for Children, MassGeneral Hospital for Children, and The BASE.

Photos: Red Sox Hold Annual #TheGiftOfSox Day.

The Red Sox once again participated in #TheGiftOfSox day, a social media campaign to deliver acts of kindess to fans across Red Sox nation during the Holiday season. This year, Red Sox players and staff fulfilled wishes across New England, including a visit to the St. Patrick’s School in Roxbury, a ticket giveaway to passengers in the jetBlue terminal at Logan Airport, Christmas tree deliveries, and appearances with puppies from the Great Dog Rescue of New England.

Below are photos from the day.