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!

Photos: Preparations Underway For Frozen Fenway 2014.

"The Monster Sled sledding course is shown before the first day of Frozen Fenway 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Friday, December 27, 2013."

“The Monster Sled sledding course is shown before the first day of Frozen Fenway 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Friday, December 27, 2013.”

"L.L. Bean sponsored inner tubes are stacked in preparation for the Monster Sled sledding course before the first day of Frozen Fenway 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Friday, December 27, 2013."

“L.L. Bean sponsored inner tubes are stacked in preparation for the Monster Sled sledding course before the first day of Frozen Fenway 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Friday, December 27, 2013.”

"Frost-covered seats are shown before the first day of Frozen Fenway 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Friday, December 27, 2013."

“Frost-covered seats are shown before the first day of Frozen Fenway 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Friday, December 27, 2013.”

"The skating rink is shown before the first day of Frozen Fenway 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Friday, December 27, 2013."

“The skating rink is shown before the first day of Frozen Fenway 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Friday, December 27, 2013.”

"A worker transfers snow in a tractor in front of the Green Monster scoreboard before the first day of Frozen Fenway 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Friday, December 27, 2013."

“A worker transfers snow in a tractor in front of the Green Monster scoreboard before the first day of Frozen Fenway 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Friday, December 27, 2013.”

"Footprints are shown on the snowy outfield grass before the first day of Frozen Fenway 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Friday, December 27, 2013."

“Footprints are shown on the snowy outfield grass before the first day of Frozen Fenway 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Friday, December 27, 2013.”

"Workers blow snow off of the field before the first day of Frozen Fenway 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Friday, December 27, 2013."

“Workers blow snow off of the field before the first day of Frozen Fenway 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Friday, December 27, 2013.”

"The skating rink is shown before the first day of Frozen Fenway 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Friday, December 27, 2013."

“The skating rink is shown before the first day of Frozen Fenway 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Friday, December 27, 2013.”

Here are a few shots of the preparations around the park for Frozen Fenway 2014. It’s shaping up to be a pretty neat event!

Photos: Red Sox Spread Holiday Cheer Throughout New England.

"The 2004, 2007, and 2013 World Series trophies are displayed across an aisle of seats on a jetBlue airplane during a Boston Red Sox visit to jetBlue Airways terminal at Logan Airport in Boston, Massachusetts Thursday, November 14, 2013 to unveil a 2013 World Series Championship banner."

“The 2004, 2007, and 2013 World Series trophies are displayed across an aisle of seats on a jetBlue airplane during a Boston Red Sox visit to jetBlue Airways terminal at Logan Airport in Boston, Massachusetts Thursday, November 14, 2013 to unveil a 2013 World Series Championship banner.”

"Boston Red Sox mascot Wally the Green Monster, members of the Boston Police Department, and former Red Sox left fielder Jim Rice pose for a photograph on the runway during a Boston Red Sox visit to jetBlue Airways terminal at Logan Airport in Boston, Massachusetts Thursday, November 14, 2013 to unveil a 2013 World Series Championship banner."

“Boston Red Sox mascot Wally the Green Monster, members of the Boston Police Department, and former Red Sox left fielder Jim Rice pose for a photograph on the runway during a Boston Red Sox visit to jetBlue Airways terminal at Logan Airport in Boston, Massachusetts Thursday, November 14, 2013 to unveil a 2013 World Series Championship banner.”

"Fans pose with Boston Red Sox mascot Wally the Green Monster and the 2004, 2007, and 2013 World Series trophies at South Station in Boston, Massachusetts Thursday, December 12, 2013 as part of the Red Sox Holiday Caravan to various locations throughout Boston."

“Fans pose with Boston Red Sox mascot Wally the Green Monster and the 2004, 2007, and 2013 World Series trophies at South Station in Boston, Massachusetts Thursday, December 12, 2013 as part of the Red Sox Holiday Caravan to various locations throughout Boston.”

"Boston Red Sox players and coaches pose for a photograph outside a Duck Tour boat in Boston, Massachusetts Thursday, December 12, 2013 as part of the Red Sox Holiday Caravan to various locations throughout Boston."

“Boston Red Sox players and coaches pose for a photograph outside a Duck Tour boat in Boston, Massachusetts Thursday, December 12, 2013 as part of the Red Sox Holiday Caravan to various locations throughout Boston.”

"Boston Duck Boat driver 'Flo' drives Boston Red Sox players and coaches through Boston, Massachusetts Thursday, December 12, 2013 as part of the Red Sox Holiday Caravan to various locations throughout Boston."

“Boston Duck Boat driver ‘Flo’ drives Boston Red Sox players and coaches through Boston, Massachusetts Thursday, December 12, 2013 as part of the Red Sox Holiday Caravan to various locations throughout Boston.”

"Boston Red Sox pitcher Brandon Workman, catcher Ryan Lavarnway, mascot Wally the Green Monster, and pitcher Drake Britton pose for a photograph with the Olympic Torch and the 2004, 2007, and 2013 World Series trophies during an appearance to Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Thursday, December 12, 2013."

“Boston Red Sox pitcher Brandon Workman, catcher Ryan Lavarnway, mascot Wally the Green Monster, and pitcher Drake Britton pose for a photograph with the Olympic Torch and the 2004, 2007, and 2013 World Series trophies during an appearance to Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Thursday, December 12, 2013.”

"Members of the Boston Red Sox front office, pitcher Brandon Workman, catcher Ryan Lavarnway, mascot Wally the Green Monster, and pitcher Drake Britton pose for a photograph with the Olympic Torch and the 2004, 2007, and 2013 World Series trophies during an appearance to Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Thursday, December 12, 2013."

“Members of the Boston Red Sox front office, pitcher Brandon Workman, catcher Ryan Lavarnway, mascot Wally the Green Monster, and pitcher Drake Britton pose for a photograph with the Olympic Torch and the 2004, 2007, and 2013 World Series trophies during an appearance to Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Thursday, December 12, 2013.”

"Boston Red Sox catcher Ryan Lavarnway shares a laugh with a patient during a visit to Boston Children's Hospital Friday, December 13, 2013 as part of the Red Sox Holiday Caravan."

“Boston Red Sox catcher Ryan Lavarnway shares a laugh with a patient during a visit to Boston Children’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts Friday, December 13, 2013 as part of the Red Sox Holiday Caravan to various locations throughout Boston.”

"Boston Red Sox catcher Ryan Lavarnway poses with a patient and the World Series trophy during a visit to The Jimmy Fund at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, Massachusetts Friday, December 13, 2013 as part of the Red Sox Holiday Caravan to various locations throughout Boston."

“Boston Red Sox catcher Ryan Lavarnway poses with a patient and the World Series trophy during a visit to The Jimmy Fund at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, Massachusetts Friday, December 13, 2013 as part of the Red Sox Holiday Caravan to various locations throughout Boston.”

"Boston Red Sox pitcher Drake Britton shows the World Series trophy to a patient during a visit to The Jimmy Fund at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, Massachusetts Friday, December 13, 2013 as part of the Red Sox Holiday Caravan to various locations throughout Boston."

“Boston Red Sox pitcher Drake Britton shows the World Series trophy to a patient during a visit to The Jimmy Fund at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, Massachusetts Friday, December 13, 2013 as part of the Red Sox Holiday Caravan to various locations throughout Boston.”

"Boston Red Sox pitcher Brandon Workman shares a laugh with a patient as he shows him the World Series trophy during a visit to The Jimmy Fund at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, Massachusetts Friday, December 13, 2013 as part of the Red Sox Holiday Caravan to various locations throughout Boston."

“Boston Red Sox pitcher Brandon Workman shares a laugh with a patient as he shows him the World Series trophy during a visit to The Jimmy Fund at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, Massachusetts Friday, December 13, 2013 as part of the Red Sox Holiday Caravan to various locations throughout Boston.”

"Boston Red Sox pitcher Craig Breslow holds a baby as catcher Ryan Lavarnway holds the World Series trophy during a visit to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts Friday, December 13, 2013 as part of the Red Sox Holiday Caravan to various locations throughout Boston."

“Boston Red Sox pitcher Craig Breslow holds a baby as catcher Ryan Lavarnway holds the World Series trophy during a visit to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts Friday, December 13, 2013 as part of the Red Sox Holiday Caravan to various locations throughout Boston.”

"Scarlett Rohnke, a two and a half year-old patient at The Jimmy Fund, plays with Boston Red Sox pitcher Craig Breslow during a visit to The Jimmy Fund at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, Massachusetts Friday, December 13, 2013 as part of the Red Sox Holiday Caravan to various locations throughout Boston."

“Scarlett Rohnke, a two and a half year-old patient at The Jimmy Fund, plays with Boston Red Sox pitcher Craig Breslow during a visit to The Jimmy Fund at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, Massachusetts Friday, December 13, 2013 as part of the Red Sox Holiday Caravan to various locations throughout Boston.”

"Boston Red Sox mascot Wally the Green Monster poses with a christmas tree 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."

“Boston Red Sox mascot Wally the Green Monster poses with a christmas tree 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.”

"Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus pose for a photograph 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."

“Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus pose for a photograph 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.”

"A Red Sox themed christmas ornament is shown 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."

“A Red Sox themed christmas ornament is shown 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.”

"Fans display tickets they purchased for the 2014 Boston Red Sox season 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."

“Fans display tickets they purchased for the 2014 Boston Red Sox season 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."

“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’ve been busy over the last several weeks out on the road with Red Sox players, coaches, and personnel, who have been making World Series trophy visits as part of the Red Sox Holiday Caravan to various locations throughout New England.

It’s been lots of fun to follow the trophies around and to document the guys as they do their part to spread some cheer this holiday season. These are the highlights from some of those visits, as well as from Christmas at Fenway last weekend.

Happy Holidays!

Video: Boston Strong – Red Sox Win World Series.

Click the four-arrow icon on the bottom right to watch this video in full screen!

We’re now just over a month out from the 2013 World Series, during which the Boston Red Sox made history by winning the championship at Fenway Park for the first time since 1918.

As I’m sure one could imagine, things haven’t slowed down one bit around here in the aftermath of the win. We’ve been busy with trophy tour appearances around New England, as well as with all kinds of requests for photos.

Recently in the Red Sox photo department, we’ve also been busy working on this multimedia piece, for which we conceived the idea in the days prior to the World Series. Using both photos and video that we shot, we wanted to tell the story of the Red Sox in the World Series from beginning to end. What results is a wild ride from team workouts to two opening games at Fenway Park to a team flight to St. Louis to three intense games at Busch Stadium to a game six win at Fenway Park and an unforgettable celebration and parade – all in three minutes and seventeen seconds. What a journey!

Watching this piece in its final state brings all the memories and moments rushing back, and I hope that’s the case for you as well when you watch it.

We all know Red Sox culture is nothing without the Dropkick Murphys, so a huge thank you to them for giving the Red Sox permission to publish this piece to the backdrop of “The Boys Are Back,” a song that turned out to be an anthem for the club this year.

Enjoy!

Photos: Sunday Night Football – New England Patriots Vs. Denver Broncos.

"New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady yells as he warms up before a game against the Denver Broncos Sunday, November 24, 2013 at Gilette 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.”

"Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning walks onto the field before a game against the New England Patriots Sunday, November 24, 2013 at Gilette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts."

“Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning walks onto the field before a game against the New England Patriots Sunday, November 24, 2013 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.”

"The New England Patriots play the Denver Broncos Sunday, November 24, 2013 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts."

“The New England Patriots play the Denver Broncos Sunday, November 24, 2013 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.”

"New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady calls plays at the line of scrimmage during a game against the Denver Broncos Sunday, November 24, 2013 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts."

“New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady calls plays at the line of scrimmage during a game against the Denver Broncos Sunday, November 24, 2013 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.”

"Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning throws a pass during a game against the New England Patriots Sunday, November 24, 2013 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts."

“Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning throws a pass during a game against the New England Patriots Sunday, November 24, 2013 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.”

"Denver Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno carries the ball during a game against the New England Patriots Sunday, November 24, 2013 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts."

“Denver Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno carries the ball during a game against the New England Patriots Sunday, November 24, 2013 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.”

"Denver Broncos defensive end Derek Wolfe forces a fumble as he tackles New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady Sunday, November 24, 2013 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts."

“Denver Broncos defensive end Derek Wolfe forces a fumble as he tackles New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady Sunday, November 24, 2013 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.”

"New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady reacts as Denver Broncos players celebrate after recovering a fumble Sunday, November 24, 2013 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts."

“New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady reacts as Denver Broncos players celebrate after recovering a fumble Sunday, November 24, 2013 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.”

"Denver Broncos defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson reacts after the Broncos recovered a fumble during a game against the New England Patriots Sunday, November 24, 2013 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts."

“Denver Broncos defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson reacts after the Broncos recovered a fumble during a game against the New England Patriots Sunday, November 24, 2013 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.”

"A New England Patriots fan reacts during a game against the Denver Broncos Sunday, November 24, 2013 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts."

“A New England Patriots fan reacts during a game against the Denver Broncos Sunday, November 24, 2013 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.”

"New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick gestures during a game against the Denver Broncos Sunday, November 24, 2013 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts."

“New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick gestures during a game against the Denver Broncos Sunday, November 24, 2013 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.”

"New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is tackled as he drives toward the end zone during a game against the Denver Broncos Sunday, November 24, 2013 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts."

“New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is tackled as he drives toward the end zone during a game against the Denver Broncos Sunday, November 24, 2013 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.”

"New England Patriots full back James Develin celebrates after the Patriots scored a touchdown against the Denver Broncos Sunday, November 24, 2013 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts."

“New England Patriots full back James Develin celebrates after the Patriots scored a touchdown against the Denver Broncos Sunday, November 24, 2013 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.”

"New England Patriots players react after recovering a fumble against the Denver Broncos Sunday, November 24, 2013 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts."

“New England Patriots players react after recovering a fumble against the Denver Broncos Sunday, November 24, 2013 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.”

"New England Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola jumps on tight end Rob Gronkowski after Gronkowski caught a touchdown pass during a game against the Denver Broncos Sunday, November 24, 2013 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts."

“New England Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola jumps on tight end Rob Gronkowski after Gronkowski caught a touchdown pass during a game against the Denver Broncos Sunday, November 24, 2013 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.”

"New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady prepares to throw a pass during a game against the Denver Broncos Sunday, November 24, 2013 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts."

“New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady prepares to throw a pass during a game against the Denver Broncos Sunday, November 24, 2013 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.”

"New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman dives toward the end zone as he scores a touchdown during a game against the Denver Broncos Sunday, November 24, 2013 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts."

“New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman dives toward the end zone as he scores a touchdown during a game against the Denver Broncos Sunday, November 24, 2013 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.”

"Sunday, November 24, 2013 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts."

“New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman celebrates after scoring a touchdown during a game against the Denver BroncosSunday, November 24, 2013 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.”

"Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning reacts during a game against the New England Patriots Sunday, November 24, 2013 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts."

“Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning reacts during a game against the New England Patriots Sunday, November 24, 2013 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.”

I was lucky enough to be asked to come out and assist for Sports Illustrated during last Sunday night’s classic match up between the New England Patriots and the Denver Broncos at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough. The storyline was clear: two of the best quarterbacks of all time battling it out in front of a national Sunday Night Football audience on the windiest, coldest night of the year in New England.

The game lived up to all the hype, although it didn’t seem that way at the end of the first half. Peyton Manning and the Broncos came out on fire, shutting out Tom Brady and the Patriots 24-0 through the first half.

I don’t follow football to the extent that I do some other sports, but I know enough to never count out Bill Belichick, Tom Brady, and the Patriots’ ability to make adjustments mid-game. I knew they’d make things interesting in the second half, and sure enough, the Patriots came roaring back, forced the game to overtime, and won on a 31-yard field goal by Stephen Gostkowski. 

What a game, not just for what happened on the field, but for the conditions we all were working in. This was the coldest weather I’ve ever experienced, and despite my endless layers of clothing, it was impossible to keep completely warm. With the wind chill, temperatures hovered around five degrees all game.

It wasn’t comfortable, and it wasn’t easy to work in, but as a photographer out there, you can’t be distracted by the conditions. That’s just part of the job sometimes. 

24.

"A seat displaying the number 24 is shown at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Friday, November 22, 2013."

“A seat displaying the number 24 is shown at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Friday, November 22, 2013.”

It feels great to turn 24. I’m usually at home in Baltimore during this time of year, but thanks so much to everyone up in Boston and everywhere else who made the birthday weekend so special.

A Happy Thanksgiving week to everyone!

Photos: University of Maryland Field Hockey Wins ACC Championship.

"The University of Maryland and the University of North Carolina Field Hockey teams are introduced before the ACC Field Hockey Conference Championship game Sunday, November 10, 2013 at Boston College in Newton, Massachusetts."

“The University of Maryland and the University of North Carolina Field Hockey teams are introduced before the ACC Field Hockey Conference Championship game Sunday, November 10, 2013 at Boston College in Newton, Massachusetts.”

"The University of Maryland field hockey team cheers while in a huddle before the ACC Field Hockey Conference Championship game Sunday, November 10, 2013 at Boston College in Newton, Massachusetts."

“The University of Maryland field hockey team cheers while in a huddle before the ACC Field Hockey Conference Championship game Sunday, November 10, 2013 at Boston College in Newton, Massachusetts.”

"University of Maryland foreword Emma Rissinger defends University of North Carolina Midfielder Tayler Evans during the ACC Field Hockey Conference Championship game Sunday, November 10, 2013 at Boston College in Newton, Massachusetts."

“University of Maryland foreword Emma Rissinger defends University of North Carolina back Meghan Drake during the ACC Field Hockey Conference Championship game Sunday, November 10, 2013 at Boston College in Newton, Massachusetts.”

"University of Maryland defender Sarah Sprink defends University of North Carolina back Abby Frey during the ACC Field Hockey Conference Championship game Sunday, November 10, 2013 at Boston College in Newton, Massachusetts."

“University of Maryland defender Sarah Sprink defends University of North Carolina back Abby Frey during the ACC Field Hockey Conference Championship game Sunday, November 10, 2013 at Boston College in Newton, Massachusetts.”

"University of Maryland foreword Jill Witmer advances up field during the ACC Field Hockey Conference Championship game against the University of North Carolina Sunday, November 10, 2013 at Boston College in Newton, Massachusetts."

“University of Maryland foreword Jill Witmer advances up field during the ACC Field Hockey Conference Championship game against the University of North Carolina Sunday, November 10, 2013 at Boston College in Newton, Massachusetts.”

"University of Maryland foreword Alyssa Parker (center) celebrates with teammates after Maryland scored a goal during the ACC Field Hockey Conference Championship game against the University of North Carolina Sunday, November 10, 2013 at Boston College in Newton, Massachusetts."

“University of Maryland foreword Alyssa Parker (center) celebrates with teammates after Maryland scored a goal during the ACC Field Hockey Conference Championship game against the University of North Carolina Sunday, November 10, 2013 at Boston College in Newton, Massachusetts.”

"University of Maryland defender Sarah Sprink celebrates with teammates after Maryland scored a goal during the ACC Field Hockey Conference Championship game against the University of North Carolina Sunday, November 10, 2013 at Boston College in Newton, Massachusetts."

“University of Maryland defender Sarah Sprink celebrates with teammates after Maryland scored a goal during the ACC Field Hockey Conference Championship game against the University of North Carolina Sunday, November 10, 2013 at Boston College in Newton, Massachusetts.”

"The University of Maryland field hockey team celebrates after defeating the University of North Carolina to win the ACC Field Hockey Conference Championship game Sunday, November 10, 2013 at Boston College in Newton, Massachusetts."

“The University of Maryland field hockey team celebrates after defeating the University of North Carolina to win the ACC Field Hockey Conference Championship game Sunday, November 10, 2013 at Boston College in Newton, Massachusetts.”

"University of Maryland field hockey players celebrate after defeating the University of North Carolina to win ACC Field Hockey Conference Championship game against the University of North Carolina Sunday, November 10, 2013 at Boston College in Newton, Massachusetts."

“University of Maryland field hockey players celebrate after defeating the University of North Carolina to win ACC Field Hockey Conference Championship game against the University of North Carolina Sunday, November 10, 2013 at Boston College in Newton, Massachusetts.”

"The University of Maryland field hockey team poses for a photograph after defeating the University of North Carolina to win the ACC Field Hockey Conference Championship game against the University of North Carolina Sunday, November 10, 2013 at Boston College in Newton, Massachusetts."

“The University of Maryland field hockey team poses for a photograph after defeating the University of North Carolina to win the ACC Field Hockey Conference Championship game against the University of North Carolina Sunday, November 10, 2013 at Boston College in Newton, Massachusetts.”

I got the chance to show my Maryland pride up here in Massachusetts this weekend, as I was called to shoot the ACC Field Hockey Conference Championship game between the University of North Carolina and the University of Maryland. 

This was fun for me to shoot, especially because the Terps were able to pull out the win. It’s been a little while since I’ve shot college sports, so this was a nice change of pace from the professional scene. Sometimes, these games outside of the pro leagues make for really exciting photos. Great subjects, great passion, and great emotion. This was one of those games, and I’m thankful for being asked to cover it.

Photos: City Of Boston Hosts Red Sox World Series Championship Parade.

"Duck boats line up at Fenway Park before the Rolling Rally World Series Championship Parade through downtown Boston, Massachusetts Saturday, November 2, 2013."

“Duck boats line up at Fenway Park before the Rolling Rally World Series Championship Parade through downtown Boston, Massachusetts Saturday, November 2, 2013.”

"A duck boat is parked behind home plate at Fenway Park before the Rolling Rally World Series Championship Parade through downtown Boston, Massachusetts Saturday, November 2, 2013.”

“A duck boat is parked behind home plate at Fenway Park before the Rolling Rally World Series Championship Parade through downtown Boston, Massachusetts Saturday, November 2, 2013.”

"Boston Red Sox fans gather at Fenway Park before the Rolling Rally World Series Championship Parade through downtown Boston, Massachusetts Saturday, November 2, 2013.”

“Boston Red Sox fans gather at Fenway Park before the Rolling Rally World Series Championship Parade through downtown Boston, Massachusetts Saturday, November 2, 2013.”

"Fans cheer as duck boats turn onto Boylston Street during the Rolling Rally World Series Championship Parade through downtown Boston, Massachusetts Saturday, November 2, 2013.”

“Fans cheer as duck boats turn onto Boylston Street during the Rolling Rally World Series Championship Parade through downtown Boston, Massachusetts Saturday, November 2, 2013.”

"Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia waves to fans during the Rolling Rally World Series Championship Parade through downtown Boston, Massachusetts Saturday, November 2, 2013.”

“Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia waves to fans during the Rolling Rally World Series Championship Parade through downtown Boston, Massachusetts Saturday, November 2, 2013.”

"Boston Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury waves to fans during the Rolling Rally World Series Championship Parade through downtown Boston, Massachusetts Saturday, November 2, 2013.”

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

"Fans in Copley Square cheer during the Rolling Rally World Series Championship Parade through downtown Boston, Massachusetts Saturday, November 2, 2013.”

“Fans in Copley Square cheer during the Rolling Rally World Series Championship Parade through downtown Boston, Massachusetts Saturday, November 2, 2013.”

"Fans cheer along Boylston Street during the Rolling Rally World Series Championship Parade through downtown Boston, Massachusetts Saturday, November 2, 2013.”

“Fans cheer along Boylston Street during the Rolling Rally World Series Championship Parade through downtown Boston, Massachusetts Saturday, November 2, 2013.”

"A fan cheers atop a street light along Boylston Street during the Rolling Rally World Series Championship Parade through downtown Boston, Massachusetts Saturday, November 2, 2013.”

“A fan cheers atop a street light along Boylston Street during the Rolling Rally World Series Championship Parade through downtown Boston, Massachusetts Saturday, November 2, 2013.”

"Firefighters cheer along Boylston Street during the Rolling Rally World Series Championship Parade through downtown Boston, Massachusetts Saturday, November 2, 2013.”

“Firefighters cheer along Boylston Street during the Rolling Rally World Series Championship Parade through downtown Boston, Massachusetts Saturday, November 2, 2013.”

"Fans cheer from windows along Boylston Street during the Rolling Rally World Series Championship Parade through downtown Boston, Massachusetts Saturday, November 2, 2013.”

“Fans cheer from windows along Boylston Street during the Rolling Rally World Series Championship Parade through downtown Boston, Massachusetts Saturday, November 2, 2013.”

"Fans cheer from a roof along Boylston Street during the Rolling Rally World Series Championship Parade through downtown Boston, Massachusetts Saturday, November 2, 2013.”

“Fans cheer from a roof along Boylston Street during the Rolling Rally World Series Championship Parade through downtown Boston, Massachusetts Saturday, November 2, 2013.”

"Fans cheer from a balcony along Boylston Street as confetti flies during the Rolling Rally World Series Championship Parade through downtown Boston, Massachusetts Saturday, November 2, 2013.”

“Fans cheer from a balcony along Boylston Street as confetti flies during the Rolling Rally World Series Championship Parade through downtown Boston, Massachusetts Saturday, November 2, 2013.”

"Fans gathered in City Hall Plaza cheer during the Rolling Rally World Series Championship Parade through downtown Boston, Massachusetts Saturday, November 2, 2013.”

“Fans gathered in City Hall Plaza cheer during the Rolling Rally World Series Championship Parade through downtown Boston, Massachusetts Saturday, November 2, 2013.”

"The Boston Skyline is shown during the Rolling Rally World Series Championship Parade through downtown Boston, Massachusetts Saturday, November 2, 2013.”

“The Boston Skyline is shown during the Rolling Rally World Series Championship Parade through downtown Boston, Massachusetts Saturday, November 2, 2013.”

"Fans gathered along the banks of the Charles River cheer during the Rolling Rally World Series Championship Parade through downtown Boston, Massachusetts Saturday, November 2, 2013.”

“Fans gathered along the banks of the Charles River cheer during the Rolling Rally World Series Championship Parade through downtown Boston, Massachusetts Saturday, November 2, 2013.”

“Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia grabs the World Series trophy during the Rolling Rally World Series Championship Parade through downtown Boston, Massachusetts Saturday, November 2, 2013.”

“Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia grabs the World Series trophy during the Rolling Rally World Series Championship Parade through downtown Boston, Massachusetts Saturday, November 2, 2013.”

"Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia waves to fans during the Rolling Rally World Series Championship Parade through downtown Boston, Massachusetts Saturday, November 2, 2013.”

“Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia waves to fans during the Rolling Rally World Series Championship Parade through downtown Boston, Massachusetts Saturday, November 2, 2013.”

"Boston Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury waves to fans during the Rolling Rally World Series Championship Parade through downtown Boston, Massachusetts Saturday, November 2, 2013.”

“Boston Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury waves to fans 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.”

“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.”

The past several weeks covering the Red Sox historic and dramatic ride through the playoffs and into the World Series have been unbelievable. For me, it still hasn’t sunk in that we won the World Series, and all of the games and events leading up to now seem so surreal. 

Speaking of surreal, how’s shooting photographs on a duck boat with Boston Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury and second basemen Dustin Pedroia and John McDonald while over a million of Boston’s best fans scream at you as you roll along Boylston Street and along the Charles River during the Rolling Rally championship parade? That’s the situation I found myself in last Saturday, and it’s an experience I’ll never forget as long as I live.

Covering a parade is something not many photographers get to do, let alone be stationed on a float or duck boat, so I feel very lucky to have had this opportunity. It’s moments like these which serve as a refreshing reminder why the life of a photojournalist can, at times, be so rewarding, unique, and just plain fun.

These are my favorite images from the parade. There wasn’t much room to maneuver up on top of the boat, but I tried to get some good shots of the guys interacting with fans and holding the trophy, as well as to set the scene with both overall and close-up fan features. 

I think my ears are still ringing from all the screaming. Not that I’m complaining, for the record. 

Photos: Boston Red Sox Win 2013 World Series!

"Lansdowne Street is shown before game six of the 2013 World Series between the Boston Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

“Lansdowne Street is shown before game six of the 2013 World Series between the Boston Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Fans gather on Yawkey Way before game six of the 2013 World Series between the Boston Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

“Fans gather on Yawkey Way before game six of the 2013 World Series between the Boston Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"A vendor sells programs on Yawkey Way before game six of the 2013 World Series between the Boston Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

“A vendor sells programs on Yawkey Way before game six of the 2013 World Series between the Boston Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Former Boston Red Sox player Carlton Fisk wears a beard while throwing out the ceremonial first pitch during a pre-game ceremony before game six of the 2013 World Series between the Boston Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

“Former Boston Red Sox player Carlton Fisk wears a beard while throwing out the ceremonial first pitch during a pre-game ceremony before game six of the 2013 World Series between the Boston Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox pitcher John Lackey delivers during the first 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 pitcher John Lackey delivers during the first 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 second baseman Dustin Pedroia breaks his bat 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 second baseman Dustin Pedroia breaks his bat 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.”

"The cleats of Boston Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino are shown during the first inning of game six of the 2013 World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

“The cleats of Boston Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino are shown during the first 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 right fielder Shane Victorino hits a three-RBI double 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 right fielder Shane Victorino hits a three-RBI double 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 right fielder Shane Victorino rounds the bases after hitting a three-RBI double 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 right fielder Shane Victorino rounds the bases after hitting a three-RBI double 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 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 designated hitter David Ortiz and center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury react 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 designated hitter David Ortiz and center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury react 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 shortstop Stephen Drew hits a home run during the fourth 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 shortstop Stephen Drew hits a home run during the fourth 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 shortstop Stephen Drew reacts after hitting a home run during the fourth 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 shortstop Stephen Drew reacts after hitting a home run during the fourth 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 shortstop Stephen Drew reacts after hitting a home run during the fourth 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 shortstop Stephen Drew reacts after hitting a home run during the fourth inning of game six of the 2013 World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha looks down during the fourth inning of game six of the 2013 World Series against the Boston Red Sox Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

“St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha looks down during the fourth inning of game six of the 2013 World Series against the Boston Red Sox Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

“ Boston Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew lunges for a ball 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 shortstop Stephen Drew lunges for a ball 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 gets caught in a run down during the eighth 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 gets caught in a run down during the eighth 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 first baseman Mike Napoli hits an RBI single during the fourth 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 first baseman Mike Napoli hits an RBI single during the fourth 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 first baseman Mike Napoli and designated hitter David Ortiz score on an RBI single by right fielder Shane Victorino during the fourth 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 first baseman Mike Napoli and designated hitter David Ortiz score on an RBI single by right fielder Shane Victorino during the fourth 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 pitcher John Lackey delivers during the first 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 pitcher John Lackey delivers during the first 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 pitcher John Lackey reacts after the fourth 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 pitcher John Lackey reacts after the fourth 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 catcher David Ross points during the first 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 catcher David Ross points during the first inning of game six of the 2013 World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

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“Boston Red Sox pitcher John Lackey tips his cap after exiting the game in the seventh 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 pitcher Koji Uehara jogs from the bullpen during the ninth 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 pitcher Koji Uehara jogs from the bullpen during the ninth 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 pitcher Koji Uehara delivers during the ninth 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 pitcher Koji Uehara delivers during the ninth 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 pitcher Koji Uehara reacts after recording the final out to defeat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-1 to win the 2013 World Series Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

“Boston Red Sox pitcher Koji Uehara reacts after recording the final out to defeat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-1 to win the 2013 World Series Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox pitcher Koji Uehara and catcher David Ross react after recording the final out to defeat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-1 to win the 2013 World Series Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

“Boston Red Sox pitcher Koji Uehara and catcher David Ross react after recording the final out to defeat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-1 to win the 2013 World Series Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox pitcher Koji Uehara, catcher David Ross, and teammates react after recording the final out to defeat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-1 to win the 2013 World Series Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

“Boston Red Sox pitcher Koji Uehara, catcher David Ross, and teammates react after recording the final out to defeat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-1 to win the 2013 World Series Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox players celebrate after defeating the St. Louis Cardinals 6-1 to win the 2013 World Series Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

“Boston Red Sox players celebrate after defeating the St. Louis Cardinals 6-1 to win the 2013 World Series Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Fireworks explode over the Green Monster as Boston Red Sox players celebrate after defeating the St. Louis Cardinals 6-1 to win the 2013 World Series Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

“Fireworks explode over the Green Monster as Boston Red Sox players celebrate after defeating the St. Louis Cardinals 6-1 to win the 2013 World Series Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell raises the World Series trophy  after defeating the St. Louis Cardinals 6-1 to win the 2013 World Series Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

“Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell raises the World Series trophy after defeating the St. Louis Cardinals 6-1 to win the 2013 World Series Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

So there it is. 
 
The Boston Red Sox are the champions of the world and my long time dream of working for the team and photographing them win the World Series has come true. 
 
It still hasn’t completely sunk in, to be honest, but I’m finally finding a little bit of time to at least get this post together and reflect on this whole experience. 
 
I’m thrilled that we were ultimately able to beat the St. Louis Cardinals, but I’ll start off by acknowledging that had we lost, I still would have felt incredibly lucky to have been a part of this year’s run during the regular season, through the playoffs, and into the World Series. There are journalists, writers, photographers, and other team employees of all types that go their entire careers without the chance to work a World Series, let alone win one. I think that’s important to keep in mind. In no way do I take this opportunity for granted. 
 
Shooting for a team as opposed to a newspaper or magazine or wire service is different in that you’re far more invested in the team’s performance. Not only is that notion of journalistic independence from your subjects gone, but your life revolves around the organization. You spend every day at the Park. You work with people from all parts of the organization, from media relations to marketing to baseball operations to the players and coaches themselves. Just as Major Leaguers make it their goal to win the World Series every year, I go about my work with the same mentality: bring it every day and do my part to make that happen. It must be the athlete in me. 
 
Our left fielder, Jonny Gomes, said it best over the microphone at a gathering with players and front office members just hours after the team won: “You guys are champs, too.”
 
This year has been unlike any other Boston has ever seen, and this was the perfect ending to a tragic but inspirational story that has grown since Marathon Monday back in April. I feel lucky to have done my part in documenting all the great work the Boston Red Sox organization has done in response to help heal the city, from charity events to pre-game ceremonies to thrilling wins. From the first game back at Fenway after the bombings to the game six of the World Series, this organization has embodied what “Boston Strong” is all about. It became the common thread that kept everyone together. 
 
I got my first taste of the playoffs last year in Baltimore while shooting two games of the ALDS between the Orioles and the Yankees at Camden Yards, but from a professional standpoint, this year’s playoff experience was constructive and valuable for me. With the playoffs comes a whole new set of responsibilities: arranging photo positions in the pits, working to accommodate scores of photographers from all over the world in your home stadium, traveling to work in other cities and stadiums, and pushing images out at a pace, quantity, and quality bigger and better than usual. Many of these things I hadn’t dealt with before. It’s all great fun, but it is a grind. Needless to say, I have yet to catch up on sleep, and I’m glad that these games are over for awhile. They were tense, to say the least, and watching them was both physically and emotionally exhausting at times. 
 
Baseball’s biggest stage also brings the world’s most talented sports photographers and editors into one place, so as a young photographer, it was a pleasure to meet so many shooters whose work I admire, and to re-connect with colleagues I’ve met before. 
 
This job is demanding and at times very grueling, so I’m thankful to many people for helping me along the way. I owe thanks to all my family and friends for their unconditional love, support, and understanding (even the O’s and Yankees fans, people who think baseball is boring, etc.). I also owe thanks to all those in the Red Sox community, and in particular, to the photography staff I work with. Mike, Brita, Cindy, Brian, Steve, Cummo and Marissa are all ridiculously talented photographers, and more importantly, are all great people. I’m honored to have gotten the opportunities I’ve had as a part of that group. 
 
Here are the photos from the game six victory! Thanks so much for following along all season. It’s been a dream come true.