Photos: Major League Baseball Player’s Weekend Portraits.

This weekend, Major League Baseball held it’s first ever Player’s Weekend. The initiative allowed for players to wear nicknames on their jerseys, and use custom made bats, gloves, cleats, etc. to showcase their individual personalities. 

I was asked to shoot formal portraits of several players on both the Boston Red Sox and the Baltimore Orioles to showcase the uniforms. Here is a gallery with a few of those.

Boston Red Sox Photos: Wednesday, May 3, 2017 vs. Baltimore Orioles.

The Red Sox won again last night in the third of a four game series against the Baltimore Orioles. Here are some images from the night.

Boston Red Sox Photos: Tuesday, May 2, 2017 vs. Baltimore Orioles.

Chris Sale put up yet another dominant starting pitching performance, and Hanley Ramirez hit two home runs to lead the Red Sox to a victory over the Baltimore Orioles last night. Here are some images from the game.

Boston Red Sox Photos: Thursday, September 22, 2016 vs. Baltimore Orioles.

The Red Sox stayed hot and beat the Baltimore Orioles yet again to complete their second four game sweep in a row. The team now heads to Tampa having won eight straight games.

Boston Red Sox Photos: Thursday, June 16, 2016 vs. Baltimore Orioles.

It’s been a crazy home stand, so I’m way behind on posts from Red Sox baseball. Here are images from a tough game for the Sox against Baltimore last Thursday.

More pictures coming!

Boston Red Sox Photography: Saturday, September 22, 2012 vs Baltimore Orioles.

“Boston Red Sox left fielder Daniel Nava attempts to catch a fly ball during the sixth inning of a game against the Baltimore Orioles Saturday, September 22, 2012 at Fenway Park.”

“Boston Red Sox reliever Craig Breslow delivers during the eighth inning of a game against the Baltimore Orioles Saturday, September 22, 2012 at Fenway Park.”

“Baltimore Orioles center fielder Adam Jones smiles during a game against the Boston Red Sox Saturday, September 22, 2012 at Fenway Park.”

“Baltimore Orioles second baseman Robert Andino looks on from the dugout during a game against the Boston Red Sox Saturday, September 22, 2012 at Fenway Park.”

I’m way late on these, but here are some images from last Saturday’s game between the Boston Red Sox and the Baltimore Orioles. I got some good action and we had some really nice light and shadows to work with, particularly throughout the later innings.

It was also fun to shoot some Orioles photos as they come down the stretch of an incredible playoff run!

Boston Red Sox Photography: Sunday, May 6, 2012 vs. Baltimore Orioles.

“Bases are shown before the start of a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park Sunday, May 6, 2012.”

“A Boston Red Sox fan smiles before the start of a game against the Baltimore Orioles Sunday, May 6, 2012 at Fenway Park.”

“Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia signs autographs before the start of a game against the Baltimore Orioles Sunday, May 6, 2012 at Fenway Park.”

“Boston Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks rounds the bases after hitting his first Major League home run, a grand slam, during the fifth inning of a game against the Baltimore Orioles Sunday, May 6, 2012 at Fenway Park. The Orioles won 9 to 6 in 17 innings.”

“Fenway Park is shown during the thirteenth inning of a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Baltimore Orioles Sunday, May 6, 2012 at Fenway Park. The Orioles won 9-6 in 17 innings.”

“Boston Red Sox outfielder Marlon Byrd is tagged out while sliding into home plate during the sixteenth inning of a game against the Baltimore Orioles Sunday, May 6, 2012 at Fenway Park. The Orioles won 9 to 6 in 17 innings.”

“Boston Red Sox outfielder Darnell McDconald was called in to pitch during the sixteenth inning of a game against the Baltimore Orioles Sunday, May 6, 2012 at Fenway Park. The Orioles won 9 to 6 in 17 innings.”

I apologize for posting so many photos, but that’s what happens when a baseball game goes 17 innings. When I stumbled into Fenway at 11:00 on Sunday morning for a 1:30 p.m. game, I never thought nor hoped I’d be there until 10:00 that night.

You know it’s a bizarre game when Will Middlebrooks casually hits a grand slam to tie the game at 5-5 for his first Major League home run, fans get up for a seventh inning stretch and a fourteenth inning stretch, outfielder Darnell McDonald pitches for the Red Sox, infielder Chris Davis pitches for the Orioles (and records the win), Adam Jones hits a three run home run in the seventeenth inning, and the Orioles sweep the Red Sox at Fenway Park to take the best record in Major League Baseball. I’ve never seen anything like it. 

As for my shooting, I don’t really know what to say. I was all over the stadium for the first seven innings, which I could barely even remember after the last ten. 

During the eighth, I moved down to the photo pit, where I shot from for the first time this season. This game’s “Thing I Learned:” If there was any saving grace to shooting 17 innings of ball, it was that it gave me lots of time to get a feel for working in the pit at Fenway. It’s certainly different from Camden Yards, and it took me an inning or two to get adjusted to the angles and sight lines from my spot beside third base. I’m really looking forward to shooting from down there lots more throughout the season. 

Click the photos to enlarge, of course!

Baltimore Orioles Photography: Monday, September 26, 2011 vs. Boston Red Sox

"Baltimore Orioles designated hitter Vladimir Guerrero tips his helmet to the crowd after hitting a single in the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox Monday, September 26, 2011 in Baltimore. This was his 2,587th career hit, moving him past Julio Franco as the all-time leader in hits by a Dominican-born player."

"Baltimore Orioles outfielders (L-R) Matt Angle, Adam Jones, and Nick Markakis, celebrate a victory over the Boston Red Sox Monday, September 26, 2011 in Baltimore."

"Baltimore Orioles second baseman Robert Andino reacts after receiving a shaving cream pie to the face after defeating the Boston Red Sox Monday, September 26, 2011 in Baltimore."

We’ve reached the last three games of the 2011 regular season at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. This is always a busy week around the stadium, but there’s a particular buzz in the air this time around. The American League Wild Card chase is on, and the Boston Red Sox, in the midst of an historic end-of-season collapse, play their final three games in Baltimore. This year’s playoff scenarios are coming down to the wire, and I’m pumped at the possibility of them being decided in Baltimore. 

The Sox were unable to beat the O’s last night, moving them into a tie with the Tampa Bay Rays for the AL Wild Card spot. I’ve got lots of good photos from last night, but I want to be careful about what I post, as there’s still lots of baseball left to be played. 

Last night’s game had a bit of everything: Playoff implications, a Dominican baseball record broken, a drunken fan running across the field, an inside the park home run, and a pie in the face, to mention a few.

This game’s “Thing I Learned:” Last night’s lesson will carry over for the entire week. Big time games call for big time photos! I shoot better pictures when there’s something at stake. I like the added pressure. 

Time for game two!

Baltimore Orioles Photography: Wednesday, August 10, 2011 vs. Chicago White Sox

"Baltimore Orioles catcher Matt Wieters walks toward home plate after a mound visit in the first inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox Wednesday, August 10, 2011 in Baltimore."

"Baltimore Orioles center fielder Adam Jones bats in the first inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox Wednesday, August 10, 2011 in Baltimore."

"A woman walks through the left field upper concourse at Oriole Park at Camden Yards Wednesday, August 10, 2011."

"Chicago White Sox first baseman Adam Dunn and center fielder Alex Rios warm up in the on deck circle in the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles Wednesday, August 10, 2011 in Baltimore."

"Baltimore Orioles teammates congratulate left fielder Nolan Reimold as he runs toward home plate after hitting a two run walk off home run in the bottom of the tenth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox Wednesday, August 10, 2011. The Orioles won 6-4."

Nolan Reimold lifted the Orioles to an extra innings win on Wednesday, hitting a two run walk off home run in the bottom of the tenth inning to beat the Chicago White Sox. 

I had a great night shooting from start to finish, so that’s why I’m posting this many photos. I’ve been noticing the sunlight a lot as of late, so these are some variations on some of the other images that I’ve made recently.

Most importantly, though, this was the first walk off finish I’ve been at in which I’m truly satisfied with my celebration shots. This time, I stayed calm, didn’t try to shoot too many things at once, and came away with a nice set of images. It also helped that the players, particularly Robert Andino, went overboard with their reactions. 

This game’s “Thing I Learned:” The camera I shoot with delays if you fire off too many shots in a row. Towards the end of the dog-pile at home plate, I wasn’t able to shoot any more because all the previous frame I had snapped didn’t load fast enough. So, next time I have to shoot that many frames, I’ll make sure to pace myself.  

Baltimore Orioles Photography: Friday, August 5, 2011 vs. Toronto Blue Jays

"Baltimore Orioles center fielder Adam Jones rounds the bases after hitting a home run in the first inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays Friday, August 5, 2011."

"Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Adam Lind grounds out to second base in the first inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles Friday, August 5, 2011 in Baltimore."

"Baltimore Orioles catcher Matt Wieters tags out Toronto Blue Jays center fielder Colby Rasmus in the eighth inning of a baseball game Friday, August 5, 2011 in Baltimore."

The Orioles are back in town for a ten-game home stand against Toronto, Chicago, and Detroit. Here’s the box score from the first game. 

Sporadic patches of sunlight crept through the shadows through the first few innings of this game, which made for some really nicely lit shots. You can see that patchy light in the first two frames I posted here. 

There weren’t many other pictures to be made throughout the rest of the game, though. I ended up shooting about three innings worth of high definition video, which is going to be used for some new highlight reels and sequences put together by the Orioles Productions crew. 

This game’s “Thing I Learned:” This was the first time I’ve shot video at a baseball game. While the same shooting principles apply, video forces you to approach your shots with a different frame of mind. Rather than shooting to document a single moment in time, you’re looking for clips that’ll hold for several seconds. I found myself noticing things that I normally wouldn’t while shooting stills. 

I think it’s of the utmost importance that a photographer not just be a photographer, a writer not just be a writer, or a videographer not just be a videographer. In the fast-paced, digital-everything age we live in, the best journalist is the one who can do it all. I’m excited to see how the video looks in a professionally edited package, which I’ll be posting soon!