2019: Year In Review.

I considered doing a recap of the past decade of work since we’re on to 2020 now, but in the interest of not starting at this computer screen in the Red Sox office for too long, I’ve decided to stick to my normal year in review. With another year of experience etched in, I like to take this chance to look back on how things went and reflect a bit about where they’re going from here. 2019 – it’s one giant blur. Life is moving really fast. Last year I said it was “maybe too busy at times.” This year, that was definitely the case. I’m very appreciative of all the opportunities that have come my way, but as I move into my 30’s, I need to find a way to slow down a bit when it’s needed most. Balance is key.

Above is a gallery of my favorite images and favorite memories from 2019. Click on any individual photo to enlarge it. I’ve also included some of my favorite video pieces from the year. 

I completed my tenth year as a photographer working in Major League Baseball, and my eight as a Boston Red Sox team photographer. The role provided new challenges but also great experiences this year, which once again made the year very rewarding professionally. As a photography staff, we grew in scope and size, and I’m proud that we were able to develop some top young photography talent who are now out in the world producing incredible work. Our creative service team pushed and pushed and pushed, somehow finding ways to recreate baseball in fresh and exciting ways each week. Access, ingenuity, and cohesiveness in style are at an all time high here at the Sox, and I’m very proud of our group for making it happen. It was a down year on the field for us, but we look forwarding to rebounding in a big way in 2020. 

On the freelance side of my career, business continued to grow. I’m constantly looking for ways to evolve the type of work I do and the clients I do work for, so I look forward to continuing that challenge in the coming year. It’s been an absolute grind on top of my full-time Red Sox schedule, but at this stage in my life, I’m game for it. I hope to shift toward more commercial, brand based work in the coming year, and to partner up with products and people that I’m truly passionate about. As always, I’m very grateful for the opportunities and trust presented to me by my clients. 

I kept the video work going, too, although perhaps not as much this year as the past few years. I need to make sure I stay on top of that side of the work. It was fun to get back to Centre Court to produce video content for the Championships Wimbledon after five years away from the tournament. The video editing and producing never comes as naturally to me as photography, but I want to continue to push and up the production value within my stuff next year.

Aside from a wild night on a party bus for the big 3-0, I asked the love of my life Alaina to marry me in October and she said “Yes!” We’re in full planning mode for our wedding in January of 2021 in Pittsburgh, and I couldn’t be more excited. I just feel very lucky to have supportive and encouraging people in my life – my family, friends, and colleagues. Thank you to all of you. 

And to the viewers of this blog and my work, a heartfelt thank you as always for following along all year! Happy New Year!

We’ve got eyes on 2020. 

2018: Year In Review.

 

It’s again time to look back. I do this at the end of every year as an exercise to review the progress I made and work that I did over another twelve months as a photographer. 2018 was wild! It’s impossible to remember all the things that happen every year, and this year I felt that was the case more than usual. I took on a lot and pushed myself as hard as I could, and things were really busy – maybe too busy at times. 

Above is a gallery of my favorite images and favorite memories from 2018. Click on any individual photo to enlarge it. I’ve also included some of my favorite video pieces from the year. 

I completed my ninth year as a photographer working in Major League Baseball, and my seventh as a Boston Red Sox team photographer. This year marked my first year in a new role as Manager of Photography, which proved to be a rewarding and challenging new opportunity. In our marketing department, we continued to grow and produce unbelievable content together. We pushed the boundaries in terms of access, creativity, and style, and I’m so proud of the work we did as a team together in Red Sox Creative Services this year. Oh yeah, and we won the World Series. What an epic year of baseball on the field and team camaraderie off of it. I’m lucky to have experienced a second World Series Championship in my time at the Red Sox.

I tried to maintain my freelance business while navigating a full-time Red Sox schedule. In my freelancing, it was a year of both growth and change. There were some jobs I had done in the past that I wasn’t able to take on this year, and there were other new opportunities that arose that I’m very grateful for and excited about. I’m always looking at ways to grow and evolve my business, and I’m excited to continue to do so in 2019. 

On the video side, I shot, edited, and produced more work. Video is a continual learning process for me, but feel that I’ve made valuable partnerships this year and upped the production value and quality within my video work. 

I also got my feet wet in public speaking this year, delivering a TED Talk in Boston and presenting at the Future M Conference and to the Ad Club of Boston. This has been a difficult and daunting but also rewarding learning process, and I hope to build and improve on my speaking in the coming year as well.

Otherwise, things are great and I have no complaints. Alaina is here with me in Dorchester and I couldn’t be happier. 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!

2019 is a fresh start.

WEDDING VIDEO: AMANDA & RICKY – QUINCY, MASSACHUSETTS.

New wedding work!  Here’s the sizzle reel for Ricky and Amanda’s wedding in Quincy, Massachusetts last fall. This video was shot by myself, Rob Gooding, and Lauren Foley of 309 Productions, who also edited the piece. 

The footage was shot with a combination of a Canon C300, Canon and Nikon DSLR cameras, and the DJI Mavic drone and DJI Osmo.

A big thanks to Ricky and Amanda for letting us document their day from start to finish!

WEDDING VIDEO: Bryan & Mackenzie – Baltimore, Maryland.

Here’s a highlight trailer video from Bryan & Mackenzie’s wedding at the Elkridge Club in Baltimore, Maryland earlier this summer. Everything about the day was perfect, from the ceremony out on the golf course to the confetti finish on the dance floor.

A big thanks to my old friend and former coworker at Ritz Camera (back in the day) Daniel Regner for the killer slow motion footage on the second shoot. A huge thanks as well to the Burros and Hanley families for having us out to document the day!

Wedding Video: Eddie & Chelsea – Plymouth, Massachusetts.

This is a highlight trailer video from a recent wedding in scenic Plymouth, Massachusetts.

The footage in the video was shot by both myself, Kellan Reck, and Lauren Foley of 309 Productions, who also edited the piece. The footage was shot with a combination of a Canon C300, Canon and Nikon DSLR cameras, and the DJI Mavic drone and DJI Osmo.

Thanks so much to Eddie and Chelsea for having us out to capture their special day!

Wedding: Lauren & Andrew – Warwick, Rhode Island.

Here is a highlight trailer video as well as a gallery of still images from a beautiful late summer wedding in Warwick, Rhode Island. 

It was great, as always, to team up with my good friend Lauren Foley of 309 Productions, who edited the video. Both of us shot high-definition video and still photos throughout the day, combining to capture some really nice moments between Andrew and Lauren, the bride and groom. 

The footage was shot on six different cameras covering multiple angles, including both Canon and Nikon DSLRs and a GoPro camera attached to a drone. 

Thanks so much to Andrew and Lauren for having us out to document their special day!