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. 

Wedding: Shannon & Drew – Boston, Massachusetts.

The Red Sox held the annual #GiftOfSox day, a social media campaign to deliver acts of kindess to fans across Red Sox nation during the Holiday season. As part of this year’s campaign, the Red Sox hosted a real life wedding for fans Shannon and Drew at Fenway Park! Drew proposed to Shannon at the Opening Day game in 2019 at the Park, so once they and the Sox found each other, the wedding came together in just six days. 

Here are some photos from a great day!

Wedding: Hilary & Chris – Whitefield, New Hampshire.

Here is some new wedding work from late this summer! Hilary & Chris had their wedding at the beautiful Mountain View Grand Resort in Whitefield, New Hampshire. A perfect day and a fantastic couple to work with from beginning to end. All the best to you both!

Wedding: Ana & Nixon – Brighton, Massachusetts.

Here are photos and video from Ana and Nixon’s wedding earlier this summer! What a beautiful day. I met Ana on a corporate shoot I worked on several years back, so I was  thrilled when she called back to have me shoot her big day! I shot the video above, and Marissa McClain shot the photos. 

Wedding: Chelsea & Matt – Bonita Springs, Florida.

From the World Series to their wedding day, it’s good to be a Barnes!

I’m excited to share this gallery of photos from Chelsea and Matt’s beautiful day at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Hotel in Bonita Springs, Florida. I’ve worked with Chelsea and Matt for a few years now, through their engagement and best moments at Fenway Park, so I was thrilled and honored to shoot their wedding. Drop these two fun-loving people together into a perfect, sunny Florida backdrop and it’s impossible not to get great pictures. This gallery above shows the highlights from the day, shot by myself and Eric Lee of Eric Lee Photography. Also be sure to check out this great video trailer from by Drew Carlisle of Tried & True.

A huge thanks to Chelsea and Matt for having us there!

2018: Year In Review.