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.

Student Profile Videos – Tufts University Gordon Institute.

Here are four video pieces I shot and edited for the Tufts University Gordon Institute Master of Science in Innovation and Management Program. The videos focus on four distinguished alumni of the program, each of whom discussed the benefits of the program and their work experience after graduating in sit down interviews conducted on video.  

A big thanks to the folks at Tufts University for bringing me on board for this great project!

Time Slice: Fenway Park Skyline.

Here’s my first experiment with Time Slicing, a technique that allows for the progression of time and space with the appearance of a single image. This is a progression on a regular time lapse captured at Fenway Park and then post-processed into a looping 60 second video. 

Kind of cool! I’m excited to explore this further.