Boston Red Sox Photos: Sunday, May 12, 2013 vs. Toronto Blue Jays.

"Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell, outfielder Jonny Gomes, first baseman Mike Napoli, and third baseman Will Middlebrooks, line up in front of the dugout during the National Anthem before a game against the Toronto Blue Jays Sunday, May 12, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell, outfielder Jonny Gomes, first baseman Mike Napoli, and third baseman Will Middlebrooks, line up in front of the dugout during the National Anthem before a game against the Toronto Blue Jays Sunday, May 12, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox pitcher Jose De La Torre makes his Major League debut during the ninth inning of a game against the Toronto Blue Jays Sunday, May 12, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox pitcher Jose De La Torre makes his Major League debut during the ninth inning of a game against the Toronto Blue Jays Sunday, May 12, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox infielder Pedro Ciriaco fields a ground ball at first base during the ninth inning of a game against the Toronto Blue Jays Sunday, May 12, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox infielder Pedro Ciriaco fields a ground ball at first base during the ninth inning of a game against the Toronto Blue Jays Sunday, May 12, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"A mother holds her son as he sleeps before a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Toronto Blue Jays Sunday, May 12, 2013  on Mother's Day at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“A mother holds her son as he sleeps before a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Toronto Blue Jays Sunday, May 12, 2013 on Mother’s Day at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"A couple kisses each other on the stairs inside Gate B during a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Toronto Blue Jays on Mother's Day Sunday, May 12, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“A couple kisses each other on the stairs inside Gate B during a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Toronto Blue Jays on Mother’s Day Sunday, May 12, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"A young fan in the bleacher seats drinks lemonade as her mother watches during a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Toronto Blue Jays on Mother's Day at Fenway Park Sunday, May 12, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts."

“A young fan in the bleacher seats drinks lemonade as her mother watches during a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Toronto Blue Jays on Mother’s Day at Fenway Park Sunday, May 12, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Pink-laced baseballs are shown in honor of Mother's Day Sunday, May 12, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Pink-laced baseballs are shown in honor of Mother’s Day Sunday, May 12, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew bats with a pink bat in honor of Mother's Day during the ninth inning of a game against the Toronto Blue Jays Sunday, May 12, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew bats with a pink bat in honor of Mother’s Day during the ninth inning of a game against the Toronto Blue Jays Sunday, May 12, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox infielder Pedro Ciriaco takes practice swings during the the ninth inning of a game against the Toronto Blue Jays Sunday, May 12, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox infielder Pedro Ciriaco takes practice swings during the the ninth inning of a game against the Toronto Blue Jays Sunday, May 12, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

Here are some images of mine from the Mother’s Day festivities this afternoon at Fenway Park for the final game of a series between the Boston Red Sox and the Toronto Blue Jays. 

Not a good baseball day for the Sox, but Mother’s Day always makes for a good picture day. This is a little mix of action, fan features, and pink bats and balls.

We also produced a Mother’s Day video piece with footage and photos we shot around the Park, which you can see by clicking here.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Reflections: Year Three in Major League Baseball.

“The visitors dugout at Fenway Park is shown on Opening Day of the 2012 Major League Baseball Season Friday, April 13, 2012.”

Things have finally settled down here at Fenway Park, so I’m using this opportunity to post some thoughts and reflections about my work this season. I said it last year, and I’ll say it again now: what could be better than a summer filled with two of my favorite things in this world, baseball and photography?

At the beginning of the season, I had to choose between coming to Boston or staying in Baltimore. It turned out to be quite a difficult decision, but after being here for just a few weeks, I knew I had made the right choice. 

It was a busy summer. This year, the Boston Red Sox celebrated Fenway Park’s 100th Anniversary Season, which was incredible to be a part of. I documented dozens of anniversary events, player appearances, and community outreach programs, and was in the company of Red Sox legends past and present the whole way through. I was also on hand to photograph some exciting non baseball related events, including two Bruce Springsteen Concerts, two Liverpool FC professional football matches, and an appearance by Darth Vader,to name a few. 

I also photographed approximately 40 games at Fenway. Rather than staying in the photo pits for most of the time, this year, I was a nomad. I roamed every corner of this old Park, hunting for good fan features and unique stadium elements. To be completely honest, it was frustrating. Struggling through hoards of fans doesn’t compare to sitting on field level documenting the action. But through it all, I’m absolutely confident that it has made me a much better photographer, and it trained my eye to see things that I wouldn’t have seen before. I’m thankful to have had that experience all year. 

I was recently reassured of the importance of these types of photographs in Baltimore, where I was able to shoot the first Major League Baseball playoff games of my career. Although the Baltimore Orioles weren’t able to win the Division Series, being there to witness playoff baseball in my hometown quickly became one of my best baseball memories. A huge thank you to Todd Olszewski and the Orioles for having me back to shoot. 

What matters most are the people who have made this year so enjoyable. I owe my most sincere thanks to Mike Ivins, the Manager of Photography, for giving me this opportunity, sharing his expertise with me, and telling me straight when I screwed up my flash (Beckett Bowl, ugh). I also owe thanks to all the other photographers, both of the Red Sox and of the Boston press, for their kindness and wisdom. I’m also lucky to be a part of a talented and hard working group of people in the Red Sox organization.

Here is my final portfolio from the season. Take a look if you’d like.

I’m happy to say that I’m staying on at the Red Sox as the Photography Assistant, and I’m working on my Master’s of Journalism at Boston University. Here’s to three seasons!