Photo: Snowy Fenway on Pitchers and Catchers day.

"Fenway Park is shown covered in snow Monday, February 11, 2013 after Winter Storm Nemo dumped over twenty inches of snow on Boston, Massachusetts."

“Fenway Park is shown covered in snow Monday, February 11, 2013 after Winter Storm Nemo dumped over twenty inches of snow onto the city of Boston, Massachusetts.”

Happy Pitchers and Catchers day! Here’s where we stand right now at snowy Fenway Park.

Is it Opening Day yet?

Photo: Father’s Day Walk Through Fenway Park.

“A father carries his son on his shoulders during the Father’s Day Walk Through Fenway Park Sunday, June 17, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts.”

Happy Father’s Day!

Boston Red Sox Photography: Sunday, May 13, 2012 vs. Cleveland Indians.

“Boston Pops conductor Keith Lockhart salutes the crowd at Fenway Park before throwing out the ceremonial first pitch Sunday, May 13, 2012.”

“Fenway Park is shown during a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Cleveland Indians Sunday, May 13, 2012.”

“A mother and father celebrate Mother’s Day at Fenway Park during a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Cleveland Indians Sunday, May 13, 2012.”

“A girl looks through a railing at Fenway Park during a Mother’s Day game between the Boston Red Sox and the Cleveland Indians Sunday, May 13, 2012.”

“A mother and son celebrate Mother’s Day at Fenway Park during a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Cleveland Indians Sunday, May 13, 2012.”

“A Boston Red Sox fan poses with her son in front of the Green Monster during the Mother’s Day walk through Fenway Park Sunday, May 13, 2012.”

Sunday was exactly what all of us at Fenway Park needed: A beautiful, sunny day, a stadium full of happy families celebrating Mother’s Day together, and and old-fashioned 12 to 1 beatdown by the Red Sox. It lifted everyone’s spirits.

It’s amazing how much of a difference good weather has on one’s work during the game, or at least on mine. I’m always enthusiastic about my work, but it gets taken to a different level on days like Sunday. 

Being patient while shooting is a perfect example. I found myself really slowing down all day, and doing much more waiting than actual shooting. That brings me to this game’s “Thing I Learned:” I’m really proud of the final shot here of the mother and son in front of the Green Monster. I sat there for about twenty minutes, just waiting for that some tiny moment to happen, and I got one. I should do that more often. It’s a good exercise in patience and would likely lead to better pictures. 

Boston Red Sox Photography: Friday, May 11, 2012 vs. Cleveland Indians.

“The sun sets over Fenway Park Friday, May 11, 2012 during a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Cleveland Indians.”

“The sun sets over Fenway Park Friday, May 11, 2012 during a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Cleveland Indians.”

Finally, a bit of nice weather in Boston. I felt like I hadn’t seen the sun in about three weeks before it finally came out for Friday’s game

This sunset didn’t turn out to be as great as I thought it would as the game started, but there will be plenty more to come as we head into the summer months.

This game’s “Thing I Learned”: As the light continues to get better as the season goes on, it’ll be smart to stay outside and roam the park for the first few innings, rather than going inside immediately after the pre-game ceremonies to print those photos. Fenway Park will look too good to be sitting inside during that time. 

Boston Red Sox Photography: Saturday, April 21, 2012 vs. New York Yankees.

“The sun begins to set over Fenway Park during a game between the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees Saturday, April 21, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts.”

“Fans cheer as Boston Red Sox outfielder Cody Ross hits a double in the fifth inning of a game against the New York Yankees Saturday, April 21, 2012 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

A return to normalcy.

After a hectic week of planning for the 100th Anniversary game, it was really nice to come in on Saturday to a slow, easy day and a regular Saturday night game. 

Even though the Red Sox blew a 9-0 lead and sent Red Sox Nation into an early season panic, I really enjoyed shooting this game. I perched in the Monster Seats for a few innings, and had some great conversation with some very interesting people as I shot. 

This game’s “Thing I Learned”: Make friends with the right fans. It’ll help you out sometimes. 

Boston Red Sox Photography: Fenway Park Celebrates 100th Anniversary.

“Fighter jets fly over Fenway Park during the 100th Year Anniversary ceremony Friday, April 20, 2012.”

“Former Boston Red Sox left fielder and first baseman Carl Yastrzemski salutes the crowd after being introduced during Fenway Park’s 100th Year Annivesary ceremony Friday, April 20, 2012.”

“Former Boston Red Sox manager Terry Francona salutes the crowd after being introduced during Fenway Park’s 100th Year Anniversary ceremony Friday, April 20, 2012.”

“Former Boston Red Sox shortstop Nomar Garciaparra salutes the crowd after being introduced during Fenway Park’s 100th Year Anniversary ceremony Friday, April 20, 2012.”

“Former Boston Red Sox first baseman Bill Buckner salutes the crowd after being introduced during Fenway Park’s 100th Year Anniversary ceremony Friday, April 20, 2012.”

“Former Boston Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek and pitcher Tim Wakefield escort Johnny Pesky and Bobby Doerr through the infield after being introduced during Fenway Park’s 100th Year Anniversary ceremony Friday, April 20, 2012.”

“Former Boston Red Sox first baseman Mo Vaughn greets other alumni after being introduced during Fenway Park’s 100th Year Anniversary ceremony Friday, April 20, 2012.”

“Boston Red Sox alumni salute the crowd after being introduced during Fenway Park’s 100th Year Anniversary ceremony Friday, April 20, 2012.”

“Former Boston Red Sox first baseman Kevin Millar and former pitcher Pedro Martinez lead the crowd in a toast to break the record for World’s Largest Toast during Fenway Park’s 100th Year Anniversary ceremony Friday, April 20, 2012.”

“Boston Red Sox pitcher Clay Buccholz throws the first pitch of the Fenway Park 100th Year Anniversary game against the New York Yankees Friday, April 20, 2012.”

“Shadows creep across the Green Monster at Fenway Park during the 100th year Anniversary game against the New York Yankees Friday, April 20, 2012.”

Last Friday, Fenway Park celebrated it’s 100th Anniversary with an elaborate pre-game ceremony followed by a game against the New York Yankees. The game itself was quite anticlimactic, ending in a pretty bad loss for the Red Sox, but that was definitely overshadowed by the magnitude of the milestone this ballpark had reached.

I was honored to be a small part of the day, and I was thrilled to witness this important moment in baseball history. Johnny Pesky, Carl Yastrzemski, Bobby Doerr, Jim Rice, Pedro Martinez, Nomar Garciaparra, Jason Varitek, Tim Wakefield, and Terry Francona were just a few of the over 200 Boston Red Sox alumni from all generations that were on hand to celebrate at Fenway. What a sight.

I shot the pre-game ceremony from the first base photo pit, and had a blast. It’s easily one of my best memories from my time working in baseball. 

And as chaotic and busy as the day was leading up to the ceremony, I learned a lot about the logistics of shooting big-time events like these. There’s lots of planning that goes into organizing a huge corral of pro photographers on hand, and being part of that planning process was a valuable experience for me. 

There’s so much more I could say, but I think I’ll let the images do the talking. Click the photos to enlarge, if you’d like! And, check the Boston Red Sox Facebook Page to view their Timeline cover photo shot by yours truly.

I’d love to hear your thoughts about this milestone, the ceremony, the recent Red Sox performance, these photos, or anything else!

Boston Red Sox host Open House at Fenway Park.

“Kids are greeted by a giant baseball player during an Open House at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Thursday, April 19, 2012.”

“Handprints made of warning track dirt are shown on the centerfield wall at during an Open House at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Thursday, April 19, 2012.”

“Fans walk around the warning track during an Open House at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Thursday, April 19, 2012.”

“A girl looks through a railing during an Open House at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Thursday, April 19, 2012.”

The last several days have been a whirlwind for baseball in Boston, so I’m just now finding the time to post everything I’ve documented recently. I apologize for the delay!

I’ll start with these images from last Thursday, when Fenway Park welcomed all fans in for an open house in honor of the 100th anniversary celebration planned for the following day. I think it was a really neat idea, and it certainly provided lots of opportunities for good pictures. 

It was an extremely busy day in which I found myself shooting nonstop from 9 in the morning to 4 in the afternoon. To keep sane between photographing autograph session after autograph session, I went out periodically and shot features. The interactions between people, both young and old, and the architectural elements of Fenway itself, made for the most interesting photos, so that’s what I tried to focus on. 

Here are a few from the day. Click the photos to enlarge, if you’d like!

Boston Red Sox Photography: Tuesday, April 17, 2012 vs. Texas Rangers.

“The field is shown through the rafters at Fenway Park during a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Texas Rangers Tuesday, April 17, 2012.”

“The Fenway Park ‘100 Years’ logo is shown on a security guard’s jacket during a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Texas Rangers Tuesday, April 17, 2012.”

Last night was rough for Red Sox Nation. What started out as a close game quickly took a turn for the worst, ending in an 18-3 rout by what looks to be a very strong Texas Rangers ball club.

So, for a Red Sox photographer whose job is to capture the team and the environment in the most positive light possible, that score made for a long night. Obviously, there was no Red Sox action on the field to shoot, and my usually lively fan photos were anything but that. And how can I blame the fans? It was painful to watch. 

The only option left was to hunt for generic, stock images of the stadium – ones that could be used for any type of publication or in any situation. I was happy with these two.

This game’s “Thing I Learned”: Find the security guards who take an interest in photography and who are most willing to help you out, and shoot near them. I’m quickly learning the spots where I can work with a “personal bodyguard” of sorts near me at all times. 

Boston Red Sox Photography: Monday, April 16, 2012 vs. Tampa Bay Rays.

“Fenway Park is shown during the third inning of an 11:05 AM day game between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays Monday, April 16, 2012.”

“The press box at Fenway Park is shown before the start of an 11:05 AM game between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays Monday, April 16, 2012.”

“Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia flips to shortsop Mike Aviles in the fourth inning of a game against the Tampa Bay Rays Monday, April 16, 2012 at Fenway Park.”

“Boston Red Sox center fielder Cody Ross loses his bat after fouling off a pitch during the fifth inning of a game against the Tampa Bay Rays Monday, April 16, 2012 at Fenway Park.”

Here’s something that rarely happens: A professional baseball game that begins at 11:05 in the morning. Such was the case yesterday in order to accommodate huge crowds in town for the annual Boston Marathon. 

It was highly entertaining. I wasn’t aware that so many people could drink so much alcohol before noon. The whole stadium was particularly rowdy.

The game itself was very slow, and there really wasn’t much action to shoot. Sometimes baseball is like that. I did like these two action frames above, though, as well as the two stadium shots.

This game’s “Thing I Learned”: The NESN television camera deck hanging behind home plate is a great spot to shoot from. It provides both great views of the entire ballpark (see picture #1 above) and clean sight lines to shoot infield action. I also fooled around with a LensBaby for this first time (picture #2), which I’ll definitely continue to use as the season goes on.