Photos: Mookie Betts Wins Most Valuable Player Award.

Here’s a set of behind the scenes images from earlier this week. I traveled to Nashville, Tennessee to shoot as Boston Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts learned that he won this year’s Most Valuable Player award for the American League. This was a neat experience and a fun one to shoot! Congratulations to Mookie and his family. 

Boston Red Sox Photos: Boston Red Sox Win 2018 World Series.

We did it again!

The Boston Red Sox are once again World Champions. Two times in six years and four times since 2004 is seriously impressive, historic stuff. 

I’ve been going nonstop for the past two months on this ride. I’m exhausted physically, creatively, and emotionally, but things are now slowing down and I’m finally finding time to get to this blog post.

This is my second World Series win as a team photographer for the Boston Red Sox in my seven years here. It’s not supposed to happen like that. I know great photographers who have gone decades without a crack at the World Series. I don’t take the opportunity for granted and I know how lucky I am. The Red Sox are an organization that is deeply committed to winning, and all of us who work here are lucky to work for a team that is always playing meaningful baseball. 

In 2013, there was a higher purpose to the season. That World Series team helped heal a city in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings. The season felt heavier emotionally. It seemed like we partied more, rejoiced in the highest highs more fully, and felt the lowest lows more deeply. 2018 was all business. This team was the best team in baseball from beginning to end, and there was no doubt about it. From a work standpoint, it was way busier. There’s just more work to be done now than six years ago. I’m not complaining though. It’s pretty cool to have been there to document the best team to ever exist in the 100 plus year history of the franchise.

On a personal level, I’ve grown since 2013. This year was my first as Manager of Photography for the team, so navigating the new role was both rewarding and challenging. I had big shoes to fill. Looking back at my work from 2013, I know I’ve gotten a lot better, and figured out how to play “the game” more effectively when it comes to sports photography and getting the access I need, both with the team and in my freelance work. I was pretty green in 13.

But success only goes as far as the team you have around you, and I have the best team in baseball to work with. My photo staff – Matt Thomas, Reggie Thomas, Sarah Stier, Kathryn Riley, and freelancers Brita Outzen and Cindy Loo – are all so talented and worked so hard this year. They should all be proud of the body of work they’ve produced. Our creative services team of designers, VR producers, and social media experts bring all these pictures to life and make our content pop. Most professional sports teams don’t have such a fluid creative group in working order, and we should all be proud of the work we do together as a team. My girlfriend Alaina puts up with my long hours, road trips away, and constant e-mails without complaint. She is the best and I’m lucky to have her here with me. My parents, family, and close friends always support me and also understand the grueling nature of this job. Where would I be without them?

Here’s a gallery of photos from the final game! A big thanks to everyone for following along all season. It was fun. Damage Done.

Boston Red Sox Photos: 2018 World Series Game Three Vs. Los Angeles Dodgers.

I’m finally finding time to catch up on this blog. I’m way behind!

Here’s a gallery from game three of the World Series at Dodger Stadium. 18 innings and seven and a half hours later, this is easily the longest game I’ve ever shot. That was ridiculous. Tough we came out on the losing end, but it didn’t seem to matter too much looking back. 

Boston Red Sox Photos: Team Travels To Los Angeles Ahead Of World Series Game Three.

Here are some candid photos from the Red Sox travel day to Los Angeles before game three of the 2018 World Series. Upon landing at LAX, pitcher Rick Porcello and manager Alex Cora went straight to Dodger Stadium to met with the media.

Boston Red Sox Photos: 2018 World Series Game Two Vs. Los Angeles Dodgers.

Game 2 of the World Series is in the books! Another win for the Red Sox puts us up 2-0 in the Series as we travel to Dodger Stadium. Before the game, members of the 2004 World Champion Red Sox threw out a ceremonial first pitch.

Boston Red Sox Photos: 2018 World Series Game One Vs. Los Angeles Dodgers.

Game 1 of the 2018 World Series is in the book and it goes to the Red Sox! Overall, I didn’t have the best night shooting. Should have shot loose on the Nuñez home run to get the full reaction. But it’s all good, we look ahead to game two tonight. 

Boston Red Sox Photos: 2018 American League Championship Series Game Five Vs. Houston Astros.

 

We’re back in the World Series! The Red Sox won again in Houston in game five, taking all three games in Houston to win the American League Championship Series 4 games to 1 and advance to a spot in the 2018 World Series. This is huge. 

I had a great time shooting the game and the celebration after. Clinch games like these are always long, grueling, and not as easy as it looks from the outside. It takes hours of preparation, logistical planning, working with others to make sure you’re in a position to get what you need. Once the win happens, it’s nonstop shooting for hours, and then straight to packing all the gear and clothes to get  on a plane and fly over night. I’m feeling exhausted, but looking back at these photos, I’m also feeling lucky to be in the position I am. 

Now we need four more wins to complete this dream season.

Boston Red Sox Photos: 2018 American League Championship Series Game Four Vs. Houston Astros.

Wow is all I can say! What an incredible game. I’m not sure if it’s the baseball itself or just the grind of the post season, but each game seems to get more exhausting. I’m glad we came out on the right end of this one. There were some great moments which translated to great photos, all the way down to the final out. 

Game five tonight, on fumes!

Boston Red Sox Photos: 2018 American League Championship Series Game Three Vs. Houston Astros.

 

Game three was fun! Got to love a late innings grand slam by Jackie Bradley Jr. to seal the deal on a win to take the series lead. We roll into game four tonight at Minute Maid Park. 

Boston Red Sox Photos: American League Championship Workouts In Houston.

We have arrived in Houston! Here’s a few quick grabs from team workouts and media availability today. Game 3 of the series is tomorrow and I can’t wait.