Boston Red Sox Photos: 2020 Winter Weekend.

Back on the Winter Weekend grind! The Boston Red Sox hosted the sixth annual Baseball Winter Weekend, although at a new home at MGM Casino in Springfield, Massachusetts. The event included a Town Hall Meeting with Red Sox players and leadership, autographs and photo opportunities with Red Sox players, and round-table discussions on a variety of baseball topics. We also tagged along with the players for an exclusive event at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. 

The new venue presented challenges for us in terms of accessibility and fluidity, but we made the best of what we could, and still have some nice moments from the weekend in photos. Here’s a gallery of some favorite behind the scenes images. 

A job well-done by all members of the Boston Red Sox front office who came together to make it happen!

Boston Red Sox Photos: Portraits At Boston Baseball Writers Dinner.

Here is a set of portraits I shot last week during the annual Boston Baseball Writers Awards dinner at the Seaport Hotel in Boston. Xander Bogaerts, Triston Casas, Rafael Devers, and Michael Chavis all killed it with the fits and posing! I wanted to take advantage of the opportunity to have multiple players together in the same place for the first time since last season ended. With help of the hotel staff and event coordinators, we were able to secure a room to set up a miniature stage for the portraits. We arrived on site a few hours early, and after several rounds of testing and tweaking, were able to get to a point we felt good about. 

These portraits are executed with a three light set up, some seamless paper, and a few props to achieve the stylized, colorful look. I’m aiming to use event opportunities like this to shoot more portraits this year, so this was a good test run in working toward that new model. Thanks to our players for their time, to our PR staff for the assist in getting them there, and to our staff photographer Maddie Malhotra for the set up and break down help!

On to the next look.

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. 

Photos: New England Patriots Vs. Miami Dolphins – Sunday, December 29, 2019.

A wild one yesterday as the Dolphins took down the Patriots in week 17. Here’s a few from the game I covered for Getty Images. 

Photos: New England Patriots Vs. Buffalo Bills – Sunday, December 21, 2019.

I’m late, but here is a gallery from last week’s Patriots game against the Bills. Back at Gillette today for the final game of the season. 

Photos: Jeff Hafley Named Boston College Head Football Coach.

Here’s a set of images from yesterday, as Boston College named Jeff Hafley their new Head Football Coach. I was embedded with the Coach for his morning as he meet with players, staff, and the media. This was a fun assignment to be a part of.

A big thanks to the folks in Boston College Athletics for having me on board. 

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!

Photos: Boston Red Sox Attend Winter Meetings.

A few quick frames here from the 2019 Major League Baseball Winter Meetings in San Diego. I was out there for the annual team photographer conferences, but got to catch up with a few of our guys. 

Photos: New England Patriots Vs. Dallas Cowboys – Sunday, November 24, 2019.

Yesterday will go down as the most miserable game I’ve shot to date, in any sport! Constant rain and freezing cold temperatures the whole game from beginning to end made for a pretty rough go of it out on the field. Here are some takeaways from the game. Still thawing. 

Photos: MGM Music Hall At Fenway Groundbreaking.

Fenway Sports Group Real Estate today announced the name of the new, state-of-the-art performing arts center being developed on the corner of Lansdowne and Ipswich Streets: MGM Music Hall at Fenway.

Working with MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) as the naming rights partner, FSGRE is undertaking its first development project with MGM Music Hall at Fenway. The new performing arts center, which will sit beyond the right field bleachers of Fenway Park, will accommodate approximately 5,000 patrons. In addition to hosting a wide variety of live events, the mixed-use venue will offer the opportunity to partner with local schools, colleges, and other neighborhood organizations to create an epicenter for the performing arts community in Boston.

Construction activities on the project are scheduled to begin later this month and a groundbreaking ceremony was held today with BostonMayor Martin J. Walsh. The MGM Music Hall at Fenway is targeted for completion in the fall of 2021. Here are some photos from the event!

Also happy to be alive today and celebrate 30 years of living.