Photos and Video: Elite Clubs National League Soccer – Phoenix.

I must preface this post by addressing the new look to “Billie With An I.E.” Simply put, the site hasn’t changed since I first created it in May of 2010, and it was in need of a facelift. Four years is a long time! I wanted something cleaner, simpler, and more elegant, and I think this update fulfills those needs. I’m still tweaking it, and the next few posts will take some perfecting, but in the interest of keeping it fresh, I wanted to get some new content up here tonight. 

As with all my work, I welcome any thoughts, comments, or criticisms you have on the design of the site! 

Above is a selection of photos and videos I shot and edited for Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) during their most recent tournament in Phoenix, Arizona. The stills are a mix of action and features which were sent on to tournament sponsor, NIKE, for promotional use, and the videos are quick feature pieces which were published on the league’s social media channels. The aim of the videos is to appeal to an audience consisting primarily of high school aged girls. 

I only had two quick days to shoot, so it was definitely tough to balance still and video evenly, but I think the content came out nicely despite the restrictions of time and manpower. It’s so important to be able to produce in both formats equally well.

It was also wonderful to visit a place I’ve never been to. Phoenix has a great vibe to it, and it’s tough to beat those early morning sunrises and big sunsets out there.

There will be more posts to come soon. Enjoy!

Photos: Liverpool FC Practices Before Football At Fenway.

"Liverpool FC manager Brendan Rodgers speaks during a press conference before a match against AS Roma during Football at Fenway at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Tuesday, July 23, 2014. "

“Liverpool FC manager Brendan Rodgers speaks during a press conference before a match against AS Roma during Football at Fenway at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Tuesday, July 23, 2014. “

"Members of Liverpool FC run sprints in front of the Green Monster scoreboard during an open practice session before a match against AS Roma during Football at Fenway at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Tuesday, July 23, 2014. "

“Members of Liverpool FC run sprints in front of the Green Monster scoreboard during an open practice session before a match against AS Roma during Football at Fenway at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Tuesday, July 23, 2014. “

"Members of Liverpool FC warm up during an open practice session before a match against AS Roma during Football at Fenway at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Tuesday, July 23, 2014."

“Members of Liverpool FC warm up during an open practice session before a match against AS Roma during Football at Fenway at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Tuesday, July 23, 2014.”

"Liverpool FC midfielder Steven Gerrard warms up during an open practice session before a match against AS Roma during Football at Fenway at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Tuesday, July 23, 2014. "

“Liverpool FC midfielder Steven Gerrard warms up during an open practice session before a match against AS Roma during Football at Fenway at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Tuesday, July 23, 2014. “

"Young Liverpool FC fans cheer during an open practice session before a match against AS Roma during Football at Fenway at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Tuesday, July 23, 2014. "

“Young Liverpool FC fans cheer during an open practice session before a match against AS Roma during Football at Fenway at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Tuesday, July 23, 2014. “

"Members of Liverpool FC warm up during an open practice session before a match against AS Roma during Football at Fenway at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Tuesday, July 23, 2014."

“Members of Liverpool FC warm up during an open practice session before a match against AS Roma during Football at Fenway at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Tuesday, July 23, 2014.”

For the first time since 2012, football is back at Fenway Park, as we gear up for Football at Fenway 2014. Liverpool FC will take on AS Roma in a rematch of the friendly match in 2012. Yesterday, the Liverpool squad met with media and took the baseball field turned soccer pitch for a practice session. 

The game is tonight, so I’ll be sure to post photos from there tomorrow! It’s hard to believe it’s already been two years since I shot this last. 

Video: Elite Clubs National League Soccer New Jersey.

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I’m finding some time to catch up on some recent video work I’ve done. These are several videos I shot, edited, and produced at a recent Elite Clubs National League soccer tournament in New Jersey. 

The first is an intro video produced as the league approaches their 2014 playoff season. The theme is “The Road to the ECNL Playoffs,” so I wanted to pack this piece with lots of imagery off the field.

I remember from my days as a kid playing tournaments like these that the hours of waiting – buses, planes, cars – were such a huge part of the experience. I wanted to try and show that through script, video, and music.

The others are two quick daily recap promo spots for Instagram, made with both stills and video. 

I welcome any thoughts, comments, or suggestions, particularly on the first video!

Video: Elite Clubs National Soccer – San Diego.

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This is a sampling of the type of video I shot, edited, and produced several weeks ago out in San Diego, California for Elite Clubs National Soccer (ECNL)

The first is a music video recap of the three day tournament, with interviews from players and the tournament commissioner. The second is a brief promo spot from day two of the tournament – a combination of quotes and footage from the day’s action. 

In this age of social media and instant need for content, fast turnaround time is as important as ever, and these pieces were produced either on the same day or several days later. 

I’m coming to realize the extreme value there is in high quality video, and I plan to continue shooting and producing more video as the year goes on. 

Video: Elite Clubs National Soccer – San Diego.

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I’m out in beautiful San Diego, California for the weekend, shooting video for Elite Clubs National Soccer (ECNL) at their tournament at the San Diego Polo Club. 

This is a fun event to shoot, and as was the case when I shot another ECNL tournament in Florida several months ago, we have the chance to get creative in the type of video content we produce for the league’s social media platforms. 

This is a brief promo spot from day one – a combination of quotes and footage from action at the tournament. More to come!

Goalie.

"Goucher College Senior goalkeeper Steve Baum watches the ball as it passes him for a goal during a men's soccer game against Susquehanna University Saturday, October 15, 2011 at Goucher College."

I must have missed it the first time I went through my images from last Saturday’s soccer game at Goucher College, but I caught this quick moment after a second glance through today. 

Sorry, Baum, for posting this, but apart from the fact that it’s you in the photo, it stands on its own as a nice shot. Oy, no pun intended there.

Snorgleblasters intramural soccer: Eyes on the prize

"Jeff McLeod '11, captain of the Snorgleblasters intramural soccer team, shoots on goal during a game against the Mighty Bites at Goucher College Sunday, April 24, 2011."

One of the things I thought a lot about while I sat at home last weekend recovering from a stomach bug was my sports portfolio. That probably stemmed from several upcoming Landmark Conference championship runs, including one from Goucher Women’s Tennis.

It’s now playoff season at Goucher, so I’m excited to start shooting lots of sports over the next two weeks. I’m hoping to make some nice additions to my collection of sports images.

On Sunday, I still wasn’t feeling up to sprinting up and down a soccer field, so I decided to shoot our intramural soccer game instead. I snapped a few keepers, but this was without a doubt my favorite.

So I’ll close it like this: Eyes on the prize – A Snorgleblasters championship victory, some Goucher Athletics Conference championship victories,  and a strong finish to Senior Year.

Inter Milan, Manchester City play in Baltimore — Baltimore Sun Video

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Last night, I covered the second consecutive international soccer match hosted in Baltimore. Inter Milan defeated Manchester City 3-0.

I wasn’t allowed to shoot video footage of the game itself, so I put together this scene piece on some of the fan activity throughout the stadium.

Although the game didn’t sell out and the stadium wasn’t full, people came out with loads of energy which I imagine was still built up from the World Cup several weeks ago. I’m satisfied with how that’s portrayed in this video.

It was refreshing to have some international flavor as well. This was my first time working alongside media from other countries. At one point, I found myself sitting in the press box, simply observing and listening as Spanish, English, American, and Italian reporters were all hard at work.

Ravens meet Manchester City soccer — Baltimore Sun Video

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Members of the Manchester City Football Club visited Baltimore Ravens training camp on Friday to throw and kick some footballs and soccer balls.

The Manchester players didn’t see to have any idea how American football works, but at the same time they seemed comfortable handling the football itself. They had absolutely no problems making field goals from 30 plus yards out.

It was also amusing to see some of the “small” Manchester City strikers dwarfed by Ray Lewis, Ed Reed and company.

USA! USA!

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Here’s a more general showing of the atmosphere at the bar.

Now that the USA have advanced, I’m sure we’ll be back to Sláinte to cover another game.

Not a bad day at “work.”