Monday, October 05, 2015


"Edwin Encarnacion #10 of the Toronto Blue Jays and teammates celebrate in the clubhouse after defeating the Baltimore Orioles and clinching the AL East Division following game two of a double header at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on September 30, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland."

Getting behind the scenes in professional sports is a rare occurrence - that is unless you're invited inside.

Following a 22 year drought, the Toronto Blue Jays found themselves celebrating in the clubhouse after clinching the American League East Division.

Members of the media are typically invited into the locker room in small numbers to be able to document these types of occurrences.

It's always a challenging environment that's charmingly chaotic. Lots happening in a tight, dark area.

Despite smelling like booze for the drive home, and having burning eyes from the same liquids, I had a lot of fun watching the team celebrate the first step to a hopefully successful post season.

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Rushing Right

"Running back Giovani Bernard #25 of the Cincinnati Bengals rushes against the Baltimore Ravens in the second half at M&T Bank Stadium on September 27, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland."

Sometimes it's easy to forget that photography is an art.

In the world of photojournalism, the moment will always be stronger than the pretty picture. Even if it has a messy background and a lot going on in the frame - the telling moment is the best moment.

However, even in a world where telling stories visually is the first and foremost the most important thing, photographers should remember to bring their own style and vision to those moments.

I always try to remember to be creative. Try something new. Shoot from a new angle. Or photograph a familiar scene in a different way.

Recently I've been going back to the pan - slowing the shutter speed. It's all a risk and a lot of times nothing comes of it.

As the Cincinnati Bengals played the Baltimore Ravens, I enjoyed the movement and colors each and every time running back Giovani Bernard pushed the ball up the field. And during  this drive he went up the middle a couple of times giving me some layers elsewhere in the frame.

Telling moment? To most, probably not. Yet it gives the team's take a different feel than the competition.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Weed Wacker

"Scott Piercy plays a shot on the 16th hole during the Third Round of the BMW Championship at Conway Farms Golf Club on September 19, 2015 in Lake Forest, Illinois."

No one ever wishes bad on anyone. Yet as a sports photographer, when a player is having a bad day, it can translate into interesting pictures.

Whether that's a easy missed goal, a fumble or even bad drive into the rough.

Documenting the BMW Championship at Conway Farms Golf Club was a runaway tournament for Australian golfer Jason Day.

However, during the tournament a couple club swingers did their best to get up and down as they chased his low score.

Late in the third round, Scott Piercy was one of those golfers looking to take over the lead. That was until he landed in the deep, thick rough on the 16th hole.

After finding his ball, he played a great shot to the fairway.

A bad situation turned good for the golfer as well as the photographer.

Friday, September 25, 2015 is sleeping

"Wide receiver Rishard Matthews #18 of the Miami Dolphins (L) celebrates a first half touchdown with tackle Ja'Wuan James #70 of the Miami Dolphins against the Washington Redskins at FedExField on September 13, 2015 in Landover, Maryland."

Watch at any kid participating in a sport - most love to celebrate.

From a kid playing their first snap to a pros playing their last - there is nothing more feel good in sports than letting your emotions take over in a game-winning situation. 

While celebrations aren't what they were once when I was a kid in pro football, they're still always interesting to photograph because you never know what a player and or team may do when they score.

Some are wild and outrageous, others are peaceful, spiritual and then there is everything in between.

Maybe it's because my wife and I have a newborn at home, but I loved the reaction of wide receiver Rishard Matthews #18 of the Miami Dolphins after scoring against the Redskins.

Giving the crowd a quiet gesture, he cradled the football as if it was a newborn child.

To these superheros, family comes first I'm sure, even if it's literally a football in their arms after scoring a go-ahead touchdown.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Reflecting Irish

"KeiVarae Russell #6 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and teammates walk to the field for warmups before playing the Virginia Cavaliers at Scott Stadium on September 12, 2015 in Charlottesville, Virginia."

It had been a long time since I've been to the University of Virginia in Charlottesville - and getting back down south was nostalgic.

With college football now in full swing, covering top 20 teams is important. So when the visiting Notre Dame Fighting Irish were playing the Virginia Cavaliers, I found myself making the pilgrimage to Scott Stadium.

I had a lot of ideas I wanted to try, yet kept thinking of a visit I made as an intern many, many years before. I was green at the time and didn't really have a clue what I was doing, but captured an action shot that is still in my sports book today.

This trip, before the game started, I ventured around looking for something fresh. A gimmick, I found a puddle and waited for the Fighting Irish to exit the locker room. It happened fast, and worked - well enough that I went back for another attempt before the game.

Unfortunately, the second shot at bettering the frame was a disappointment, as there were many more players, and the reflection was lost when they stepped onto the water.

Glad the frame worked the first time, but always a thought in my mind for next time I return.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Red Fans

"Defensive lineman Quinton Jefferson #99 of the Maryland Terrapins and teammates jump into the crowd before playing the Richmond Spiders at Byrd Stadium on September 5, 2015 in College Park, Maryland."

College football - there is nothing like it.

The game in my opinion is completely different from the pros. Quick, tricky and full of emotion. There is a huge fan base and nothing brings people together like football being played on a wonderful fall Saturday.

My first game of the year was up the street between the Richmond Spiders and the Maryland Terrapins.

Most teams celebrate after a big win. However, to get pumped up for the game, the Terps leap into the stands before kick-off.

It's a picture I've tried to shoot in the past, but the layers never seemed to work until this game.

In the end, the Terps came out on top, so their pregame pump up must have worked.

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Face First

"Tight end Je'Ron Hamm #87 of the Washington Redskins is tackled by free safety Josh Evans #26 of the Jacksonville Jaguars in the second quarter at FedExField on September 3, 2015 in Landover, Maryland."

It's fall and that means football.

Each and every year, the first game of the year is a tough one. It's time to get excited for big hits and late fourth quarter drives, but that doesn't mean it's a breeze.

That first game is never easy. All summer is spent documenting everything except football, so photographers must get back into the rhythm of fast paced sports.

For the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Washington Redskins - it was a close fought battle in the last preseason game. I had a lot of fun despite fighting some jetlag and came away with a couple images I wouldn't expect until mid-season.

Looking forward to lots of football and hoping the action continues to be noteworthy.

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Racing to Gold

"Ayanleh Souleiman of Djibouti fails to finish the Men's 1500 metres heats during day six of the 15th IAAF World Athletics Championships Beijing 2015 at Beijing National Stadium on August 27, 2015 in Beijing, China."


This past month, I had the amazing opportunity to travel to Beijing, China to cover the 15th IAAF World Athletics Championships with Getty Images.

Nine days - inside and outside of the oval of Beijing National Stadium - and working as one alongside an amazing Getty Images team of photographers and editors - was a lot of fun and hard work.

This event is considered one of the major events in the world as athletes use this extended week to focus on the upcoming Summer Olympics. Every event, every race that takes place here is home to the biggest names in athletics such as Usain Bolt and Ashton Eaton.

Being fairly new to the world of athletics, or track and field, everything was fresh. The venue was stunning, the light was fantastic and emotions were tense.

With hundreds of photographers and placed in different places each day, these were my views of a fantastic meet in China.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Serving It Hot

"Kei Nishikori of Japan serves a shot to Marin Cilic of Croatia during the Citi Open at Rock Creek Park Tennis Center on August 8, 2015 in Washington, DC."

For the past two years I've documented the Citi Open at Rock Creek Park Tennis Center.

This tennis tournament brings some of the greatest tennis players to Washington, DC - where they battle for about a week for the coveted championship.

My assignment was the final three days of the bracket - both men's and women's - singles and doubles.

After many matches court level, in the sweltering heat, I needed to escape the temperatures and venture around the stadium.

I quickly realized many fans were doing the same in trying to stay cool - whether that meant handheld fans, hats or umbrellas.

Moving slowly, deliberately, so not to interfere with the ongoing match - I made it to a bright red umbrella I had eyed up from across the court.

Only getting off a few frames before this gentlemen took it down, I thought it told the story, got me off the court for a couple of games in a set, and helped me make a scene setter.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Sunset Drive

"Tiger Woods tees off on the 17th hole during the first round of the Quicken Loans National at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Club on July 30, 2015 in Gainesville, Virginia."


There are many photographers in the industry who cover mainly one sport. They're typically called a specialist in that department - and rightfully so.

I have never considered myself a specialist at any one given game. With a background of many years at newspapers, I was taught to be versatile in my coverage of everything from: sports and news to features and portraits.

So when it comes to the sports I document the least often, I always ask for help from these specialists on our team. From calls, texts, and on locations tips, every bit helps.

Golf is one of those sports I cover a handful of times each year and that's that. It's always the needed change of pace in my schedule and I often have a lot of fun covering the gentleman's game.

Like each year, I had a blast covering the four days of the Quicken Loans National close to home with the hometown team.