"(Left) Carl Edwards, driver of the #99 Aflac Ford, sits in his car in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on September 20, 2013 in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Right) A view of cars racing during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AdvoCare 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on September 1, 2013 in Hampton, Georgia."
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There is nothing more healthy than being a part of a team and friendly competition.
This year, I had the amazing opportunity to be apart of the Getty Images NASCAR team. Traveling across the country, I covered about 15 stock car race weekends. These weekends included: multiple races, editorial and commercial work.
Most of my short career, I've been a single identity as a freelancer. Picking up assignments and working alone. However, as an athlete, and having older brothers, I've always thrived being apart of a team. Functioning as a team player and working collaboratively were some of the first fundamentals of life I was ever taught.
Being able to be loyal to a group of photographers, editors and finding a permanent team is what I'll always be chasing in my career. Having teammates to lean on for support - during and after work - is not only rewarding, but an indescribable high.
Getting the chance to be apart of this squad is an honor. It's humbling to get the chance to work alongside the best photographers, editors that not only push your own imagery, but everyone on the team - it's a without a doubt a two-way street. From personalities that lift your spirits, to incredible documentary images, to having work praised and axed - it's all a blessing.
It's an enriching experience to see how teammates approach the same subjects and take this sport, as well as others, to the next level visually. While we're all friends, we are all still chasing the best pictures, but know that our hard-work, trust in one another results in the same common goal - a powerful package of imagery.
I cannot thank the team enough for the support and good times. Since I've covered my last race of the year, I decided to pair some of my favorite images of the year.
The best to my teammates as the season comes to a close in November.