2021: Year In Review.
Another year in the books!
Despite significant strides made and great progress, the coronavirus pandemic still poses immense difficulties and hung over the creative industry in waves throughout 2021. It has felt like a roller coaster. Some months, things seemed “normal”, while in others we operated under lockdowns, mandates, and restrictions. The year brought many frustrations, but also many reasons for excitement and optimism and I’m excited to see all this work come together despite this “whatever” reality that we’re all navigating through. Relative to so many, I have it easy, and I’m lucky to be here at the end of the year with health, family, friendships, and creativity all still intact.
Above is a gallery of my best work from the 2021 calendar year.
I completed my twelfth year working as a photographer working in Major League Baseball, and my tenth as the Boston Red Sox team photographer. That marks a decade of documenting history at Fenway Park – an accomplishment I’m very proud of. This year continued to be tough from a storytelling standpoint. Access was limited and there was significant strain and added responsibility to those of us who were allowed some semblance of access. Still, what began as a year with no crowds and public gatherings shifted with the onset of the vaccine (distributed at Fenway Park), and crowds returned to stadiums early in the summer. This was an exciting story to tell. The team had a surprisingly outstanding year on the field, which took us on a wild ride through the postseason and deep into October. I feel lucky to have been there to document all the energy and humanity that supercharged this season on the field and in the stands. We also produced several top tier campaigns and marketing content series, including the reveal of the Boston Red Sox Nike City Connect uniform in direct partnership and collaboration with Nike. As the new year comes, I am excited to continue to evolve and use photography and motion as a means to produce and oversee larger scale campaigns with greater production value within the Red Sox ecosystem. I’m thankful to the Red Sox organization for sticking by me and presenting me with challenges and opportunities through a very vulnerable environment. 2022 will be wild!
On the freelance side, I’m lucky that business bounced back after taking a hit in 2021. It feels busier than ever, in fact, and I’m thankful for both existing clients and new ones for the opportunities they provided me this year. I continued to evolve my work toward the commercial space, and it’s been a fun challenge to pursue this type of work in a very competitive field. There is a lot to learn, but I’m encouraged by the success I’ve had here so far, and I’m looking forward to building on this momentum in 2022. I’ve got bigger plans in this space which I’ll keep tight for now, but it should be a fun, exciting chase in the new year.
I’ve always felt that it’s important to give back in our field, as there have been so many that have helped me along the way. With that spirit, I continued to update my YouTube channel, which hopefully has served as a resource and helpful point of reference to the photography community. I also spoke with many local and national camera clubs, schools, and classes, which has been a fun way to connect with people and present tips and knowledge that I’ve acquired over the years. These efforts have been very rewarding, and I’m grateful to have a captive audience.
Alaina continues to crush life in every way. She spent another year battling the frontlines of Covid as a nurse at Massachusetts General Hospital, all while completed her Master of Science Degree in Nursing Administration, teaching barre classes, and planning a wedding. Yes, we finally got married after a long slog of a delay due to Covid! It was the best day of my life and I couldn’t be more proud to call Alaina my wife. On to our honeymoon in Chile in early 2022, and hopefully more great news throughout the year. I feel so grateful to have supportive and encouraging people in my life – family, friends, coworkers. Our relationships continue to be more important than ever before.
To you guys, the viewers of this blog and my work, I appreciate your support more than you know. I hope you have a safe, healthy, and prosperous new year!
Who knows what 2022 will bring, but 22 is my lucky number, so I like our odds!
Stills: 2021 KISS 108 Jingle Ball Boston.
Here are some edits from Kiss 108’s 2021 Jingle Ball concert last night at TD Garden in Boston. I was there covering the concert and event for Getty Images. Acts included Bazzi, Black Eyed Peas, Sean Paul, Tai Verdes, and the Jonas Brothers, among others.
Photos: New England Patriots Vs. Tennessee Titans – Sunday, November 28, 2021.
Here is a gallery of coverage from last weekend’s game between the New England Patriots and Tennessee Titans, shot for Getty Images. It was good to be back at Gillette Stadium for my first football game of the season.
Stills: Wake Forest Vs. Boston College Football.
Here is a gallery of images shot for Wake Forest University athletics during their game against Boston College this weekend. The Demon Deacons showed up with a commanding win which made for some good late afternoon frames.
A big thanks to Wake Forest for having me out.
Stills: High School Football At Fenway Park.
Sharing a few images from regional high school football action during Thanksgiving Week at Fenway Park. It’s always fun to see the field transformed and the passion the kids display for these games. Enjoy the images.
Stills: Demetrius Andrade Vs. Jason Quigley Boxing.
Last week, I covered an eight-bout card at SNHU Arena in Manchester, New Hampshire topped by a middleweight bout between Demetrius Andrade and Jason Quigley for Andrade’s WBO title. The main event lasted just two rounds, as Andrade knocked Quigley down three times, with the referee stopping the fight after the third one.
Above are images from that Andrade-Quigley fight as well as a selection of action and features from the other fights on the card. It was fun to shoot boxing after not having covered the sport for a few years. A big thanks to Getty Images for having me on.
Portraits: HubSpot CTO & Founder Dharmesh Shah.
Above is a selection of recent portrait work with Dharmesh Shah, CTO & Founder of inbound marketing, sales, and service software, HubSpot. I photographed Dharmesh at his home in Massachusetts, which allowed for a wonderful variety of stunning backdrops and natural, earthy elements.
A big thanks to Dharmesh for his hospitality and to the team at HubSpot and Nice Pass Productions for including me on this project.
Portraits: Tufts University Gordon Institute.
Here is a selection of student portraits shot for The Tufts Gordon Institute at Tufts University. The institute was looking for individual portraits of the students in this year’s MS and Innovation Management Program. This was the fourth year we’ve worked on this project together.
We decided upon a simple three light high-key set up for a classic, seamless look on a white backdrop. All of the students were fantastic to work with, and weren’t afraid to let their personalities show through in front of the camera. Above are some of my favorites from the full day session.
Many thanks to Tufts University for having me on board!
Healthcare Photography: MatrixCare.
Sharing new healthcare photography work shot for medical software company MatrixCare by ResMed. Our crew travelled to Missouri earlier this summer to document MatrixCare software in action and capture lifestyle and hero shots at Luther Manor Retirement & Nursing Center and Clark County Nursing Home.
A big thanks to my friends at Path-8 Productions, who produced the shoot and associated videos for MatrixCare, for including me on their shoot.
Stills & Motion: Special Forces Foundation Pro-Am at SIG Sauer Academy.
Above is a gallery of images I shot for the Special Forces Foundation during their Pro-Am training event at Sig Sauer Academy firearm training facility in Epping, New Hampshire. This event included access for guests to renowned firearms and elite level instruction from members of the United States Special Forces.
It was a rush to be in the mix of this event in a live action environment. I flew the drone for the aerial clips in the video above, which was shot by Kevin Green and produced by 309 Productions. Big thanks to the crew for having me on board for this one.