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: 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.

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.

Motion: Chelsea Piers Connecticut.

Happy to share two short web & digital video mini-spots shot and edited earlier this summer for sports and recreational facility Chelsea Piers Connecticut. This shoot was produced and photographed by fantastic New York based photographer and friend Jen Pottheiser in collaboration with the fantastic folks on the Chelsea Piers marketing and creative team.

A big thanks to Kevin Greene, my first AC for this project, Jen, Chris, Tara, and all the others involved in making this a great week of shooting.

Campaign: Easton HYPE bat launch.

I am excited to share recent commercial campaign work commissioned by baseball equipment company Easton for the launch of the Easton HYPE youth and college baseball bat. These images were shot on set of a commercial produced and directed by Jake Loskutoff of Life In A Van Studios at Popsicle Studios in Los Angeles. Displayed here is a set of still images, point of sale graphics, and behind the scenes video.

A big thanks to Jake and his team for having me on board for this impressive campaign.

Stills & Motion: Woodmeister Master Builders.

Sharing new motion and still brand work for produced by Boston-based content agency Bolt Creative Group for high-end custom home builders Woodmeister Master Builders. As the company expands to offer custom designed furniture and personal office space, we provided a suite of video a still photography content to launch them into the new market place in a style fitting with the same unmatched quality and elegant craftsmanship that founders Ted and Kim Goodnow made their mark with.

The imagery above was commissioned and produced by Bolt Creative Group.

portraits: boston college men’s and women’s basketball 2021 photo day.

Here is some recent work at Boston College for their 2021 Men’s and Women’s basketball teams. These two looks were shot simultaneously on two separate lighting setups with six lights used in total. The clean white look offers a simple portrait that can stand alone as an image or be used for graphic cutouts, and the maroon and gold setups provide a secondary creative option. 

Thanks to BC athletics for having me shoot these.

Stills: Houston Astros Defeat Boston Red Sox In 2021 American League Championship Series.

The Houston Astros won game 6 of the American League Championship Series, clinching a trip to the World Series and ending the 2021 season for the Boston Red Sox. Above are the images of both celebration and defeat from the game in Houston.

Although it was tough to see this magical postseason run come up just short of a chance in the World Series, this was a fantastic season and a wonderful team to cover. Few picked the Red Sox as a championship caliber team at the beginning of the year, but with the ready and steady presence of manager Alex Cora at the helm and great production and personality from the team members, they were able to accomplish big results under less than probable odds.

For me, that wraps up my tenth season with the Boston Red Sox and twelfth in Major League Baseball. Hard to believe that marks a full decade of covering this franchise and historic ballpark. It’s a privilege to be able to call that work, and I feel lucky to do it every day. It’s been a jam-packed 10 years, with many trips like this to the postseason, two World Series championships, the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park, the retirement of David Ortiz, and lots of down moments in between too.

The past two years have been a challenge unlike any other. The global pandemic completely shifted the way we do everything, and each day and week as it relates to operations and routine have been unpredictable, tumultuous, and unsettling. We’ve endured layoffs, restrictions on access, protocols and testing, moving office locations, and more. It’s hasn’t been easy, but still, I am proud of myself and our team for finding a way, figuring it out, and grinding through it. I am hopeful and optimistic that the end of this season closes a two-year chapter of difficulty, and we start fresh and stronger than before in 2022.

I won’t use these challenges as a direct excuse, but art-wise, it wasn’t my strongest year. There is some work I’m proud of, but I expect a bounce back next year with a renewed focus and updated approach to how we cover and market this team. Thank you for following along all season! I hope you enjoyed the journey as much as I did.

I am looking forward to a great offseason and some downtime from baseball to catch up on other client work and spend time with family and friends. As always, more to come soon.