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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I am happy to share some brand work I shot earlier this summer for Blue Cross Blue Shield for the unveiling and reveal of the Pride edition of the BLUEBike fleet of ride share bikes. The package included still imagery as well as a :15 brand video featuring the design and re-wrapping of the bikes.