I got to travel with the Ravens to Cincinnati for their final regular season game. With a win the Ravens would have clinched their 6th consecutive trip to the playoffs, but in the end they couldn’t pull off a victory.
This is only the second year since I have been photographing the Ravens that they have not made the playoffs, so it is still a weird feeling knowing I won’t be shooting any football games in January.
I am definitely disappointed that the season is over, but to be honest I am excited about some other things I’ll be able to accomplish with a little extra time on my hands. Hopefully that includes finally building a new website and spending some quality time with my lovely wife.
Here are some of my favorite moments from the game.
Since the Ravens are on their bye week and I don’t have any game pictures to blog, I decided to share some images from the Ravens Cheerleader Calendar shoot back in May. I had originally planned on posting these images a long time ago, but life and business sometimes get in the way.
We shot over the course of 6 days in Jamaica. I’ve had the fortune to photograph in some great locations over the years, but Jamaica provided the most amazing natural beauty that I’ve come across (aside from my honeymoon in Bali). We were trying to go for a very “indigenous” vibe doing our best to avoid making images that looked like they were shot on a resort (although some of them were).
Despite the inevitable challenges that you face on a shoot of this scale (we had a couple days get rained out) I couldn’t be more pleased with the set of images we walked away with…I suppose all those 3am call times were worth it in the end!
We had an amazing crew that made everything possible and I would have been lost without all the great, hardworking people we had along for the trip. Special shout outs to my assistants Sean Scheidt and Elle Perez, who when not assisting me on swimsuit shoots in Jamaica are two incredibly talented photographers.
I don’t get nervous before shooting games. At least I didn’t until Sunday…
With Ray Lewis announcing his pending retirement last week, the stress of figuring out how I was going to cover his last game at M&T Bank stadium was overwhelming.
“Ray’s Last Dance” was the prominent headline throughout the week and the anticipation of Ray coming out of the tunnel and doing “the squirrel” for the last time almost outweighed the game itself.
I have shot Ray countless times coming out of the tunnel from many different perspectives…The last thing I wanted to do was to shoot an image that could be mistaken for just another game. Knowing I had many images of Ray from a forward or side perspective I immediately knew I wanted to shoot him from behind. I had done this once before, but never from INSIDE the tunnel.
The image was already burned into my brain…Ray IN the tunnel walking out to the field through the smoke. It spoke loudly to me about the finality of this event.
I shot in the tunnel and also placed a remote camera on the top of the “Ravens eyes”, an idea that I have had for the longest time, but never put into action. Glad I saved it until now.
Looking back you always think how you could have done things differently. I would have changed a few things, but the most important part is that I was able to capture the essence of this day for Ray and for the Ravens.
I feel extremely fortunate to have had the opportunity over the last 6 years to document many moments in Ravens history and to work up close and personal with a player whose combination of faith, passion and ability will never be duplicated.
Ray may be leaving, but his legacy will always remain in Baltimore.