This past weekend I photographed the Baltimore Ravens cheerleading tryouts for the 10th year in a row. The faces of the competitors have changed, but for 10 years, everything else has stayed relatively the same. To anyone with a creative mind, an assignment like this has the potential to be extremely frustrating.
Every time I go out on assignment, regardless of how many times I’ve photographed something before, I try to look at things with fresh eyes. I try and avoid the “safe” shots that have worked in previous outings and really push myself to be creative. That can be especially challenging when you are also shooting in an environment that is poorly lit and full of distracting elements everywhere you look.
For Ravens cheerleading tryouts, I do set up lights because the available overhead fluorescent spot lights just don’t provide the quality I need to produce images for advertising. As far as the background goes, sometimes I embrace the clutter, while other times I try to hide it depending on the look I am going for it.
No matter what the challenge, this assignment is a lot of fun because it pushes me to be better and see differently.
This year was an incredible one for me. I was busier shooting and editing than ever before. One of the few downsides of that was having to sacrifice making regular posts to my blog. I decided to try and make up for that by selecting my favorite images from the Ravens 2014 season. Thanks for taking the time to stop by and look. Enjoy!
This past weekend the Baltimore Ravens held their annual cheerleading tryouts. Hundreds came out, but only a select few made it past the two day tryout and on to the interview round. Here is my take…
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.