I love shooting football.
I really love shooting the Ravens play at M&T Bank Stadium. The introductions…the roar of the crowd..the music…its all very familiar.
But you know what I really, REALLY love?
Shooting away games
Why?…the quick and easy answer is…Its just about football.
As one of the team photographers I have a list of things I need to photograph on a home game day in addition to the action thats happening on the field. Whether its sponsorship obligations outside of the stadium or a list of VIP personnel on the sidelines before kickoff, halftime activities or cheerleader and marching band performances after each quarter. All those things are an important part of my job.
However, for away games, none of those responsibilities exist. I simply have to focus on football. I love getting to the stadium super early and taking my traditional walking lap around the field. I love photographing the players in those quiet moments when they are getting focused before the game. Even though players have the EXACT same warm up routine before every game, I really strive to make artistic images during this time. I try to see how different I can make it look each week. During home games my ability to photograph this part of the day is limited.
Successfully shooting a football game has a lot to do with getting in a groove and feeling the flow of the game. On the road the distractions are limited and I really feel like I can just be in the moment and concentrate on the game.
Either way, I love my job and I feel extremely fortunate to have the opportunity and access to do what I do. Whether home or away, both arena’s feature different things that inspire me and have me looking forward to Sunday every week.
I didn’t get a chance to blog any images from the Browns game so I suppose its better late than never!
Not much of a story line with this game and the memorable moments were few and far between, but here are a few of my favorites none the less…