With every new year there are new clients and 2015 presented me with some great opportunities.
Most of you know that I am a team photographer for the Ravens and while I love the work that I do with them, it’s not a full time gig. I work with a variety of other editorial and commercial clients throughout the year creating work that usually is not related to football.
However, last year was a little different. Aside from having the chance to photograph the Super Bowl as a part of the NFL’s photo team I was hired by the Green Bay Packers to create marketing imagery for their 2015 season.
My availability is always first committed to the Ravens, but since I only shoot about half of their away games, I do have a few weekends off during the season. I was able to make it to Green Bay for a few practices and games and although I was shooting on field action, I was primarily focusing more on non action images.
It’s always interesting to see how other NFL teams operate and The Packers, much like the Ravens are a great organization and I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity I had to work with them.
Here are a few of my favorite images from my time with them.
2015 has come and gone and it’s time to look back and reflect on the experiences I’ve had. I finished up my 9th season as one of the team photographers for the Baltimore Ravens. I share that title with the Ravens other long time team photographer Phil Hoffmann. While Phil has been around from the beginning of the Ravens franchise and has seen many ups and downs, during my time with the team I’ve experienced mostly ups. My first year with the team in 2007, the Ravens went 5-11 and since then they have won a Super Bowl and only missed the playoffs one year. That is until this past year where they once again ended up 5-11.
During the Ravens many successful years I would often think about teams that would only win a handful of games and think, “Man, I wonder what it’s like to be a photographer for THAT team. That must be terrible.”
Well, now I know what it’s like…and you know what…it’s not terrible.
It’s great actually. It’s REALLY great.
Why? Because I love what I do and I am invested in being a part of this team and telling their story, no matter what happens.
Is winning MORE fun? Absolutely. But winning or losing never changes my approach or passion for doing my job.
That being said, here are my favorite moments from a roller coaster of a season.
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.