I was extremely thankful again this year to be asked back by the NFL to photograph Super Bowl LI as a part of their photo team. The amount of talent and experience in the group is nothing short of phenomenal and it was extremely flattering to be asked to be a part of the team again.
Compared to shooting regular season games, Super Bowls are their own animal that are generally approached a little differently. Normally when I cover games I’m shooting with at most one other person and occasionally by myself and I’m totally comfortable with that. I follow the game up and down the field and try and put myself in the best position to capture impactful moments. Working with a larger group of eight other photographers at the Super Bowl, my task is different…stay in one spot (this time, a corner of the Falcons end zone) and make sure I have that area covered. Working with a team of other photographers is always something I enjoy. Everyone has each other’s backs and you know if something is out of your range, someone else has got you covered.
Sometimes you are lucky…yes, lucky enough to be in a spot where action comes your way. From experience, that doesn’t always happen. I was fortunate to be in a position to capture some pivotal plays of the game and when added to the amazing shots captured by the rest of the crew, we ended up with a body of work that we all can be proud of.
My post-game assignment was to follow the winning quarterback. Immediately I knew I was going to be in for a challenge as the post game scrums after the Super Bowl rival some of the actual rugby scrums I was in in college. Luckily the last play of the game, the winning touchdown scored by James White, happened right in front of me. I was able to make any image of the score then sprint over to Tom Brady and try my best to stick with him amongst the chaos and hopefully make some nice images. I’m always critical of my performance, so I’ll let my editors determine how successful I was, but I’m always up for a challenge and I think I made a few frames that captured the emotion of the moment.
Earlier this year I was contacted by SHAPE magazine to create some images for their monthly feature called “Movers & Shapers.”
Every month they cover an inspirational athlete and for their April 2016 issue they decided to profile Baltimore’s Adrienne Lofton. Adrienne is the Senior Vice President of Global Brand Marketing for Under Armour. We wanted to capture her during one of her boxing workouts with her personal trainer. The location they had picked out was down in “The Pit” over at Under Armour’s global headquarters, conveniently enough, right down the street from my house.
Adrienne is not your typical “executive.” She was warm and inviting when we met and she had an incredible energy about her. When she put on her boxing gloves and started hitting the pads she turned into a total badass! What I loved the most about shooting with her was that she was focused on keeping perfect form and not doing something fake just to make a picture. I didn’t have a lot of time with her, so we focused on the motions that we knew would work best and grinded it out.
Here is the image that ran in the magazine…also one of my favorites!
There was something a little different in the air at camp yesterday. Despite the first practice being very friendly, competition was rising and some aggression between the offense and defense started to surface.
A group of veterans from Walter Reed Hospital were in attendance, part of the Wounded Warriors Project, and you can’t help but feel inspired when these guys are around.
They have overcome so much, but when you interact with them, you’d never know it. They are truly courageous.
To all veterans, past and present…Thank You
I’m not going to lie…I’m excited
NFL football is here again.
Ravens training camp opened yesterday at the newly named “Under Armour Performance Center” in Owings Mills, MD. Its time for the players to sharpen their skills after a long offseason away from football. Likewise, its time for me to focus my skills back on football after a long off season of studio, portrait and commercial work. Not to mention I took a lot of time off for my wedding and honeymoon in Bali. (I swear I will post some pictures eventually)
Just like the Ravens I will spend the next few weeks, trying to get back up to game speed in time for the start of the season. Here are a few of my favorites from yesterday.