Post filled under : Sports

Thursday night marked the opening of a new stadium for a minor league baseball team here near our home in Rockland! I got to shoot from the dugout and had an absolute blast. It’s been a while since I’ve shot really good sports, there’s so other way to say it; it felt GOOD, like stretching a muscle I haven’t used in a while. Roll, Boulders roll!

Filled Under : Sports

Championships Week at County Center was a blast this year, getting to see Former Work BFF Amy and all my old sports colleagues at multiple games. Some of them are still at the newspaper, but many have moved on. It’s nice to see everyone still out there, still shooting, making a living and being the awesome, funny sports nuts I know and love.

I love shooting the championship games in particular. For one thing, the teams that make it to the finals are really, really good. It’s easy to catch players jumping super high and going all out as they tussle for the ball, because THIS IS IT! for many of them. There’s just something particularly poignant and wonderful about photographing someone experiencing a moment they’ll remember forever.

I don’t just mean the players rushing up as a team to grab their trophy, although that’s a pretty special moment, too. I also love seeing the people on the sidelines who will never forget what it feels like when “their” team wins, like the water boy, age 10 and wearing a suit and tie for the special games; the parents living and dying on every foul shot their teen takes; the coaches’ kids, hugging the high school players who are their heroes; the student section going bananas.

The kids on the winning teams are so proud to get their championship t-shirts. I mean, it’s just a t-shirt, but ten years from now, they might still be wearing it to paint their baby’s nursery or sleeping in it, wearing it with bridesmaids and former teammates the night before their wedding. Getting to capture the emotions- both high and low- in life’s unforgettable moments is the best part of what I do. Although the cheese fries they sell at the arena are pretty good, too. :)

Without further ado: some of my favorite shots from all the games…

Filled Under : Sports

Not too long ago, I was working on a shoot with an old college friend. We’re both working for ourselves and carving out a living for ourselves with photography and videography. She said something like, “I never would have thought that you would end up primarily shooting weddings.” She wasn’t being critical or disparaging in that statement, because she knows how much my wedding clients mean to me, both personally and professionally.

But I was surprised to hear her say that, because I’m still shooting photojournalism assignments about five days a week. In fact, this is technically the “slow season” for weddings, since my next one isn’t until April- (Erika, if you’re reading, I know you’re around here occasionally- hi!) so most of my wedding work right now is in editing and post-production. Anyway, I realized that the reason she doesn’t think I’m shooting news any more is because I don’t blog about it. Huh. Oops.

So here’s a roundup of some of my best work from the past month, plus this link to some of my work that ran in the New York Times the day I got back from India but never got around to blogging about with all the jet lag and laundry and smooching my husband to catch up on. To sum up: breaking news, political events, fires, weather, school features, life and style, sports… You name it, I’m still shooting it almost every day.

Filled Under : Business and Enterprise , Editorial , Sports