Homestead-Miami Speedway, where champions are crowned. This is the third year in a row I was covering the NASCAR Championship race. This time for NBC Sports, It was a little different than covering the race for an editorial client. The images were going to be used across social media to share images to fans during the race weekend. It allowed me to have a little more creative freedom as to what I photographed.
The making of the Super Bowl 50 football at the Wilson Football Factory in Ada, Ohio. I was working for Wilson Sporting Goods to create some dynamic story telling images of how the Super Bowl and the College Football Playoff footballs are made in the little town of Ada, Ohio.
Every football is made by hand and each year around 700,000 footballs are produced for NCAA and NFL teams to be used on Saturdays and Sunday. It’s truly and amazing experience to be able to see how each football is stamped out of slabs of leather and transformed into a football that we see our favorite collegiate and NFL players catch in the end zone on Saturdays and Sunday.
Here are some of my favorite images from the shoot.
A couple weeks ago I got a phone call from Sports Illustrated photo editor Chris Chambers to see if I was available to head down to Columbus to shoot the Minnesota vs Ohio State game focusing strongly on Ezekiel Elliott. Focusing specifically on one player is extremely fun and also challenging at the same time. Lucky I have spent a lot of time down in Columbus this season so I know a lot of Ezekiel’s pregame rituals which always helps.
Pro tip: Always do your homework about a player, watch clips of his running style online and look at other pictures of him you or other photographers have taken to learn about his facial expressions and his on field emotions.
Thanks to Chris Chambers again for the opportunity to produce images for Sports Illustrated. Here are my favorite images from the shoot.
The Battle of I-75…. The Toledo Rockets traveled 25 miles south to take on the Bowling Green Falcons. Going into the game I knew it would be a high tempo, back and fourth type of game. The Rockets struck first blood then took control of the rest of the game.
Congratulations to head coach Matt Campbell and the rest of the team for defeating Bowling Green for the last 6 years.
Here are my favorite images from the game.
Following the Toledo Rockets game. I jumped in the car and made the 2 1/2 hour drive to Columbus for the primetime game between the Penn State Nittany Lions and Ohio State Buckeyes. I wandered around the stadium prior to the game to see what kind of pregame features I could find before heading into the stadium.
Once inside the stadium my goal was to make a picture that represented some of the studio images Ohio State was using for promotion prior to the game.
See the above and below image of Braxton Miller.
Here are some fun stats from the image shared on social media.
Braxton Miller Instagram: 29,170 likes
Brutus Buckeye Instagram: 4,605 likes
Ohio State Sports Instagram: 8,927 likes
The image was also the top image shared on twitter and Facebook under trending topics.
Toledo Rockets are still climbing the AP Poll. This past weekend they were ranked 22nd after moving up three spots from the previous week. On a gloomy, cold fall afternoon at the Glass Bowl. The Toledo Rockets showed just how powerful their offense is. Quarterback Phillip Ely passed for 327 and 4 touchdown passes and even special teams got into the end zone when Chase Murdock blocked a field goal and returned it 45 yards for a touchdown.
After the game was over I had to head down to Ohio State for the Penn State game at 8pm. Be on the look out for that blog post later this afternoon.
Enjoy the photos.
The Toledo Musuem of Art has been a client for over 5 years and I absolutely love working with the creative team there. They allow me to be as creative as I like and turn a simple project into a unique visual piece of art. The Degas & the Dance opens tomorrow at the Toledo Musuem of Art in the Canaday Gallery.
Here are some image I photographed for promotional material along with a instruction poster that will be displayed in the gallery.
The Toledo Rockets have finally taken the step into the national spotlight, the program hasn’t been ranked since 2012. But with major wins over Arkansas and Iowa State, Toledo is shaking up the rankings and climbing the ladder.
It was homecoming weekend, so campus was packed and reach to bring the noise inside of the Glass Bowl. It was great seeing some old friends prior to the game. It was a beautiful fall afternoon, the kickoff was at 3pm which meant the light after halftime would be beautiful and it would allow me to chase the light, and that is exactly what I did.
A sidenote in the below images there was a female referee along with Kent State having a female place kicker.
I hope you enjoy the images and please share with another Toledo Alumni and fans.