The NFL preseason came to an end for me tonight. I usually cover all four weeks of the preseason but this year my schedule wouldn’t allow it. The Buffalo Bills at Detroit Lions was a 7:00pm game, I arrived at the stadium around 5:30pm. For Lions games you have to arrive a little earlier then most stadiums because the media parking is a few blocks away from the stadium. After parking and walking a few blocks to the media entrance, I picked up my NFL vest and I was off to the field to get ready for the game.
Following the Philadelphia Eagles at Cleveland Browns game on Friday night I had to be in Bristol for the IRWIN Tools Night Race in Bristol, TN which started at 8:00pm Saturday night. After getting 5 hours of sleep on my buddies couch I woke up at 6am and was on the road, still half asleep to make the 6 hour drive from Cleveland to Bristol.
Thankfully I have Sirius radio in my car to help pass the time! After 346 miles and only one stop for gas and to use the restroom I was in Bristol. A quick stop at the hotel to shower and change and I was off to lunch at Buffalo Wild Wings. After passing a few hours there I was off to the track.
Football season is finally back! Well, it’s been back for a while but since I was in London I missed three NFL preseason games. My goal this season is shoot 50 games between NFL and College. People think I am crazy but football has been in my life since I was born and I enjoy every minute of it!
My first NFL game of the season was a preseason game between the Philadelphia Eagles at Cleveland Browns. The game started at 7:30pm, and I arrived in Cleveland around 4:00pm to meet up with another photographer before heading down to the stadium.
After covering the Toledo Rockets last two-a-day on Wednesday, I had to hit the road on Thursday to travel to Brainerd, Minnesota to shoot NHRA at Brainerd International Speedway. After flying home from London and being on a plan for 7 1/2 hours and dealing with airport security and all the airport hassle, I had no interest on getting on a plane. So I decided to drive 14 hours to Brainerd. People think I am crazy driving all the miles I do, but I can say it’s very relaxing and I enjoy it! I get caught up on talk radio and talking on the phone with friends and I get to see different parts of the country. I also can stay extra in a city if I want or make side trips on the way home.
I have been home from London for a day and a half and I was itching to shoot again. After texting my buddy who is the equipment manager for the football team where I use to be a kicker and he telling me it was their last two-a-day practice on Wednesday, I knew it would be a good opportunity to shoot!
Before I left for London I met with newly appointed head coach Matt Campbell, who was on staff when I was a kicker at Toledo. He had always supported my work and my work ethic, so I pitched him an idea about doing an all-access photo blog of the 2012 camp. Where potential recruits and fans could log on everyday and view pictures. Obviously going to London, I didn’t get a chance to do that so I am going to try and make up for lost time and hit up a few practice when I am home to make some really good images. Show what goes on during camp and practice that the public might not be able to see!
The 2012 London Olympic games have been put to rest! I am back in the states resting for a few days before I head to Brainerd Minnesota to shoot NHRA. Some people will call me crazy only having two days off after covering the the longest sporting event in the world, but being young has it’s advantages!
In this post I am going to break down covering the Olympics by the numbers so everyone gets a little taste of the long 2 1/2 week grind a photographer goes through!
Day in London: 22
Images shot: 59,505
Images filed: 1,380
Avg hours of sleep/night: 5
Double Decker Buses rode: 65
Miles walked: 185
Gold Medals Shot: 6
USA Gold Medals: 3
McDonald’s meals eaten: 3
Meals I hate and thew away: 8+
Warm beers drank: 1
Best meal of the trip: Starbucks
Press pins exchanged: 8
That wraps up my 2012 Olympic experience, I have everyone enjoyed my posts during the games and be sure to follow my blog through football season as I attempted to shoot a total of 50 football games between college and NFL.
The London 2012 Olympic Games are finally closed! Here are my favorite images from the London 2012 Closing Ceremonies featuring some of the greatest musicians ever. From The Who to the Spice Girls all different ages of music where represented! So enjoy!
My 2012 Olympic Experience is coming to an end! With two final shoots left I wanted to end strong. I was schedule to shoot the Women’s Mountain Bike race on Saturday and the Men’s on Sunday. I was super excited for this assignment as it would allow me to use my creativity to my fullest! The course allowed me to wander around and find some very unique angles.
I can see the light at the end of the tunnel! With 2 1/2 days left in London, I am ready to go home! I would be lying if I didn’t! I was assigned to an interesting assignment this morning, about people who live in House Boats that were kicked out of the canals around Olympic Park. Now, I am not sure why I get these kind of assignments but I think it’s a combination that I use to work for a newspaper and I can tell a good story through my pictures. Of course I am not gonna decline an assignment. I met with a USA Today writer who lives in London so we could head down to the canal area where the boats have been forced to move to.
After a failed shoot at BMX the day before, I had to go back and give it another go. As much as I enjoy shooting motor sports I figured this would be the closest thing. BMX had multiply riders on the track which helped a lot. I got sick of all the shitty angles we were allowed to shoot from and dealing with the hundreds of photographers so I head to the top of the grandstand just like NASCAR! It allows me to see all the action on the track with super clean backgrounds.