Sometimes a change is in order. For instance I’m posting to my blog again – shocker!
Or take The Tampa Bay Buccaneers…they’ve changed a lot since last season and that’s an understatement. After letting go most of their coaching staff, bringing in a ton of new talent, and unveiling the new uniforms and branding, the Bucs have returned to the same stadium I’ve been trudging up and down for a while now for 10 games every year. I absolutely love every minute of it – every sweaty, nasty, and wet minute. Once you get beyond the new look, there is still the same rabid fan base and the same amazing client that hires myself and a team of amazing photographers (I’m at the bottom of that totem pole) that cover the game day experience. I’m hired to shoot everything but the action, and that is totally fine by me. My goal is to capture this team and the game from a unique perspective which is often with the same access that every fan and sports shooter has. I just try to make the freaking best out of it every weekend I get to come back. I follow the fans and not the ball.
These are all from the first four games (2 pre-season and 2 regular season home games) the last couple weeks. It’s been great having a go at something different every game – even if I fail miserably. This last game we lit with studio lights. I had a great Broncolor lighting set up to be mobile with me last game (mobile because of great shooter Edward Linsmier and his lights followed me everywhere – thanks man!) at all times and I may never go back to natural light. Adding that insane light just makes everything pop – even on a cloudy day. Ok, that’s not true, but it was fun.
Needless to say it’s been a rough start for the NFL this year in the news, but I’m so happy it’s back and I’m just happy I get to cover the happy, fun, and colorful side of it – and that my home team wears red.