Thoughts from the sidelines during bowl season:

So you’re a sports photographer and proud of it.

We’ll I’m here to say that I’m just one of many photo editors proud of you and appreciate your dedication and visual talents in bringing your awesome images to wire services; web and print publications.

I’m new to the job, but the job is not new to me.

If you are about to make the leap to the proud; the few the sometimes forgotten  here are five things to think about while on assignment.

1. We live very much in a digital age where time is king which spans a twenty-four hour news cycle.  That wonderful image that you have in the second quarter of the game is going to be overshadowed by someone who sent a lesser image 10 minutes before you hit send. Get into the mind-set that every quarter, every half, every period is your deadline.  Understand that there is a market out there for the FIRST image; understand there is a market out there for pre-game images.  Be a story-teller!

2.  Once you step into that arena of coverage; EVERYTHING is a valued image that may have an economic impact for you and your client.

That helmet sitting on grass near the sidelines: that sports drink bottle on the bench; those player-filled sports shoes in the rain, snow, mud.  The kids playing a sandlot game at the corner field.

This is a pop-culture society that places a value on still images.  It’s not enough to know your market…you need to know where the future is heading in your market.

3. Don’t stop shooting when the game clock shows no time left.  Make sure you tell the final story of both the winners and the losers.  Follow-up stories need images to help tell those stories that may run days later.  Although you are covering an event; you are really covering athletes and their emotions.   Those images have value for days, months, years to come.

4.  Don’t short-change the technical.  Make sure that your camera sensors are clean; make sure you have a solid white-balance; make sure you have the correct time stamp on all cameras and computers you use, make sure your images are in focus!  Take pride in the professional and correct cutlines you provide.

5. Above all be professional; be humble: be proud in the quality of work you produce and learn as much as you can from those that came before you.

Another Christmas without Joe:


Twas the night before Christmas and I spent all the day finishing the Christmas display.

Now all this would be nothing tragic, so follow me and I’ll show you the magic.

Now out in the years in a glorious clutter is a spectacle there that will make your hear flutter.

With 20-foot cheese balls and big egg nog fountain, and a yodeling Elvis on an ambrosia mountain.

A state where acrobats jump, leap, and prance, and honor the day through interpretive dance.


You know Christmas is around the corner in Hopewell when the leaves are gone; the wind and cold chips the paint a bit quicker and Joe places the closed sign in the window as he leaves for Florida.

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Never Too Late to Give: If you understand the importance of Photojournalism…think FOVEA.

I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round, as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys.

-Charles Dickens-

During the holiday season think about charitable contributions in keeping art, music and photography alive in your community.  It’s important in raising the bar for humanity.

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