MY STORY — THE SHORT VERSION
Roughly a decade ago, I was near the top of the sport of bowling. Yeah, you read that right. I was a competitive bowler. And in all the years I competed internationally — and in all of the tournaments I won — very rarely did anyone take a picture of me that was worth keeping. See, my father (who was also my coach) always had the camera around his neck but was so busy helping me as a bowler that photos were a rarity. Being a very visual person, it's a little disconcerting to look back at my accomplishments and realize that I have no visual proof of my career...so I'm forced to hope that my memories don't fade.
About the time that I graduated from Quinnipiac University in 2006, I was finishing up my bowling career and getting ready to move on with my career. I advanced my skills as a graphic designer to become a web designer & developer and really started to take my work as a freelance photographer seriously (with my lens primarily focused on sports photography).
With that (and a whole lot more) in mind (remember, this is the short version), I choose to photograph every game I attend. Whether it's setting out to help build Quinnipiac's athletic history through imagery...or capturing a set of memories for a specific student-athlete...I see an incredible amount of value in photographing each and every game, and my hope is that my passion and enthusiasm becomes more and more contagious as the years go on.
WHY HOCKEY? AND WHAT THE HECK IS A "HOCKEY (SPORTS) PHOTOGRAPHER?"
"Why photography hockey?" It's a simple enough question with a simple enough answer. One, I love it. Two, often times I find that no one is visually documenting the careers of the players, so I've taken it upon myself to do just that. And three, hockey is one of the hardest sports in the world to photograph, and I love a good challenge.
As far as being a self-dubbed hockey photographer — so much of what I do with my camera revolves around hockey. I've been around hockey all of my life, and it's just a fantastic fit for me overall. But I didn't want to completely pigeon-hole myself, because the truth is that I do shoot other sports. I may not be as wildly passionate about them like I am with hockey, but truthfully, I don't think that matters, and here's why:
I am passionate about my work as a photographer, especially when it has anything to do with my alma mater. And I believe that trumps any connection I have to any individual sport...ever. Even bowling. But it would be unfair of me to say that hockey isn't the reason I've pointed my lens at sports photography over the years. And for that reason, I will always consider myself a hockey photographer first and a sports photographer second.
SHOOTING AT THE COLLEGE LEVEL
I vividly remember my first moment as a season ticket holder, excitedly sitting in my center ice seats, enjoying the sights, sounds and smells of the arena. And as warm ups started, it didn't take long for me to wonder who was documenting the careers of these hockey players on clean sheet of ice in front of me. Would they, like me, only have memories to go by? Or was someone documenting their games so that would they have something more than a story to show their grandchildren in 50 years? I knew then...it was time to build my own photo history and share it with the world. Sounds dramatic, right? Yeah, I can't think of a different phrase than "the world" to go there.
AVAILABLE FOR HIRE
Have a big game coming up and need a photographer? I am available for hire. Say hello and let's make it happen.