I have made it pretty obvious that my passion is to work in sports media and production. I try to make that public as much as possible so people know how committed I am and what my goals are. I am always looking for new ways to get more involved in sports and build a portfolio. This is going to be my biggest project ever.
In early October of 2018, I was approached by Max Pushcheck, a defenseman for the ISU D1 Hockey team asking if I could out and photograph a couple of their weekend games. I think he remembered me from when their head coach Bobby DiNardi hired me to photograph their Senior Night game in the previous season. They always liked my work. Seeing this as an opportunity to not only get back out onto rink and practice my sports photography, I also recognized another possibility. I have always been a fan of this photographer named Sean Berry. He is the head photographer of the Dallas Stars, one of my favorite hockey teams. The work he does for that organization is outstanding and he is a major inspiration for the direction I am heading in, career wise. He has a large catalog of images of players in front of a white backdrop with beautiful lighting (Patrick Sharp image for reference). Seeing how common these types of photos were among professional sports photographers, I knew I had to get my own for my portfolio so I can stand out and show experience. So moving forward, I agreed to help Max out and shoot their games, but in exchange, I wanted Max to come to the CVA studio and model for me in full uniform. I did this for a few reasons, not only would getting professional looking photos of athletes for my portfolio, but I knew that this would a potential snowball effect and much more would come from this. I was under the impression that if Max shared his images with his teammates, then more players would want the same, thus giving me more for my portfolio. I was right. Soon after I shot max, I had a few more players come and ask for photos. I enjoyed my time with the team so far, so much that I decided to volunteer a few of my hours and make some graphic posts for their Instagram. After a few posts, I recognized that this could become a lot more than just volunteer. I was having so much fun being apart of something and a hockey organization that I would sometimes forget that this was work. I love this sport so much to see it as “just work.” With that in mind, I approached our Coach and asked if I could take on a large role for the 2019-2020 season. He agreed. At the start of next season I will be the Creative Marketing Director of Illinois State hockey and will take on a plethora of jobs and projects for the team to make it look its best. The point of telling you all of this, and documenting my whole process through this blog, is to keep myself disciplined and to make my work public. They say if you really want to commit to something, you should tell people about it, cause you will work harder for having that social obligation. Also, I think having all the work I’ve done documented in one folder will show future employers what I’m capable of and how committed I can be to a franchise. Like I said, this is my dream and my passion to be apart of the NHL.