When I first signed up for the Summit Sports Photography Workshop, there is no way I could have known how influential the experience would be for my growth as a photographer. Ultimately, I was looking to get some hands on experience photographing sports. It was that simple. But after 6 days of learning from top photographers and editors in the industry (Including: Brad Smith - Sports Illustrated Director of Photography; Chip Litherland - Sports Illustrated/ESPN/Wedding Creative; Deanne Fitzmaurice - Pulitzer Award Winner; Dave Black - Lighting Guru; and the great Rich Clarkson - the man who evolved Sport Photography to what we know it as today), I was equipped with tips, techniques, and experiences to help bring my photography to the next level.
For me, the next level meant being a better photographer than the day before. I walked away with much more than that. Not only did my photography improve each day of the workshop, I also stumbled into better understanding my personal style of photography, photojournalism. I love documenting emotion the way it happens, while at the same time viewing and capturing the moment with a different point of view. Turns out, it's ok to see the world differently.
Photography aside, the people - faculity & students - are what really made the workshop top of it's kind. The genuine care and interest to help develop one another was energizing. From basic fundamentals for the novice, to complex concepts for the experienced, everyone was an equal peer and brought something unique to the workshop. After this week, I now have a network of photographers (and new friends!) who I can reach out to from all over the nation.
On top of all of this, I also got the chance to introduce a story/connect Sports Illustrated with Louisville Slugger. An unexpected treat!
Then, on the last evening, just when the week was wrapping up and I didn't think it could get any better... I was presented with a great recognition, The Bill Eppridge Memorial Award. An award defined by "Spirit of the Workshop". With this honor, also comes an assignment with Sports Illustrated!!!!!!!!!!!!
I don't know what's in the next chapter of my photography journey quite yet, but I do know the challenge will include a lot of hard work. I'm ready, so bring it on!
and finally, a behind the scene shot of me rocking' my gear on the Colorado Rockies field
(photo captured by Chip Litherland)
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