I’m drawn to the contrast of humanizing our players to compliment the typical sports photograph where we immortalize the athlete. When you strip away the uniforms, the physique, and athletic movements, you are left with the center of emotion; the face, which allows us to connect in an authentic and relatable manner. Over the last two seasons, I’ve been focusing on shooting and cropping really tight portraits of the player’s faces to highlight their focus and emotion.
Much like the Tony Gonzalez photo essay this was one of the most unique projects I have been lucky enough to lead during my 13 seasons with the franchise. We had an opportunity to tell the story of our draft through images, with a short narrative, in an exclusive behind-the-scenes way our fans, or any NFL fans, have never seen before.
Following up the success of 2012 season with a 4-12 record, the 2013 season was one of the most disappointing seasons I’ve experienced. However, with the pending retirement of future Pro Football Hall of Famer Tony Gonzalez, it offered one of the most memorable and privileged opportunities of my career with the team.