Back in October, I signed one of the biggest contracts in my career with Getty Images, allowing me to freelance and cover sports under the Getty name. When I was starting out one of my long term goals was to shoot for Getty and when January rolled around I was able to get some assignments and officially call myself a Getty photographer.
The games I covered were all against the Minnesota Timberwolves, playing at their home court Target Center in Minneapolis. I covered the Dallas Mavericks, New Orleans Pelicans, Phoenix Suns, Utah Jazz, and Memphis Grizzlies. I was a little nervous going into it, I’ve captioned well over thousands of images but I was still worried I was going to get something wrong and as far as taking photos goes, the only thought running through my head was “Don’t fuck up.”
Fortunately it all went well! So now I get to share some of my favorite images I took for the month.
Covering the NBA is so different compared to hockey, baseball, football, and even college basketball in that while play is still going on arenas will play music, the announcer will still talk to get the crowd into it, and for me with where I was assigned for my floor spot, I was right next to the visitor’s bench so I could hear everything. It’s just a unique environment and I had a ton of fun with every game that I shot.
It’s kind of strange being in this spot mostly because I never really pictured myself actually being in the position I am. It’s also strange because I still have my whole career ahead of me and this is just the beginning. I will always be thankful that I decided to take a leap and send my work in to Getty and I think that’s the biggest lesson I’ve taken from this, which is to not be afraid to take a chance on yourself. I know it’s easy to say this because it worked out for me but sometimes it doesn’t work out and I’ve experienced my fair share of failures big and small. But if you work hard and treat your craft with respect then good things can happen. I will always, always be on the constant pursuit of perfection which is how I prevent myself from getting comfortable and regressing, which is why I bought a ticket to my first photo conference/workshop at the beginning of February. I’m excited!
Canon 1DX Mark II