As winter sports have begun to wind down, I have had a number of folks ask me whether I plan to shoot games in the spring. Many of you know that I have been a baseball umpire for many years, so usually I don’t have much time to take photos.
In fact, looking in my archive, it appears that the last time I shot a baseball game was way back in 2013!
This year will be different. I recently let my assignors for basketball and baseball know that I will be giving up officiating to focus on photography.
Since I’m not traveling extensively for work as I did for 20+ years, I have had a chance to spend a lot more time capturing game action in the fall and winter. I want to continue to do that, so I made the difficult choice to step away from refereeing and umpiring.
On one hand, it wasn’t an easy decision because I have enjoyed being a sports official for more than a decade, and I know just how much of a shortage all sports face in finding people to officiate.
On the other hand, it was an easy decision because I have had so much fun taking pictures and the more I do of it, the more my quality improves.
So this spring you will see me out on the fields, photographing baseball, softball, lacrosse, tennis, and pretty much anything else I can find in the Bow, NH area. As we move into the summer, I will shift from school games to the many local rec leagues.
I look forward to being on the other side of the fence this season and seeing many of you out there!
Thanks to Megan Rheinhardt who took the photo below of me umpiring a game in 2013.