2018 was quite the year. Personally, I went through some tough times as most do and learned a ton. Career related, I had the best year of my young life. I was surrounded such amazing photographers and people who gave me the best moments of my life. That's why I decided to post a blog every day for last 10 days of 2018 covering my top moments from this year. To start off with #10: Pro Day at Notre Dame.
Working in the athletic department at the University of Notre Dame, specifically with the communications offices for all of athletics which was apart of the huge team called Fighting Irish media, was the best time of my life. I was surrounded by the best, most supportive group of men and women who I will never truly be able to repay for all they gave me during my time there. The opportunities that I was able to be apart of by being apart of a top division 1 athletic program are ones that before I was there, could have only been imagined in my wildest dreams. To this day I still can not believe the events I not only got to attend, but work and take photos at.
Just the chance to shoot the football team and be on the field of historic Notre Dame stadium was an amazing experience that I will keep with me forever. That being said, I never imagined to have the opportunity to be involved in something that is bigger than Notre Dame Football. However, my mind was blown once again, when Notre Dame football hosted Pro Day for the NFL prospects on the team. Oh and I got to be there and take photos as some of the top prospects worked out in front of all 32 NFL teams that were in attendance. Cool. No big deal. An everyday occurrence, just another day here at Notre Dame... Yeah, not what was actually going through my mind when I was about to do this, I think those that know me, know exactly what was going through my mind when I found out I would be able to work it.
As I stated earlier, I worked with the best people in the world in the office of Fighting Irish Media. They were the ones that gave me opportunities such as Pro Day, which always made me feel needed as well as appreciated and not just with Pro Day, but with every event they allowed me to attend. They gave me a lot of confidence throughout the year and I thank them so much for doing all they did for me.
I went in to Pro Day just shooting to shoot, not knowing if my photos would be used for anything. Any time I get to shoot something, I want to do better than the last time I shot, so that was my goal, to improve my skills and have some fun. However, people I knew in the football offices asked if they could use them for their content and I was even more thrilled. Being there and taking photos of top round draft picks such as Quenton Nelson (6th overall pick) and Mike McGlinchey (9th overall pick) was amazing enough. Now, to have the opportunity for my photos be used on social media accounts where thousands of people would see my work was even more incredible.
Moments like this is what made working with Notre Dame so incredible. Every person in my office would always make sure the right people were doing things they were skilled in and making their work shown in the right way. I am forever grateful for the opportunities they gave me, because most of my top moments are from my time with Fighting Irish Media.
Check out some of my top photos from this day:
Running back Josh Adams talking to the media after a full day of working out in front of all 32 NFL teams. Quenton Nelson and Mike McGlinchey gets interviewed about the upcoming draft for the NFL network. Wide Receiver Equanimeous St. Brown makes a catch during a drill in front of all 32 NFL teams. Mike McGlinchey goes through a blocking drill in front of all 32 NFL teams Quenton Nelson performs a blocking drill in front of all 32 NFL teams.
Thanks to the talented graphic designer for ND Football, Chris Charizopoulos for using my photos for his content, check it out here