#8 of my top 10 moments from 2018. This has been so much fun reminiscing on my past year. I hope you all have been enjoying reading them! If you have been reading my blog posts about my top photos from 2018, you would already know that Columbia football had the awesome opportunity to have one of their walkthroughs at MetLife Stadium. Something that was a surprise for the players for most of the week leading up to it. When I found out that this was happening, I knew I had to be there to capture it. I wanted to make sure the team, the coaches and everyone involved had photos of this moment so they can truly remember it forever.
From the moment they walked onto the field, there were photos to be captured. They walked in with their phones up, taking videos and photos of the MetLife sign as well as just showcasing themselves being on a field where NFL players practice and compete every single week. There are not many exciting photos to capture during a walkthrough so I took advantage of this being a once in a lifetime moment and tried to get the MetLife sign in the back of practically every single shot. I would get low, sit on the ground, place my camera on the ground and do anything I could to get just the right shots. Here’s an example:
I was more than pleased with what I was able to get and could not wait to share them on our instagram and twitter for all of our supporters to see the cool opportunity these athletes just go to experience. That was when the coolest thing occurred. Don’t get me wrong, it was very cool that I was on an NFL field, standing where professional athletes stood. If you saw me on the field, you saw my excitement, ask any one of the players or coaches and they’d agree I was in my element and could not stop smiling.
However, when my photos were retweeted and reposted by the official NCAA FCS twitter and instagram account, that is when it became even bigger and surreal. Now, not only were the Columbia fans and my supporters seeing it, but thousands more people and football fans got to see the photos I took. It was the cherry on top to an already amazing experience that i will truly remember for the rest of my life.
Check out some of my favorite photos from the day: