Yes, baseball season is over, but I’m still going to blog about it.
I also know I’ve bragged on him before, and that’s okay, it’s time to talk about him again.
You may know him as my younger brother.
Jonathan is a sports anchor/reporter in Topeka, Kansas. This is his first full time job after college, and wow, has it been an experience.
In the last two years, the kid has covered TWO WORLD SERIES! How often does that happen?! Not very.
Fortunately for him, Topeka isn’t too far from Kansas City, and he and the rest of his news team cover the Kansas City Royals among other professional and college sports teams surrounding the area.
Last year, he followed the Royals all the way to San Francisco, and this year, he traveled to Toronto and New York to capture their journey to #TakeTheCrown. (Feature photo - live shot from Times Square)
Along the way, he even found his Direct TV blimp driver from last year in San Francisco and got to take another ride through the skies of Kansas City.
If you watched the baseball postseason, you may remember seeing a man in bright orange behind the plate at most games. He became known as Marlins Man. My brother had the opportunity to catch up with him and tell his story.
Even better than that, he got to be a part of MULTIPLE Royals’ locker room champagne celebrations.
One celebration even included movie star Paul Rudd. And even better than that, Paul Rudd sprayed champagne in my brother’s face and then discussed plans for the afterparty at his mom's house. My brother posted the video and received credit in some national news articles (29,000 views!)
Paul Rudd and I got together to share a drink last night. Thank you, Kansas City Royals, for one hell of a season!
I've been out shooting a lot of work for clients lately. In the last several weeks we've done video and photo shoots for Wyoming, SMU, North Texas, and Illinois just to name a few.
With football season well underway and basketball season ready to tip off I'd like to share a few things I learned during this season of Old Hat Capture shoots.
1. Every University has great student-athletes/coaches.
I guess this is the eternal question right? How do some coaches/schools maintain success while others struggle? I see amazing athletes, administrators and coaches at every single university I visit. They all want to win just as much as the next guy. I suppose that's why they pay some people the big bucks when it comes to coaching, some people just have it figured out.
2. 4 wheels for the win.
My trusty rolling camera bag went down for the count this year. It was a large, 2 wheeled Tamrac 5552 that I've taken all over the country for the past 6 years. One of the wheels finally fell off, well almost fell off. But it was getting pretty hard to drag it through airports with one good rolling wheel. I'd been looking at Thinktank Photo's rolling bags with envy and our replacement bag is the Airport Roller Derby.
You may not think this is a big deal, but if I could put everything on 4 wheels and roll it upright for the rest of my life I would. This thing is awesome and it's saved my back and arm on multiple shoots so far this year. Here's to another 6 years and beyond with this baby.
3. Where there's smoke, there's cool shots. And sometimes firemen.
I like smoke. It adds atmosphere and can make for some epic looking shots. It's not right for every shoot but it sure makes stuff cool on other occasions. But you have to make sure the fire alarms are turned off and the proper people alerted. We did those things recently at Illinois but we still had some firemen show up. And if that happens, just make sure to include your local heroes. They'll be way more likely to forgive you. ;)
When I was in 7th grade, my art teacher pulled me out of class. I had no idea why and I started thinking, "what did I do wrong?" It turned out that another teacher in the school saw a piece of artwork of mine hanging in the hallway and wanted to buy it.
My mom never let me sell it, but somehow the topic came up again when I was home a few weeks ago. My mom asked me, "If I buy the materials for you, can you do that again?"
That piece of art was scratch art. I started looking on Pinterest at some pieces to remind myself how to do it, because I plan on creating another piece. Not the bunny I created in 7th grade though, but possibly my dog, Happy.