All Eyes photo gallery: The Tampa Bay Bucs visit Bevis Elementary
I was recently given the opportunity to become the Tampa Bay Times' Buccaneers beat photographer. Covering a team in this capacity is about so much more than just showing up at games every Sunday. With the first game of the season happening on September 11, I have four months to begin forming relationships with team personnel and, to a lesser extent, players.
Covering the team's community outreach efforts provides the opportunity to get Bucs coverage in the paper for fans during the offseason, while also allowing me to begin creating relationships with folks throughout the Bucs organization.
Bucs players, personnel and representatives from the American Heart Association visited Bevis Elementary School after it won the 2015-16 Buccaneers PLAY 60 Challenge, a program that encourages healthy lifestyles for students at local schools through physical activity. It was a must-go for me, as I knew it was going to make for some great frames, and would be a stellar chance to spend more time with folks who work for the team.
The event was a lot of fun to shoot, as the kids were ecstatic to meet NFL players, and the players seemed to really enjoy themselves. Photographing the players away from the field, without the pressure of winning consuming their every thought, let me see another side of them. I'm used to shooting these guys when they are at the peak of intensity and adrenaline on Sundays. Making frames of them laughing and goofing around with a bunch of fifth-graders was a great change of pace.
Times Staff Photographer