Monica Herndon, Photographer

Monica Herndon


I did not come to Tampa with my sights set on sports photography, but I’ve come to love it. There are few better feelings than watching a touchdown pass come right into the end zone where you’re ready and waiting. I got my first taste of that adrenaline rush as a student journalist at the University of Miami. Since then I’ve photographed numerous Rays walkoffs, many Bucs losses, the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, SEC and ACC Championships, Women’s Final Four, and even the College Football Playoff National Championship. When I’m not on the field I produce the WriteLane podcast, shoot daily stories, food reviews, and pretty much any other assignment.

Photos: Notre Dame takes on Baylor for the Women’s NCAA Tournament national championship

The Baylor Lady Bears celebrate a late basket during the final minutes against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the Women's NCAA championship game Monday, April 7, 2019 in Tampa. The Baylor Lady Bears won 82-81. [ALLIE GOULDING  |   Times]
The Lady Bears defeated the Fighting Irish 82-81 for the Women’s NCAA national championship.

Photos: UConn and Notre Dame face off for the second NCAA Women’s Final Four semifinal

Notre Dame Fighting Irish Athletic Director Jack Swarbrick, right, hugs Notre Dame Fighting Irish head coach Muffet McGraw after defeating the 81-76 in their NCAA Women's Final Four semifinal game Friday, April 5, 2019 in Tampa. Notre Dame Fighting Irish will face Baylor in the final on Sunday. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times]
Notre Dame defeated UConn 81-76 and will face Baylor in the final on Sunday.

Photos: Baylor and Oregon face off for first semifinal of NCAA Women’s Final Four

Baylor defeated Oregon 72-67 and will play the winner between Notre Dame and UConn Sunday in the final.

Photos: She shoots, she scores.

Brylee Bartram (22), of Seffner Christian Academy, rests between plays during a game against Carrollwood Day School at Seffner Christian Academy on January 24, 2019 in Seffner, Florida. Carrollwood Day School defeated Seffner Christian 86 to 81, in overtime. Bartram, who will play basketball at to University of Florida next year, is likely to beat the the national 3-point record this week.
Seffner Christian’s Brylee Bartram made her mark in high school but she’s not done yet.

Photos: Tampa Bay Rays face the Houston Astros in home opener

Tampa Bay Rays center fielder Tommy Pham (29) greets teammates during player introductions just prior to the Rays' home opener against the Houston Astros Thursday, March 28, 2019 in St. Petersburg. [MONICA HERNDON  |   Times]
The Rays took a 5-1 loss as they faced the Astros for the opening game of the 2019 season.