Updated: Jul 8, 2019
I can't imagine what it's like to be an athlete and to play your last game.
However, I know what it's like to photograph for an organization you love for the last time.
Last year, while I was driving home after photographing the Emerson baseball team's senior game, I almost started crying. I may have actually sobbed a little bit. I didn't want to stop photographing for Emerson Channel Sports so I decided I would make my last game be the men's basketball senior game, the team I first started taking pictures of. Cheesy but perfect.
This would give me adequate time (10 months) to cope with the fact that my career as an ECS photographer was ending. Or so I thought.
There is never enough time for the things that you love. There is never enough time for you to cope with the inevitable end of the things you love.
Emerson Channel Sports jumpstarted my photography career and all of my future marketing experience. It has been an amazing part of my life. I am sad and happy all at the same time.
ECS now has a photography program, equipped with a team of incredibly talented photographers that I got to help train. ECS itself has also grown in many ways. Former Marketing Director of ECS, Amanda Tessier, said it best in her blog post: Content is King.
Through providing valuable content that our audience wanted to see, we were able to grow engagement and fans on our social media platforms. This can translate to any business utilizing social media. My photos of Emerson Athletic games and ECS events encouraged school spirit and highlighted all the awesome people who are part of the Lion community. Our fanbase on social media grew immensely and continutes to do so every day.
I am incredibly proud of helping Emerson Channel Sports grow.
Today was a difficult day for me to get through. I had to face the inevitable, but I was also very thankful for all that Emerson Channel Sports, Emerson Athletics, and Emerson College has given me. Today was my first step in closing the door on college and opening the door to life after undergrad.
There is never enough time for you to cope with the inevitable end of the things you love. But, unsurprisingly, there is just the right amount of time for you to enjoy it.