Over the course of a single day in late August, more than 100 student-athletes stepped in front of the camera in Alexander Gym. It was the first-ever Media Day for Lawrence Athletics, and the energy in the room was exhilarating.
Our Lawrence athletes were ready for this. So was I.
A simple white background and three camera flashes set the scene, and the students brought enthusiasm all day long. It was a joy to see all the smiling faces as we moved closer to a new academic year, one in which all of our athletic teams have returned to competition. We’re “Brighter Together,” and we certainly were on this day.
The goal was to collect a series of photos for each fall sports team that could be used on social media, on the university’s website, and in various print publications. My hope was to really get a sense of the personality of each athlete as they stepped in front of the camera—all while their teammates and friends helped to hype them up. I think we achieved that.
It was a pleasure to help coordinate and photograph this fall’s amazing group of student-athletes. Some of my favorite images from the day are shared here in the first of what will be a monthly photo essay series from across the Lawrence campus.