MASTERING SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY WITH PITTSBURGH PIRATES CONTENT CREATOR JOSH LAVALLEE

Today’s guest is content creator Josh Lavallee. Josh has groomed himself into the industry primarily as a freelance sports photographer over the last 8 years.  During that span he’s worked with the MLB, NFL, NHL, MLS, NASCAR and dozens of NCAA schools. Josh provides images of game action for social media and public relation releases, for teams such as the San Diego Padres, Los Angeles Chargers, Los Angeles Rams, and Anaheim Ducks.  After working for the Pittsburgh Pirates as a contractor for all of spring training, he was offered a full time job with their creative staff at the start of this season.

In today’s episode Josh dives into how his career in the sports production world got started. He shared multiple pieces of advice for building your portfolio, getting content out as fast as possible, and covering specific sports.  There were some great tricks of the trade released in this episode when it comes to both sports photography techniques, and ways to get jobs.  Being a professional freelance sports photographer requires many skills and as we talked about, patience.  Josh was able to share some great insight that he has learned from all of his experiences.

Connect with Josh Lavallee: 

Website: www.JoshLavallee.com

Instagram: @josh_lavallee

Twitter: @jp_lavs

LinkedIn: Josh Lavallee 

 

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SHOW NOTES

  • Josh’s most memorable moment in his career (2:38)
  • Where Josh got his start in the sports production world (3:30)
  • Josh’s time in college (7:00)
  • Was Josh’s goal always to work in sports? (8:38)
  • How Josh got involved with the MLB (11:25)
  • How important is it to have a background in sports to be a successful photographer? (14:09)
  • Josh’s preparation process when he covers different sports (15:57)
  • Does Josh have a process for preparing equipment? (17:37)
  • Josh goes through all the different sports that he’s covered in the past (18:50)
  • Josh discusses what he’s currently working on and his plans once things go back to normal (20:25)
  • Resources Josh uses when finding new contacts (25:40)
  • Advice on building your portfolio (29:00) 
  • Josh’s post production process on game day (33:20)
  • Advice on getting content out as fast as possible (37:30)
  • Creating content for all the different leagues (38:47)
  • How can someone get involved with the LCC programs (40:15)
  • People that Josh drew inspiration from (42:45)
  • Specific resources that Josh uses (45:33)
  • Why John has never has one job (49:00)
  • Specific accounts Josh favors (51:06)
  • Advice for covering and shooting specific sports (54:15) 
  • Advice for people wanting the same role as Josh (58:22)
  • What Josh’s career looks like going forward (1:01:10)
  • Something that Josh is struggling with right now in his career (1:02:40)

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