I started d3photography.com as a small department at D3sports.com with a simple idea: Wouldn't it be great if we had game photos on D3hoops.com. And it grew into where you are today. From those early days in the winter of 2002 to splitting off in late 2010 and to the present we have posted over 750,000 photos, covered more than 60 NCAA National Championships and continue to grow each year.
I got my start in photography at a young age, messing around with my father's Minolta 35mm. But I didn't start shooting sports until 1997 when I shot my first DeLaSalle basketball game and I was hooked. I've covered over 1000 events in since then from the Division I hockey tournament, Division III basketball, baseball, soccer and football championships and countless high school events in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Illinois.
I do maintain a fulltime job as an engineer but I live and breathe sports photography. I also can be found at Keegan's Irish Pub most Tuesdays and Thursdays for pub trivia - if you've never been to pub trivia come down and say hi!
Ryan Coleman can be found at events for the following conference(s) and school(s): MIAC, IIAC, WIAC, MWC, UMAC and points in between. among others.
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I am a freelance photographer based out of Oshkosh, WI. For me its the optimal base to call home. 90 minutes from Milwaukee and Madison and 45 minutes from Green Bay. Within that range I have unlimited sports options. Add Door County and Horicon Marsh to the mix and I have access to some of the best nature areas as well.
In a recent interview, I was asked what sport I liked to shoot the most. It is a great question, and not nearly as easy to answer as one would think. The stock answer would have been to answer baseball because it was the position I was applying for. For me, it's a two part answer. If I'm shooting indoors: I love to shoot hockey. It's fast paced, has lots of action and for the most part it's impossible to get hurt while shooting (I've yet to slip on the ice, shooting post game, knock on wood). If I'm shooting outdoors, my main love is football. I like being right in the mix, getting to hear someone getting hit from that close is one of the best sounds in the world. There is plenty of action and raw emotion that just is just waiting to be captured. Baseball is a close second, but for a different reason: you have to think. Baseball requires you to be 100% involved in what is going on. It's a situational game, you have to be prepared for everything from a bunt to a steal, it always keeps your mind in the game.
Besides my work with d3photography, I cover events for various media outlets from around the Midwest and for a number of schools that use my work when they come to Wisconsin. I routinely cover the Green Bay Packers, Wisconsin Badger football and hockey as well as prep sports. My d3photography assignments cover football and basketball for the WIAC, MWC, CCIW and an occasional MIAC event.
Larry Radloff can be found at events for the following conference(s) and school(s): WIAC, MWC, CCIW, St. Norbert, Lawrence, UW-Oshkosh, UW-Stevens Point, Milwaukee School of Engineering among others.
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Scott is one of the earliest photographers with d3photography.com and has covered some of the biggest NCAA Division III and Division I hockey, football, basketball and baseball games over the years. He also serves as the Minnesota Swarm team photographer in the National Lacrosse League in Saint Paul, Minn.
He resides in Twin Cities area with his wife and two children.
Scott Pierson can be found at events for the following conference(s) and school(s): MIAC, UMAC, WCHA, Big Ten among others.
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Isaac Vatnsdal can be found at events for the following conference(s) and school(s): MIAC, Concordia-Moorhead among others.
I am a self-employed freelance photographer residing in the Capital District of New York State. In many ways, this is an optimum location for a photographer to live; as the Catskill Mountains are about an hour south and the Adirondack Mountains are about two hours north. New York City and Boston are less than three hours away. This central location enables me to walk out my front door and find amazing photography opportunities including, but in no way exclusive to, shooting nature scenes, urban scenes, college sports, wildlife, concerts, events, and anything else that catches my attention.
One of the questions I am most often asked is: what is your favorite thing to photograph? I love to photograph Division III sports; that is probably my first love as a photographer. There is so much passion, pain, emotion, and action at this level of athletics. Most of the athletes are nearing the end of their athletic career -- they get out there and put their hearts on the line. There is nothing more exciting than seeing the celebration of a championship, and nothing more heartbreaking than seeing the tears roll as an athlete realizes this is the end. This view is different through the camera lens. In some ways it is more limited; however, most of the time I am watching many of the things the spectator is not. I am watching the game and the athletes of course, but also the crowd, the fans, the weather, the playing surface, the bench, the children running around the sidelines, and anything else that might make for an interesting capture. All of this being said, I truly love being behind the lens, regardless of what I am photographing.
Photography is an interesting medium. Often people will say, "Did you get that hit, shot, or goal?" In reality, photography stops the hit, shot or goal. It is my intention to capture the emotion of the athlete, subject or scene. I look to capture the moment before, during, or after, one shot at a time. For instance, capturing a soccer player kicking a ball can make for a great photo. With that being said, now imagine a ball caught in the net, the goalie looking back at it, and the player leaping for joy, all three stories captured at the same time in one single photograph.
Look for the guy with the red Ohio State Buckeye hat on it is probably me!
Matt Milless can be found at events for the following conference(s) and school(s): Empire 8, Union, RPI among others.
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Dan is a full-time professional photographer based in Ohio who covers the Mount Union Purple Raiders in the fall (football) and works in the Columbus area during the winter and spring with his fiance.
Dan Poel can be found at events for the following conference(s) and school(s): OAC, HCAC, MUC among others.
Joe Bergman can be found at events for the following conference(s) and school(s): SCIAC, NWC among others.
I've been interested in photography from a young age. I started with a Kodak Instamatic in the 1970s. My primary interest in photography was documenting family members and friends lives and activities. I acquired my first 35mm camera when my four kids started playing youth sports. My kids were not great athletes (unfortunately they inherited my athletic abilities) and stopped competing in organized sports at fairly young ages. As my kids grew older and my parenting duties lessened I decided I needed a hobby. Photography was a logical choice.
I bought my first digital SLR in 2005 and started shooting St. John's University football games. I've been hooked ever since. As a devoted follower of d3football.com, where I am known as Retired Old Rat on Post Patterns, I quickly became acquainted with Ryan Coleman. I believe my first published works were of SJU's heartbreaking playoff loss to the Wisc.-Whitewater, ending their previously undefeated season.
I'm a 1978 graduate of SJU and a diehard Johnnie fan. While my primary focus has been Johnnie football, I have also covered a couple of basketball games and assisted with the MIAC Swimming and Diving Championship.
I love shooting Johnnie football. I enjoy being on the sideline, close to the action. While I love getting "the shot", my greatest pleasure is the comments I receive from the parents of the players.
My work can also be found at johnniefootball.com.
Tim Ward can be found at events for the following conference(s) and school(s): St. John's among others.
I am, first and foremost, a friend of Ryan's. He asked me to shoot swimming with him a couple years ago, knowing that I know my way around a camera, but also that I had never been to a college swimming event before, much less shot one. And still, he asked me to shoot more for him, so I figure I did something right.
I have been a photographer since I was given a Nikon EM back when I was - 12, I think. Even though that camera was very frustrating to use (no ability to choose the shutter speed, so no real way of understanding what you were doing), it gave me enough of a taste of the possible that I soon purchased an older Nikkormat with a single prime lens and, borrowing a lens here and there, I made some images for the Concordian - the Concordia-Moorhead student newspaper - (WAAAY back in the last century) of some football games, and took a class, and still hadn't a clue what I was doing, but it was taking - you know. Then I worked for Pro-Ex, and it started to sink in. Then I started assisting a Wedding Photographer, and then shooting, and I was getting it, and the eye was developing. And then digital happened, and you could see right away what a change in the aperture and or the shutter speed and or the... well what do you know? I understand this!! And still, Ryan is my friend and he asks me to shoot pictures with him and for him and because I understand what is happening, I can stop thinking about it and just make the images, you know?
I am married to a wonderful woman who feigns understanding me, and we have three awesome kids who are growing and learning and making great strides and messing it all up and living and if we keep working hard and smart, we'll get it.
Wade Gardner can be found at events for the following conference(s) and school(s): WIAC, UMAC, MIAC, UW-Eau Claire, UW-Stout, UW-River Falls among others.
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I am a graduate of the California Maritime Academy where I played soccer. I drove Oil Exploration ships for a number of years before I went back to school at the University of the Pacific and got teaching credentials in Physical Sciences and Mathematics I currently teach high school physics. I have taken photos off and on since high school. I started shooting Division III football on a whim and put the photos on Yahoo. When they quit hosting (I didn't realize it was Flickr) I asked Ryan if I could put my photos up on d3photography (then a part of D3sports.com). Since then I have been shooting basketball and volleyball games for the NAIA Cal Pac conference. I have also photographed occasional confirmation and first communion for area churches. Those photographs are on PhotoReflect.com
My photos have appeared in the Linfield, Whittier, and Willamette student papers as well as on numerous college web sites. I also shoot athletics at the school where I teach. They are used for the school's athletics web site. The AD also uses my shots for fatheads or posters given to athletes who get straight A's during their season. See the football page of the athletics page for an example of the fatheads.
I also backpack and climb mountains all over the west coast photographing birds, flowers, and the beautiful scenery.
I am a computer tech with one of the largest public school districts in Wisconsin. My photo interests started very young. I always was looking through my grandparents' slides and photographs and was begging for my first camera way back when the Kodak Instamatic first hit the market. I am guessing I was around 8-10 years old. Does anyone remember the 126 film cartridge and the flash cube? In high school I brought my first 35mm camera, I went through several as the years went by and still have a couple of Pentax cameras that I have had for over 30 years. I've also photographed weddings, and still do from time to time. I've shot hundreds of rolls of my two kids as they grew up. Sports, plays, music, family, landscapes, travel, wildlife and other events are favorite subjects. Really, did I leave anything out?
I became associated with d3photography by running into Ryan at a UW-Whitewater football game shortly after getting my first Digital SLR in 2006. I was on the field shooting UWW games because my son, Chris, spent five years with the team, three of them as an assistant coach. Some of the first years I was still shooting film for myself. Since '06, I have been on the field for almost every UWW football game, except a couple of the Stagg Bowls appearances. I was at three of them and on the field shooting for '06 and '09. I have had at least 18 photos on the main pages of d3football.com in those years and many more on warhawkfootball.com. Chris is now with a pro indoor arena football team, the Wisconsin Wolfpack, in Madison, WI, and I am now shooting indoor football as well. I have also been on the field at Fenway Park, for pregame ceremonies when my daughter, Allyson, sang the Star Spangled Banner for a Red Sox - Yankees game in April, 2009.
I enjoy shooting Division III sports because these athletes and their families are there simply for the love of the game.
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I am a freelance photographer and student based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I started taking pictures my senior year of high school and quickly found a passion for sports and photojournalism. I started off in 2006 taking photographs at high school softball games. Later that I year I became the photo editor of the Augsburg College school paper, where I had the chance to shoot a variety of sports at the Division III level including football, soccer, basketball, hockey, baseball and softball. I have covered the Division III Wrestling National Championships in 2008, 2009 and 2010. I have also covered professional basketball and soccer, as well as youth and high school soccer, high school wrestling and amateur baseball.
I am currently a student at Minneapolis Community and Technical College, where I am studying photography. I am also the managing editor for City College News, the student newspaper. Apart from sports, I shoot aviation photography and photojournalism. I also incorporate black & white film photography into sports on occasion, processing film and making enlargements by hand the way it was done for decades.
Caleb Williams can be found at events for the following conference(s) and school(s): MIAC events. among others.
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Are you interested in joining d3photography.com?
We're looking to expand around the country. On the map below, we're looking for photographers in states where there are NCAA Division III schools, the full color circles are where we currently have photographers, some of them are extremely dense regions (Chicago, New York City, Los Angeles) and we're looking for a few photographers there.
There are a few things you need to know before contacting us:
We have both a flexible deadline and expectations. We expect you to do the editing, uploading of both proof images shortly after the game and the full resolution files within a couple days of the game.
We do not pay per game. You are paid a percentage out of your sales. All of our photographers are paid in this manner and we have been operating this way since 2003.
We do not reimburse mileage, meals or food. You can write those off on your taxes out of your sales next spring.
You are expected to be your own salesperson at events. While we give you resources to help you (shirts, sweatshirts [for purchase], business card designs, marketing on facebook and on our media partner websites) you need to make your sales happen.
We're a resale outlet for you. We will sell on your behalf, we will provide images to newspapers, schools, other media outlets that come to us.
You own your images. You're just letting us resell them to make you some extra income and give the fans something to look at and hold on to remember the games by.
This is "At will employment." And you are a contractor. We will not take taxes out of your sales.