Ron Blomberg for Sports Illustrated

topI had a fun assignment last week for Sports Illustrated to photograph Major League Baseball’s first ever designated hitter (DH), Ron Blomberg.

Ronald Mark BlombergRon played for the Yankees back in the 70s and even won a 1977 World Series Championship Ring. He took it off at one point and it was so tight, I didn’t think he’d get it back on!

Ronald Mark BlombergThe shoot took place at Yankee Stadium where I had access to the field and players dugout. I actually haddn’t worked in Yankee stadium since the 2009 World Series where I made a fun time-lapse.

Ronald Mark BlombergAs with all my portraits, my goal is to get as much variety as possible, so I arrived early with my assistant in order to find numerous options. As it turned out, Ron got a bit delated, so we ended up having some time to kill, all alone, while hanging out in the dugout and field. It was definitely a cool experience to be by ourselves in such a famous stadium.

Ronald Mark Blomberg

Ron showed up for the shot and was a super nice and talkative. He was willing to spend as much time and pose however we wanted him. I really enjoyed his company during the shoot as he kept it interesting with all his stories from his career.

Another exciting shoot for a great client and awesome editors!


How the photo ran in the Sports illustrated iPad edition.