Charlotte Sports Photography: Carolina Panthers vs. the New Orleans Saints


Some of my current clients might be a bit surprised to know that much of my time in the past was spent covering major sporting events.

Before transitioning to weddings and corporate and marketing events, I was a staff photographer for The Charlotte Observer.

In my 14 years at the newspaper, I had the good fortune of covering the Carolina Panthers at home and away games. I was there for their first-ever game at the Hall of Fame game in Canton, Ohio, their first-ever game in Bank of America Stadium all the way to playoff games and ultimately the Super Bowl in Houston.

I left most of that behind when I left the Observer in 2007, but I remain a huge fan of the team and I was itching for a chance to photograph quarterback Cam Newton. I got the opportunity Sunday as Carolina hosted the New Orleans Saints in the home opener.

I had a wonderful time catching up with many old friends and a big Panther victory made the day even sweeter.

DeAngelo Williams was pumped up for the home opener

DeAngelo Williams was pumped up for the home opener

Cam Newton makes a grand entrance

Cam Newton makes a grand entrance

Cam Newton fires a pass

Cam Newton fires a pass

Charles Godfrey, left, and John Beason celebrate Godfrey's interception for a touchdown

Charles Godfrey, left, and Jon Beason celebrate Godfrey's interception for a touchdown

Cam Newton on the move

Cam Newton on the move

Panther Frank Alexander (90) knocks down a Drew Brees pass

Panther Frank Alexander (90) knocks down a Drew Brees pass

Saint Jimmy Graham hauls in a pass with Jon Beason in pursuit

Saint Jimmy Graham hauls in a pass with Jon Beason in pursuit

Panther Antwan Applewhite (93) lets out a roar after sacking Drew Brees

Panther Antwan Applewhite (93) lets out a roar after sacking Drew Brees

Cam Newton fires a pass

Cam Newton fires a pass

Panther receiver Brandon LaFell (11), who had a big game, picks up yardage after a catch

Panther receiver Brandon LaFell (11), who had a big game, picks up yardage

Panther cornerback Josh Norman puts a hit on a Saint receiver

Panther cornerback Josh Norman puts a hit on a Saint receiver

Panther receiver Steve Smith (89) celebrates after a long reception

Panther receiver Steve Smith (89) celebrates after a long reception

DeAngelo Williams breaks free for a touchdown

DeAngelo Williams breaks free for a touchdown

Quarterback Cam Newton celebrates a Carolina touchdown

Quarterback Cam Newton celebrates a Carolina touchdown

DeAngelo Williams (can you guess his number?)

DeAngelo Williams (can you guess his number?)

Cat Man was enjoying the show

Cat Man was enjoying the show

Carolina's Charles Godfrey puts a big hit on Saint receiver Jimmy Graham

Carolina's Charles Godfrey puts a big hit on Saint receiver Jimmy Graham

"Superman" emerges as Cam Newton scores a late touchdown

"Superman" emerges as Cam Newton scores a late touchdown

Cam Newton celebrates with the fans

Cam Newton celebrates with the fans

The win had Ron Rivera's team pointing in a good direction

The win had Ron Rivera's team pointing in a good direction