Commercial and editorial sports photographer and Nikon Ambassador Andrew Hancock joins the show to talk about how he went from his early years of college soccer to being a sought after photographer with cover images from Sports Illustrated to Time Magazine. Growing up in Midland Texas, Andrew was surrounded by sports culture. Although he was a soccer player in a football crazed town, he found a home and success within his sport that would elevate him on to college level competition. During those years, while taking some down time, he got his first camera and was encouraged to take classes on how to use it. Before long it was all he wanted to do. He pursued journalism with a new passion and, after earning his degree, found a job at a small paper in Indiana and began the slow climb up the rungs of the editorial ladder. After getting the opportunity to attend the Eddy Adams workshop, Andrew made a connection at Sports Illustrated that would soon change the direction of his career and start him on the path that he's known for today. Before long he would be shooting some of the biggest named athletes in the world and covering events from the Super Bowl to the Kentucky Derby, as well as earn a spot on the original lineup of the Nikon's ambassador program. During our conversation we talk about what it's like shooting a huge sporting event where you only get once chance to accomplish what you need, what goes into the pre-production for those types of shoots, what it's like working as an ambassador for Nikon, how he comes up with his artistic approach to sports and portraiture, and the advice he gives to others coming new to the industry.
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