Lights, camera, strike a pose! MB Quakers Media Day was a student-driven success

Media Days are common at colleges and universities: opportunities to get fun, high-quality photography of their student-athletes and generate excitement for an upcoming season. But they’re not commonplace at the high school level — something Moses Brown sophomores Emma M. and Gabe H. were determined to change this year.

As part of their internship with MB’s Athletics Department, Emma and Gabe — both avid photographers and videographers — collaborated to make a Media Day at MB a reality – figuring out the gear they’d need to do it and establishing a schedule toward the end of pre-season. It was definitely ambitious: in all there were six days of shooting right before classes started.

“We just wanted to try something at the Division 1 level,” says Emma.

In addition to getting great photographs for use promoting our teams, the experience also allowed more time for athletes to bring out their own strengths and personalities. Both Emma and Gabe were impressed by the supportive environment team members demonstrated throughout the process.

“On the first day it was 7:00 am and we had 50 girls from the Field Hockey team all standing around and cheering and laughing, celebrating each member of the team and that was really special,” Gabe says. “You could see the communities that have been built within these teams.”

All of the lighting equipment was rented. Athletics Director AJ Kizekai drove to Boston and back to get it — talk about commitment! They shot with a DSLR camera and used a “tethering” approach with a laptop nearby which fed the photos instantly to the computer for real-time review.

“Emma and Gabe really had the vision for what this should really look like. They proposed this project, budget and all,” says AJ. “It’s something we look to continue to do each season.”