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Monroe, Ohio, United States
Began my photography career as most people do...the highschool yearbook. Upon graduation I attended the US Naval Photography School in Pensacola Fla. After getting a qualification in basic photography and then later attending their Portrait School,was assigned to a military operation. Experiences included USO photography for Bob Hope, Brooke Shields, Kathy Lee Crosby and Wayne Newton.Have also had the opportunity for travel assignments to places such as Beruit, Israel, Africa, Australia, Brazil, Italy, Spain and England. Upon exiting the Navy in 1984,opened up a Tanning Salon and Health Club in Oxford,Ohio and began photographing weddings, all as a vehicle to fund my way through college. I enjoy travel, sports photography, special event and Cincinnati Reds photography. I am frequently contracted as a sports photographer by parents, sports teams, and organizations,throughout the Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio areas, to provide the highest quality sports photography, both on an individual and team basis.

February 21, 2013

Eagle Eyes


Eaton Eagles defenders swoop in on a Valley View Spartan running back. Photo by 
Sports Photographer Vincent Rush 

Posted by professional Ohio photographer Vincent Rush of Cincinnati Sports Photography and Dayton Sports Photography.

 Vince Rush can be contacted by phone at (877) 858-6295 or by email at vrush@rushintl.com or visit http://CincinnatiSportsPhotography.com Vincent Rush is a an Ohio based professional sports and special event photographer that primarily serves as a Dayton Sports Photographer and Cincinnati Sports photographer.

February 20, 2013

Buckner Martial Arts Academy Black Belt Testing


 14 year old Christopher Fallat of West Chester, (on the left) tests for his black belt in Karate at Buckner Martial Arts Academy in West Chester, Ohio. Photo by Sports Photographer Vincent Rush of Cincinnati Sports Photography.




Posted by professional Ohio photographer Vincent Rush of Cincinnati Sports Photography and Dayton Sports Photography. Vince Rush can be contacted by phone at (877) 858-6295 or by email at vrush@rushintl.com or visit http://CincinnatiSportsPhotography.com

Vincent Rush is a an Ohio based professional sports and special event photographer that primarily serves as a Dayton Sports Photographer and Cincinnati Sports photographer.

February 16, 2013

You Only Get One Shot! That's Why You Hire a Professional Photographer.



I get phone calls all the time from a Mom or a Dad, asking me to give a price to come out and photograph their son or daughter playing a particular sport or a coach will call me to come and shoot a team in an event.

My prices are not the cheapest. I generally charge between $250-$400 per event, depending on the circumstances.

While I don't get a lot of resistance to my pricing, due to the reputation I have as a sports photographer, I still occasionally do get the; "Wow! That's pretty high."

My response is always one of two questions, depending on what mood I am in.

Response one: "Are you referring to price or cost?" or "What criteria do you use when choosing a professional sports photographer?"

Are you paying for photos or are you paying for memories?

If you are simply buying pictures, find someone with a camera from Best Buy and give them $25 and let them post 400 shots on their website.

If you have a special occasion and you want it captured for a keepsake, you need a professional.

When you hire a professional sports photographer to shoot action photos of a sporting event, you are not only paying for their time and effort, you are paying for their experience, knowledge of the game flow, understanding angles and momentum and anticipation.

You paying a professional sports photographer for their professional grade cameras with extreme low light capabilities. You're renting their high speed professional grade lenses that can run $8000 to $10,000.00.

I've shot tens of thousands of action photos in little league baseball, select ball, football, basketball and other sports.

Every now and then I capture a moment like this.

Eaton, Ohio 8th grade basketball player Donnie Nicodemus was driving to the hoop in the Southwestern Buckeye League Championship game in Camden, Ohio at Preble Shawnee High School recently.

The lighting in the gym was not the worst I've shot in, but it wasn't good either.

I was shooting a Nikon D700 with a Nikor 80-200mm 2.8 lens and 5000 ISO and 1/800th of a second.

When I grabbed this frame and looked at the image, I realized that I had gotten Donnie's Mom in the background.

This wasn't just a picture, but rather a lifetime keepsake for Mom and son.

There is no greater satisfaction as a professional sports photographer than presenting a parent with a shot like this. I've shot a lot of pictures of Donnie as a result of little league photography. One I shot of him this past year was this pitching photo, with the Eaton Express, which became one of my favorites.



Why do you pay a professional photographer vs "Mom or Guy with Best Buy camera", you don't pay a professional for pictures and images. You hire a professional for memories that will hold a special place in your heart and soul for years to come.


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Vincent Rush is a an Ohio based professional sports photographer that primarily serves as a Dayton Sports Photographer and  Cincinnati sports photographer.

February 14, 2013

Sports Photographer Vincent Rush



Fast Break, by Cincinnati and Ohio Sports Action Photographer Vincent Rush of Monroe, Ohio

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January 27, 2013

High School Freshman Celina King Records 1000th Point.



Celina King, a Freshman at Cincinnati Christian, drive past a Cincinnati Christian Schools defender and scores her 1000th point on January 26th, 2013. 

Celina has actually been a starting Varsity point guard in High School since she was 12.


While previously at private Christian Schools, including Spring Valley Academy in Dayton, she is now in her first year at an OHSSA sanctioned school. 


More amazing than her basketball skills, is the amount of books that she had read, by the time she was 12, that deal with having a PMA, Winning and going after your goals. Celina is one of the most well balanced and humble kids that I have ever met and is a little Pistol Pete Maravich on the court.


As a Cincinnati Sports Photographer, I met Celina and her family in 2010 and was blown away by her personality, sense of humility, maturity level and work ethic.


I spoke to an ESPN editor at a holiday tournament the first time I was hired to come photograph her and was told by a gentlemen named Mark Lewis of ESPN Hoop Girls at the time, that there are lots of kids with incredible unique abilities, but there are probably only 4 or 5 kids like a Celina King.


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October 14, 2012

Sports Photography + Portrait Photography = Sportrait Photography


Senior Portrait Photography by Vincent Rush of Cincinnati Sports Photography


Senior Portrait Photography by Sports Photographer Vincent Rush


Senior Portrait Photography by Ohio Sports Photographer Vincent Rush

Just a few examples of what I refer to as "Sport-Rait" photography. 

As a result of shooting a lot of sports action photography, I am often asked if I can do Senior Portraits.

It's not my niche, but I certainly don't mind doing it. This was a great subject and a result of a simple action photo I took a few years ago of Monroe High School pitcher Jake Little. 



Two years later, his Mom would contact me about shooting his Senior portraits.


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October 1, 2012

Faces in the Crowd






 By Ohio Sports Photographer, Vincent Rush

Are you shooting sports photography to earn a secondary income, or are you shooting sports photography because it’s a hobby that you have no intention of ever expanding into a business?

If you are doing it to earn an income, and are like most aspiring sports photographers, you shoot a Friday night or Saturday football game and capture hundreds of action shots and run home to your computer and upload your favorites to a website such as Smug Mug www.smugmug.com and then sit back and hope the cash starts coming in.

You will also notice that there are several other photographers at your local events, with the same intentions.

I’ve always said, live by the philosophy of “Observe the masses and do the opposite”

One of your “hidden treasures” in any high school event is the kids in the crowd.



I consistently sell more 5x7’s and 4x6 prints form my journeys up into the stands that the actual game photos, simply because…NO ONE ELSE DOES!

There is a secret though, don’t just fire off snap shots that anyone with an I-Phone can capture. Be a little creative and always take a second to make sure you don’t embarrass anyone kid or post up some idiot that is flipping the finger in the background.

Oh. Yeah…I’ve saw worse than that in the background of some of my photos! Examine them carefully. There’s an idiot in every crowd.

I particularly take care to remove bad acne in a shot like that. I do not want a kid with a developing self image to be made fun of by his peers so I am very meticulous in taking care of that detail before I post a picture.



If you don’t want to sell the pics, but still want the efforts to produce fruit, post them on a local kids or schools Facebook page.

Kids will tag themselves and share the photos, garnering you some free “Brand Exposure”.



 
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September 27, 2012

Awkward Small Town Newspaper Photos



 I always get a kick out of my old hometown newspaper and the photos that they choose for publication for game coverage.

This latest came from a south western Ohio newspaper that has never had any idea of what a good sports action photo actually is.

While I admit, I have seen a few incredible captures in their sports photography section, they are few and far between.

Most of the time, I am asking myself...WHAT WERE THEY THINKING? (When the editor chose to publish the photo)

Look, I will admit, I am not the "Worlds Greatest Photographer". The fact is, that there is always someone better. In fact, I always say that the secret to being a "Great" photographer, is in knowing what to delete.

This shot violates two of the basic rules for good sports photography, especially with a local news paper.

1) It has to tell a story. I'm not really sure what is going on here. It looks like the photographer was so thrilled to get a "Stop Action" shot, that he thought...THIS IS THE ONE!

2) It has to be flattering to the home town team.....no explanation really needed on this one.

The following is another example of a poor and unflattering picture to the subject.


Volleyball is not easy to shoot, but this photographer MUST have had a better image in the camera!

I posted a couple of women's soccer shots that I did a couple of years ago for Monroe High School. as an example of the points I was making of the previous soccer sports action photos.



Both of the photos are crisp, clear, properly exposed and tell a story, for the sake of reporting on the game.

I've been doing sports photography in Ohio for several years now. Every picture I post or present, I always ask the question, "Would I want that framed and up on my wall, if that were my kid.?"



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September 26, 2012

Possibly the Scariest 8th Grade Football Player Ever



 Jarnell Stokes is a 6-foot-8, 270 pound basketball player at the University of Tennessee. He was an All-SEC freshman last year. At only 18, there's a good chance Stokes still has some growing to. You know, maybe adding that freshman 45 we all get.


For his sake, here's hoping Jarnell keeps growing, because it looks like his little brother Isaiah is on his way to being the big man of the family.

Isaiah is in 8th grade and currently stands at 6-foot-7, 225 pounds. From the photo, you can see Isaiah has a slight height and weight advantage over other players in his football league.

This is photographic evidence supporting the existence of a real-life man-child. Half man, half boy, 100% a college athletics recruiter's dream, Isaiah Stokes will undoubtedly make some academic institution a lot of money in the very near future, playing a yet to be determined sport.

The only thing that can be said with any certainty is that exactly zero dollars of the revenue generated off of Isaiah will go to Isaiah.

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September 25, 2012

The Marketing Mindset of High Growth Business Leaders

 Valley View Spartans Football by Dayton Sports Photographer Vincent Rush


Marketing is often misconstrued as little more than advertising – lots of brands jumping up and down and shouting as they try to grab potential customers’ attention. Done right however, marketing will cover every touch point of your business from raising brand awareness (where advertising is often a good tool), to activities that develop trust, drive trial, encourage repeat sales and incentivize them to tell their friends about you.

The key is to create a strong marketing strategy, and the starting point for building such a strategy is to challenge the way you might think of marketing and develop a marketing mindset as part of your business culture.

Think of marketing as everything that touches your customer

One of the biggest challenges facing any CEO wanting to use marketing to grow their business is the fragmentation within the industry, which makes it difficult to navigate successfully, especially with limited budgets. As a result, marketing often ends up consigned to pockets of unaligned activities that fail to deliver their full potential.

Instead as a founder, business owner or appointed marketing person you need to become the linchpin that holds it all together.  PR, branding, advertising, social media, content marketing… they are all just some in a long list of potential marketing activities that can be implemented to your advantage. But it is vital to think of them as being under one umbrella of ‘marketing’ so that everything talks to your customer in the same way; if you don’t the messages gets confused and diluted.

The most successful customer–centric businesses broaden this principle even further and look at every part of the business that comes into contact with their customer.

The passion and knowledge (or lack thereof) which your staff shows for your business and brand are often the customers first in-person interaction and form the front line of your marketing strategy- first impressions really do count!

By thinking of these areas as being under the same marketing umbrella it will make it easier for you to define what should be done and said to customers at every touch point. If you want some inspiration, think Virgin Atlantic, think Zappos, think Apple– they work to make every contact with the customer a good one and the result is loyalty.

Make every business decision with your customer in mind

Those founders, CEOs and managers who actively encourage and embrace a marketing mindset within their teams have the ability to not only understand their customers but also identify new opportunities to grow their business and achieve that all important 20% year on year growth that is the hallmark of a high growth business.

To have a truly customer-centric business mindset there first needs to be a very clear picture of exactly who you are talking to. How succinctly can you describe your customer? Where do they live? Where do they shop? What do they do? What do they read and watch? Who influences them? Can you get a clear mental picture of them as one person? Build your customer profile and that picture can be used to guide the fundamental decisions in your business.

A great example of this customer-centric business approach is five year old Moma breakfasts – founded by Tom Mercer. Tom knew that the fundamental business decision he faced was in understanding where to sell his healthy on-the-go breakfasts and that to do this he needed to get in the mind of his target customers.  He was clear that his new product was all about solving the hunger pains of busy rushed commuters – so he refused to launch the brand until he got his first stall at the end of the platform concourse at Waterloo station – exactly where his hungry commuters were.

Be bold about your brand

Every successful business will get copied in one form or another. That is why business leaders with a strong marketing mindset create brands – not just products. If you create a brand that means something to people…with values, and an identity…competitors will be deterred from copying you and customers will have a reason to stay with you.

Innocent drinks for instance have seen a multitude of competitors entering their market, including many lower priced supermarket versions. But they continue to grow – both in the UK and by expanding into new international markets. Fundamentally, this is down to that brand personality that lives on those little bottles and in everything they do which drives an emotional attraction in that three second decision at the chiller.

The reality is that a brand is so much more than a logo. The most powerful brands mean something to people; they have values and are emotionally attractive to their target audiences. This first starts by identifying what you want your brand to stand for, and what it should stand for to be compelling to your target customers. These questions begin to force decisions about what you want to mean to your target audience. Once you are clear on what you want to mean – you can build a marketing plan to start saying it.

Remain wholeheartedly focused on the end goal

One of the biggest challenges of managing marketing in an ambitious business is the wealth of options open to you – and the confusion they cause. Plus when faced with exciting marketing ideas, new technologies, and a limited budget, it is easy to become distracted and want to try everything. This is when businesses into the trap of being execution led – rather than objectives led – leading to stretched resource, wasted money and sometimes disappointing results.

Starting out with a clear idea of what you want to achieve is key to avoiding these pitfalls. So, before you do anything, first assess what you want to achieve, or where you want to get to: If you want more people to know about you, that is about driving awareness; if you want people to try you out, that is driving trial; or if you want your current customers to buy more, it is all about driving frequency.  But only by creating a business culture where all the business leaders are constantly reviewing actions and progress versus what you want to achieve with your marketing can you keep the business on track to deliver results.

Spot your growth opportunities with a marketing mindset

Any business can look across at the competition and copy what they are doing well. Far fewer have the skill to see the competitions’ weaknesses, understand what customers truly want, and deliver a compelling solution. This ability to recognize opportunity is a key trait of a growth business and of a leader with a strategic vision. The success of the likes of Steve Jobs or Michael Dell rests in their fundamental belief that the purpose of business is to better serve your customer –the very essence of a marketing mindset.


Written by Christina Richardson on Friday, 21 September 2012


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August 14, 2012

The Friendly Confines of Wrigley Field



 Wrigley Field Panoramic by Sports Photographer Vincent Rush of Cincinnati Sports Photography.

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July 16, 2012

Joey Votto Out 3-4 Weeks

Joey Votto of the Cincinnati Reds. Photo by Cincinnati Sports Photographer Vincent Rush




CINCINNATI (AP) Reds first baseman Joey Votto will have surgery to repair torn cartilage in his left knee, sidelining him for three to four weeks.

The 2010 National League MVP hurt the knee in late June but kept playing. He had a medical exam Monday evening that detected the injury.

Votto was out of the starting lineup against Arizona on Monday night, getting a day of rest and a chance to have the knee checked. He went hitless in his first two games back from another All-Star appearance, then had a single and a double during a 4-2 win over St. Louis on Sunday night that pushed the Reds into sole possession of first place in the NL Central.

Votto leads the NL in doubles, walks and extra-base hits, batting .342.

Read more: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/baseball/mlb/07/16/votto-reds-surgery.ap/index.html#ixzz20pmNtwC8


            Joey Votto of the Cincinnati Reds. Photo by Cincinnati Sports Photographer Vincent Rush

 Statement from Reds President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Walt Jocketty.

“Joey Votto met with the medical staff this evening and has been diagnosed with a torn meniscus in his left knee. He is going to have arthroscopic surgery tomorrow and should miss 3-4 weeks. Joey is very comfortable with the decision and is eager to return to the lineup.”

Votto said, “It is in my best interest and in the best interest of the team to do it now so that I can be healthy during the last two months of the pennant race.”

Votto suffered the injury sliding into third base in the fifth inning on June 29 at San Francisco.
Necessary roster moves will be made Tuesday.

Read more: http://www.espn1530.com/pages/lancesBlog.html#ixzz20tz4bSEa

 The Reds got a blow Monday that will be hard to deal with.

Joey Votto will undergo arthroscopic knee surgery Tuesday to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. He is expected to miss three to four weeks.

"It's a very simple procedure," Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said. "It takes 20 minutes. It's a very simple scope. We think it will be three, four weeks. Joey feels very comfortable with it. He wants it to be done right away so he can come back and be sharp for the last two months of the season."

Minor-leaguer Chris Valaika had the same procedure done recently; he was back in three weeks.

A roster move will be made Tuesday to replace Votto.

"We haven't discussed that yet," Jocketty said.

 Of all the players on the roster, Votto is by far the most difficult one to replace. He's hitting .342 with 14 home runs and 49 RBI. His on-base percentage is .465. No other Red is above .354.

"It's going to be difficult to replace Joey Votto," Jocketty said.

Jocketty said Votto's status will not affect the team's plans for the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

"We're going to try to do the same things we planned," Jocketty said. "Joey will be back. We'll just keep working."



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July 15, 2012

Great American Ball Park


Great American Ball Park by Cincinnati Sports Photographer Vincent Rush

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July 12, 2012

Professional vs Amateur Photographers

Photo by Professional Sports Photographer Vincent Rush

Photo by a Register Herald Newspaper Photographer

Today presented me with an excellent opportunity to do a direct comparison between a small town amature newspaper photographer and professional sports photographers photograph. The top photo is my photograph from a game involving the Eaton, Ohio 12U All Star team, and the bottom one is the same player and the photograph the newspaper editor chose to feature.

The write up was even worse, but I'm not a journalist and this is a photo blog.


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June 29, 2012

Sports Photography Trends: Summer - The Best Time For Booking High School Sports!



Photo by Cincinnati Sports Photographer Vincent Rush



RIGHT NOW is the BEST TIME to book high school sports…do you have your marketing kits ready?  The grads have thrown their hats in the air, and the coaches are taking a sigh of relief, FOR THE MOMENT.
Many schools require staff and personnel to work for a week, or several days, past the last day of the classes for students, so NOW is the time to act!  These couple of weeks following classes are PRIME TIME for speaking with any high school coach.  During these weeks most coaches are more accessible and more willing to meet – and listen – to what you have to offer.

Take advantage of this calm time, as a lot of coaches are hard to locate during the school year.  When they are busy it is tricky to find a “best time” to speak with them, and finding the “best time” that they are willing to listen can be even trickier!  Very often they are busy, and will only give you a few minutes of their time, if that.  You want to approach them at a time when they have more time to listen to you.

Plan ahead.  Do you have your marketing kits together and ready to go?  Be sure to have samples of unique products that will make you stand out among your competitors.  Have a calendar with you for scheduling.  Have testimonial letters from other schools and coaches.  Be prepared to leave detailed information with the coach/decision maker so they can refer back to what you discussed.

One HUGE advantage to approaching school coaches now is that more than likely there areMANY coaches there at the same time.  Once you’re in the school, track down other coaches of other sports.  Now is also the best time to show up unannounced and visit with as many coaches as possible.  Make the most of YOUR time and the coaches availability.  Don’t miss these lucrative couple of weeks…the BEST TIME FOR BOOKING SCHOOL SPORTS!



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