The Queen City is blessed with not only several capable sports teams but tons of talented photographers documenting their wins (and, at times, losses). Several of the photographers we’ve found have worked with not only youth leagues but the Cincinnati Bengals, Reds, and other professional leagues. If you’re in the City of Seven Hills and in need of coverage for your next sporting event — regardless of size — have no fear. Listed in no particular order, here are the top sports photographers in Cincinnati for you to consider collaborating with!
1. Vincent Rush
Former photographer for the US Navy, Vincent Rush has spent his life traveling across the world on photojournalism, wedding, event, and portrait shoots. Along his path to becoming a sports and event photographer, he’s worked in sales and recruiting, wedding photography, and more — all of which has honed his vision as an artist, as well as his business acumen.
His sports images have not only won awards but have also appeared on the covers of Cincinnati Business Courier, Junior Baseball America, The Cincinnati Enquirer, and several other publications. His sports clients include Bengals coach Marvin Lewis, Bengals wide receiver AJ Green, and Cincinnati Reds outfielder Jay Bruce. Regardless of your sporting needs, Vincent is more than capable of going above and beyond expectations.
2. David Long of Cincy Photography
David Long is the professional behind Cincy Photography, offering sports, wedding, event, and real-estate photography, as well as 4K videography services across the Ohio Tri-State region. With celebrities like Cindy Crawford and Serena Williams endorsing his work, as well as his prior experience working for Cincinnati events and attractions like Kings Island Amusement Park and the Cincinnati Festival of Lights, David’s clearly experienced.
It’s no wonder he’s one of the top sports photographers in Cincinnati right now. We enjoy his cinematic color palette, departing from overzealous color grading to show reality as it is, but not going so far as monochrome. Bare composition, moments, and emotion are the hallmarks of Cincy Photography!
With a lifetime of experience behind the camera, Jeremy Kramer is undoubtedly one of the most talented sports photographers in Cincinnati. Ever since he picked up a Polaroid and started taking pictures of skateboarders and BMX riders as a kid, photography and the arts have been a major part of his life. Eventually, Jeremy moved into collaborations with other local artists on design and photography projects. The next logical step, of course, was to pursue photography as a full-time passion, and the rest is history!
With his long history of collaborative efforts, it’s no surprise Jeremy is an expert at connecting with people. As he says himself, “I love team collaboration, and am always trying to find unique ways to convey my client’s vision. Whether it’s working with national brands, magazines or indie artists, I love working with people.”
Whether it’s sports, products, healthcare, or corporate functions, Rick Lohre can meet your needs, covering Cincinnati as well as the nearby metros of Dayton, Columbus, Indianapolis, Lexington, and Louisville. After 12 years spent at Procter & Gamble as part of the biz dev team, Rick boasts a unique perspective for a photographer in the advertising and corporate world. He knows precisely how to make images suited for brands and marketing purposes.
His clients include Vail Valley Foundation, Barefoot Proximity, Yachting Times, Muscle & Fitness, and other sports and fitness companies and publications. Rick’s intimate, colorful, punchy images bring us right into the action; we especially enjoy his whitewater canoeing series in partnership with the Vail Valley Foundation. The intensity and sheer joy of the participants was truly contagious, showcasing Rick’s talent for making the viewer part of the moment!
5. A.J. Fullam of 6S Photography
Owner and operator of 6S Photography, A.J. Fullam is not only a sports and aerial photographer but a digital marketing manager, meaning he’s intimately familiar with both sides of the camera. After all, who better to take pictures with lasting impact and the ability to attract attention than a digital marketing manager?
From marching bands to mascots, A.J. works hard to cover student athletics in the greater Cincinnati area, with student sports portraits, team events, and cheerleaders also making an appearance in his portfolio. A.J.’s work carries all of the hallmarks of sports documentary photography, capturing each stage of the game in a complete manner, as well as player expressions ranging from focused to joyful, disappointed to contemplative.
6. Joy and Allan West of A. West Photography
Photographer couple Joy and Allan West, along with their third shooter Harley Brooks, form the team behind A. West Photography. As two formally educated photography majors, Alan and Joy have been covering weddings, youth sports, seniors, and newborn images for the Cincinnati metro area since 2007.
Together, the three of them work to immortalize moments that bring families and parents pleasure for the rest of their lives. As the team says, “Nothing gives us more pleasure than catching the perfect moment between a bride and her mother. The young football player get his first ever touchdown, the soccer player get their first goal. Nothing gives [us] a better feeling than capturing these moments.”