Fighting Illini Men's Basketball | NCAA sports photographer


I've been lucky enough to be an on-court and on-field photographer for University of Illinois football and men's basketball for many years, and I currently photograph for, an online website, blog, and forum covering Illinois sports.  Last fall I photographed 2 football games and this winter have covered 3 basketball games, as well as a couple baseball games last spring and the spring football scrimmage.  The recently redesigned site has a long, wide photo format for the main banner image, so my photos here all have a somewhat odd ratio aspect to them.  So bear with me! I am in LOVE with the new lighting at the State Farm Center.  The ribbon boards and the new fancy uplighting add so much pizazz to the photos and the player intros.

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Sports Photography Workshop | For Beginner + Intermediate Photographers


Yesterday I made an exciting announcement on my Facebook page -- the Sports Photography Workshop presented by Holly Birch Photography Details: April 2, 2017 2pm at the Mahomet Community Building at 510 E. Main Street Introductory fee: $59/person Required: DSLR and basic knowledge of your camera

We’ll cover in-depth camera settings for both indoor and outdoor sports, techniques for how to shoot, dos & don’ts, additional equipment/software that may be useful, and mental preparation. I will have handouts, light refreshments, and giveaways!

This class is designed for beginner to intermediate photographers and perfect for parents who want to take better photos of their kids playing sports!

Seats are limited! To reserve your seat, please email Holly!

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Illini Men's Basketball | Big Ten sports photography


It's been a couple years since I photographed any Illini sports, but I got the opportunity to get back on the court for two games this season. I'll also be back on the sidelines for the football Spring Game and 2 games this fall. This will be a good balance for me because it was hard to do every game with 2 young children at home, and a couple games per season is much more manageable! Plus, it's nice to keep the skillset up and not get too rusty. Enjoy! under the hoop basketball photos

Michael Finke Illini basketball

Kendrick Nunn Illini basketball

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Illini on offense and defense

Senior Night for Illini basketball

State Farm Center men's basketball arena

House of Paign Orange Krush

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John Groce head men's basketball coach at Illinois

Athletic Director Josh Whitman

Kendrick Nunn basketball dunk

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Fighting Illini basketball March Madness