D’Andre Weaver, Football (Photos by Danny Damiani)

By Danny Damiani / Communications

Over the course of a single day in late August, more than 100 student-athletes stepped in front of the camera in Alexander Gym. It was the first-ever Media Day for Lawrence Athletics, and the energy in the room was exhilarating.

Our Lawrence athletes were ready for this. So was I.

A simple white background and three camera flashes set the scene, and the students brought enthusiasm all day long. It was a joy to see all the smiling faces as we moved closer to a new academic year, one in which all of our athletic teams have returned to competition. We’re “Brighter Together,” and we certainly were on this day.

The goal was to collect a series of photos for each fall sports team that could be used on social media, on the university’s website, and in various print publications. My hope was to really get a sense of the personality of each athlete as they stepped in front of the camera—all while their teammates and friends helped to hype them up. I think we achieved that. 

It was a pleasure to help coordinate and photograph this fall’s amazing group of student-athletes. Some of my favorite images from the day are shared here in the first of what will be a monthly photo essay series from across the Lawrence campus.  

Julian Garcia, Men’s Cross Country
Sophia Galassini, Volleyball
Drevian Archibald & Prince Mukuna, Football
Althea Foster, Women’s Cross Country
Mark Todd, Men’s Soccer
Ellie Younger, Women’s Soccer
Hanna Knudsen, Women’s Soccer
Marife Entenza, Volleyball
Fanta Jatta, Women’s Tennis
Elliot Mueller, Men’s Soccer
Riley Winebrenner, Women’s Cross Country
Zachary Adams, Football
Adam Bruce, Men’s Cross Country
Natalie Anderson, Women’s Cross Country
Cambrie Rickard, Women’s Soccer
Billy Wallisch & Nick Pastrone, Football
Jordan Adamson, Volleyball
Lauren Aturaliya, Women’s Tennis
Leo Decorte, Men’s Soccer