We Have Adam!

Adam Richins works as a part of the Dana Hall Campus Safety team and also assists on buildings and grounds as needed. He has been enjoying photography and his work behind the camera since freshman year of college when he discovered the field of photojournalism.

Adam joined the Dana Hall team during the summers of high school and came back full time in May of 2011. He moved back to Massachusetts to pursue his own photography business after leaving his position at a newspaper in Pennsylvania. Soon after he came back to Dana in 2011, he began photographing for the school in 2012. His business began to take off. He now photographs more than ten local independent schools, as well as personal clients. While Adam loves the work he does in the Dana community, he expresses “the best part of working at Dana Hall is the people”.

While reflecting upon his success and profession, Adam shares that “photography has shaped who I am and how I view the world. I am extremely grateful for that”.

From former Presidents and professional sports, to murder scenes and Sweet 16 parties, Adam has captured many unique moments. Furthermore, he has been worked on “[documenting] communities and schools in the most impoverished parts of Ecuador, Indonesia, and Guatemala.” In fact, he was once “caught up in a mass arrest and spent a night in a New York City jail while [attempting to photograph] street protests.”

Adam’s work ethic also contributes to his success. He works non-stop work between his Dana job and outside photography business. However, Adam does not take what he loves to do for granted. He cherishes every opportunity he gets and values all his accomplishments.

Adam provided this photo of himself working at the Patriots game.

The largest job that Adam has ever covered is photographing the New England Patriots games, although he has photographed other professional sports teams in the past, “nothing compares to shooting on the sidelines of an NFL game.” He works with the Boston Sports Journal as much as possible to get to these games but he is very busy with prior commitments.  While it looks very cool to the outsider, these games are  “a very focused place and [he] is under pressure to get the right shot.”

While working with the Patriots is extremely exciting, according to Adam so is photographing NCDS and Dana homecomings, “It is definitely a bit of a surreal experience for me since I work closely with both school…It’s a day filled with countless questions about which school I’m rooting for. I love the rivalry and look forward to the games, creative posters and energy at both the NCDS and Dana Hall homecomings.”

In the rivalry between NCDS and Dana there is a popular sideline cheer “We Have Adam!!”. The first time Adam heard this cheer was at the Dana Homecoming volleyball game last year. He had no idea that the people in the crowd were cheering for him and his work, but when he finally was able to make out the words, he was excited and appreciated how much his work is valued in the Dana community. To this day, the cheer “catches him off guard every time [he] hears it.”  

The Dana community is so lucky to have Adam Richins with us on campus for his hard work ethic and dedication to all that he does. If you see Adam around say hello and give him a cheer!!

If you are interested in viewing Adam’s gallery from Dana Hall events including Homecoming weekend click here:

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