For sports photographers, the name Sports Illustrated brings shivers down the spine. They are the assignment to strive for. The top printed magazine in the business.
I have no desire to work for them as a staff photographer.
Oh sure, I used to, but no longer. I was able to hang out with a few of their photographers last year at the Summit Sports Photography Workshop (off-topic, if you can afford to go to this, definitely go to this). I had dinner with them, hung at the bar with them, and that's when I made my conclusion.
It's nothing against SI at all, I have absolutely no bad feelings towards them. But while the photographers had some EXCELLENT stories, and it sounds like a great time, they still all wound up in the same place - a crapload of traveling.
I have nothing against traveling either. I love to travel and see new places, experience new things, and meet new people. However I love my family more. I don't have any desire to be gone 5 out of 7 days, come back for 3, and then leave for another 4, all in the name of covering some event. I'm sure it would be fun...at first. But living out of different hotels, never having a homecooked meal, and of course, being away from my family that much just doesn't sound like fun to me.
So you guys can keep your snazzy courtside view at the NCAA finals, and your shooting of the Olympics. While I love to shoot, my family is more important to me, and THAT'S all that matters.