John established Risley Sports Photography in 2003 following a first career in secondary and higher education. The catalyst for launching this second career was having the opportunity while working at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games to photograph the men’s and women’s Downhill and Super Giant Slalom ski events. Sports photography became the ideal way to incorporate his life-long interest in athletics and passion for capturing through still photography the intensity and athleticism of competitive sports. John is a member of the National Press Photographers Association, the American Society of Media Photographers, and a Senior Member of SportShooter.
On his way to becoming a sports photographer, John earned a couple of graduate degrees in education, coached collegiate and high school skiing, taught in an MBA program, and raised a family. In addition to running Risley Sports Photography, John works on behalf of a charitable foundation that encourages girls and young women to participate in competitive team sports. He competes regionally and nationally in masters alpine ski racing and is an avid cyclist and wilderness canoe camper. John and his wife live in Northampton, Massachusetts.
Matt Risley has worked with his father since 2006 and is a part owner of the business. Prior to joining Risley Sports Photography, Matt worked for Lowe Alpine Systems and Eastern Mountain Sports. Matt is an alumnus of the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts where he majored in Liberal Studies and played lacrosse. He is also a graduate of Wilbraham & Monson Academy where he played football, lacrosse and helped start the school’s outdoor program. When Matt is not busy with sports photography, he enjoys skiing, canoeing, hiking, reading, writing and spending time with family. Matt lives in Easthampton, MA.
Both John and Matt are contributing photographers for Inside Lacrosse Magazine and Lacrosse Magazine, and their images have appeared in numerous publications including NCAA Championship Magazine, Ski Racing Magazine, The New England Lacrosse Journal, and The New York Times.