ESM Staff

Jason Roberts, Founder –

unnamedOriginally born and raised in Southern California, Jason has spent much of the last three decades residing in and around the states of Georgia and Florida, the latter where he currently lives with his wife, Elle, Boykin Spaniel, Porter, and cat, B.J. (named after former USF quarterback, B.J. Daniels).  A degree earned from Florida State University in American/African American History in 1996 initially found Jason working in public and private education, but eventually gave way to a four-year stint as a ministerial assistant for a Baptist church, a role as a domestic recruiter for a residential summer camp staffing organization and employment with the Events and Team Training departments at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. In 2009, Jason, building upon his freelance writing for a variety of sports-related Internet sites, elected to found his own sports media group in hopes of blending traditional, journalistic writing with action photography.  Eight years later, that entity – Envision Sports Media – has been contracted by over 100 collegiate and professional entities throughout the United States and currently yields influence throughout much of the Southeastern United States.

Katie Carlson, Co-Founder –

Katie CarlsonKatie is a diehard Florida Gator and minor league baseball fan. She helped Jason with the beginnings of Envision Sports Media, but took a hiatus from sports media in 2011 in order to focus in on graduate studies.  Upon graduating from the University of Florida Levin College of Law, Katie returned to Envision Sports Media to cover sporting events in and around Jacksonville, Florida, where she currently works and resides. Previous coverage for Envision Sports Media has included the Outback Bowl, Birmingham Bowl, Bethune-Cookman University athletics and numerous Senior Bowl, East-West Shrine and Under Armour All-American High School football games.

Frank Mattia, Assoc. Photographer –

426528_4628307912768_1594926997_nFrank was born in Brooklyn, New York, but raised in Miami, Florida, where, following in his father’s footsteps, he quickly established a deep love for photography. Picking up surfing at an early age, Frank naturally began shooting the numerous surfers that dotted the beaches of South Florida, but eventually branched out into other sports-related subject matter as well.  Fast forward to the present and you’ll find Frank along the sidelines, baselines and photo wells of a variety of high schools and colleges throughout the Southeast.  While assisting Envision Sports Media, Frank is also a contributing photographer for Icon SMI and ZUMA Press.

Andy Mitchell, Assoc. Photographer –

Andy currently resides in Soddy Daisy, Tennessee, a small town located about 30 minutes north of Chattanooga, where he runs his own photography and printing company.  A graduate of Chattanooga Technical College, where he studied mechanical engineering, Andy was selected the best photographer in the city of Chattanooga in 2011 for his work not only covering high schools sports for MaxPreps and the University of Tennessee – Chattanooga for a local ESPN affiliate, but also as a league photographer for a local park system hosting over 800 kids competing in six sports annually.  A well-rounded shooter, Andy prefers to photograph football, baseball, motor sports, soccer and extreme sports, but can also be found on prep and collegiate softball fields and basketball courts throughout the state.  When not photographing, Andy enjoys spending time with his wife and son, Elijah, camping, fishing, kayaking and a multitude of other outdoor sports.

Shane Roper, Assoc. Photographer –

Roper (14 of 14)Shane currently resides in Wylie, Texas, a small town located about 20 minutes northeast of Dallas, where he runs his own photography business.  He spent 21 years in the Air Force as a C-141, C-5 and C-17 aircraft mechanic and C-130 instructor.  He was stationed in Altus, Oklahoma, McChord, Washington, Wichita Falls, Texas and Charleston, South Carolina before retiring in May 2014.  A well-rounded shooter, Shane prefers to photograph college football, baseball, and basketball, but can also be found covering prep sports and local pro sporting events throughout the state.  When not photographing, Shane enjoys spending time with his wife, Wendy, daughter, Alexis, and son, Tyler.  They enjoy all outdoor activities and traveling.

Mark Guthrel, Assoc. Photographer –

Mark Guthrel HS (1 of 1)Mark is currently the team photographer for the Saint Louis FC professional soccer club. He also specializes in freelance sports photography services for Envision Sports Media, MaxPreps and individuals, teams and leagues throughout the Saint Louis area. Mark has been shooting professionally for several years and specializes in sports and portraits. He has had his work published with Envision Sports Media, MaxPreps, Bleacher Report, Missouri Sports Redux, Athlon Sports and other editorial clients.

Patrick Tewey, Assoc. Photographer –

unnamedPatrick is a resident of Mahopac, New York, where he runs a photography business covering local sporting events and providing individual and team portraits.  After serving in the United States Marine Corps as a member of the security detail at the White House Communications Agency and then as an infantryman assigned to 1st Battalion 6th Marines, Patrick returned to his native New York. There his lifelong passion of playing sports evolved into a love of photographing its varied manifestations. He can now be found all over the Tri-State area covering high school and college athletics for various media outlets throughout the region. A highlight assignment of each year is his annual trip to South Williamsport, Pennsylvania where he covers the two-week long Little League World Series for Little League International.  When not photographing sports he can usually be found outdoors on the local hiking trails throughout New York’s Hudson Valley or just out creating memories with his wife, Cassidy, and son, Casey.

Kalli Chason, Assoc. Photographer –

Kalli Chason.jpgKalli originally saw photography as a hobby, but regarded it much more seriously upon entering college, where she not only elected to major in the subject as a student at State College of Florida in Bradenton, Florida, but also established her own portraiture company, Chason Photography.  In fall 2014, Kalli came into contact with Envision Sports Media upon the recommendation of SCF athletic director, Matt Ennis, and, building upon her own experience as a student-athlete in the sport of volleyball, began learning and applying the techniques commonly associated with sports photography.  Within two months, Kalli proved herself a capable practitioner of the trade, and began taking on contracts of her own with colleges such as the University of Memphis, University of Alabama-Birmingham, University of South Florida, Harvard University and Western Michigan University. So too did she provide valuable assistance to Envision Sports Media in covering the Oklahoma City Energy FC as it played in the 2015 Suncoast Pro Classic at IMG Academy.  When not behind the camera, Kalli enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter in the city of Portland, Oregon.

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