Hawkeye fan discovered, credentialed for photography after traction on Twitter


Dennis Scheidt has been an official photographer for the Hawkeye Report from a Hawkeye fan for six years after his Twitter account got a lot of attention.

Jerod Ringwald

Hawkeye Report freelance photographer Dennis Shade will take a photo during a men’s basketball match at the Carver Hawkeye Arena between Iowa and Michigan on Tuesday, February 22, 2022. Hawkeye defeated Spartan with 86-60.

@HawkeyeImages, a Twitter account with over 13,000 followers, started when Hawkeye fans posted photos of the game from where they were sitting in the crowd.

“I’ve always been the owner of season tickets,” said Dennis Scheidt, the creator and issuer of the account. “My seat was so low relative to the field that I had the same perspective as a field photographer.”

Scheidt says he started taking pictures at a Hawkeye sporting event in 2013. He originally purchased high quality camera gear to film his daughter’s show choir competition.

Scheidt used a photo editing app called Snapseed and said it was when his Twitter started to get a lot of attention.

“I started editing some of the shots I took, and I post them, and people look like” Wow, that’s really cool. ” I don’t think we were actually doing a lot of editing, and I haven’t seen it today, “he said.

Through a little networking, traction finally brought him a dream job.

Scheidt was first certified in the Hawkeye Report, an online outlet that covers football and basketball. His journey at the outlets began with Hawkeye Report writer Blair Sanderson.

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“Blair was a leader in recruitment and he had many followers,” Shedit said. “He followed me. When I was still sitting on the stand, when I was doing such a simple edit, I realized he wanted a lot of them.”

One day, Scheidt bravely contacted Blair, who contacted Tom Kakelt, the publisher of the Hawkeye Report.

Kakert said he was already thinking about hiring a photographer before talking to Scheidt.

“I was thinking of adding a photographer, but in reality no one was there,” he said. “I always felt it was a kind of hole in what we did.”

When not taking pictures in the field, Scheidt works for a software company.

“The’career’will certainly be inaccurate for what I’m doing,” he said. “I’m a pure freelancer. I learned everything myself. Besides taking pictures, I have another professional career, but that’s definitely my passion.”

Brian Ray, cinematographer of the University of Iowa’s athletics, said Shade was welcomed into the field.

“We are pretty selective about who we put out in the field,” he said. “If the photographer or organization is not professional, we take it out with qualified people and let them know that they probably shouldn’t be trusted.”

Shade has a good personality, Ray said.

“He’s a great guy who did it the right way,” he said.

Ray said at the beginning of COVID-19 that Hawkeye’s sporting event qualifications are limited to college photographers only. College photographers used a platform called PhotoShelter to share images with media.

“And all we were doing was access to the floor, so we took an image and tried to file it in that area as soon as possible,” he said.

Kakert said not taking pictures was a disappointment for Scheidt.

“I’ll tell you; it was hard for him not to be there,” he said. “I know it was, and they missed it, and I missed him there.”


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