About Me - Squash Photos and Videos - Michael T. Bello | mtbello.com

The sport of squash has been a passion of mine for over twenty-five years. After playing competitively in prep school and recreationally thereafter, I wanted to get involved with the growth and publicity of the sport.


From 2005 through 2009, I ran a local squash website, WesternMass-Squash.com. It was a very small website, but I learned a tremendous amount about the web. I quickly realized that articles with photographs were much more popular. I began taking photos at college squash matches at the four Western Mass schools that had squash: Amherst College, Mount Holyoke, Smith College, and Williams College.


From May 2009 to August 2017, I served as the Executive Administrator of the College Squash Association (CSA). I accomplished a lot in that role, including designing the CSA’s website (the first responsive -- mobile capable -- website of a major squash publication); publishing over 3,000 articles; establishing the CSA’s social media accounts; creating numerous recurring articles; rebuilding and updating the CSA’s record books; standardizing and proposing new rules; and ranking teams.


Early in my tenure with the CSA, I began incorporating photographs and videos into my coverage of college events. I expanded my role with the CSA and became their official photographer, a role I continue to hold.

College squash is full of history and tradition, which makes it incredible to photograph. I've photographed hundreds of collegiate squash matches, including the Men's National Team Championships, Women's National Team Championships, and Individual Team Championships.


There are many challenges to shooting squash: the lighting, the positioning of players, the court layouts, etc., and I've used different cameras, lenses, protective camera boxes ("squash boxes"), and wireless shutter releases to attempt to capture the best possible images. My goal is to tell the fascinating stories of the game and its players.


My images have been featured on the CSA website, US Squash website, numerous college websites, and print publications, such as Squash Magazine, Princeton Alumni Weekly, the Rochester Review, and the Yale Alumni Magazine.


Although I concentrate on photographing collegiate squash, I do shoot many other squash events, including professional matches, charity events, and summer squash camps.

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