Behind the Lens: Student Photographer Turns Passion Into Profession

Friday, July 20, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO STATE ATHLETICS -- Suzanna Mitchell has worked in the Giants’ creative services department since 2008. Currently the team’s photography manager, Mitchell is a San Francisco State alumna herself, having graduated with a major in photojournalism in 2005. She hired Urakami for the 2017 season, and it turns out that the Gator pipeline has led to another find, with photojournalism major Joey Vangsness earning the role for the 2018 season.

“It’s been really fun to witness Mike’s progress. He came in as our intern and had the same joyful energy that he has now, so it’s great that he still has that even with the demands,” says Mitchell. “He maintains that energy which is one of his best qualities and just seeing his photography develop over the past few years has been really exciting.”