Wednesday, June 8, 2011

A Stairway to ...

I want to let all of my subscribers (all two of you!) know the past three years have been fun at blogspot. After much coaxing from friends and a few colleagues, I have decided to leave blogspot and switch to Tumblr. I have no idea where this will lead me, but I hope upward and onward.

So this will be my final blogspot post. If you wish to follow me on my new blog, you can find me at I hope to see you there.


Sunday, April 10, 2011


Today I photographed the New Jersey Devils last game of the season, as they played against the Boston Bruins. This was the first time in 14 years the Devils didn't advance to the playoffs. The Devils played well with a 3-2 victory, and I was able to make a couple of nice pictures of both goalies making some saves.

The first image is of Devils backup goalie Johan Hedberg, who eyes the puck as he makes a glove save against the Boston Bruins in the 1st period.

The second image is of Bruins backup goalie Tuukka Rask, who deflects the puck with his pad as he kicks his leg in the air, blocking Devils David Clarkson's shot on goal in the 2nd period.

Even though the Devils season has come to and end, I'm already for the 2011-2012 season. Let's Go Devils!!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Persistence Pays Off

After two failed attempts due to mishaps - I finally was able to successfully place a remote camera behind the glass (backboard) during tonight's New Jersey Nets/Minnesota Timberwolves game.

I've done a fare about of remotes at professional sporting events, but have never done one from behind the backboard. So I had set out a couple of weeks ago when Carmelo Anthony came to town. I had it all set up and ready and tested the camera and it wouldn't work. The damn thing worked before I installed it, but wouldn't work for me when I had everything locked down. I wasn't happy.

So I made a second attempt recently when LeBron James and the Heat made an appearance at the Prudential Center. This time - the tripod mount on the bottom of my camera broke, as I tightened it down in place. No go! I had to take everything down. Very disappointing.

Today was the day. Even though it wasn't going to be a high profile game like the others, I was determined to make it happen. I mounted it in place and did my tests. Now it was up to the guys on the court to come through for me. It also helps when you have support from friends like Adam Pantozzi, Jeff Zelevansky and Julio Cortez. I guess persistence pays off. Thanks guys!

Here are a few of my favorite images from that camera.

Thursday, March 31, 2011


Snooki from "Jersey Shore" blows a kiss to the photographer following her first of two shows Thursday night March 31, 2011 at Rutgers University's Livingston Campus. The show featured Snooki being interviewed by comedian Adam Ace for 'Inside the Nicole 'Snooki' Polizzi Studio'.

Check out other photographs from the Snooki event.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Dramatic Save

New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur flies onto his back to make a dramatic save late in the 3rd period, as he stops New York Islanders center Josh Bailey's shot Wednesday March 30, 2011 at the Prudential Center. Devils hung onto win 3-2.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

High School Athletes

This past week was very busy. Most of my assignments centered around doing high school athletes of the year portraits. These can be difficult, especially if you have more than one from the same sport, shot during the same week or even on the same day. It's hard to keep it fresh and make them look different. Because they will all together in a section.

Here are some of my favorites.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Agony of Defeat

Sunday I photographed professional bowling for the first time in my career. Yes, you heard it right. I shot the 68th Lumber Liquidators U.S. Open in North Brunswick. All this was new to me. A small area was roped off for the photographers (there were three of us) and one ESPN camera. That's right: It was broadcast on ESPN.

The shooters and cameraman face the bowlers, slightly to one side, to shoot them bowling. Having never shot professional bowling before, I didn't know much about shooting it. So during the action I would move slightly, maybe by a few feet, to get a better view. That apparently irritated the bowling pros, because at one moment, as bowler Mika Koivuniemi was getting set, I moved again - prompting him to pause and walk over to a tournament organizer to complain. Meanwhile, the TV announcers were only about 8 feet from him in their booth, commenting to TV viewers about the disruption I caused. Not a good moment for me.

Back to live action. Mika Koivuniemi was bowling against Norm Duke for the U.S. Open Championship. Koivuniemi was only one frame away from sealing his win and upsetting Norm Duke, when he missed a strike. I jumped on my motor drive to capture his reaction. All he had to do was knock down the 10-pin for the spare and win the match, but he missed and collapsed to the floor as Norm Duke just sat there in disbelief. It was Duke's second title in four years.

I had a few nice shots of both of them bowling and also Norm Duke reacting to his trophy, but I felt the pictures that told the story were centered around Mika Koivuniemi and his mistake at the end. After it was all over, someone told me I just witnessed one of the closest U.S. Opens in history.

Not bad for my first PBA U.S Open, eh!