Friday, December 17, 2010


I've been progressing in my portrait work and recently did engagement photos for two of my good friends, Melissa and Brady. We caught the last of the fall leaves for this outdoor photo shoot. Any trees with color grabbed my attention as we walked through Wyomissing Park.

There were plenty of great spots around the park, with wooden fences, a long stone wall, some old stone steps, and the creek.

In addition to the smiling portraits for the newspaper announcement etc we had some fun. I asked Melissa if there was any specific photos she was looking for and she said some walking photos.

They are a fun loving and goofy couple so I told them to just be them, and the outcome was perfect.

As we headed back to the car I saw this red barn and we snapped a couple near the doors.

The shoot was a great success, they loved the photos, and even are using some for save the date cards.

Sunday, December 12, 2010


It was a week of college and high school basketball, filed with terribly lit gymnasiums. We used to complain about the lights in the BJC but I know realize I was spoiled covering Penn State basketball. Gymnasiums in small colleges and high schools are difficult to work with, especially since I currently don't have the abilities to use my own lights. For all the games I covered this week my ISO was up at 2000 and my shutter speed at 1/250 to stop the action.

I was glad to talk to the reporter at the high school game I was covering and he encouraged me to take some photos of the coaches. It's always a good reminder and keeps me on my toes when the reporters are looking for more then just action photos. And coaches are sometimes just as entertaining as the game is.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Music Awards

Last night I was assigned to photograph the Lehigh Valley Music Awards. The concept of the show is pretty neat, honoring musicians and bands from the area in an awards show style like the Grammy's. The show ended up taking hours and they were way behind schedule but it was fun to cover with some interesting people there and some great music.

This year was the first out of the 12 years of the awards that a dance company performed.

Sid Bernstein, who is 92 years old, was a special awards winner and honorary guest. This is the man responsible for bring the Beatles and the Rolling Stones to America, in addition to being the first person to book rock concerts in sports stadiums.

Kevin Mackie just got nominated for a Grammy last week. He is the brains and producer behind an album of spoken word to raise money for healthy foods in schools. The album is geared for children and adults.

Wailing Waters, with lead singer Tyler Grady were the big winners of the night. With how far behind schedule the show was I was pushing deadline waiting for their performance. I hung out with them for a while backstage as they warmed up so I would have some photos as backup. Luckily I got to wait for the performance which I was very pleased about since the warmup photos were taken in a prop closet. The guys are a little younger then me and were very friendly to work with. Tyler Grady was recently a finalist on American Idol.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Craft Show

I am going to take part in my first craft show on Saturday. I am hoping to sell some prints I have in addition to talking to people from the community and getting my name out there. Here's a sneak peak at some of the photos that will be for sale!

Penn State football favorites

Around Penn State's University Park.

Several images from around Berks County. These photos have been collected over the last few years and I'm hoping to add more photos of unique places around the area.

The Wilson Music Boosters Craft Show, Saturday December 4, from 9-3 at Wilson Southern Middle School.