Modeling Update

Just a few photos from recent shoots. Im going to try to get outside for a few more shoots before it gets too cold to shoot outside.

High School Football Update

Between other jobs I’ve been doing and recent storms I haven’t had too many opportunities to photograph many high school games. With that being said, here are a few photos from recent games I’ve had the chance to cover.

NCAA Football: Virginia Tech vs Old Dominion

Virginia Tech vs ODU

Going into the Virginia Tech vs Old Dominion game, Virginia Tech was ranked #13 in the nation and Old Dominion was the 28.5 point underdog. Virginia Tech struck first with a one play 87 yard touchdown run by Steven Peoples. Old Dominion immediately answered back with a 75 yard drive ending with a 14 yard touchdown pass from backup quarterback Blake LaRussa to Jonathan Duhart.

Virginia Tech responded early in the second quarter with a 28 yard pass from Josh Jackson to Sean Savoy bring the score to 14 to 7. Old Dominion mounted a 9 play, 79 yard drive with another pass from Blake LaRussa to Jonathan Duhart to tie the game at 14 with seven seconds left before halftime.

The third quarter saw two touchdowns by Virginia Tech including Damon Hazelton scoring on a 72 yard pass play from Josh Jackson. Old Dominion answering with one touchdown bringing the score to 28 to 21, Virginia Tech, heading into the fourth quarter.

Starting the fourth quarter Virginia Tech had dropped from a commanding 98.4% chance of winning to a 83% chance of winning. ODU started the fourth quarter on offense and made a 7 play, 75 yard drive for a touchdown from Blake LaRussa to Travis Fulgham tying the game at 28. That was followed up by another 5 play, 67 yard drive with Jeremy Cox scoring a touchdown on a 15 yard run taking ODU into the lead 35 to 28.

Virginia Tech answered for the last time in the game with a 7 play, 75 yard drive to tie the game back at 35 with a 13 yard touchdown pass from Ryan Willis to Chris Cunningham. This would be the last time that Virginia Tech scored in the game.

With the game tied at 35 Old Dominion mounted another 8 play, 75 yard drive touchdown drive with Jonathan Duhart taking a 29 yard pass from Blake LaRussa putting ODU in the lead 42 to 35.

With the clock at 1:45 seconds left, Virginia Tech took their last timeout of the second quarter. After the timeout ODU lined up for a 1st and 10 on the Virginia Tech 40 yard line. Instead of kneeling and running out the clock, Blake LaRussa took the snap and handed the ball of to Jeremy Cox. 11 seconds later Cox was standing in the endzone with another touchdown off a 40 yard run bringing the score to 49 to 35.

Virginia Tech took over the ball with 1:34 left in the game and ran 9 plays for 50 yards ending with Virginia Tech quarterback Ryan Willis being sacked for a loss of 3 yards on a 3rd and 10 play from the Old Dominion 22 yard line ending the game.

Blake LaRussa came in off the bench on the second drive of the game and his first play from scrimmage was a 30 yard pass to Travis Fulgham. From there LaRussa would complete 30 of 49 passes for 495 yards, 4 touchdowns, and no interceptions. Jonathan Duhart had 9 receptions for 142 yards and 3 touchdowns and Jeremy Cox had 20 carries for 130 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Hurricane Florence

So living in Virginia Beach Hurricane Florence didn’t hit us nearly as bad as originally predicted. The plan originally was to do a lot of storm coverage but since nothing really happened I only got a couple shots from Thursday.

NCAA Football: FIU vs Old Dominion

Old Dominion University’s home opener was a few weeks ago and they were coming off an upsetting loss on the road to Liberty University. The first half was looking good for the Monarchs until late in the second quarter when a couple mistakes happened allowing FIU to get back into the game. At halftime there was a lightening delay and the second half didn’t resume until 11:15pm. During the second half FIU came back with several strong drives allowing them to outscore the Monarchs 28 to 20. The game ended around just after 12:30am. Here are a few photos. Enjoy.

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High School Football Update

Just a couple photos from a recent high school game I covered. Enjoy.

Photography for Newspapers

It came up as a topic of conversation the other day so I put together this quick article for the photographers out there that are thinking about submitting work to newspapers or other media outlets.

Obviously this is is not an all encompassing list but it should point you in the right direction.

Photography for Newspapers

Back to Fall Sports

School is getting ready to start again (or has already started) and with that comes the fall sports season. Unfortunately I was busy the first week of football but I made up for it by photographing two games last week.

I almost missed both these games because they didn't play on Friday night like normal. The first game was on Thursday night (which luckily I noticed Thursday morning) and the second game was a lucky break because it got rained/flooded out Friday night and they played on Saturday afternoon. 

Here are a few photos from both games. Enjoy.

Lightroom Series: Develop Module Part 1 (General Overview)

Moving on in the Lightroom series I've been doing I started with a basic overview of the Develop Module. There is a ton of features in the develop module, much more than you can go over in one video. With that being said, Ill be doing a couple more videos on the features found in the Develop module. 

If there is anything specific you would like me to talk about leave a comment or send me a message. 

Think Tank Retrospective Version 2.0

Our friends at Think Tank Photo have just released Version 2.0 of what may be the most popular shoulder bags in photo industry history, the Retrospective V2.0.  The Retrospective V2.0 retain their classic look but include many innovative new features. Keeping the soft, form-fitting design, they are lighter than the original. For greater security, they added a zippered opening under the main flap that tucks away when not in use. Each bag has a dedicated interior tablet or laptop pocket, luggage handle pass-through, and a compressible water bottle pocket. They even improved their “Sound Silencer” technology to help you work quietly.  Be sure to use our link to order as you will receive free gear and free shipping!

Miss ECSC 2018 Final Round

Miss ECSC Final Round was on August 26th at the 56th Annual Coastal Edge East Coast Surfing Championship presented by Vans and Fueled by Monster Energy.

Miss ECSC 2018 Preliminary Round 9

Miss ECSC Preliminary Round 9 was on August 22nd at Coastal Edge in Virginia Beach. Check out all the photos on my Facebook Page.

The top 4 of each round advance to the semi-finals in August at the 56th Annual Coastal Edge East Coast Surfing Championship presented by Vans and Fueled by Monster Energy

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The top 4 advanced to the semi-finals on August 25th at the 56th Annual Coastal Edge East Coast Surfing Championship Presented by Vans and Fueled by Monster Energy

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Modeling Update

Just a few recent photos from modeling shoots I've done.

Miss ECSC 2018 Preliminary Round 8

Miss ECSC Preliminary Round 8 was on August 12th at Chicho's Oceanfront in Virginia Beach. Check out all the photos on my Facebook Page.

The top 4 of each round advance to the semi-finals in August at the 56th Annual Coastal Edge East Coast Surfing Championship presented by Vans and Fueled by Monster Energy.

Preliminary Round #9 will be August 22nd, at Coastal Edge.


Modeling Update

Just an update of a few recent shoots I've done.

Miss ECSC 2018 Preliminary Round 7

Miss ECSC Preliminary Round 7 was on July 12th at Tapped Crafthouse. in Virginia Beach. Check out all the photos on my Facebook Page.

The top 4 of each round advance to the semi-finals in August at the 56th Annual Coastal Edge East Coast Surfing Championship presented by Vans and Fueled by Monster Energy.

Preliminary Round #8 will be August 12th, at Chicho's Oceanfront.


Miss ECSC 2018 Preliminary Round 6

Miss ECSC Preliminary Round 6 was on July 3rd at Peabody's Nightclub in Virginia Beach. Check out all the photos on my Facebook Page.

The top 4 of each round advance to the semi-finals in August at the 56th Annual Coastal Edge East Coast Surfing Championship presented by Vans and Fueled by Monster Energy.

Preliminary Round #7 will be tomorrow, July 12th, at Tapped Crafthouse.

Lightroom Series: Collections and Client Proofing

Next up in my Lightroom series we have Lightroom collections. Collections can  be used for many things such as easily posting to Instagram and Facebook, as well as creating galleries to send to clients so they can pick photos they like.

This part focuses primarily on creating galleries for client proofing. This is an incredibly useful (yet under used) feature in Lightroom CC and takes just a few minutes to set up. 

First thing you have to do is open Lightroom and make sure you're signed into Adobe CC. In the Library view you're going to click on collections then click the plus (+) symbol. Here you have a few options. One is to create a collection set and the other is to create a collection.

Collections are the galleries where your photos will be. Collection sets is basically a folder you can use to organize your collections.

Once you click the plus (+) sign select create a collection. Give your collection a name, add it to a collection set, and make sure you have "Sync with Lightroom CC" checked. Now if you already have the photos selected that you want to add to the collection you can check the box that says add selected photos. If you do not have the photos selected yet once you create the collection you can drag and drop the photos you want into the collection.

After you create the collection and add the photos, you will see a syncing photos indicator in the upper left hand corner. This is syncing the photos to Lightroom CC. While you're waiting for the photos to sync you can use this time to flag the photos (either approved or rejected). Personally, I go through and reject photos I do not want clients to see. This will come up later when you go to share the gallery.

Once the photos are done syncing go to and sign in using your Adobe CC account (if you're not already signed in).

Once the page loads, on the left hand side click on the collection you want to share and the photos will load. On the left had side with the collection, there will be a little gear symbol. Click on that and you get the collection options.

One of the options is to share the album. Click on that then select start sharing. This will give you an adobe link that you can use to share with the clients. Under the link there are options that you can select but the biggest one is the flag option. If you flagged the photos in Lightroom you can use this option to select the photos you want the client to see when the go to the link.

Once you click share all you have to do is give the link to the clients. Now on the client end they will have to sign up for an Adobe ID. It is free and they can unsubscribe from all the adobe emails. Once the client creates an Adobe ID and signs in they will see the gallery of photos you have selected to share with them (they will only see the photos based on the flag settings you use)

If they click on a photo it gets bigger and they can scroll through the photos. On the right hand side there is a button that looks like a comment bubble. If they click on that they have two options. They can click on the heart icon to like the photo or they can send you a comment. Both likes and comments will show up directly in Lightroom.

You can even reply to comments directly from Lightroom. Once the client is done liking and commenting on the photos you can sort the photos by last comment and see all the photos up top that the client liked. From there you can star or label the photos and move onto the editing.

Check out the video below for a walk through of how to set up collections for client proofing.