NC Central homecoming

I took some photojournalism students to the NC Central homecoming game Saturday. The atmosphere at NCCU was amazing and the crowds friendly. The alumni offered their tailgate food to my students and some of the student athletes struck up conversations with them.

I was mostly busy with my students but did take some time to take some photos on my own.

UNC Football Practice

The North Carolina Tar Heels football team kicked off their first practice of the season today in Kenan Stadium. Often I am working for the University, but today I freelanced today for Inside Carolina, filling in for Jim Hawkins who was on travel today. Below are some of my photos. You can find the entire gallery on my website as well as a smaller gallery on Inside Carolina.


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Hillside High School Football

Tonight I went to Hillside High School football vs. Person in Durham, NC. I was there to take some students from the UNC School of Media and Journalism and help them learn sports photography. I spent most of my time helping them but I did have some time to get some photos myself.

One thing that struck me most was the amazing access we had to the team. We were able to get behind the benches and take photos, something at ACC schools that is impossible to do. Honestly I’ll take a Hillside game over an ACC football game any day – way more fun to cover. View full gallery.

Russell Wilson on Sept 20, 2008 while at NC State University

Photos from North Carolina State’s NFL Pro Timing day on March 20, 2013.  A lot of pressure on these guys. 

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14 October 2006: QB Marcus Stone of NC State

NC State quarterback Daniel Evans embraces his mother after defeating Boston College on Sept 23, 2006.

Russell Wilson portrait

NC State called me about doing a quick shoot of their quarterback, Russell Wilson, together with the school’s mascot, “Tuffy”. Took a lot of frames, many which were the dog walking out of the frame, etc., but finally we nailed a good photo that you see below. Used an Alien Bee 1600 monolight with a battery week to separate subject from background.

NC State quarterback Russell Wilson with mascot “Tuffy”

NC State upsets ECU

Oh, I wish every game at NC State was like this for me.  To be sure, working at NC State covering football has had it’s ups and downs.  When Daniel Evans threw the “hail mary” 2 years ago to beat Boston College:  That was euphoric.  But for every good moment, …