I was part of a special group of students to attend a workshop with the Associated Press. We all were given photography stories to work for two weeks, along with a AP photographer as a mentor. I was assigned to cover the neonatal unit at the Atlantic City Regional Medical Center. I’ll be honest with you and say that I had never been so scared to take a picture. Why you ask? Well, taking pictures in a hospital was new to me. It didn’t help that I had to have the hospitals PR person follow me around and watch every picture I took. It was just nerve-racking. Plus the emotional impact of just looking at these delicate babies with tubes coming in and out of every part of their bodies. I shot a few pictures here and there, but ended up with this picture being the signature moment of the story.
The evolving crush. As a favor to the bride and the lone photographer she hired, I agreed to take pictures of the groomsmen getting ready. When I arrived in the room, I thought the groom was knocked out sleep on the bed, but a light ring from his cell phone woke him up. It had been going off non stop most of the day. The rest of the groomsmen arrived and I took pictures of them getting ready.
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If you want to punish a basketball player, keep him from getting to the court. Forward Victor Rudd was kept out of the game against Canyon Springs High School this past Saturday, a disciplinary move placed on him by Coach Peck. This picture was taken in the visitors locker room as Coach Peck was giving his pre-game talk. When I took this picture I didn’t know Victor wasn’t going to play. I just assumed he was tired from the daily grind of being a student athlete. Later on at tip off I saw that Victor, a starter, was on the bench.