Fighting the Flames

A firefighter exits the building at the scene of a two alarm house fire at 61 Sagamore Avenue in Medford.

As I was walking into the Medford Vocational School for one of my assignments, I received a text notifying me of a fire 10 minutes down the road. I couldn't abandon my scheduled assignment, so after I finished I raced to the location of the fire. By the time I arrived the fire had been extinguished. I hung around and photographed some of the clean up before racing to my next assignment.

Nikon D3s, 1/2000 @ f/4, ISO 200, 70-200mm

Breakheart in the Snow

Two people walk a dog at Breakheart Reservation during a February snow storm.

Driving around in the middle of a snow storm can be a little tricky. I had a few newspapers I needed to capture images for and spent the afternoon looking for people and interesting scenes. Snow storms always bring people outdoors, whether to shovel or enjoy the beauty and serenity. I made my first stop at Breakheart Reservation in Saugus, hoping to find someone there walking the trails. This image was captured in the parking lot a few minutes after I arrived.

Nikon D3s, 1/320 @ f/6.3, ISO 400, 70-200mm

Wonder Woman Workout

Instructor Loralee Wood leads the new fitness program, Body Pump, while dressed in a Wonder Woman costume inside the Boston North Fitness Center in Danvers.

I didn't expect to see Wonder Woman while working!! I was at the Boston North Fitness Center to photograph an assignment for a Weight Loss Challenge program the center was offering and to my surprise one of the instructors was leading a class all in costume. The best part about this was how it seemed like I was the only one surprised by this and it makes for a fun photograph. 

Nikon D3s, 1/200 @ f/4, ISO 2200, 70-200mm

Inaugural Ceremonies

Melrose Mayor Rob Dolan and Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker lift up Mayor Dolan's daughter, Kiley, as they walk towards the stage at Memorial Hall during the beginning processional of the City of Melrose Inaugural Ceremonies.

Along with the start of the new year comes various inaugurations and state of town and city addresses. For this image I positioned myself in the center isle planning on capturing the mayor as he walked towards the stage. I was surprised to see the mayor, his daughter, and Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker walking towards me. I was ready as they spontaneously lifted up Kiley Dolan.

Nikon D4s, 1/80 @ f/2.8, ISO 8000, 24-70mm

Salem Christmas Tree Burning

Christmas tree burnings are a fun way to bring people in the community together. This images is from the annual tree burning in Salem. As I approached the crowd gathered around the burning blaze of trees it was easy to spot a photo that could be made of people silhouetted against the fire. I including the use of a slow shutter speed to help add a little more interest to the image.

Nikon D4s, 1/15 @ f/14, ISO 280, 70-200mm, hand held

IUP Magazine

I'm a photographer that has always loved seeing my images in print. Whether it be mounted and framed, printed in magazines or newspapers, I feel it completes the process. Don't get me wrong, I love digital, but I still enjoy when images I've captured are used in print in creative ways.

I recently photographed Baptist minister Jeffrey Brown outside the St. John Missionary Baptist Church in Roxbury. Jeffrey Brown was an influential part of what became known as the "Boston Miracle," which helped reduce crime and violence around Boston's neighborhoods. For this assignment I was given a few parameters from the IUP Magazine editor about what type of image they were looking for. I photographed in various locations close by to the St. John Missionary Baptist Church in Roxbury after one of his services. This is how the image was printed in the IUP Magazine (Indiana University of Pennsylvania) fall / winter edition.

Nikon D4s, 1/250 @ f/8, ISO 100, 24-70mm, SB-910 flash

Mayor McGlynn Leaving Office

Medford Mayor Michael McGlynn and Mary Merrill, Personal and Confidential Secretary to the Mayor, review paperwork inside the mayor's office at City Hall.

Mayor McGlynn is the longest serving mayor in Medford, having dedicated 28 years to the city. I was assigned to photograph the mayor throughout part of his day as well as to document some of the historic items he received during his tenure. Check out more images here.

Nikon D4s, 1/125 @ f/5.6, ISO 4000, 24-70mm

Viewing Gallery

Students from Medford High School view artwork in the William I. Koch Gallery at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston during a tour to teach the students how to become tour guides for the museum.

This was a fun assignment. It's not everyday I get to do the job I love as well as view historic pieces of art. As students were allowed to wander around one of the galleries I was able to freely move around and take candid photographs. I was able to take a few frames of this scene before people moved and the symmetry of the image was interrupted.

Nikon D4s, 1/125 @ f/5.6, ISO 12800, 24-70mm

Game, Set, Match!

I always enjoy meeting new people and after more than decade as a photojournalist I've meet a lot of interesting and talented people. I photographed this young lady who played in the New England Junior tournament.

I'm never quite sure what I will have to work with when I show up at a persons house to photograph them. I happened to luck out with this one, because she had everything I was looking for including a tennis court.

Nikon D3S, 1/200 @ f/10, ISO 400, 24-70mm

Emotion without the Facemask

A Masconomet athlete celebrates his winning overtime goal during a Massachusetts state soccer tournament game.

It's great to be able to capture emotion without the obstruction of a face mask. When I photograph sporting events I'm not just looking for action shots, capturing emotion also plays a role in telling the story of the game.

Nikon D4s, 1/2000 @ f/2.8, ISO 6400, 300mm

Bruins Visit Melrose-Wakefield Hospital

Boston Bruins players Colin Miller, left, and Jonas Gustavsson, right, greet a hospital patient during a visit to the Melrose-Wakefield Hospital. Hallmark Health System is the Official Healthcare Partner of the Boston Bruins and every in a while I have the opportunity to document their visit for the newspaper. Being unobtrusive and making sure I have proper permission is a must for these sensitive assignments. It'sgreat to see a patients spirit lift when these athletes enter their hospital rooms.

Nikon D4s, 1/160 @ f/5.6, ISO 4500, 24-70mm

Red Card

It's not often you see a high school athlete receive a red card during a soccer game. After a scrum on the field both players from opposing teams received a red card during this tournament game. This high intensity game ended in a shoot-out with Medford beating Malden and advancing in the tournament.

Nikon D4s, 1/1600 @f/2.8, ISO 6400, 300mm

GOAL!!

Soccer is one of my favorite sports to photograph. There's always action happening somewhere on the field, which makes photographing the sport so much fun for me. I put myself in the right position to capture this Swampscott player celebrating after scoring a goal on opponent Burke during their state tournament game.

Nikon D4s, 1/2500 @f/3.5, ISO 360, 300mm

Red-tailed Hawk

I was lucky to have photographed this Red-tailed Hawk at Parker River Wildlife Refuge in Newbury recently. After a few hours on the refuge and not having seen a lot of wildlife I was headed towards the exit, but before I got there I had the privileged of spotting this Red-tailed Hawk as it was hunting.

Nikon D810, 1/1000 @ f/5.6, ISO 220, 500mm with 1.4 tele-converter, on a tripod

Farmland Foliage

One of the benefits to living on the North Shore of Massachusetts are the beautiful farms. I've photographed this farm in Hamilton a few times during different seasons and decided to see what it looked like this fall on my day off from working at the newspaper. I was lucky to have a nice sunset and some vibrant color as well.

Nikon D810, 1/1250 @ f/16, ISO 640, 24-70mm

Larger Than Life

I recently had an assignment to photograph a local resident who won a contest and has been named Master Model Builder at LEGOLANDĀ® Discovery Center Boston in Somerville. The story and more photos can be seen here.

Nikon D4s, 1/80 @ f/4, ISO 1600, 24-70mm

Mountain Sunrise

The sun is reflected in Sawyer Pond as it rises in between Mt. Tremont and Owls Cliff in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. You really can't beat a beautiful sunrise like this over a mirror lake in the middle of the woods!!

Fuji X-T1, 1/140 @ f/14, ISO 200, 18-55mm, on a tripod

Starry Night

On a recent backpacking trip in the White Mountains of New Hampshire I made time for some astrophotography. I used a small table tripod for my Fuji X-T1, which was placed on the ground near my campfire. The main problem I had when capturing nighttime images with the electronic viewfinder in the Fuji was I could not see anything on the screen. In order to overcome this obstacle I used a powerful flashlight to help light portions of the scene to help me frame my images. The orange glow on the trees is from the light of my campfire.

Fuji X-T1, 30 sec @ f/2.8, ISO 5000, 18-55mm, on a tripod

Jumping Around

I started my photography career photographing sports and football is one of my favorites. Learning to photograph sports well can take a lot of time and dedication. This image shows a Beverly High School player leaping over downed players after the whistle was blown. It's always a good idea to continue to follow key players even after the whistle is blown. A lot of great sports moments can happen in between peak action.

Nikon D3s, 1/800 @ f/2.8, ISO 3200, 300mm

Cemetery Plot Roomate

Marblehead resident, Betsy Moment sits at her kitchen table inside her Village Street home. Betsy is looking for someone who is willing to purchase a double plot in the Waterside Cemetery with her.

One of the best parts of my job is getting the opportunity to meet new people and hear a little bit of their story. Betsy is a woman I will not soon forget. You can read more about her story here.

Nikon D3s, 1/125 @ f/4, ISO 6400, 24-70mm