Here is a recent assignment I had to shoot the ArenaCup title game at The Orleans Arena. The Spokane Shock defeated the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Pioneers 74-27 in what turned into a blowout. It was great shooting football again, even if it was arena football. It has been a few years since I photographed my last football game, and I really enjoyed photographing this one. When I worked for The Daily Item in Sunbury, PA I would photograph around four a week. It made me remember the times I had to drive all over coal country shooting various high school teams and colleges like Penn State and Bucknell. Maybe it made me feel a little sentimental to do that again, but not for long.
The World Arm Wrestling League (WAL) has all the bravado of professional wrestling with the same competitive legitimacy of UFC. I arrived for WAL's annual championship held at The Orleans in Las Vegas. My main focus was on the British competitor "Mighty" Paul Maiden and his recent comeback from a life threatening illness. On the first day I setup a backdrop in the wrestler registration area for to do some portraits. On the second and third day I mostly focused on the competition and doing one light portraits around the arena. The whole event was such a blast to shoot and filled with so many interesting competitors.