Josh Gibney Photography: Blog https://www.joshgibneyphoto.com/blog en-us (C) Josh Gibney Photography (Josh Gibney Photography) Sun, 05 Jul 2020 12:58:00 GMT Sun, 05 Jul 2020 12:58:00 GMT https://www.joshgibneyphoto.com/img/s/v-12/u1003255036-o974056166-50.jpg Josh Gibney Photography: Blog https://www.joshgibneyphoto.com/blog 98 120 #thefrontstepsproject - Part 1 https://www.joshgibneyphoto.com/blog/2020/4/-thefrontstepsproject---part-1

With all of my events cancelled/postponed until AT LEAST mid-may, I don't imagine I will be photographing much for the next few months so this is a good time to get caught up on old blog posts, BUT, the one project I had been working on is the #frontstepsproject, an idea hatched by a WONDERFUL Boston area photographer Cara Soulia (check out this article from when it started).  Basically, while in a forced down time, instead of feeling sorry for herself, Cara decided to figure out a way to make the world a better place.  She visited with local families, took a quick (5 minute), socially distanced portrait, free of charge, and only asked for a donation to a local charity.  After contemplating this for a couple of days, I saw that a great friend and another WONDERFUL photographer (Seriously, I don't know any better wedding photographer in our area) Rebecca Garone had compiled over 50 families to visit in Derry and Sandown and was soliciting help to cover the overwhelming number of people.  I decided on that Saturday night to reach out to the local town Facebook pages in Mont Vernon, Amherst and Milford, to see if anyone was interested in participating and helping me raise money for SHARE Outreach, in Milford.  I only lined up 7 families the first Sunday, so it was a quick trial run (while also delivering Girl Scout Cookies for my step daughter). 


We captured some wonderful images, and after posting them to the local town pages, I picked up another sixteen families to visit with the following Saturday. 

By this time, a "Stay at home" order had been ordered by the Governor and after completing that round of visits, interest exploded to over 40 additional families.  I had set up routes to visit Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday the following week, but after visiting a few Tuesday and Wednesday, My family and I decided to take a step back from it with all of the safety concerns (despite always maintaining a safe distance from everyone).  We still have a list of families I promise to visit when we get the all clear, and there is a wait list at: https://forms.gle/iVUuG1RpBeRjkKWP7.


In addition to putting a few smiles on people's faces, raising a few dollars for an incredible charity (over $1000 so far!), this project has in some ways given me a sense of purpose, and also kept my mind off of some sense of hopelessness that is shared by everyone!  I look forward to resuming this when it is safe, and thank EVERYONE for participating and looking to participate in the (hopefully) near future!  Please enjoy this slideshow featuring one shot of each of the 35 families I've visited so far!

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(Josh Gibney Photography) #thefrontstepsproject Amherst NH Family Merrimack NH Milford NH Mont Vernon NH New England New Hampshire New Hampshire Family Photographer Nikon Nikon USA Photography Portraits Share Outreach https://www.joshgibneyphoto.com/blog/2020/4/-thefrontstepsproject---part-1 Sun, 05 Apr 2020 18:39:22 GMT
Greek Peak Winter Spartan Race - Saturday, March 7, 2020 https://www.joshgibneyphoto.com/blog/2020/3/greek-peak-winter-spartan-race---saturday-march-7-2020

For the fourth consecutive March, Spartans invaded Greek Peak Mountain Resort in Cortland, New York for their only Winter Race in the United States.  Little did we know at the time, due to events all over the world from the coronavirus, this would be the last Spartan Race for the foreseeable future. 

The weather was absolutely beautiful, in the mid 30's with a little breeze, but the sun dominating the landscape.  While the ground was mostly bare, save for the man made snow on the slopes, a light blanket of snow fell overnight on the lower areas.  Most of that melted by mid day, but the scenery was still very cool.   The highlight of the event was the tubing run that was set up for the open heats!  This was a new addition and even enticed elite and open wave runners to come back for another lap to take on the run!


Check out a slide show of some of my favorite images from the day!

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(Josh Gibney Photography) Endurance Mud Run Obstacle Course Racing OCR Snow Spartan Spartan Race Spartan Winter Race Winter https://www.joshgibneyphoto.com/blog/2020/3/greek-peak-winter-spartan-race---saturday-march-7-2020 Sat, 07 Mar 2020 14:28:00 GMT
Jacksonville Spartan Super and Sprint - Feb 22-23, 2020 https://www.joshgibneyphoto.com/blog/2020/2/jacksonville-spartan-super-and-sprint---feb-22-23-2020

Jacksonville was the second race of my 2020 Spartan Race series and it was another great event!  Unlike the previous event in San Jose, I was the lead promo photographer and got to spend the majority of my time driving around the entire course and working on being creative, working new angles, trying to get new promo shots for Spartan.  Other than a REALLY chilly Saturday morning (in which I got soaked by elite athletes splashing through the water crossing, but it was worth it for the shots!), the weather turned out beautiful both days, warming up to almost 70 on Sunday! 

  

Saturday was a 10k Super course in which I focused on the obstacles that wouldn't be on the next day's 5k Sprint course.  Sunday, we had our first US National Series race in which chasing the top athletes around in the morning, all of whom are competing for points and money leading to the national championship, the North American Championship and then the World Championship this December in Abu Dhabi!  Ryan Atkins edged out a super tight field to win the men's race, while his wife, Lindsay Webster, dominated to win the women's race.  It should be a great season for the national series!

After two weeks in beautiful warm(er) climates, I resume my schedule in early March in upstate New York for our Winter Race at Greek Peak!

Please enjoy a slideshow of some of my favorite images!

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(Josh Gibney Photography) Florida Jacksonville Mud Mud Run OCR OCR Photography Spartan Spartan Race WW Motocross Park https://www.joshgibneyphoto.com/blog/2020/2/jacksonville-spartan-super-and-sprint---feb-22-23-2020 Sat, 22 Feb 2020 15:44:00 GMT
San Jose Spartan Super and Sprint - Feb 15-16, 2020 https://www.joshgibneyphoto.com/blog/2020/2/san-jose-spartan-super-and-sprint---feb-15-16-2020

Saturday and Sunday, Feb 15-16, I kicked off my 8th season as a lead photographer for Spartan.  Diablo Grande in Patterson, 90 min from San Jose, is a great venue for a Spartan Race and holds a special place in my heart as it was the last place I participated in a race in 2017.  I ran in honor of my mom, who at the time was battling cancer, and passed away 2 months after.

For this first event, I coordinated our awesome team of course photographers, provided promotional photographer around the festival area and worked with one of my favorite people in the world, Mark Bahrenfuss.  The weather, both days, after an initial morning chill, was absolutely perfect, and the venue is beautiful for a Spartan event!  Saturday was a 10k Super race, and Sunday was a quick 5k Sprint.  


Please enjoy a slideshow of my favorite images from the weekend!

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(Josh Gibney Photography) California Diablo Grande Mud Mud Run OCR OCR Photography San Jose Spartan Spartan Race https://www.joshgibneyphoto.com/blog/2020/2/san-jose-spartan-super-and-sprint---feb-15-16-2020 Sat, 15 Feb 2020 22:47:00 GMT
ABC News Democratic Debate New Hampshire - Feb 7, 2020 https://www.joshgibneyphoto.com/blog/2020/2/abc-news-democratic-debate-new-hampshire---feb-7-2020

January and February prior to the primaries, is an awesome time to be a photojournalist in New Hampshire.  Unfortunately, this cycle, I was working a second job that didn't allow the time I would have loved to have to cover a lot of the candidates visiting our state.  On the Friday night before the New Hampshire First in the Nation Primary, St. Anselm College hosted 7 Democratic candidates in a debate presented by ABC News, Apple News and WMUR.  I was hired by WMUR to shoot the debate, more for coverage of the station's involvement and branding at the nationally televised event.  I covered pre-debate live shots from the news team both in the Spin Room, across campus, and in the arena itself.

Sullivan Arena at St. Anselm College was transformed from an ordinary small college hockey arena to a beautiful debate stage!

The debate itself was fun to shoot, but our access was limited to a platform clear across the arena (think hockey arena, 200 feet away, at least) and even with a 400mm lens, cropping was necessary to frame the candidates and their interactions.

The post debate 'spin room' was the more important part of my assignment where the candidates (5 of the 7, Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden did not join them at the news desk) sat down with the WMUR anchors and spoke for a few minutes about their debate.  Amy Klobuchar, Elizabeth Warren, Andrew Yang, Pete Buttigieg an Tom Steyer joined WMUR News anchors Tom Griffith and Jennifer Vaughn. The access was really cool, basically behind the TV cameras, while the other media was limited to the 'mosh pit' area of the spin room that you can see in the background.

please enjoy a slideshow of some of my favorite images!

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(Josh Gibney Photography) ABC News Amy Klobuchar Andrew Yang Apple News Bernie Sanders Debate Democrats Elizabeth Warren First in the nation Joe Biden New Hampshire Pete Buttigieg Politics Primary St. Anselm College Sullivan Arena Tom Steyer WMUR https://www.joshgibneyphoto.com/blog/2020/2/abc-news-democratic-debate-new-hampshire---feb-7-2020 Fri, 07 Feb 2020 14:00:00 GMT
Clark University - LinkedIn Head Shots https://www.joshgibneyphoto.com/blog/2020/2/clark-university---linkedin-head-shots

I was asked to come back and assist Geoff Bolte of Clarus Studios in providing Clark University students with professional headshots for their LinkedIn profiles.  As part of their Spring Career and Internship Fair, Clark U provided head shots to their students at no cost to them to help assist in finding careers.  It was fun to work with the students, all dressed up and optimistic for their futures.  They were all grateful for the service, and it was fulfilling to be a small part of helping these students take a step in furthering themselves.  

 

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(Josh Gibney Photography) Career Fair Clark University College Headshots LinkedIn Massachusetts Portraits Professional Social Media https://www.joshgibneyphoto.com/blog/2020/2/clark-university---linkedin-head-shots Wed, 05 Feb 2020 18:59:00 GMT
New Hampshire Family Photographer - White Family - Monson Village - Sat., Feb. 1, 2020 https://www.joshgibneyphoto.com/blog/2020/2/new-hampshire-family-photographer---white-family---monson-village---sat-feb-1-2020

I love working with families and kids!  On top of that, I love working with former classmates and their families so when Andy contacted me in January asking if I would capture fun photos of his family, I was honored!  When we booked the shoot, set for Monson Center, my favorite location, there was a lot of snow on the ground, which we were hoping would still be there but it was not to be!  That said, it was a very comfortable overcast day, perfect for capturing their personalities!

 

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(Josh Gibney Photography) family family photography Monson Center new england new hampshire New Hampshire Family Photographer Nikon NikonUSA Photography Winter https://www.joshgibneyphoto.com/blog/2020/2/new-hampshire-family-photographer---white-family---monson-village---sat-feb-1-2020 Sat, 01 Feb 2020 20:54:00 GMT
Patriots vs. Dolphins - Sunday, December 29, 2019 https://www.joshgibneyphoto.com/blog/2019/12/patriots-vs-dolphins---sunday-december-29-2019 Patriots Vs MiamiPatriots Vs MiamiJOSH GIBNEY/ photo. Patriots'

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during the ???? quarter of the Patriots' game against Miami at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro. 12/29/19

Sunday, December 29, I had the opportunity to shoot a Patriots game for the Eagle Tribune.  Out of the hundreds of sporting events I've covered in my 20 year career as a photojournalist, I had never covered a major league (MLB, NBA, NHL or NFL) sporting event and was super psyched to have the opportunity. 

Patriots Vs MiamiPatriots Vs MiamiJOSH GIBNEY/ photo.  Patriot Elandon Roberts gets by Miami's Adrian Colbert on his way to a touchdown during the third quarter of the Patriots' game against Miami at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro.  12/29/19 Patriots Vs MiamiPatriots Vs MiamiJOSH GIBNEY/ photo. Patriots'

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during the ???? quarter of the Patriots' game against Miami at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro. 12/29/19

While the game itself didn't turn out the way Patriots fans would have liked, and it wasn't a great game from an action standpoint, it was still really cool to have the chance to shoot one of my favorite teams, and especially the greatest football player of all time, Tom Brady, in what would turn out to be his last regular season game as a New England Patriot. 

Patriots Vs MiamiPatriots Vs MiamiJOSH GIBNEY/ photo.  Miami quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick falls into the end zone past Patriot lineman Adam Butler for a touchdown during the third quarter of the Patriots' game against Miami at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro.  12/29/19 Patriots Vs MiamiPatriots Vs MiamiJOSH GIBNEY/ photo.  
Patriots fans react after the Dolphins took the lead with 24 seconds left during game against Miami at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro.  12/29/19

It was also the first time I used a 400mm lens to shoot a football game (I had used it for pretty much every other field sport, but not yet for Football.  It took some getting used to, but I think I got some solid action shots for what I needed to visually tell the story.   

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during the ???? quarter of the Patriots' game against Miami at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro. 12/29/19

Enjoy a slideshow of some of my favorite images from the game, and pre-game:

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Merrimack Women's Hockey at UNH - Saturday, December 7, 2019 https://www.joshgibneyphoto.com/blog/2019/12/merrimack-womens-hockey-at-unh---saturday-december-7-2019

It's always weird going back to UNH to cover a game for another team!  For the second time in two seasons I shot Women's Hockey for Merrimack College.  Last season I shot much of the game from the Merrimack bench which yielded better images, I believe, but I had a terrible cold and didn't want to be sniffling and having my nose run all game around the players/coaches so I shot from the stands!  The angle isn't quite as compelling as ice level but the lighting at UNH is really good and the images came out nice!  I'm posting a handful more photojournalistic images as opposed to isolation images which were provided to the school for marketing purposes!

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(Josh Gibney Photography) College Hockey Hockey Hockey East Merrimack College NCAA Hockey Nikon Nikon USA Sports Photography UNH University of New Hampshire Women's Hockey https://www.joshgibneyphoto.com/blog/2019/12/merrimack-womens-hockey-at-unh---saturday-december-7-2019 Sun, 08 Dec 2019 01:13:00 GMT
On Assignment: Timberlane at Merrimack High School Volleyball - Monday October 7, 2019 https://www.joshgibneyphoto.com/blog/2019/10/on-assignment-timberlane-at-merrimack-high-school-volleyball---monday-october-7-2019 JOSH GIBNEY/UNION LEADERTimberlane's Bridget Buckley hits it past Merrimack's Grace Lawton during Monday night's Division I match in Merrimack.

Monday morning, while on a flight home from Indiana, I got a text from my editor from the Union Leader asking if I was available that night, and other nights this week, to cover some sports and other assignments.  I almost balked as I was up shortly after 3AM and was tired after a busy but awesome Spartan Race event, but when I heard my first shoot was at my former school, Merrimack High, I was all over it.

JOSH GIBNEY/UNION LEADERMerrimack's Haley Smethurst reacts to a point during Monday night's Division I match against Timberlane in Merrimack.

Volleyball has always been, and probably will always be, the most challenging sports for me to get great images.  Shooting Volleyball for a single school/team is less intimidating as you can focus on that one team, but trying to visually tell the story for the newspaper and capture both teams in images presents it's own challenge.  I think I did a solid job considering, and it was also great to be back in my old school where I've been in maybe five times since graduating almost 25 years ago!

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(Josh Gibney Photography) Hampshire High School Sports High School Volleyball Merrimack Merrimack NH New NHIAA Nikon Nikon USA Photography Sports Sports Photography Timberlane Volleyball https://www.joshgibneyphoto.com/blog/2019/10/on-assignment-timberlane-at-merrimack-high-school-volleyball---monday-october-7-2019 Mon, 07 Oct 2019 20:37:00 GMT
SNHU Penmen Invitational Golf Tournament - September 23, 2019 https://www.joshgibneyphoto.com/blog/2019/9/snhu-penmen-invitational-golf-tournament---september-23-2019
SNHU PENMEN INVITATIONAL FALL GOLF TOURNAMENT, Canterbury Woods Country Club
Monday, September 23, 2019

Monday morning, I covered three schools, Southern New Hampshire, St. Anselm and Adelphi, in the first day of the Penmen Invitational Golf Tournament at Canterbury Woods Country Club in Canterbury, NH.  The assignment was to get a few shots of every participant from each of the three schools.  They were spread out over 18 holes at the start, so it took four hours to get everyone, but it was a fun challenge!


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(Josh Gibney Photography) Adelphi Adelphi Golf Canterbury Woods Country Club Canterbury NH college golf golf ncaa golf NE10 NE10 golf New Hampshire Nikon NikonUSA SNHU SNHU Golf St. Anselm St. Anselm Golf https://www.joshgibneyphoto.com/blog/2019/9/snhu-penmen-invitational-golf-tournament---september-23-2019 Tue, 24 Sep 2019 00:11:00 GMT
New Hampshire Senior Photography - Ethan - August 29, 2019 https://www.joshgibneyphoto.com/blog/2019/8/new-hampshire-senior-photography---ethan---august-29-2019

Ethan - Senior Photos

With most surrounding towns back at school already, we met on a Thursday morning at my go to spot, Monson Center on the border of Milford and Hollis.  This was a fun shoot as Ethan broke out his golf clubs for a few shots and at the end, asked for a handful of shots with his trusty Subaru!

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(Josh Gibney Photography) Booking Now Class of 2020 Milford NH New Hampshire Nikon USA Photography Portraits Senior Photos Senior Pictures Senior Portraits Seniors https://www.joshgibneyphoto.com/blog/2019/8/new-hampshire-senior-photography---ethan---august-29-2019 Thu, 29 Aug 2019 14:47:00 GMT
New Hampshire Senior Photos - Abby - August 18, 2019 https://www.joshgibneyphoto.com/blog/2019/8/new-hampshire-senior-photos---abby---august-18-2019

We had a WONDERFUL senior photo session with Abby at Monson Village!  The weather was perfect, with some late day sunlight.  I just loved Abby's smile and the colorful outfits she chose!  Contact us to book your senior photo session today!

Check out some of our favorite images from the shoot below!

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(Josh Gibney Photography) class of 2020 hollis NH Milford NH monson center Monson village new england photographer new hampshire new hampshire photographer new hampshire senior photographer nikon nikon usa photographer portraits senior photos senior pictures senior portraits seniors https://www.joshgibneyphoto.com/blog/2019/8/new-hampshire-senior-photos---abby---august-18-2019 Sun, 18 Aug 2019 13:48:00 GMT
Colorado Spartan Super and Sprint - July 13-14, 2019 https://www.joshgibneyphoto.com/blog/2019/7/colorado-spartan-super-and-sprint---july-13-14-2019 "Spartan Race", Spartan, Colorado, "Fort Carson", OCR, "Obstacle Course Racing", endurance,
July 13 and 14, Spartans crashed Fort Carson in Colorado Springs, Colorado for a Super, Spring and Trail Run race.  This was my 31st different Spartan state in the seven years I've worked as a lead photographer and Colorado is one of my favorite states to visit!  In addition to working with a great crew in a beautiful setting, I was able to catch up with a few of my favorite people on the planet that I hadn't seen for months and even decades!  I will always go to Colorado if given the opportunity!

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(Josh Gibney Photography) Colorado Colorado Springs Endurance Fort Carson mud run Obstacle Course Racing OCR OCR Photography Photography Spartan Spartan Race Spartan Sprint Spartan Super Speed Strength https://www.joshgibneyphoto.com/blog/2019/7/colorado-spartan-super-and-sprint---july-13-14-2019 Sat, 13 Jul 2019 18:43:00 GMT
Family Photography - Monson Center Milford/Hollis July 10, 2019 https://www.joshgibneyphoto.com/blog/2019/7/mingfamily

With a work trip to Colorado looming that evening, I was able to meet up with Sarah and her family for a wonderful family shoot at my favorite local spot, Monson Center on the border of Milford and Hollis, NH.  I love how coordinated their outfits were! We made our way through most of my favorite spots at Monson and captured some wonderful images of this beautiful and fun family! 

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(Josh Gibney Photography) family photographer hollis new hampshire milford new hampshire monson center new hampshire new hampshire photographer photography https://www.joshgibneyphoto.com/blog/2019/7/mingfamily Wed, 10 Jul 2019 04:42:00 GMT
New Hampshire Family Photographer - Livingston Park, Manchester, July 8, 2019 https://www.joshgibneyphoto.com/blog/2019/7/new-hampshire-family-photographer---livingston-park-manchester-july-8-2019
There's something awesome about working with people who grew up in the same town I did with a lot of the same people I grew up with and still call friends!  Keely contacted me at the end of last year to set something up for this summer, and on a Monday morning in Manchester, we got together at Livingston Park for a fun family photo shoot!

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(Josh Gibney Photography) family family photographer family photography Livingston Park Manchester Manchester New Hampshire Manchester NH New Hampshire New Hampshire Family Photographer New Hampshire photographer Nikon NikonUSA Portrait photographer Portraits https://www.joshgibneyphoto.com/blog/2019/7/new-hampshire-family-photographer---livingston-park-manchester-july-8-2019 Mon, 08 Jul 2019 20:02:00 GMT
New Hampshire Family Photography - June 25, 2019 https://www.joshgibneyphoto.com/blog/2019/6/new-hampshire-family-photography---june-25-2019

In December, I first met this awesome family at a wedding in Jackson, NH.  The bride, a long time friend of mine, bought a gift card for them as they were expecting their second child in the middle of this year.  Knowing that the weather was looking ominous, I met the Taylors at Livingston Park late morning on a Tuesday.  Dark rain clouds were approaching and we agreed to shoot for at least as long as we could before the rain became too heavy and we scheduled a 'to be continued' shoot later on in the summer!  We managed to capture some adorable images with more to come in August!

 


 

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(Josh Gibney Photography) Family Family Photographer Family Portrait Livingston Park Manchester Manchester New Hampshire New England New England Family Photographer New Hampshire New Hampshire Family Photographer Photography https://www.joshgibneyphoto.com/blog/2019/6/new-hampshire-family-photography---june-25-2019 Tue, 25 Jun 2019 17:06:00 GMT
New Hampshire Engagement/Family Portraits - December 23, 2016 https://www.joshgibneyphoto.com/blog/2016/12/nashua-new-hampshire-engagement/family-portraits---december-23-2016
This was one of my favorite shoots of all time!  One of my favorite people and oldest friends, Jessica, had contacted me about shooting some engagement photos in the winter while she was home from the Pac Northwest visiting her family.  We met up at Greeley Park in Nashua and along with engagement photos with her awesome fiancee, Jordan, she requested a few family pictures with her mom and brother.  She gave me a heads up that she was going to surprise her brother, Austin, with the news that she was pregnant!  I loved working with these guys and the images show how fun they are!


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(Josh Gibney Photography) couple engagement engagement photos family family photos Nashua NH New Hampshire New Hampshire engagement photographer New Hampshire Family Photographer nikon Nikon USA https://www.joshgibneyphoto.com/blog/2016/12/nashua-new-hampshire-engagement/family-portraits---december-23-2016 Fri, 23 Dec 2016 13:28:00 GMT
From the Archives - Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens - December 12, 2016 https://www.joshgibneyphoto.com/blog/2016/12/from-the-archives---jacksonville-zoo-and-gardens---december-12-2016

Following a weekend Spartan Race event south of Jacksonville, I visited the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens before flying home.  Not surprisingly, the Jaguar exhibit was top notch, probably the best one I have ever seen!  Definitely a solid zoo!


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(Josh Gibney Photography) Florida Jacksonville Jacksonville Zoo Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens New Hampshire Photographer Nikon Nikon USA Photography Wildlife Wildlife Photography Zoo Zoo Photography Zootography https://www.joshgibneyphoto.com/blog/2016/12/from-the-archives---jacksonville-zoo-and-gardens---december-12-2016 Mon, 12 Dec 2016 14:43:00 GMT
From the Archives - Zoo Atlanta - December 5, 2016 https://www.joshgibneyphoto.com/blog/2016/12/from-the-archives---zoo-atlanta---december-5-2016

Following a two day Spartan Race event in nearby Conyers, I made a return visit to ZooAtlanta.  The first time I went, in 2015, I was able to get some good time with the pandas outside. This time, they were indoors and it was hard to get anything solid of them.  The best part about the visit was the baby orangutan attached to the back of its mother.  The bush dog and tanuki were also highlights!  Enjoy the slideshow at the bottom of the page.

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(Josh Gibney Photography) Atlanta Atlanta Zoo Baby Orangutan Bush Dog Elephant Georgia Lion New Hampshire photographer Nikon Nikon USA Orangutan Tanuki Zoo Zoo Photography ZooAtlanta Zootography https://www.joshgibneyphoto.com/blog/2016/12/from-the-archives---zoo-atlanta---december-5-2016 Mon, 05 Dec 2016 20:51:00 GMT
From the Archives - Caitlin's First Birthday - Monson Center - November 19, 2016 https://www.joshgibneyphoto.com/blog/2016/11/from-the-archives---family-photography---monson-center---november-19-2016
This wonderful family was referred to me by a friend who had trusted me with photos of their kids on several occasions.  Kim requested a shoot for Caitlin's first birthday and we visited my favorite spot locally, Monson Center on the border of Milford and Hollis.  They primarily wanted photos of just Caitlyn but the ones with the three of them ended up being wonderful as well!


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(Josh Gibney Photography) Family Family Photographer Family Photography Family Photos First Birthday Hollis New Hampshire Milford New Hampshire Monson Center New England New Hampshire New Hampshire Family Photographer One Year Old Photography https://www.joshgibneyphoto.com/blog/2016/11/from-the-archives---family-photography---monson-center---november-19-2016 Sat, 19 Nov 2016 14:43:00 GMT
From the Archives - Riverbanks Zoo - Monday, October 31, 2016 https://www.joshgibneyphoto.com/blog/2016/10/from-the-archives---riverbanks-zoo---monday-october-31-2016

Following a Spartan Race event in Winnsboro, South Carolina, I visited one of my favorites zoos, the Riverbanks Zoo and Garden in Columbia, South Carolina.  This time, I met up with my sister-in-law and much of her family.  I believe this was my third, possibly fourth, visit to this wonderful zoo, and I'm sure I'll be back!


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(Josh Gibney Photography) Animal Photography Animals Columbia Columbia SC Columbia South Carolina New Hampshire Photographer Nikon Nikon USA Riverbanks Riverbanks Zoo Riverbanks Zoo and Garden South Carolina Wildlife Wildlife photography Zoo Zoo Photography Zootography https://www.joshgibneyphoto.com/blog/2016/10/from-the-archives---riverbanks-zoo---monday-october-31-2016 Tue, 01 Nov 2016 01:55:00 GMT
Spartan Race Super - Asheville - Saturday, August 6, 2016 https://www.joshgibneyphoto.com/blog/2016/8/6SpartanAsheville Saturday, August 6, Spartans stormed Grove Stone and Sand Company in Black Mountain, NC, just outside of Asheville for the 4th of 5 races in the NBC Spartan Race US Championship series.  This Super provided a great challenge for athletes of all abilities with butt kicking mountains, obstacles in a quarry, and stifling heat and humidity.  Hunter McIntyre was the first athlete not named Ryan Atkins to take first place in the men's championship series, while Lindsay Webster continued her dominance winning her fourth consecutive race in the series.

Check out a few of my favorite images in the slideshow below, and visit Spartan Race's Facebook Page to see a full gallery of images from the Asheville Super.



 

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(Josh Gibney Photography) Asheville NBC North Carolina OCR OCR Photography Obstacle Course Racing Spartan Race Super US Championship https://www.joshgibneyphoto.com/blog/2016/8/6SpartanAsheville Sat, 06 Aug 2016 17:55:00 GMT
Greg Holden - The Music Hall, Portsmouth, NH July 28, 2016 https://www.joshgibneyphoto.com/blog/2016/7/28GregHolden Greg Holden - The Music Hall, Portsmouth, N.H., July 28, 2016

Greg Holden - The Music Hall, Portsmouth, NH  July 28, 2016Greg Holden - The Music Hall, Portsmouth, NH July 28, 2016Greg Holden opens for Sarah McLachlan Thursday, July 28, 2016 at the Music Hall in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Singer/songwriter Greg Holden opened for Sarah Mclachlan Thursday night, July 28, 2016 at the Music Hall in Portsmouth (http://www.themusichall.org/).  I hadn't shot a concert in several years, and was excited to see, hear, and photograph Sarah Mclachlan again.  I was equally excited that there was an opening act, both for the opportunity to check out the angles and lighting in the theater, which I hadn't shot in in years, as well as to see and hear some new music.

Greg Holden - The Music Hall, Portsmouth, NH  July 28, 2016Greg Holden - The Music Hall, Portsmouth, NH July 28, 2016Greg Holden opens for Sarah McLachlan Thursday, July 28, 2016 at the Music Hall in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Admittedly, I hadn't heard of Greg Holden prior to this night, but after shooting this performance, and then seeing/hearing him again the following night in Hartford with my wife/step-daughter (our first concert together), I downloaded his CD and have had several songs stuck in my head.  I highly recommend giving him a listen, check out his website (http://www.gregholdenonline.com), and I hope you enjoy the images!

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(Josh Gibney Photography) Greg Holden New Hampshire Portsmouth Singer/Songwriter acoustic guitar concert concert photography guitar music photography solo https://www.joshgibneyphoto.com/blog/2016/7/28GregHolden Thu, 28 Jul 2016 20:31:00 GMT
Sarah Mclachlan - The Music Hall, Portsmouth, NH - July 28, 2016 https://www.joshgibneyphoto.com/blog/2016/7/28SarahMclachlan Sarah Mclachlan - The Music Hall, Portsmouth, NH - July 28, 2016

Sarah Mclachlan - The Music Hall, Portsmouth, NH - July 28, 2016Sarah Mclachlan - The Music Hall, Portsmouth, NH - July 28, 2016Sarah Mclachlan performed her first solo show kicking off a series of intimate solo concerts Thursday, July 28, 2016 at the Music Hall in Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Singer/Songwriter Sarah Mclachlan brought her intimate solo show to the Music Hall in Portsmouth, Thursday night, July 28, 2016.  Mclachlan played a full solo show for the first time in her career, entertaining guests on acoustic guitar and piano.  

Sarah Mclachlan - The Music Hall, Portsmouth, NH - July 28, 2016Sarah Mclachlan - The Music Hall, Portsmouth, NH - July 28, 2016Sarah Mclachlan performed her first solo show kicking off a series of intimate solo concerts Thursday, July 28, 2016 at the Music Hall in Portsmouth, New Hampshire Sarah Mclachlan - The Music Hall, Portsmouth, NH - July 28, 2016Sarah Mclachlan - The Music Hall, Portsmouth, NH - July 28, 2016Sarah Mclachlan performed her first solo show kicking off a series of intimate solo concerts Thursday, July 28, 2016 at the Music Hall in Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Sarah Mclachlan - The Music Hall, Portsmouth, NH - July 28, 2016Sarah Mclachlan - The Music Hall, Portsmouth, NH - July 28, 2016Sarah Mclachlan performed her first solo show kicking off a series of intimate solo concerts Thursday, July 28, 2016 at the Music Hall in Portsmouth, New Hampshire

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(Josh Gibney Photography) Concert Concert photography Music Music Hall New Hampshire Piano Portsmouth Sarah Mclachlan The Music Hall acoustic guitar concert photographer guitar singer/songwriter https://www.joshgibneyphoto.com/blog/2016/7/28SarahMclachlan Thu, 28 Jul 2016 17:39:00 GMT
Trudel Family - Monson Center - Thursday, July 28, 2016 https://www.joshgibneyphoto.com/blog/2016/7/28Trudel  Trudel Family Photos - Monson Center - Thursday, July 28, 2016


A couple of months ago i got an email from a good friend, Cat (Trudel) Zarbo asking if I would be able to take some fun family photos of her entire family as her brother and his family would be visiting from Colordao.  I was ecstatic to work with their family again!  I had shot Cat and her husband Andrew's wedding almost five years before and had done family photos for her brother Jeff's family a couple of times over the last 4 years.  For this project, she wanted me to get some photos of her mom with her and her two brothers and their entire families, totaling 12 people.  We chose Monson Center, which is my go-to spot here in Milford (on the Milford/Hollis line off of Federal Hill Road).  It was a warm morning, but we kept in the shade pretty well, and I had a blast working with the Trudel Family!  Enjoy the images! (slideshow below)


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(Josh Gibney Photography) Family Family Photographer Milford Milford NH Monson Center New England New Hampshire New Hampshire Family Photographer Photography Trudel Family Zarbo Family https://www.joshgibneyphoto.com/blog/2016/7/28Trudel Thu, 28 Jul 2016 13:29:00 GMT
Spartan Race Sprint - Blue Mountain, Palmerton, PA - Week 2 - Saturday, July 23, 2016 https://www.joshgibneyphoto.com/blog/2016/7/23SpartanPA
Saturday, July 23, we wrapped up a two weekend, 3 day event at Blue Mountain in Palmerton, PA.  Just like the first weekend, it was hot, though not as humid as it could have been.  The heat index crept up towards 100 degrees.  It was dry and dusty, and Athletes were challenged to another butt kicker of a course.  Spartan Race Base Camp Manager Noah Howkins picked up his first victory in the race.  I put a small slideshow together of my favorite shots t the very bottom of this page. CLICK HERE to see the full promo gallery on Spartan's Facebook page.  Visit Spartan Race and find an event near you to challenge yourself!



 

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(Josh Gibney Photography) Action Photography Blue Mountain OCR Obstacle Course Racing Palmerton, PA Pennsylvania Spartan Spartan Race Spartan Sprint Sprint https://www.joshgibneyphoto.com/blog/2016/7/23SpartanPA Sat, 23 Jul 2016 21:01:00 GMT
Spartan Race Super and Sprint - Blue Mountain, Palmerton, PA July 16-17, 2016 https://www.joshgibneyphoto.com/blog/2016/7/16SpartanPA
On the weekend of July 16 and 17, Spartan Race opened up their 2 week, 3 day series at Blue Mountain in Palmerton, PA.  An event that always puts the athletes to the ultimate test, where the terrain is as much of an obstacle as the obstacles themselves.  Saturday was the 3rd of 5 races in the NBC US Championship series where the best of the best compete in a point series to earn cash prizes leading up to the World Championship in Tahoe in October.  In the Super, Ryan Atkins took home the victory with 2015 World Champ Robert Killian coming in second and Hunter McIntyre finishing third.  In the women's Race, Lindsay Webster won comfortably over Faye Stenning and Alyssa Hawley rounded out the top three.

On Sunday, Spartan Race held a Sprint on the same mountain. Check out a handful of images from each day, and check out Spartan Race's Facebook page for a full recap gallery from Saturday's Super and Sunday's Sprint


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(Josh Gibney Photography) NBC OCR OCR Photography Obstacle Course Racing Palmerton Pennsylvania Spartan Race Sprint Super US Championship https://www.joshgibneyphoto.com/blog/2016/7/16SpartanPA Sun, 17 Jul 2016 00:34:00 GMT
Minnesota Zoo - Sunday, June 26, 2016 https://www.joshgibneyphoto.com/blog/2016/6/26MinnesotaZoo Black-Tailed Prairie DogBlack-Tailed Prairie DogBlack-Tailed Prairie Dog - Minnesota Zoo
Sunday, June 26, 2016, before flying home in the evening, I made a quick trip to the Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley, Minnesota.  I enjoyed this zoo in 2015 when I had more time to visit.  The snow monkeys with a baby were one of the highlights for me this time.  Overall it's a solid zoo, pretty well spread out.

Snow MonkeySnow MonkeySnow Monkey - Minnesota Zoo Ring-tailed LemurRing-tailed LemurRing-tailed Lemur-MInnesota Zoo
Canada LynxCanada LynxCanada Lynx - Minnesota Zoo

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(Josh Gibney Photography) Animal Photography Animals Apple Valley Minnesota Minnesota Zoo Zoo Zoo Photography https://www.joshgibneyphoto.com/blog/2016/6/26MinnesotaZoo Mon, 27 Jun 2016 00:29:00 GMT
YMCA Northeast Regional Gymnastics - St. Anselm College - May 13-15 https://www.joshgibneyphoto.com/blog/2016/5/13YMCAGym
2016 YMCA Northeast Regional Gymnastics Championship

This past weekend I photographed the balance beam at the YMCA regionals in Manchester for Performance Photography.  It was nice having an event close to home after being away for the past 4 weekends.  It was my last event for the season.  The venue was well lit, a hockey arena on the campus of St. Anselm College.  With the D4s, it was easy to shoot at 12800 ISO, 1/1000 sec and f/2.8.  I also tried to take advantage of the American flag on the wall that lined up decently with one of the beams.
While the event spanned all levels of gymnastics, I only saved my images from the upper levels Friday night.  I've included a handful of images from Levels 9/10 and XCel Diamond/Platinum.

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(Josh Gibney Photography) Gymnastics Manchester New Hampshire Northeast Regional St. Anselm College YMCA YMCA Gymnastics https://www.joshgibneyphoto.com/blog/2016/5/13YMCAGym Thu, 19 May 2016 15:56:10 GMT
Spartan Race New Jersey Beast/Ultra Beast - April 30/May 1, 2016 https://www.joshgibneyphoto.com/blog/2016/5/jerseybeast2016 Rockin' the Fire Jump!
New Jersey Spartan Race Beast and Ultra Beast
April 30/May 1, 2016, Mountain Creek, New Jersey

This weekend marked the first two day event of the year I served as lead photographer.  The days were long and were divided between a beautiful day on Saturday and a miserable, cold, wet, muddy day on Sunday.  This was my third visit to Mountain Creek in Vernon, NJ.  It's a beautiful venue for a grueling climb up and down the mountain.  The staff did a great job this year making it one of the most challenging Spartan Race Beasts ever and for the first time, the Ultra Beast was brought to New Jersey.

Here are a handful of images from the two days.  Spartan Race Facebook has larger galleries up from each day.

Ultra Beast prize! Emerging from the "Ball Shrinker!" Testing out the new inverted ladder on the Tyrolean Traverse.

Sunday evening, as the light got low, I was able to get some fun dramatic images with a speedlight flash off to the left, especially in the dunk wall and at the fire jump:

"Emerging from the Dunk Wall" "Team JAR finishing the race over the fire jump"
Saturday, left, was a nice comfortable warm day while Sunday, right, it rained, torrential at times.
"Reaching the bell on the Tyrolean Traverse" "Muddy Barb Wire Crawl"
Sunday, I spent a good chunk of time looking for bears that were reported on the course, especially near the inverted wall.  Unfortunately, I had no luck.
"Climbing down the Inverted Wall"
This weekend I also said goodbye (for now) to my friend Dustin, who has served as a start line announcer for Spartan Race for as long as I've been shooting, and who has become one of the people I looked forward the most to seeing during our crazy adventures across the country.  Dustin, if you see this, you will be missed, but I'm proud to know you and call you a friend, and know you will be successful in anything you do. 
"Dustin rocking the mic in the festival on Saturday"

For my entire take from Saturday, check Spartan Race Facebook
and from Sunday, check Spartan Race Facebook
Here's a slideshow of some of my favorites:

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(Josh Gibney Photography) Action Beast New Jersey Photography Spartan Race Sports Ultra Beast https://www.joshgibneyphoto.com/blog/2016/5/jerseybeast2016 Wed, 04 May 2016 15:04:34 GMT
Day's Work: High School Basketball https://www.joshgibneyphoto.com/blog/2016/2/29 Hollis-Brookline's Matt Simco (13) and Windham's Cole Gill (33) fight for a rebound during Monday night's Division II game in Hollis.
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Monday night, my only assignment for the Union Leader was a regular season boy's basketball game at Hollis-Brookline High School, a medium sized school only a few miles away.  In this game, The Cavaliers of H-B hosted the Windham Jaguars and it was quite a departure from the high scoring college game I shot the evening before, which ended with a final score, in regulation, of 102-90.  On this night, Windham held a razor thin halftime lead of 13-12 (not a misprint), and ended up winning the game 37-36.  I shot only the first half of the game to get my images in by deadline so here are the handful of images I submitted.

Hollis-Brookline's Matt Simco, left, grabs a rebound from Windham's Thomas Splagounias (44) and Kyle Adamson (34) during Monday night's Division II game in Hollis.
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Hollis-Brookline's Nick Fothergill (2) lays it up and in between Windham's Marco Allanach (14) and Ben Emrick (21) during Monday night's Division II game in Hollis.
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Windham's Bobby Dickey (24) is fouled by Hollis-Brookline's Matt Simco during Monday night's Division II game in Hollis.
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Hollis-Brookline's Luther Payette (12) battles Windham's Thomas Splagounias (44) for a rebound during Monday night's Division II game in Hollis.
JOSH GIBNEY/UNION LEADER

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(Josh Gibney Photography) Basketball High School Basketball Hollis Hollis Brookline NHIAA New Hampshire Windham https://www.joshgibneyphoto.com/blog/2016/2/29 Tue, 01 Mar 2016 01:56:00 GMT
Day's Work: College Basketball Playoffs https://www.joshgibneyphoto.com/blog/2016/2/28 Saint Anselm's Candace Andrews (12) passes the ball away from New Haven's India Dotson (21) during the fourth quarter of Sunday's NE-10 quarterfinal game in Manchester.
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Saint Anselm's Tim Guers (5) is fouled as he wrestles the ball from Saint Rose's Pharroh Gordon (3) and Micel-Ryan boyd, center, during Sunday's NE-10 quarterfinal game in Manchester.
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After a couple of down days to recover from an excellent first trip to Disney World with the family, I picked up a couple of days work at the newspaper.  On this day, I was assigned two conference quarterfinal games at St. Anselm College in Manchester (or is it Goffstown?  I can't really ever tell where I am).  I also had the opportunity to give the Nikon D750 a test since I had to send in a body to Nikon and they didn't have any D4s bodies available for loaners this time.  I have to say, it performed solidly considering the low light (I was shooting at 6400 ISO, 1/800" at f/2.8 and it did pretty well). 

in Game 1, the St. Anselm women's team dropped a 71-52 decision to the University of New Haven.  After a tightly contested first half, the Chargers pulled away in the second half to win comfortably.

Saint Anselm's Kaila Duarte (15) fights for a rebound against New Haven's Khayla Trowell (12) during the second quarter of Sunday's NE-10 quarterfinal game in Manchester.
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New Haven's Lauren Hebert (20) blocks this shot by Saint Anselm's Candace Andrews (12) during the third quarter of Sunday's NE-10 quarterfinal game in Manchester.
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Saint Anselm's Candace Andrews (12) is fouled as she lays it up past New Haven's Sianna Van Dyke (14) during the fourth quarter of Sunday's NE-10 quarterfinal game in Manchester.
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In the second game, the St. Anselm men's team defeated the College of Saint Rose in a shootout 102-90 to advance to the Northeast 10 conference semi finals.

Saint Anselm's Tim Guers (5) lays it up and in over Saint Rose's Mical-Ryan Boyd (20) during Sunday's NE-10 quarterfinal game in Manchester.
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Saint Anselm's Harrison Taggart, right, tries to get past Saint Rose's Jack Jones (50) during Sunday's NE-10 quarterfinal game in Manchester.
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More images are attached in the slideshow below.  Enjoy and thanks for looking!

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(Josh Gibney Photography) Basketball Chargers College Basketball Division 2 Hawks Manchester NCAA NCAA Basketball New Hampshire New Haven Northeast 10 Playoffs Saint Anselm Saint Anselm College Union Leader University of New Haven https://www.joshgibneyphoto.com/blog/2016/2/28 Mon, 29 Feb 2016 01:32:28 GMT
Bernie Sanders Wins New Hampshire Primary https://www.joshgibneyphoto.com/blog/2016/2/09 Bernie Sanders speaks to supporters after being declared the winner of the New Hampshire primary Tuesday night at Concord High School.
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Primary night is always an "all hands on deck" kind of night and I was happy to get the call to cover one of the 'Victory Parties' this go around.  I had requested Bernie Sanders, not because of my personal preferences, but because I had yet to cover him during this process.

Evan Burleigh, of Alton, waits for Bernie Sanders to arrive at his primary night headquarters at Concord High School Tuesday night.
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Access was tight and limited once we were corralled back to the media area.  A fellow photographer had left a step stool in the middle of the area, so I made use of that while she shot from a different section.  When she returned, she was happy to share it with me.  It's comforting to see photographers working together instead of against each other, and I was thankful she helped me out.  Despite being on the taller side, it would have been difficult to shoot over the supporters and their sign.  I managed to grab a handful of decent shots of the candidate from a few different angles.  My favorite being one where he paused to soak in the applause, framed by supporter signs:

Bernie Sanders speaks to supporters after being declared the winner of the New Hampshire primary Tuesday night at Concord High School.
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My single favorite image from the night was of this youngster being held up by his dad while a nearby supporter held up a "A FUTURE TO BELIEVE IN" sign.  it wasn't perfectly framed but it was the shot I wanted.

Supporters of all ages turned out to celebrate Bernie Sanders' victory in the New Hampshire primary Tuesday night at Concord High School.
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here are some of my favorite shots from the evening:

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(Josh Gibney Photography) Bernie Sanders First in the Nation New Hampshire Photography Political Photography Politics Primary https://www.joshgibneyphoto.com/blog/2016/2/09 Wed, 10 Feb 2016 03:43:00 GMT
UNH Hockey NCAA Northeast Regional Practice - March 25, 2011 https://www.joshgibneyphoto.com/blog/2011/3/unh-hockey-ncaa-northeast-regional-practice---march-25-2011

UNH Hockey practiced Friday, March 25, ahead of their NCAA Northeast Regional contest against Notre Dame at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, NH

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(Josh Gibney Photography) College Hockey Dick Umile Hockey East Hockey Practice Manchester Manchester NH NCAA NCAA Hockey NCAA Hockey Regionals New Hampshire UNH UNH Hockey Verizon Wireless Arena https://www.joshgibneyphoto.com/blog/2011/3/unh-hockey-ncaa-northeast-regional-practice---march-25-2011 Fri, 25 Mar 2011 13:20:00 GMT
SNHU Women's Lacrosse vs. Post - March 12, 2011 https://www.joshgibneyphoto.com/blog/2011/3/snhu-womens-lacrosse-vs-post---march-12-2011

I was hired to shoot a women's college lacrosse game at Southern New Hampshire University against C.W. Post.  This was the first time, I believe, I had ever used a 400mm lens and it took some getting used to but I got some decent images for my client!

Enjoy a slideshow of some of my favorite images from the game

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(Josh Gibney Photography) College Lacrosse College Women's Lacrosse CW Post Lacrosse Manchester NCAA NCAA Lacrosse NCAA Women's Lacrosse New Hampshire Penmen SNHU Southern New Hampshire University Sports women's Lacrosse https://www.joshgibneyphoto.com/blog/2011/3/snhu-womens-lacrosse-vs-post---march-12-2011 Sat, 12 Mar 2011 19:08:00 GMT