As I have said in the past, Notre Dame was majority of my 2018 and a lot of my best moments come from my time there. This specific moment actually came this past month, which shows that even though I may not still be directly working with Notre Dame, I’ll never lost my connection to Fighting Irish Media and if they need me, they will use me and my photography skills. That was the case when Notre Dame men’s basketball came to NYC to play Oklahoma in the Jimmy V Classic game in Madison Square Garden. I made this one happen as soon as I saw this game on the schedule back in August. I reached out to the sports information director who was always a fan of my work and asked if they would need a photographer and if that photographer could be me. He approved and I confirmed it weeks before in November.
Alright, enough about how I got there. Let’s get into why this is the sixth top moment from 2018. I think the name says enough, Madison Square Garden. That is an iconic arena, especially being from NY. It’s a big deal just to go watch a sporting event there, so to say that I would be working an event there and be sitting on the floor taking photos. Yeah I would say that’s an even bigger deal.
I got there as early as I possibly could and got my pre game photos of the whole arena, got my lens ball photo and even got on the floor to get a lens ball shot of the Jimmy V Classic logo on center court. I wanted to get anything and everything I could get of this game and atmosphere because who knows if i’ll ever get another opportunity such as this again.
Then, when the game started, it all sort of happened so fast. Once the ball is tipped off, it becomes a job and another game I’m shooting and I forget where I am as I'm focused on getting the best photos possible. I was very pleased with the photos I got and so was Al, the sports information director and at the end of the day, that is all that matters. I got great photos in a great arena and even though the Irish did not come away with a win, it is a day and game I will never forget. I got to shoot in The World’s Most Famous Arena and that is something I can now say for the rest of my life.
Here are some of the shots from an unforgettable night: