In The Field: Strike Up The Band

A new era has started…that of high school band dad photographer!

My daughter, Olivia, is part of the Allentown (NJ) High School Band. She started taking up trumpet a few years ago, and gained traction during the pandemic. I even did some photos back then, in our playroom.


Liv put it down for awhile. But then picked it back up. And now she’s part of the high school band. Which is soooo cool!

So, I’ve taken up a new era: Band Dad Photographer!


Super new thing for me. Not sure really how to shoot this, but I guess I’ll figure out it as I go along

Which is pretty much my freelance career!

Figure it out!

Game Two later tonight.

Still trying to figure out lanes and sigh lines…but that’s what a new endeavor is!

Let’s get after it.

Friday Night Lights.

(But I still need field access…stay tuned!)

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JSP Visual Week In Review ~ 09.17.22

This has been…a WEEK.

I need to know what you’re working on.

Any projects?

What is keeping you interested?

What’s keeping you inspired?

Anything really getting you motivated?

Sound off in the comments.

I always love good inspo, as the kids say.


This Week’s Links

What I’m Reading: Still on The Church of Baseball and The Lords of Discipline. Both so good.

What I’m Watching This Week: The Best Chef In The World

Listen: Deep Natter: Jeffery and Sean discuss a sober level of self confidence. (They also discuss changes to DN, which, while I understand from their point of view, I don’t like)

The Guardian: Interview with Don McCullin

Relationship: A Richard Avedon retrospective in Milan

RIP: Surrealist Fashion Photographer, Melvin Solkolsky

RIP: Pioneering Fashion Photographer Roxanne Lowit

There is no failure, only learning ~ Dr. Grant Scott, UN of Photography

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In The Field: SouthSide Johnny And The Asbury Jukes Labor Day Bash

This post first appeared on under the title Let’s Try This Again

There’s no better way to spend the 4th of July in Asbury Park than watching Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes rock The Stone Pony Summer Stage under warm New Jersey skies.

Well, that was the plan two months ago, anyway.

But Mother Nature had other plans. On this past 4th of July, rain and high winds were called for all day long.

The band, and the Stone Pony, had to make a decision about the show that night. So, around 2 p.m., the gig was canceled and reschedule for September 4 – Labor Day Weekend.

Canceled, too, were the fireworks planned for the city that night.

Then a funny thing happened on the way too Little Eden….

The wind and rain never came! It ended up being a beautiful 4th of July night in New Jersey.

Fast-forward two months – and this time everything went off beautifully.

A warm New Jersey Sunday turned into a splendid, breezy Asbury Park night with Southside and 3,000 of the bands closest friends rockin’ the summer away.

To get one of these…never gets old

Wearing his familiar US Soccer ringer tee shirt and faded jeans, Southside kicked it into full gear right off the bat, opening with Better Days.

From there, he and his band – along with some special guests – would launch into 24 more songs for a truly exceptional set list.

Whether he was chatting with the crowd, playing his harmonica, or mugging with band leader Jeff Kazee, Johnny seemed to be enjoying the evening and the Stone Pony crowd.

Bandleader Jeff Kazee

And yes, special guests, there were a few: Bobby Bandiera (guitar on Without Love); vocalist Layonne Holmes (vocals on Be My Baby); Jim Mastro (guitar on I Don’t Want To Go Home); Joe Bellia (drums on Another Saturday Night); Ian Gray (trombone on We’re Having A Party)

So, while everyone had to wait a couple of months, the wait was worth it!

4,000 Jukes Fans Strong


Full Setlist here, courtesy of the Jukebox: Southside Johnny Fanzine Facebook page:

  • Better Days
  • Angel Eyes
  • Can’t Find My Way Home/Forever
  • Love On The Wrong Side of Town
  • Broke Down Piece of Man
  • Passion Street
  • All The Way Home
  • Woke Up This Morning
  • Coming back
  • Walk Away Renee
  • Don’t Waste My Time
  • Without Love
  • We’ll Make This World Stand Still (sung by Johnny and Bobby)
  • Loving Cup (sung by Jeff with Neal Pawley on back-up vocals)
  • Be My Baby (Layonne Holmes)
  • Don’t Worry Baby (Layonne Holmes)
  • You Mean So Much To Me Baby (sung by Johnny and Layonne)
  • Ride The Night Away
  • This Times It’s For Real
  • The Fever
  • Talk To Me
  • I Don’t Want To Go Home


  • Say Goodbye to Hollywood (Layonne)
  • Another Saturday Night
  • We’re Having a Party

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JSP Visual Week In Review ~ 09.11.22


Summer ended for me last Monday night at 11:59 p.m.

I know summer doesn’t really end for a couple of more weeks.

But, as I’ve said before, once Labor Day is done, then summer is done for me.

Fall starts.

My daughter started her sophomore year in high school on Tuesday (caught the bus to early or me to get out to her mom’ house to see her off – not even sure if she wanted dear ol’ Dad there anyway).

Wednesday, my guys went back. I did drive out to see those meatball off. Got a photo snapped.

Probably be the last one where I’m still taller – by just a smidge – than Chase.

And, as they all start a new, fresh session, I’m feeling fresh as well.

This stretch into Fall feels like a better, fresher start than even January 1.

It translated quickly.

I wrote two pieces that appeared on line this week, edited a ton of photos, got some good work done for my job, interviewed a portrait subject I have coming up, coached a few baseball practices, photographed my daughter’s first home football game marching band performance, and then two baseball games yesterday.

I also got some good workouts and reading in this week, as well as research for other projects. I also purchased some gear – sort of – that may help with a shoot later this week.

But a week doesn’t make a success back-half of the year make.

Let’s see if I can keep it up.


This Week’s Links:

What I Watched This Week: Gave the new Pinocchio a try. Meh. Only watched about 30 minutes.

What I’m Reading This Week: Still working on The Lords of Discipline (back 1/3 of the book now. Conroy is very verbose but in a good way) and The Church of Baseball, about the making of the movie Bull Durham,  which is really good so far.

Ear Candy: I asked my boys what their favorite songs now were. Matt shrugged his shoulder. Chase said Sunrise by The Vansaders. Give it a listen.

9/11: Now, 22 year later. Never Forget.

Behind The Shot TV: What’s The Best Photo Advice You’ve Gotten?

Essay: Paris Review on Against August

Seth Godin: A Reallocation of Respect

Fuji: Anyone need a 40 MP camera?

NY Times: Wendy MacNaughton on How To Have Fun Again

RIP: Martha Madigan, Philadelphia-based photo artist

“Get used to finishing.” And “Just f’ing start.” ~ Chase Jarvis, from this podcast, Are You Overthinking It?

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