Let Us See Who Is The Strongest

Let Us See Who Is The Strongest

“When you have a conflict, that means that there are truths that have to be addressed on each side of the conflict. And when you have a conflict, then it’s an educational process to try to resolve the conflict. And to resolve that, you have to get people on both sides of the conflict involved…

Shabazz Muhammad Shoot for Sports Illustrated

Shabazz Muhammad Shoot for Sports Illustrated

What is it about Santa Barbara that attracts elite athletes to train there? The always sunny weather? Beautiful beaches? College town atmosphere? No doubt a bit of all of those because I’ve certainly shot my fair share of athletes at or near UCSB (not to mention a couple of Nobel Prize winners too). So it…

Hit the Road: The Journey Between Assignments for Sports Illustrated

Hit the Road: The Journey Between Assignments for Sports Illustrated

Let me just start by saying that I’m from Los Angeles. Which means, quite frankly, that I don’t think of driving as a means of pleasure. In fact, it’s more like cage fighting. Every man for himself, bare knuckled and bloody. The only time I look to the side of the highway is to unfurl…

Mongo Loved His Garden!

Mongo Loved His Garden!

Mongo, whose real name we all know is Alex Karras, loved his garden! Yes, the Detroit Lion’s pro bowl, tough-as-nails defensive lineman who caused havoc for opposing quarterbacks, was a man who in retirement loved to gently tend to his tulips, orchids and roses amid his beautiful garden in the Hollywood Hills. I was asked…

How One Editor Impacted My Career

I recently finished a fantastic book by Sir Ken Robinson called The Element. Sir Ken speaks globally about transforming education to better channel students toward their passions as opposed to churning out assembly line students. I was fortunate enough to find my passion in college, but we all know there are people who help us…

East of Eden: The First Tee of Monterey County

East of Eden: The First Tee of Monterey County

East of Eden: The Kids of the First Tee of Monterey County – Images by Todd Bigelow Early in 2011 I was assigned to spend a week amid the fields that dot the central coast in Steinbeck country. It’s a familiar place for me as I’ve come to understand the lives of hard working immigrant…

Behind the Scenes with NBC Sports & Golf Channel

Behind the Scenes with NBC Sports & Golf Channel

Shooting a behind the scenes story can go one of two ways. Either you get the access needed to tell a story, or you get the runaround and get the story the subject wants you to have. It’s a dance that is played out by willing participants who understand each others role. The subject knows…

What a Difference a Year Makes for NFL Receiver Austin Collie

What a Difference a Year Makes for NFL Receiver Austin Collie

Boy, talk about having to draw on patience and understanding. This past summer I shot Indianapolis Colt wide receiver Austin Collie for a Sports Illustrated profile. In the few hours I spent with him, I found him to be a extremely nice guy. He was patient and accommodating during the off-season shoot. Little did he…

The Early Risers

The Early Risers

Pretty golf courses aren’t born that way, nor do they stay that way without tremendous effort by The Early Risers. They are the laborers who work silently and with purpose, racing against the sunrise to stay ahead of the day’s first group of golfers. Golf courses across the country owe their manicured fairways, tightly mowed…

May 2, 20011 Issue of Sports Illustrated

May 2, 20011 Issue of Sports Illustrated

From the May 2, 2011 issue of Sports Illustrated, a portrait I shot of Indianapolis Colt receiver Austin Collie who has suffered multiple concussions. Todd Bigelow Photography