Our Man Cardoni

September 1, 2011 at 2:00 pm Leave a comment


Lady Lion basketball player Nikki Greene checks out a photo Cardoni took of her.

Ryan Jones mentioned in his post about Jay Paterno earlier today that we had hired Bill Cardoni to shoot the opening spread for our Sept/Oct profile of Jay, and when I saw it, I took a minute to browse Bill’s website—and I was struck by how many Penn Stater magazine photos I recognized in his portfolio.

We learned about Bill from Tim Baldwin and John Goryl, the team who redesigned The Penn Stater seven years ago. Tim and John used to be at Philadelphia Magazine and used Bill a lot for that publication. Bill is based in the Poconos but does a lot of photography shoots in New York City, and he also travels to University Park just about every issue to do some shoots for us.

Bill’s online portfolios are almost like a “Who’s Who” of Penn Stater magazine coverage. If you go to his site and click on Portrait I, Portrait II, or Portrait III, you’ll see everyone from Nittany Lion defensive end Jack Crawford to Camp Woodward founder Gary Ream ’76 to Penn State ornithologist Margaret Brittingham … not to mention twirler PJ Maierhofer ’10, wrestling coach Cael Sanderson, and former Lion quarterback Michael Robinson ’04, ’06.

His portfolio called “Print” includes Bubba Beschler, who works at Penn State’s Applied Research Lab but is better known as the drummer for the Screaming Ducks.

There are shoots for other magazines in Bill’s portfolio, of course. Just a few photos away from Bubba Beschler, for example, I came across a portrait of Patti LaBelle. I’m pretty sure she has no Penn State connection.

Tina Hay, editor

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