A few weeks ago, I had an amazing opportunity and honor to work with former Army Green Beret Capt. Ben Harrow for US Lacrosse Magazine as part of their Best of Lax end of year issue. I’m very fortunate my job allows me to meet a wide variety of people who are truly inspiring. This was by-far the most humbling assignment I had this year.
Ben served 3 tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan. On May 15, 2012, Harrow stepped on an IED loosing his legs and a few fingers in the blast. There was so much damage he was told he’d never walk again as his right femur was too short for prosthetics, which would make him wheelchair bound. Through an experimental procedure called osseo-distraction, his femur was broken multiple times and a device was inserted to help it grow 6.5 inches longer, enabling him to be fitted for prosthetics and the ability to walk again. He was the first amputee patient in America to have this procedure, which has now become common for other soldiers at Walter Reed with similar Harrow a former attackman, turned short-stick midfielder while attending Army hadn’t played lacrosse in 11 years until this summer at Shootout for Soldiers. The experience at Shootout for Soldiers brought closure to his lacrosse career, but he’s currently competing as a sled hockey goalie on international teams.
Here’s a few of my favorites and out-takes from the project.
I had an awesome opportunity back in late August to go document and experience a place I’ve always wanted to go – Upton Boxing Center for Baltimore magazine. It was an awesome opportunity to work with 16 year old, 165lb boxer Lorenzo “Truck” Simpson who recently won his sixth National Silver Gloves Championship and a gold medal at the Junior Boxing Olympics, surpassing Oscar De La Hoya. He’s currently preparing for the 2020 US Olympic Trials as the top ranked 165lb amateur boxer in the country with a 161-2 record.
I’m not a huge boxing fan, but you can tell the way he hits, talks and acts that he’s special. Here’s a few of my favorites from my time with Truck, the coaches and boxers at Upton.
Excited and honored to photograph the cover of November issue of USLacrosse Magazine featuring Team USA and New York Lizards superstar Paul Rabil. Big thanks goes out to my buddy Travis Marshall who provided an amazing assist setting up the 20’x10′ in less than ideal circumstances and to Matt at US Lacrosse for the trust, model sourcing and brainstorming to bring this shoot to life.
We shot 9 different looks(2 group, 7 individuals) on the seamless in about 1.5 hours before the weatherman got it wrong and it started raining. We started off with groups of boys and girls to try to achieve the concept of the “caveman evolution photo” in camera, but also wanted to shoot individuals to give us the most flexibility if we needed to composite the athletes for the desired look.
It’s always fun to see work in print, but definitely a bit more special when you’re on the cover. Here’s a few of my favorites from the shoot and a behind-the-scenes of the setup at the bottom.
Back in June we had a chance to photograph USA Olympic Weightlifting Phenom CJ Cummings on assignment at his home gym in Beaufort, SC. Cummings, 16 years old, has been on a tear lately setting and breaking records no American has touched at any age in almost 20 years. He routinely lifts against men almost twice his age and just missed making Team USA for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio.
A fun, fast-paced and heavy lifting (CJ, not me) shoot on a beautiful, humid day on the coast of South Carolina. A few of my favorites from the shoot.
This post is a long time coming, especially as Free Baltimore Yoga turns 1 year old and morphs into Free City Yoga and expands to DC, Fort Collins, Pittsburgh and the Twin Cities. Free City Yoga is awesome, free studio-quality yoga in non-studio places. You can usually catch Em and I Tuesday nights at the Patterson Park Community Center if I’m in town. Yoga is something that I’ve mostly enjoyed learning and practicing as it helps me become more flexible, heal my hip and de-stress. While not affiliated with Free City Yoga, you might’ve recently seen a local Baltimore elementary school replacing detention with meditation and yoga.
Since LA doesn’t teach in a studio anymore, we took to the streets and sights of Baltimore at 3 different locations to do a “class” and some individual poses. It’s so exciting to see a radical idea take hold, improve the community and expand across the country, congrats to LA and her team on the hard work and expansion of Free City Yoga.
Here’s a few of my favorites from the shoot. It’s been great working with lululemon over the last year, much more to come over the next few weeks on the blog.
This spring I got a chance to go back-to-school by working with Maryvale Preparatory School, an independent 6-12 Catholic girls school here in Baltimore. We documented the beautiful and modern campus over two fast-paced days of admissions marketing photography concentrating on student collaboration, 8-1 student-to-faculty ratio, advanced technology resources (3D printers and robotics!), STEM curriculum, art studios, athletic facilities and the energetic campus.
Here are a few of my favorites from the project, to see the whole project, check it out here – http://www.ebrianschneider.com/#/maryvale-prep/.
Excited to share a 4 page feature we shot of US Lacrosse’s CEO Steve Stenersen for Lacrosse Magazine. With lacrosse not only expanding in the US, but globally Steve’s leadership has helped propel the organization and the game through change. We had a few hours with Steve to knockout a studio and various location looks around the beautiful new offices and soon to be completed Lacrosse Hall of Fame. All in all we completed 8 setups in 2 hours, saving the July heat for last.
Stenersen’s won an NCAA Championship with North Carolina and played on various club teams before becoming involved in the governance of the sport. He worked in conjunction with other lacrosse organizations to form what is now US Lacrosse and was selected as it’s CEO a post he’s held ever since.
A few months back we had a chance to photograph Johns Hopkins Blue Jays and Team USA U-19 defenseman Patrick Foley for a special feature on the Team USA U-19 stars for Lacrosse Magazine. In an age of sport specialization here in the US, Foley is a late-bloomer picking up a lacrosse stick for the first time as a freshman in high school. He’s also not your prototypical defender standing in at just 6 feet, 175lbs; small for your top-level long-sticks. Foley shined this year at Hopkins, won a Gold Medal with Team USA and recently was named to the All-World Team for his performance at the U19 World Championships in Coquitlam, British Columbia.
It was fun to photograph this smart, confident, blue-collar kid. Here’s a few of my favorites from the shoot.
Last month I spent the afternoon with Baltimore Corps CEO Fagan Harris at their row-home headquarters in Federal Hill on assignment for OZY.com. Harris is a rising star locally who is helping change the city of Baltimore for the better by connecting business leaders and creatives with social enterprises, city government and non-profits through his social entrepreneurship venture Baltimore Corps.
It was a fun assignment for me because I was exposed to another person in Baltimore who’s trying to improve the city. It was great to share experiences, views, goals and hope for Baltimore.
What do Character, Talent, and Style all have in common? It’s how Under Armour picks its sponsorship athletes.
Back in April I had a chance to photograph Under Armour executives Ryan Kuehl and Adreinne Lofton for Baltimore magazine. They find these “under-the-radar” athletes who have exploded over the last few years – Stephen Curry, Jordan Speith, Tom Brady, Misty Copeland, Cam Newton, and Bryce Harper to name a few.
With both of them on crazy travel schedules, we were able to find a 15 minute time slot where both were free and in Baltimore together at the Under Armour Brand House in Harbor East. We were able to knock through 3 different setups to give the magazine the most flexibility.