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Aug 31, 2016; Baltimore, MD, USA; Upton Boxing Center team member Lorenzo
Aug 31, 2016; Baltimore, MD, USA; Upton Boxing Center team member Lorenzo “Truck” Simpson poses for a portrait on the roof overlooking West Baltimore.

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.

 

Team USA and New York Lizards star Paul Rabil taking a shot against white seamless on a field.
Team USA and New York Lizards star Paul Rabil taking a shot against white seamless on a field.

 

Team USA and New York Lizards star Paul Rabil poses for a portrait against white seamless on a field.

 

Team USA and New York Lizards star Paul Rabil poses for a portrait against white seamless on a field.

 

Team USA and New York Lizards star Paul Rabil poses for a portrait against white seamless on a field.

 

A 5 year old girl makes a lacrosse pass.
A 5 year old girl makes a lacrosse pass.

 

Behind the scenes of the 20x20 turned 20x10
Behind the scenes of the 20×20 turned 20×10
June 16, 2016; Beaufort, SC, USA; CJ Cummings is a (69kg, USA) Olympic Weightlifter from Beaufort, SC. He's 16 years old and sponsored by Reebok and Eleiko. On June 27, 2016 he won the 2016 IWF Junior World Championships with 317kg, setting a World Youth Record. His 180kg (396 lbs) clean and jerk and 317kg total are Senior American Records. He also completed a 137kg (302lb) snatch.  On October 22, 2016 at the IWF Youth World Championships in Penang, Malaysia, broke his own clean and jerk world record with a 182kg/401 lbs and completed a 135kg/297lb snatch.
June 16, 2016; Beaufort, SC, USA; CJ Cummings is a (69kg, USA) Olympic Weightlifter from Beaufort, SC. He’s 16 years old and sponsored by Reebok and Eleiko. On June 27, 2016 he won the 2016 IWF Junior World Championships with 317kg, setting a World Youth Record. His 180kg (396 lbs) clean and jerk and 317kg total are Senior American Records. He also completed a 137kg (302lb) snatch. On October 22, 2016 at the IWF Youth World Championships in Penang, Malaysia, broke his own clean and jerk world record with a 182kg/401 lbs and completed a 135kg/297lb snatch.

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.

Olympic lifting platform at Crossfit Beaufort in Beaufort, SC where CJ Cummings trains.

 

CJ Cummings applies chalk to his hands before a lift in a training session.

 

CJ Cummings before performing a snatch.
CJ Cummings before performing a snatch.

 

CJ Cummings performing a front squat during a training session in Beaufort, SC.
CJ Cummings performing a front squat during a training session in Beaufort, SC.

 

CJ Cummings takes a reflective moment during a training session in Beaufort, SC
CJ Cummings takes a reflective moment during a training session in Beaufort, SC.

 

A detail shot of CJ Cummings' American Flag wrist wraps during a training session before a snatch.
A detail shot of CJ Cummings’ American Flag wrist wraps during a training session before a snatch.

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/.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tear sheet of US Lacrosse CEO Steve Stenersen
Tear sheet of US Lacrosse CEO Steve Stenersen.

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.

Here are a few of my favorites from the day.

 

April 28, 2016; Baltimore, MD, USA; Johns Hopkins Blue Jays and U-19 Team USA defender Patrick Foley poses for a portrait at Historic Homewood Field on campus in Baltimore, MD.

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.

 

June 1, 2016; Baltimore, MD, USA; Fagan Harris, CEO of Baltimore Corps, poses for a portrait at their headquarters, a small row home in the Federal Hill neighborhood of Baltimore. Baltimore Corp is a social entrepreneurship venture connecting leaders and creatives with social enterprises, non-profits and government offices.

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.

You can find the whole profile here – http://www.ozy.com/rising-stars/baltimores-cory-booker-in-the-making/68726

June 1, 2016; Baltimore, MD, USA; Fagan Harris (left), CEO of Baltimore Corps, talks with Jasmine Gibson (middle) and Kevin Easterly (right) at their headquarters in a small row home in the Federal Hill neighborhood of Baltimore.

 

June 1, 2016; Baltimore, MD, USA; A note on the fridge of participant of a recent Play More B’More event.

 

June 1, 2016; Baltimore, MD, USA; Detail pictures of current Baltimore Corp staff and fellows at their headquarters located in a small row home in the Federal Hill neighborhood of Baltimore.

 

June 1, 2016; Baltimore, MD, USA; Fagan Harris, CEO of Baltimore Corps, poses for a portrait at their headquarters, a small row home in the Federal Hill neighborhood of Baltimore.
April 25, 2016; Baltimore, MD, USA; Under Armour Vice President of Sports Marketing and Sponsorships Ryan Kuehl and Senior Vice President Brand Marketing Adrienne Lofton pose for a portrait at the Under Armour Brand House in Harbor East, Baltimore, MD.

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.

Here are my two favorites from the shoot.

Ohio State needed a win against the top-ranked Terps to have a chance at competing in the post season. You could feel the excitement about whether they could extend their season into the Big10 Tournament. Not only that, it was one of the nicest and warmest days we’ve had all spring, with a gorgeous sunset to start the second half. The Buckeyes started off hot and were only down a goal at half-time, but just couldn’t stop the Maryland offense. Here are a few of my favorites on and off the field.