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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ohio State Buckeyes Head Coach Nick Myers takes a quiet moment before the game against Johns Hopkins Blue Jays at Homewood Field.

It’s always a treat for a client to trust you with access. The opportunity to go behind the curtain and show the world the moments off the field is one of my favorite parts of this job. While each team is different, coaches and players have their superstitions/rituals/traditions before and after games. Here’s a few favorites from when Ohio State took on Johns Hopkins at Historic Homewood Field. It was a game that started with snow, had 25 goals, ended with sun and me editing pictures on the train to NYC.

 

 

 

 

Having been in Baltimore for 6 years, it was odd but I had never worked a lacrosse game at UMBC. I’d covered the America East Soccer Championship a few times, but for whatever reason never covered lacrosse there. At UMBC all the fields are congregated in one area of campus, so there’s tons of lights around, it was fascinating to see all the lights for the different fields and play with them as backdrops. A few favorites from when long-time client, Stony Brook Seawolves took on the UMBC Retrievers.

With spring finally here, that means one thing here in Maryland … lacrosse and lots of it. With the NCAA regular season coming to a close and the post-season starting, we are going to take this week to share some of our favorite lacrosse photos from this exciting season. First up, long-time client Albany – without the Thompsons – taking on top-ranked Maryland at Capital One Stadium Byrd Field in College Park, MD. Albany is always fun as they play a really fast-paced, offensive-minded game. While I dislike the logistics of working at Byrd Field, the access and angles help make up for that. Here’s a few of my favorites from the game.

 

 

 

The night before the big race while documenting the spaghetti dinner celebrating all the athletes who would be competing in the Baltimore Running Festival the next day, I setup a seamless to shoot portraits of the racers with their bikes. It was tough to position a bike and the subject on a 9 foot seamless, but we were able to get it done. It was also a chance for me to get to know each of them better and to know a few who were not able to be a part of the reportage series. Here are the few that are my favorites from the night.

 

 

College basketball is in full-swing and we are heading very quickly towards conference championships and March Madness. Right before Thanksgiving, I got a chance to document long-time client, the Old Dominion Monarchs as they competed in the 2015 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT. The Monarchs faced off against top-ranked Purdue and a scrappy St. Joseph’s squads. It’s always fun to travel for work and shoot in a new venue, especially when you have lots of access to the team. Here are a few of my favorites from the tournament and looking forward to covering more college basketball as March Madness approaches.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Baltimore Ravens offensive lineman John Urshel poses for a portrait on white seamless for Baltimore magazine.

Back in November I had a chance to shoot John Urshel at the Baltimore Ravens facility. John isn’t like any other football player. He graduated from Penn State with both his Masters and Bachelors in Mathematical Sciences. He’s gotten a fair amount of press over his published papers and playing in the NFL at the same time. I had a chance to shoot him on seamless for Baltimore magazine. I graduated with a degree in computer science, so I took a fair amount of math – Calculus, Discrete Math, Linear Algebra, Computational Computing – during my time at Clemson. I never would’ve thought in a million years I’d get a chance to shoot a portrait of an NFL athlete who is a math nerd. Offensive lineman are hard for me because they don’t hold the ball, but they also aren’t interesting recognizable due to their position.

We were fortunate to have 10 min with John to make a portrait, spending time talking about Turing machines and driving crappy cars. Thanks to Travis for the awesome assist.

Lacrosse Magazine, January 2016

Hitting the newsstands today, my feature shoot with Johns Hopkins Ryan Brown for Lacrosse Magazine. Brown is the premier attack man in the country and is steadily becoming one of the Blue Jays best players’ ever. The creative was pretty open, so I decided to setup a “seamless” on the field for some action shots and then use the bleachers as a second look. Our seamless was a 12×12 silk to give Ryan room to move and shoot, thanks to Travis for the huge help on setup and for helping lug 500lbs of sand.

My favorite is below, along with the behind-the-scenes and the other tears from the magazine.

We definitely tested his accuracy as I had him shooting at a target just off-camera, luckily for me he didn’t miss once.

 

 

Ryan Brown setup

Now that the year is coming to a close – projects shot and delivered; client gifts and promos mailed; and finshed work has started hitting the wild, the blog will be a bit more active. Goal for next year is to stay on-top of it a bit better, but it’s been tough with work, travel, bathroom renovation and fostering to stay on top of the blogging.

This summer I had a chance to work with TRUE Lacrosse (a subdivision of True Temper) to capture and produce the first set of brand imagery as they launched their first handle this fall. They already had a great line – “Play TRUE” – so we wanted to find, document, and show these true moments of lacrosse. Taping a stick, putting on eye black, pre-game moments, and thrill of victory. It’s always exciting as a creative to do something first and put your own stamp on the brand through the collaborative process.

We shot the campaign in one-day, both boys and girls, using local high schoolers playing on a local club team. Myself and the agency location scouted and decided to use Boy’s Latin HS, which is not only one of the best lacrosse teams in the country, but also has some of the best facilities and a killer two-story concrete wall that was perfect for multiple shot looks. Since this was the brand’s first shoot we needed to cover a fair amount of ground to get a variety of images for boys and girls, so we went with a larger crew. Big shout outs to Tom, Grant, Matt, and Yacouba (no particular order) for going above and beyond to make the production a success. While I might take the photos, it’s definitely takes great planning and a team effort to accomplish the client’s goals.

Here’s a few of my favorite photos from the day, you can see a wider take on my website. You can skip even farther down to see some behind-the-scenes photos from the shoot:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some behind-the-scenes from the day:

 

 

lululemon Annapolis ambassador Kate Grove performs stand up paddle board yoga in the Chesapeake Bay.

I’m pretty fortunate to make visuals for a living. It allows me to go places and meet people I wouldn’t have otherwise. This time lululemon sent me into the Chesapeake Bay on a gorgeous morning to create images of Annapolis ambassador Kate Grove as she performs stand up paddle board yoga. I have to admit, I’d never heard of this type of yoga and it also seems absolutely crazy. Balancing on the board and then doing some crazy yoga move, very cool and challenging. Kate was awesome and up for anything for the shoot. She teaches a variety of yoga classes, but her speciality is stand up paddle.

The only thing I hate about the ocean, jellyfish. My client gave me a heads up and so I’m dressed head-to-toe in workout compression, though you can’t tell from the behind-the-scenes photo below. Here are a few of my favorites from the shoot.

 

 

 

Me in the Chesapeake