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.
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.
Excited to have a chance to share one of my first assignments of the 2016 now that it has gone to press. I had another opportunity to work with Messiah College and their quarterly BRIDGE magazine photographing senior Katie Kaslow as she travels across the East Coast to perform her research. We were fortunate to catch her on tour before working at the National Archives in Washington, DC on what was the coldest day of 2016 so far this year with the temps at about 12 degrees when we started and a small wind of 20mph. Katy and my assistant Eric were troopers and we were able to knock out a few looks before the Archives opened up for the day.
It’s always exciting to have a cover, especially when you get bumped up due to the art. Thanks goes out to Katie, Eric and the Messiah College team who always gives me interesting assignments.
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.
Part two of alumni portraits for Messiah College. This time a GE lobbyist was the subject and we were steps away from the Whitehouse and the Capital. It was a typical steamy DC summer day, so we opted to work the inside location first, before hitting our outside shot, especially since he had just come from a meeting on the Hill. The client was looking for a “big company” feel and a DC scene from the building’s roof. Even on a hot, muggy day in DC, I had a blast and learned a lot about his work as a lobbyist. Here are a few of my favorites.
A few months back I had an opportunity to work with Messiah College on a two-part project photographing local alumni in their office spaces for their publications. Emily’s non-profit has a great, modern office space in Alexandria, VA so it gave us a chance to hit a few different setups for the assignment. I had a fun time learning about their mission fighting for human rights, especially women’s rights in third-world countries. Here are a few of my favorites from the shoot.