I’m excited to share some new commercial portraits with local nutrition and fitness blogger Sara Cooper. We wanted to have a clean, rustic, and urban feel for thee photos. We spent the day in studio setting up and propping our “kitchen”, then Sara got to work prepping a beautiful kale salad with avocados, beets, and other healthy foods. We shot details of the food, portraits, and some brief kettle bell action to create custom imagery for her new website launch.
I’ve been addicted recently to using the old windows for backgrounds and light for recent portraits. I also discovered during this shoot, that the studio doubles as a great place to train. Here’s a few of my favorites from the day.
Now that this photo has finally hit the newsstands – Baltimore April 2014 – I can share this fun shoot I did with Baltimore tech startup OrderUp at their company headquarters. For those of you who haven’t heard of OrderUp, they are a food ordering and delivery service focusing on small markets, usually college towns and are already profitable. They’ve also made waves by hiring former Domino’s CTO who built the Pizza Tracker App.
With the recent expansion of the service to non-college towns like Towson, MD and Raleigh, NC, I got a call from Baltimore magazine to do a portrait featuring the two co-founders. If you can put a logo on a product, OrderUp has and most likely it will be on the swag wall. Both Chris and Jason were super laid back and up to try a few different things. We ran through a few different setups, but this was my favorite from the shoot, it was also one the magazine selected. Doesn’t always happen, but cool when it does.
I wanted to share a recent magazine cover shoot that finally hit the digital news stands. The international trade magazine Global Trading contacted me to shoot their cover featuring local trader John Radle from Campbell & Company on his company’s trading floor in Baltimore. John’s job and company create complex algorithms to trade in the commodities market based in Chicago. The assignment was to photograph him in and around the trading floor. I didn’t want to take up much of his time so I got there early to scout with my assistant. We setup the required shot first and then went off exploring, when I found this whiteboard with algorithms. We were able to run through a couple of different looks on the trading floor. John was laid-back and super personable during the whole shoot. Right before we finished up I brought him over to the whiteboard and was able to make some quick frames of him with the glass “whiteboard.” It wasn’t actually frosted, I positioned it in front of a frosted office window with daylight pouring through it. You can find another favorite frame of mine below, along with the cover.
A few days after Patrick Cha, I found myself at Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School in Washington, DC for a second day of Wendy’s High School Heisman National Finalist winners. This day I had the opportunity to document a “day-in-the-life” of Jillian Murray who is an All-American track runner at 800m distance. When not on the track or in the classroom, Jillian serves her community through the United Nation’s Girl Up, a program to empower young women to find themselves. The opportunity to not only document, but to interact with Jillian and her family, friends, teachers, and community members really showed her compassion, intelligence and drive that I’m sure will make her successful in life.
Jillian’s day presented numerous challenges: cold/rainy weather and logistics. Her campus is squeezed into Georgetown so they only have a gym on campus and due to the schedule we couldn’t make it out to her track a few miles away. The only favor the weather offered was a break from the rain so I could squeeze some portraits in of her. With the limited locations I had available, I tried this vertical portrait among some of my other looks. Jillian was a good sport about it, though I’m sure she thought I was a bit crazy. I don’t know why, but I like it, it’s something a bit different.
A few week’s ago, I had the fantastic opportunity to work for Wendy’s High School Heisman for the second year in a row. I again got a chance to photograph two different and highly talented kids in the Maryland/Washington/Mid Atlantic region. My job is to document a “day-in-the-life” while shadowing the ESPN video crew. This year’s assignments were similar but also very different from last year’s work. This year, every kid (12 total) across the country found out they were a National Finalist on the same day, so there were no huge school assemblies and surprise you’re a National Finalist this year. This eliminated a few shots from the list, but instead we added a motion sequence and others to replace it.
Patrick is a nationally ranked tennis player and a devoted community servant. Tennis is his second love, he was an avid football player before suffering a brain injury that made him hang up his cleats for his racket. When not on the court or in the classroom, he’s organizing community service opportunities to support Boston Marathon Bombing and local domestic violence victims. He’s also volunteered with the US State Department and is a School Liaison for their International Sports Delegations Visits. It was fun day and great opportunity to document Patrick and his family, friends, teachers and coaches. Patrick’s drive and compassion will definitely help him become successful in life.
A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to meet Paul Bridge. A local senior citizen who is also a volunteer for the B & O Railroad Museum in Baltimore. Paul has loved and been around trains all his life. Paul had a wish to travel the southeast to see other train museums, via train of course. His wish was sponsored by Susie and Joel Danick from TAD Relocation through Wish of a Lifetime, allowing Paul to visit museums in Tennessee and Georgia on his trip. I had the opportunity to document the send-off from the BWI Amtrak station for Wish of a Lifetime. It was great to spend the afternoon with Paul and his travel companion Daniel before their trip south. Good luck to both and here are a few of my favorites.
Last month I had the opportunity to work with Baltimore Magazine for the first time on assignment to capture a portrait of former Towson Tigers running back Terrance West preparing for the NFL Draft. Even though West went to a non-BCS school, he put up huge numbers and helped lead Towson to the FCS National Championship game for the first time in program history. Terrance grew up in West Baltimore and had scholarship offers from Clemson and Maryland, but due to family and academic reasons chose to stay close to home and play for Towson. As a three-year starter at Towson, West was known as a punishing running back and a hard-worker.
Due to his crazy pre-draft schedule, it took awhile to get a date that fit both our schedules. I knew I would only have about an hour with him, most likely less after talking with his agent as he was coming back into town after a workout. While I’ve worked at Under Armour before, I’ve never been to their Performance Center, so I got there super early to scout. I wanted to make a portrait of him that showed his preparation and personality, along with giving my editor a few different setups, indoor/outdoor, action/posed, etc. Since I got there with plenty of time, I was able to setup and run him through four different sets in about 45 min. Terrance was super easy and fun to work with, he loved being in front of the camera; not all athletes are that accommodating or easy to work with.
Since we finished early, he had a few moments before his next appointment. We chatted about the Draft, life, and Baltimore, while tossing the football around on a field over-looking the Harbor. Couldn’t have capped off the assignment any better.
A humble and hard-worker, I’ll definitely be rooting for Terrance in Cleveland next year.
As I mentioned in my first post about the Mariners my favorite part of being a team photographer is truly unlimited access. I’ve been very fortunate to earn the coaches, players, and organization’s trust to let me into their world and document it through my lens. I hadn’t been in a locker room since Clemson won the ACC Atlantic Division in 2009 at home. I of course arrived at the arena before anyone from the organization was there, just to explore, settle in, and collect myself. The team started trickling in about an hour later and I pulled my cameras out and put them on my shoulders. I went through the same activities they did, hang out, walk-through, team meal, and for the first hour didn’t lift a camera. I wanted them to be comfortable with me being present with them. For some of these players, this was their first professional game, for the seasoned veterans, it was business as usual. To see some inspirational locker room work, check out Chip Litherland’s work for ESPN the Magazine’s One Day One Game with the Miami Heat http://www.chiplitherland.com/blog/2012/04/05/lebron-wade-and-i/.
My time spent in and around the players off the field is very much observation, waiting for nods of approval and to become forgotten. Here are just a few of my favorite moments away from the field in this young season.
Yesterday was Opening Day here in Baltimore and fortunately I was able to catch a few innings of the game in between assignments. Back in 2011 I had the fortunate opportunity to interview for the Baltimore Orioles photography intern position with the team photographer Todd Olszewski and Director of Public Relations Monica Barlow. The interview went well, but due to some other situations I couldn’t take the position due to scheduling issues.
I’ve had a few opportunities to cover the Orioles here and there after that interview, and always ran into both of them. I was excited when I got a call from American Association for Cancer Research to take a portrait of Monica for their Cancer Progress Report publication. What I never knew and could’ve have guessed was Monica was battling Stage IV Lung Cancer in her early thirties and beating it at the time. She was a speaker and fundraiser for LUNGevity Foundation as a tireless advocate for lung cancer research.
Cancer of all forms is a horrible disease and unfortunately a few of my family members are currently battling or have battled cancer. I love the opportunity to work with organizations who help tell the story of people battling day-in-and-day-out with cancer of all forms because their internal strength is amazing.
If you’d like to read more about Monica, her work, and what the Orioles are doing to honor her: