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.
A few months back I had chance to work with Sports+Lifestyle Unlimited model Alex on-location and in studio. This series was by far my favorite from the shoot.Originally I had it lit a lot more, but after taking a look at the images, I’m glad I switched to a simpler, more dramatic lighting setup.
One of the most rewarding projects I had in 2015 was documenting the Kennedy Krieger Institute’s Spinal Cord Injury Center’s hand cycling team training and competing in the Baltimore Running Festival. I spent 4 days during the month of October documenting their training rides and marathon day. Our goal was to show their patients as athletes. You think this would be obvious, but after talking with Erin and the team throughout the planning process, the general public doesn’t see their work, dedication, and that they are in fact athletes because they spend their days in a wheelchair. We wanted to change that.
For those of you who haven’t been in Baltimore for a Marathon Day, you are missing out because it’s amazing. People line the streets to watch thousands file by while in agony, usually beer in hand; Em and I live right on the Marathon’s path; our neighbors also throw a great party. It’s definitely worth experiencing in person.
Some of them have raced (running to dirt bikes) before their injury, while others have found it as an outlet after injury. Most of the racers are mechanically inclined due to constant fixing issues with their chairs or bikes to solve daily life issues. There’s something about working with these athletes that I have yet to articulate well, other than I’m always truly inspired by their attitude, work ethic and determination.
Tomorrow I’ll share the studio portraits of the team. Here’s a link to the full story – http://www.ebrianschneider.com/handcycle/
While Baltimore hasn’t been hammered with as much snow as the rest of the northeast, thankfully, we’ve already gotten our fair share. I was scheduled to work with another Sports+Lifestyle Unlimited model, Shelbye, on a day where we got half a foot of snow via huge, beautiful snow flakes in the city. Since moving to Baltimore 5 years ago, Maryland drivers have proven to be the worst at handling adverse road conditions. While I try not to change around productions and schedules if I don’t have to, I try to be as flexible with my clients as possible so the shoot can be successful. When I gave Shelbye the option to reschedule she responded with, “Can we still do the outdoor locations in the snow?”. I knew then she’d game for just about anything.
Shelbye is a certified CrossFit Level 1 trainer so we were going to be doing functional fitness movements in the snow. I bagged up one of my Elinchrom Rangers so I could have a bit of pop to bring out the snow and her muscle definition. We shot outside of CrossFit Harbor East flipping tires, picking up atlas stones, sledge hammering tires. To keep Shelbye warm, we had her winter jacket close by for in between shots, but make no mistake she was out there working in a longsleeve and sometimes just a sports bra; girl was tough.
While I despise all snow, I do appreciate working in the snow and other elements to create unique photos. Here are a few of my favorites. You can check out more of my sports lifestyle work here.
Recent photos from a shoot working with another Sports+Lifestyle Unlimited model Erik. He plays semi-pro lacrosse on a team based in Washington, DC. I wanted to have a real stadium be the backdrop, so I called my friends at Loyola University to see if I could use Ridley Athletic Complex for a shoot. After some back and forth over logistics, I was able to secure the entire stadium for our shoot for almost 4 hours. I’ve rented out stadiums in the past, but I really can’t thank the crew I work with at Loyola enough for allowing me to use the complex for an entire afternoon. I worked with Polina, from the previous two posts, that morning and the weather was even better for my shoot with Erik in the afternoon. We started with lacrosse and then moved on to cross training – tire slamming, speed ladder work, sled pushes, bleacher runs, and medicine ball work on the field and in the tunnel.
Here are a few of my favorites from the afternoon.
Here’s the second half of my shoot with Polina. After the stretching and running we moved on to outdoor weights and CrossFit style movements. The sun decided to come out for a bit making it feel warmer and brighter. I found this urban concrete park that features handball and tennis courts in East Baltimore that I thought would be a great backdrop for this part of the shoot. Simple, cool, strong, and urban, matched with Polina’s style.
A couple weeks ago I had the chance to work with talent from Sports+Lifestyle Unlimited Agency out of Portland. It’s a great agency focusing on models and talent with sport specific skill sets. I’ll be sharing work with three different local models over the next few days, first up is my shoot with Polina. The urban landscape that Baltimore provides a diverse urban landscape. This location was in East Baltimore a public football field nestled amongst row homes and blight. We’ve gotten our fair share of snow in Baltimore and while the temperatures warmed up, we started the shoot on a cold winter morning.
To me running in the cold, is pure dedication. The cold air in your lungs, seeing your breath; there are only serious runners are out. You don’t see as many people braving the elements and the ones I see have this look of quiet preparation and intensity on their face. That’s what I was going for here, warming up and preparing for that daily run in the elements. More from this shoot tomorrow.
I was commissioned a month or so ago by Lindsey Dunn, a local Russian Kettlebell Certified trainer to capture portraits of her performing calisthenics for a calendar and soon-to-launch website. She wanted it to be industrial and urban, which is right up my alley. With the help of a few friends I found the Lake Montebello Street Gym, a purple and green montage of fitness equipment spread around Lake Montebello. Around that area of northeast Baltimore, there is also a lot of blight. We had a sunrise call time at the gym, to minimize the number of people and have the best light. We had a chance to do a few different exercises before it got too crowded. It couldn’t have been a more gorgeous morning, so we jumped in the car and started exploring the surrounding areas. Blight and brick walls in this neighborhood were not hard to find. I have mixed feelings on these blighted row homes, part of me wants them gone so the City and residents can rebuild with a fresh start; but the other part of me admires the beauty in the decay of the structures. Until they fall, I guess I’ll use them as backgrounds. Here’s a few of my favorites from the shoot.
A few weeks back I had the chance to work with Adrienne Jordan, a fitness model from LA while she was in town visiting family. It couldn’t have been a nicer day weather wise – not humid and no rain. We started at sunrise and hit 3 or 4 different industrial locations with a few outfits. Here are a few of my favorites from a morning run in East Baltimore’s industrial district.
A couple of weeks ago, I had a chance to work my friend Tyler Goldberg from the gym. Tyler has been competing on the CrossFit Harbor East team the last two years at the CrossFit Games Mid-Atlantic Regional and is also a coach at the gym. We started inside with his 3-part workout for the day which included hand-stand pushups at a deficit and pull-ups among the many movements.
As I’m always scouting interesting locations in Baltimore, the parking garage across the street was empty and provided a decent view of the skyline in the background. It was a typical Baltimore summer day – hot and humid – so a perfect day to do weightlifting outside. So after Tyler’s workout, I convinced him to bring the bar and weights across the street so we could try a few in the garage. It was later afternoon, so not the most ideal time, but the Elinchrom Ranger held its own against the powerful sun. I think overall it worked and has started giving me other ideas and looking at buildings for more urban backdrops.