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.
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.
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.
I love playoffs. The NCAA lacrosse tournament has been in full swing for the last few weeks and I’ve been fortunate to document it for a variety of clients new and old. The action and emotion is on high as it’s win or go home. I’m drawn to little moments that show a different side to competition and the athlete. This definitely isn’t one of those moments.
Finding peak action is part skill, intuition and luck. There was a surprising number of photographers on the sidelines for this game and they were lined up shooting on the sideline opposite the benches. It’s a decent way to shoot the game because you can freely roam the sideline, the problem is everybody is shooting from that side. I like to roam and go where others aren’t shooting, so I made my way over to the bench sideline and just waited for North Carolina to come back down on offense. Bench side you can’t run behind the teams easily so you have to go all the way around. Lacrosse is a very fast game, sure enough the Tar Heels caught a break and were fast approaching, but missed the shot. North Carolina #4 Jimmy Bitter brought the ball out from behind the net and it looked like he had all the room in the world, until both defenders closed in. You could feel the hit and knew something big happened. Maryland went on to crush UNC to advance to the Final Four.
Being on the sidelines with other photographers, my competitive spirit comes out and I want to make the best photo of the game, to do that you have to take risks.
Last week I had the opportunity to work with long-time client, Ohio State, covering their Big10 Men’s Lacrosse Tournament run in College Park, MD. I figured it would be the standard game coverage, but I was surprised when they not only asked for me to do video, but also that it would be “all access” the moment they arrived at Byrd Field. There are tunnels, security guards, fences, curtains, and rules blocking your access to make photos of real moments away from the field, so having the client’s trust to be around their coaches and players in private moments is something I cherish. It also isn’t something that happens everyday. Here are a few of my favorite moments away from the action.
The Stony Brook Seawolves were a perfect 11-0 before coming to Baltimore to face the Johns Hopkins Bluejays. Loosing is always tough. As an athlete you look back and start trying to second-guess or what-if-this might have happen to moments in the game. Sometimes it’s just not your day. The only blemish on an otherwise perfect season for the Seawolves who are now playing in the NCAA Tournament.