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.
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.
A few months back I started working with lululemon athletica on various social media and ambassador projects. Now that they are out in the wild I can finally share some of the work. Esther is probably one of the most open, nice and quietly intense person I’ve met. We have had a chance to work together over the last year on a few shoots, but as an official ambassador shoot we really wanted to capture her intensity in her own element. I’ve heard stories about her classes from friends and the local lululemon Harbor East crew, but I had never experienced one in person until the shoot. Her classes are intense, loud, sweaty. This is what we were looking to capture.
While I mainly CrossFit now, I got back into a physical routine with spin classes and biking. I enjoyed the darkness of the room, loud music, and the pedaling. Since we were going into a regular class, we didn’t want to destroy the atmosphere with strobe lights popping off, so I went and rented large hot-lights that are typically used for video productions to mimic her studio’s lighting. The camera, lights, modifiers, they are just tools to best accomplish the goal of finding story-telling images. Here are a few of my favorites from the day.