A few weeks ago, I had an amazing opportunity and honor to work with former Army Green Beret Capt. Ben Harrow for US Lacrosse Magazine as part of their Best of Lax end of year issue. I’m very fortunate my job allows me to meet a wide variety of people who are truly inspiring. This was by-far the most humbling assignment I had this year.
Ben served 3 tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan. On May 15, 2012, Harrow stepped on an IED loosing his legs and a few fingers in the blast. There was so much damage he was told he’d never walk again as his right femur was too short for prosthetics, which would make him wheelchair bound. Through an experimental procedure called osseo-distraction, his femur was broken multiple times and a device was inserted to help it grow 6.5 inches longer, enabling him to be fitted for prosthetics and the ability to walk again. He was the first amputee patient in America to have this procedure, which has now become common for other soldiers at Walter Reed with similar Harrow a former attackman, turned short-stick midfielder while attending Army hadn’t played lacrosse in 11 years until this summer at Shootout for Soldiers. The experience at Shootout for Soldiers brought closure to his lacrosse career, but he’s currently competing as a sled hockey goalie on international teams.
Here’s a few of my favorites and out-takes from the project.
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.
Back in June we had a chance to photograph USA Olympic Weightlifting Phenom CJ Cummings on assignment at his home gym in Beaufort, SC. Cummings, 16 years old, has been on a tear lately setting and breaking records no American has touched at any age in almost 20 years. He routinely lifts against men almost twice his age and just missed making Team USA for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio.
A fun, fast-paced and heavy lifting (CJ, not me) shoot on a beautiful, humid day on the coast of South Carolina. A few of my favorites from the shoot.
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.
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.
Back in November I had a chance to shoot John Urshel at the Baltimore Ravens facility. John isn’t like any other football player. He graduated from Penn State with both his Masters and Bachelors in Mathematical Sciences. He’s gotten a fair amount of press over his published papers and playing in the NFL at the same time. I had a chance to shoot him on seamless for Baltimore magazine. I graduated with a degree in computer science, so I took a fair amount of math – Calculus, Discrete Math, Linear Algebra, Computational Computing – during my time at Clemson. I never would’ve thought in a million years I’d get a chance to shoot a portrait of an NFL athlete who is a math nerd. Offensive lineman are hard for me because they don’t hold the ball, but they also aren’t interesting recognizable due to their position.
We were fortunate to have 10 min with John to make a portrait, spending time talking about Turing machines and driving crappy cars. Thanks to Travis for the awesome assist.
Hitting the newsstands today, my feature shoot with Johns Hopkins Ryan Brown for Lacrosse Magazine. Brown is the premier attack man in the country and is steadily becoming one of the Blue Jays best players’ ever. The creative was pretty open, so I decided to setup a “seamless” on the field for some action shots and then use the bleachers as a second look. Our seamless was a 12×12 silk to give Ryan room to move and shoot, thanks to Travis for the huge help on setup and for helping lug 500lbs of sand.
My favorite is below, along with the behind-the-scenes and the other tears from the magazine.
We definitely tested his accuracy as I had him shooting at a target just off-camera, luckily for me he didn’t miss once.
I’m excited to finally share this project, now that the report has hit the printing press and shipped. Back in April, I had an awesome opportunity to work with Planit, a great Baltimore agency, to shoot a campaign for a local financial investment firm in Baltimore. The firm has been thriving for awhile, but wanted to showcase its institutional caliber resources, knowledge and people that help their clients thrive. The job was production heavy, with a tight shoot schedule and turn around time for the final images. We spent a long, but fun day shooting key executives and team members in their office environment and “in studio”, along with details and environments. The goal of any portrait is to find the person’s personality and find a real moment. To meet the production schedule, we setup a full fashion-inspired studio upstairs, and then used a mobile setup so we could hit all the locations, while not interrupting their workflow too much for the day.
Can’t thank the assistants, stylist, retoucher and client enough for all their hard work and energy throughout the day to make this a success. Here are a few of my favorites.