Tear Sheet : GX Magazine


A few weeks ago I was contacted by GX (Guard Experience) Magazine to make a portrait of a female officer in the National Guard.

Basically my assignment was to make a cool portrait in front of a background that helped convey the officer’s story. Seemed simple enough.

After speaking with my subject, CW2 Harringon, I learned about her amazing story as the sole female member of a Special Forces unit in Afghanistan. This type of scenario is extremely rare, however she was a welcomed and respected member of the unit because of her skill set.

In Afghanistan, Afghan women are not allowed to speak to the males. CW2 Harrington was able to communicate directly with females on both sides of the fight, to either help convince the wives of potential allies to join the Afghan Army or to retrieve sensitive information from the wives of the opposition leaders.

CW2 Harrington was stationed at Fort Meade, MD so after hearing her story I began to scratch my head a bit, trying to think how I could convey her incredible story through this location. Needless to say Fort Meade doesn’t necessarily resemble the mountains of Afghanistan.

Realizing that the power of the images were going to come from my subject and not a literal background, I made the decision to just find a simple background and let my subject shine through. After trying a few other more “military-themed” options and realizing I was trying a little to hard, I came upon some barracks with a simple, yet interesting looking wooden paneling on the outside. The wood was tinted green and was an almost identical match for CW2 Harrington’s uniform.

I had her stand right up against the wall, set up my light and let her do the rest. The textures blew me away, but what makes the images so strong is CW2 Harrington’s spirit piercing through in each photo.

In addition to the tear sheet with the image that ran in the magazine here are a few more of my favorite images.
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Super Bowl XLIX : My Take

In the last 8 years I have photographed a lot of NFL football games…all of which were shot as a team photographer for the Baltimore Ravens. A few days ago I photographed my first NFL game that did not involve the Ravens…It just so happened to be the Super Bowl. A few weeks ago I was contacted by the NFL asking if I wanted to be a part of their photo team if the Ravens didn’t make the Super Bowl. Of course I said yes. (Insert a giant thank you to Ben and the rest of the photo crew for having me along)

I was excited to be able to approach a game purely as a photojournalist, not caring who won or lost, just there to capture what happened. Although this was my first time shooting the Super Bowl for the NFL, it was not my first Super Bowl. I was with the Ravens when they won the Super Bowl two years ago. Naturally things were a little different. As a team photographer  I am allowed on the field during pre game warmups, in the locker room and inside the bench area. That was not the case in Arizona (which I expected). During a game for the Ravens I roam the entire sideline working opposite the team’s other photographer Phil Hoffmann. For the NFL I was stationed in the same corner of the field for the entire game.

My assignment? Shoot whatever happens in front of my lens. After the game, I had a more specific task. Originally I was supposed to shoot the winning coach. Just before the game things got switched around so that each photographer would just shoot the coach/QB on their sideline. I just happened to be on the Seahawks sideline. Although not as fun as shooting the winner, I made a few frames of Pete Carroll shaking hands with Bill Belichick then somberly walking off the field. After that I tried my best to work my way back into the media scrums which were already jam-packed.

All in all it was a great experience for me. Although I’d love it if the Ravens went to the Super Bowl every year, if they don’t, hopefully I’ll still make my way on to the field.

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Baltimore Ravens : Best of the 2014 Season

This year was an incredible one for me. I was busier shooting and editing than ever before. One of the few downsides of that was having to sacrifice making regular posts to my blog. I decided to try and make up for that by selecting my favorite images from the Ravens 2014 season. Thanks for taking the time to stop by and look. Enjoy!

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Cheerleading Tryouts

This past weekend the Baltimore Ravens held their annual cheerleading tryouts. Hundreds came out, but only a select few made it past the two day tryout and on to the interview round. Here is my take…

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