First of all, many thanks to Marlow Prado-Blankenship and Ms. Sarina Morales, The Nike Field Reporter, for thinking of me and my coverage from last year’s LA Boxing: Fight Night. Marlow and Barbara [Bartolomeo] were one of several fighters in the exhibition. Needless to say I was highly impressed with the toughness and conditioning of these ladies. I would not want to tick either one of them off. Congrats to your both on the article. Check it out here:
A Hit Friendship
Chicago, Illinois — Available for order, Christina and Christian’s wedding album!
New York — This is the second collection I’ve photographed for Arti and NeuAura. Before I received the samples I had plans to shoot the collection outdoors. Unfortunately, the DC area got hit with two monster snow storms, so I was a bit worried about the shoot. My only requirement was to maintain a rustic theme, so I Googled “rustic” and didn’t see images that I liked. I stumbled on some images of wood flooring and knew that was the direction I wanted to take.
I headed down to Home Depot, perused the aisles for cheap solutions, but didn’t find anything reasonable. Staining cut planks of wood required too much effort and buying a big box of wood flooring was uneconomical. I stumbled on some pressed wood shelving and decided to go with four shelves for $20. But after shooting the shoes on them, the results were terrible. The wood pattern and quality looked really cheap. I was really worried after that.
Overnight, I remembered seeing some pretty good quality flooring at Ikea. The next day I swung by and picked a box for $30. Wow! The put together the set on my dining room table, but still wasn’t sure what to expect. After shooting a test shot, I was feeling pretty good. The results were lightyears ahead of the Home Depot solution. I’ll be return the shelving and keeping the flooring for future shoots!
Client: Arti Upadhyay
Company: NeuAura Shoes (New York, NY)
Product: Animal-friendly fashion footwear
Fort Washington, Maryland — This was a really cool shoot at Old School Boxing, located in the basement of Rosecroft Raceway. The thing that got me was, from the outside, you’d never know it was there. I went back and forth down Rosecroft Drive thinking I had missed it. Lucky for me Cyprian answers his cell phone! The gym is a very authentic boxing gym with, you guessed it, that old school atmosphere. Inside, dozens of sweaty, yet welcoming faces greeted me as I entered the gym. The smell reminded me of the wrestling rooms back in high school. Weathered boxing gloves and old speed bags line the ceiling, while posters of boxing legends hang immortalized on the walls. I’ll definitely make another run back there and shoot around.
Client: Cyprian (CP Boxing)
Location: Old School Boxing (Rosecroft Raceway), 6336 Rosecroft Drive, Fort Washington, MD, 20744-1921