Baltimore, MARYLAND — This portrait session with Hip-Hop artist SoulStice was several months in the making. SoulStice is not only an accomplished song writer–his skills made known on the Oscar award-winning movie, “The Blind Side“–but he also holds a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering.
I originally penned the Little Italy neighborhood as the our location, but SoulStice suggested a back-up location at Clipper Mill. The Food Network’s Ace of Cakes is actually down the street. On the day of the shoot, the back-up location seemed a lot more appealing, so we headed there–it turned out that before all the renovations, I planned to shoot at the abandoned mill–and we couldn’t have been luckier!
The weather and lighting conditions were all ideal. Even the crowds were non-existent. I honestly couldn’t believe that we were the only ones shooting there. We nailed all our shots and then some. Here’s a sample:
Maryland — Today, I received my Vibram FiveFingers KSO. I don’t remember where or when I heard about the FiveFingers, but I knew the idea behind barefoot running made perfect sense. Rob, a close friend of mine, has been using them for a while and suggested the KSO model instead of the KSO Trek. KSO Trek has a crazy tread pattern and uses Kangaroo leather; soooo soft! Before I ordered a pair, I headed down to CitySports in Bethesda to get a feel for the size and fit. I’m a size 9.5, normally, and the European 40 fit perfectly. The build quality was excellent and look so much better in-person. I picked mine up at Rock/Creek for $84.95 w/ FREE SHIPPING and NO TAX since CitySports was out of stock.
As a former high school track sprinter/runner, I’m used to running on the balls of my feet. Unfortunately, those days are long gone and my joints and muscles aren’t like they used to be. After I get some miles on my KSOs, I may follow up on here or you can just email me if you’re interested in my thoughts and opinions. You can Google “barefoot running” since more qualified people on YouTube and various blogs have drawn-out discussions and analysis on the subject.
I took some shots of them before I jack them up on the street: