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"Today is your birthday! [...] Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you!" - Dr. Seuss, Happy Birthday to You!

National Park Prints

If you have followed my photography for any amount of time you've probably figured out I'm a big fan of the National Park Service and the parks, lands, monuments, and memorials they manage. I've been wanting to channel that fandom into something more meaningful for a while and now that I've visited enough of them to have a library of images from several parks I've decide to open a print storefront of them and donate the profits. Now through July 4th I'll donate 43% of the purchase price—100% of my profits—on these prints to organizations that support our National Parks. There are nine photos to choose from now, some of which are show below.

Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Grand Teton National Park
Yellowstone National Park

Additionally, I intend to add the photos below to the available options in the next couple of weeks.

South Rim, Grand Canyon
Golden Gate Bridge

I'll try to provide updates—assuming this is reasonably successful anyway—of how much money is raised and ultimately donated via these print sales. Visit my United States National Parks prints site for prices and additional options.

Austin Private Residence Wedding Photography - Leslie & Rick

Just after Christmas I had the pleasure of joining Leslie & Rick at their home as they tied the knot surrounded by their family, and I couldn't have been more honored to be welcomed into such a warm and loving environment. Congratulations Leslie & Rick!

Leslie & Rick
Leslie & Rick
Leslie & Rick
Leslie & Rick
Leslie & Rick
Leslie & Rick
Leslie & Rick
Leslie & Rick
Leslie & Rick
Leslie & Rick
Leslie & Rick
Leslie & Rick
Leslie & Rick

Austin Family Photography - The Soissons

I've had the pleasure of knowing the Soisson family for a good while now. Even before these strapping young men were born in fact! And this was my second time joining them for a lighthearted, joke-filled family session just before Thanksgiving around Lady Bird Lake—though it will always be 'town lake' to me—just South of downtown Austin.

The Soissons
The Soissons
The Soissons
The Soissons
The Soissons
The Soissons

Austin Wedding Photography - Megan & Aubrey at Tiny T Ranch

I feel so fortunate to have met this extremely loving couple and their wonderful families and friends. It was really important to them that everyone including the vendors have a good time and was treated like family and it absolutely felt that way. From the unique setting at Spike Gillespie's Tiny T Ranch just east of Austin towards Bastrop, to the tents around the property where guests were camping overnight after the ceremony and festivities, to the enormous fireworks display serving as a stand-in for the 'send off' in a nod to Aubrey's father's love of putting on fireworks shows it was a one-of-a-kind experience that I couldn't be prouder to be a part of. Congratulations Megan & Aubrey!

Megan & Aubrey
Megan & Aubrey
Megan & Aubrey
Megan & Aubrey
Megan & Aubrey
Megan & Aubrey
Megan & Aubrey
Megan & Aubrey
Megan & Aubrey
Megan & Aubrey
Megan & Aubrey
Megan & Aubrey
Megan & Aubrey
Megan & Aubrey
Megan & Aubrey
Megan & Aubrey
Megan & Aubrey
Megan & Aubrey
Megan & Aubrey
Megan & Aubrey
Megan & Aubrey
Megan & Aubrey
Megan & Aubrey
Megan & Aubrey
Megan & Aubrey

2016 F1 United States Grand Prix + Taylor Swift for Texas Highways magazine

This year I was fortunate to once again shoot the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix at Circuit of the Americas for Texas Highways magazine. In addition to the race festivities I was also able to secure accreditation for Taylor Swift's sole performance of 2016 following Saturday's qualifying race. And while it may sound crazy, I think there is a lot of overlap between the skills involved in shooting such a large motorsport event and music performance and wedding photography. You're constantly on the move and dealing with sometimes limited vantage points from which to get just the shot your looking for which really forces you to get creative.

Below you'll find only a handful of images from the event, so if you're into F1 and/or Taylor Swift be sure to check out the full photo series (as well as my photos from last year's rain-soaked race weekend also for Texas Highways.)

Taylor SwiftPerforming at the 2016 F1 United States Grand Prix at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. Shot for Texas Highways magazine.
Taylor SwiftPerforming at the 2016 F1 United States Grand Prix at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. Shot for Texas Highways magazine.
2016 F1 United States Grand Prix
2016 F1 United States Grand Prix
2016 F1 United States Grand Prix
2016 F1 United States Grand Prix
2016 F1 United States Grand Prix
2016 F1 United States Grand Prix
2016 F1 United States Grand Prix
2016 F1 United States Grand Prix
2016 F1 United States Grand Prix
2016 F1 United States Grand Prix
2016 F1 United States Grand Prix
2016 F1 United States Grand Prix
2016 F1 United States Grand Prix
2016 F1 United States Grand Prix
2016 F1 United States Grand Prix
2016 F1 United States Grand Prix
2016 F1 United States Grand Prix
2016 F1 United States Grand Prix
2016 F1 United States Grand Prix
Taylor Swift Fans at 2016 USGP

Austin Wedding Photography - Katie & Brandon at Stonehouse Villa

I was extremely happy to be shooting this wedding at the lovely Stonehouse Villa in Driftwood just outside Austin, being the second time I've had the pleasure of documenting a wedding at this venue. I had met Katie and Brandon prior to the wedding for coffee and immediately could tell it would be a fun time. Within minutes of arriving at the wedding, myself and my second shooter—also Brandon were pretty much treated as longtime friends just along for the ride. Congratulations you guys!

Katie & Brandon
Katie & Brandon
Katie & Brandon
Katie & Brandon
Katie & Brandon
Katie & Brandon
Katie & Brandon
Katie & Brandon
Katie & Brandon
Katie & Brandon
Katie & Brandon
Katie & Brandon
Katie & Brandon
Katie & Brandon
Katie & Brandon
Katie & Brandon
Katie & Brandon
Katie & Brandon
Katie & Brandon
Katie & Brandon

Mount Rushmore National Memorial / Rocky Mountain National Park / Glacier National Park

My wife recently celebrated a milestone birthday which spurred the first big vacation we've taken since our honeymoon. While we weren't able to make it overseas as we had planned, we did the next best thing, partaking in a stereotypical "great American road trip." Said road trip took us from Central Texas, through the panhandle, New Mexico, Colorado, a South Dakota detour, Wyoming, and ultimately Montana. Along the way we stopped at Rocky Mountain National ParkMount Rushmore National Memorial, and Glacier National Park.

Now to be honest, Grand Teton is still my favorite National Park that I've had the pleasure to visit, but to be honest, all of our National Parks are sites to be seen, and if you ever have the opportunity to visit any don't pass it up. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy living vicariously—if only a little bit—through these photos.

Rocky Mountain National Park
Rocky Mountain National Park
Rocky Mountain National Park
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Going to the Sun Road, Glacier National Park
Lake McDonald at Apgar Village, Glacier National Park
Lake McDonald Lodge, Glacier National Park
Lake McDonald Lodge, Glacier National Park
Going to the Sun Road, Glacier National Park
McDonald Falls Trail, Glacier National Park
McDonald Falls Trail, Glacier National Park
Lake McDonald, Glacier National Park

Also, if you have children you might like to know that there is a program for 4th grade children to get a free pass good for the entire year at all of our national parks through the Every Kid in a Park program. Additionally, if you're aged 62 or over you can also get a $10 lifetime pass to all of our parks. It's a heck of a deal.

Nelson, British Columbia and Kootenay Lake

My sister-in-law lives in Northern Idaho, and while I've visited several times, we'd not been able to make the time to take a trip up to Canada. That is until our most recent travels when we were finally able to carve out the time to make a short day trip up to Nelson in South Eastern British Columbia. It's really a very beautiful town, and wanting to take in more of the scenery we continued North a bit to Balfour to take the Balfour-Kootenay Bay Ferry across Kootenay Lake. If you're ever up in that neck of the woods, I highly recommend taking the trip.

Balfour Ferry Landing
Balfour-Kootenay Bay Ferry
Balfour-Kootenay Bay Ferry
Balfour-Kootenay Bay Ferry
Kootenay Lake Ferry #hooray4hazel

Austin Wedding Photography - Alison & David at Hotel Ella

This past Saturday I had the pleasure of shooting Alison & David's wedding at Hotel Ella. It was a tremendous evening full of friends, family, laughter, and love. Also, now that the wedding is over, I can finally share the bridal photos Alison tooks a few months ago also at Hotel Ella. Here's just a tease of more to come. Congratulations Alison and David!

Shout out to the crew at Verve Austin for ensuring everything went off without the slightest of hiccups, my second shooter Brandon, and of course the rest of the vendors, Bouquets of AustinHill Country DJMichelle's PatisserieMoonLiT weddings, and anyone else I may regretfully be forgetting.

Alison, Austin Bridal, Hotel Ella
Alison & David at Hotel Ella
Alison & David at Hotel Ella
Alison & David at Hotel Ella
Alison & David at Hotel Ella
Alison & David at Hotel Ella
Alison & David at Hotel Ella
Alison & David at Hotel Ella
Alison & David at Hotel Ella
Alison & David at Hotel Ella
Alison & David at Hotel Ella
Alison & David at Hotel Ella
Alison & David at Hotel Ella
Alison & David at Hotel Ella
Alison & David at Hotel Ella
Alison & David at Hotel Ella
Alison & David at Hotel Ella
Alison & David at Hotel Ella
Alison & David at Hotel Ella
Alison & David at Hotel Ella
Alison & David at Hotel Ella

Hill Country Wedding Photography - Sarah & Ryan at Spicewood Vineyards

It isn't often you get the opportunity to document one of the happiest days in the life of a very nearly lifelong friend. I had just that opportunity a few weeks ago in Spicewood, Texas at Spicewood Vineyards. It was a perfect setting, with perfect weather, and the perfect people.

Sarah & Ryan at Spicewood Vineyards
Sarah & Ryan at Spicewood Vineyards
Sarah & Ryan at Spicewood Vineyards
Sarah & Ryan at Spicewood Vineyards
Sarah & Ryan at Spicewood Vineyards
Sarah & Ryan at Spicewood Vineyards
Sarah & Ryan at Spicewood Vineyards
Sarah & Ryan at Spicewood Vineyards
Sarah & Ryan at Spicewood Vineyards
Sarah & Ryan at Spicewood Vineyards
Sarah & Ryan at Spicewood Vineyards
Sarah & Ryan at Spicewood Vineyards
Sarah & Ryan at Spicewood Vineyards
Sarah & Ryan at Spicewood Vineyards
Sarah & Ryan at Spicewood Vineyards
Sarah & Ryan at Spicewood Vineyards
Sarah & Ryan at Spicewood Vineyards
Sarah & Ryan at Spicewood Vineyards
Sarah & Ryan at Spicewood Vineyards
Sarah & Ryan at Spicewood Vineyards
Sarah & Ryan at Spicewood Vineyards
Sarah & Ryan at Spicewood Vineyards
Sarah & Ryan at Spicewood Vineyards
Sarah & Ryan at Spicewood Vineyards

"Let Girls Learn" with First Lady Michelle Obama at SXSW 2016

Last week I had the pleasure of covering SXSW for my day job at Texas Highways magazine. This happened to also include the opportunity to cover First Lady Michelle Obama's panel about the Let Girls Learn initiative with Sophia Bush, Missy Elliott, and Diane Warren moderated by Queen Latifah. It was an inspiring panel, made doubly so for me as the father of a little girl who is in such a hurry to grow up into a world that is not always inviting and welcoming to women. ‪#‎letgirlslearn‬ ‪#‎62milliongirls‬

Learn more at 62milliongirls.com.

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Ringing in the New Year

Welcoming 2016 in Northern Idaho with the in-laws one of the best ways I know how: fireworks and long-exposures.

Happy New Year!

2015 F1 United States Grand Prix at Circuit of the Americas for Texas Highways magazine

What a tremendous experience! As you may or may not know, my day job involves pushing pixels for Texas Highways magazine. If you grew up in Texas, chances are you have come across it at some point whether it be at a doctor's office or on your grandparent's coffee table.

We're putting together a story on Circuit of the Americas, and needed some coverage of its flagship event—the F1 United States Grand Prix—to do so. With my burgeoning interest in motorsports and F1 I couldn't volunteer fast enough for the responsibility.

Below you'll find just a sneak peek of some of our photographic coverage that will find its way online and in the print publication at a later date.

With any luck, this won't simply be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

2015 F1 United States Grand Prix at Circuit of the Americas
Sebastian VettelSebastian Vettel celebrating with his team at the close of the 2015 F1 United States Grand Prix at Circuit of the Americas where he placed 3rd.
2015 F1 United States Grand Prix at Circuit of the Americas

Austin Engagement Photography - Sarah & Ryan

In 2015 I was very fortunate to document the wedding of a friend of more than two decades. 2016 is hoping up to be the year of weddings of friends of more than three decades. Ryan's family moved in across the street from mine when I was around five years old. He, his older brother, and I walked to elementary school together, swam competitively together, and played countless games of baseball in our front yards.

During this engagement session I finally had the pleasure of meeting his fiancé Sarah, as we traipsed around McKinney Falls State Park, South Congress Ave., and South First Street.

Sarah & Ryan
Sarah & Ryan Engagement
Sarah & Ryan
Sarah & Ryan

Austin Wedding Photography - Sarah & Cameron at The Allan House

A lovely midsummer wedding surrounded by friends at The Allan House in downtown Austin. Rain threatened early, but it relented without incident for a beautiful ceremony followed by a crazy dance party. Congrats Sarah & Cameron!

Sarah & Cameron
Sarah & Cameron
Sarah & Cameron
Sarah & Cameron
Sarah & Cameron
Sarah & Cameron
Sarah & Cameron
Sarah & Cameron
Sarah & Cameron
Sarah & Cameron
Sarah & Cameron
Sarah & Cameron
Sarah & Cameron
Sarah & Cameron
Sarah & Cameron
Sarah & Cameron
Sarah & Cameron
Sarah & Cameron
Sarah & Cameron
Sarah & Cameron
Sarah & Cameron

Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks

The week leading up to Fourth of July weekend I was fortunate enough to take a family vacation to Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park. Even after spending over week there, I wanted to go back immediately after returning home. Swimming at the foot of the Teton mountain range in String Lake, eating dinner on the shores of Elk Island in Jackson Lake, Old Faithful at sunset, really too many unforgettable experiences to list. If you ever get the chance to visit either of these parks I can't recommend it enough.

Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park
Grand Teton National Park
Grand Teton National Park
Grand Teton National Park
Grand Teton National Park
Grand Teton National Park
Grand Teton National Park
Grand Teton National Park
Grand Teton National Park
Grand Teton National Park
Grand Teton National Park
Grand Teton National Park
Grand Teton National Park
Grand Teton National Park
Grand Teton National Park
Grand Teton National Park
Grand Teton National Park
Grand Teton National Park
Grand Teton National Park
Grand Teton National Park
Grand Teton National Park
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park

Dripping Springs Family Photography - The Browns

Outdoor photoshoots have been a challenge to schedule in Central Texas—or really the entire state—for the last few weeks. But the third time turned out to be the charm with the Browns this past weekend. We were finally able to sneak in some time before yet another batch of rain. This is the second time I've had the pleasure of documenting this growing family and it was really great to see them again.