Halfway through her honeymoon, Michelle decided she wanted to do a bridal portrait session. So I received an email from the other side of the world several days after her wedding to see if I was available to do something about this. "Of course!" I replied, so I joined Michelle and Blake who were only somewhat jet-lagged from their return trip at South Congress Hotel to take advantage of the venues wide variety of shooting locations.
One big plus to doing a bridal portrait session after the wedding is I get to share the photos with everyone right away since the groom has already seen the dress. It also means the groom gets to participate in the fun and act as pack animal by carrying the bride's things, helping with the train of the dress, guarding the door to the women's restroom because we just had to get pictures in front of the awesome tile walls, and of course assisting with getting candid, genuine smiles out of the bride. It was tons of fun, and it was great to spend another evening with Michelle and Blake.
This past weekend I had the pleasure of helping to cover The Shade Project's Down & Derby 2017 fundraiser at Ranch Austin. The Shade Project raises money for skin cancer awareness and prevention as well as shade structures at parks, schools, and other public spaces.
I'm always concerned with making sure my clients are happy. Doubly so when I'm taking photos for another photographer. Some friends recently welcomed a third member to their household, and while they're probably already buried in photos of the little one, its difficult to manage getting a true family photograph (this would also be why my own family basically has one each year, which is taken with Santa :). I was happy to oblige.
I'd previously been out to Circuit of the Americas to cover Formula 1 twice, but had never attended a MotoGP race. That all changed this year with the opportunity to cover the 2017 Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas for Texas Highways magazine. It was a really great experience, with its own minor quirks and challenges shooting it that operated it from covering Formula 1 (beyond the obvious differences of course). For additional photos check out the full photo essay.
I had a couple of photos included in the March 2017 issue of Texas Highways magazine in the story "Vision and Volume" by Matt Joyce covering the Flatstock poster show that happens in conjunction with SXSW each year here in Austin, Texas. This was a particularly exciting milestone for me, because while I have had photo credits in the Texas Highways events calendar, the Texas State Travel Guide, and texashighways.com for web exclusive content this was my first photo credit in the actual magazine.
Last August—as you may have seen—my family and I took a long road trip up to Whitefish, Montana to spend about a week in the area and visit Glacier National Park. Well long story short, we couldn't help but fall in love with it. The people, the businesses, the weather, just about everything really. We loved it so much in fact, that we decided to seriously consider making the move up there! But there was one catch, my wife doesn't particularly care for the cold, and had never really experienced true Winter having grown up in Texas. And while I predominantly grew up in Texas, I originally hail from Illinois, and spent a couple of years going to college there. I love the cold far more than I do days above 100 degrees.
So what to do with this idea? We decided to spend a large chunk of January in Whitefish to see what it might be like to live there in the depths of Winter. And you know what? It was kind of awesome. Below are a handful of photos I took during our stay, as well as a hastily edited timelapse of the drive to Glacier National Park.
So what was our verdict regarding trying to make the move? Stay tuned!
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.
Additionally, I intend to add the photos below to the available options in the next couple of weeks.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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 Park, Mount 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.
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.
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.
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!
Since I last did a shoot with Powell Landscape Architecture they've moved into a new office space and added two employees, so it felt natural to do an updated photoshoot including headshots for an upcoming website redesign they're working on. Here are just a handful of my favorite shots from the shoot this past spring.
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.
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