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Whitefish Vow Renewal Photography - Kathy & Robert at The Lodge at Whitefish Lake

Last week I had the distinct pleasure of capturing a surprise vow renewal ceremony for Kathy & Robert on their 50th anniversary. They're children put everything together, writing the vows and each taking turns as the officiant. The weather was perfect, the setting at The Lodge at Whitefish Lake provided an amazing backdrop, and they were all the absolute sweetest people you could ever want to meet. We could all be so lucky to share such a life of adventure with someone for so many years, and to have such a wonderful family to boot! Congratulations on 50 years Kathy and Robert!

Kathy & Robert 50th Anniversary Vow RenewalAt The Lodge at Whitefish Lake, Whitefish, MT.
Kathy & Robert 50th Anniversary Vow RenewalAt The Lodge at Whitefish Lake, Whitefish, MT.
Kathy & Robert 50th Anniversary Vow RenewalAt The Lodge at Whitefish Lake, Whitefish, MT.
Kathy & Robert 50th Anniversary Vow RenewalAt The Lodge at Whitefish Lake, Whitefish, MT.
Kathy & Robert 50th Anniversary Vow RenewalAt The Lodge at Whitefish Lake, Whitefish, MT.
Kathy & Robert 50th Anniversary Vow RenewalAt The Lodge at Whitefish Lake, Whitefish, MT.
Kathy & Robert 50th Anniversary Vow RenewalAt The Lodge at Whitefish Lake, Whitefish, MT.
Kathy & Robert 50th Anniversary Vow RenewalAt The Lodge at Whitefish Lake, Whitefish, MT.
Kathy & Robert 50th Anniversary Vow RenewalAt The Lodge at Whitefish Lake, Whitefish, MT.
Kathy & Robert 50th Anniversary Vow RenewalAt The Lodge at Whitefish Lake, Whitefish, MT.
Kathy & Robert 50th Anniversary Vow RenewalAt The Lodge at Whitefish Lake, Whitefish, MT.
Kathy & Robert 50th Anniversary Vow RenewalAt The Lodge at Whitefish Lake, Whitefish, MT.
Kathy & Robert 50th Anniversary Vow RenewalAt The Lodge at Whitefish Lake, Whitefish, MT.
Kathy & Robert 50th Anniversary Vow RenewalAt The Lodge at Whitefish Lake, Whitefish, MT.
Kathy & Robert 50th Anniversary Vow RenewalAt The Lodge at Whitefish Lake, Whitefish, MT.
Kathy & Robert 50th Anniversary Vow RenewalAt The Lodge at Whitefish Lake, Whitefish, MT.

Dripping Springs Wedding Photography - Morgan & Billy at Prospect House

This past fall I had the pleasure of second-shooting for your pal and mine—Dave McLaughlin—for a beautiful wedding out at Prospect House in Dripping Springs. I'd never shot there before and was really happy to get my first opportunity to do so, it is one of the more unique Texas Hill Country venues I've had a chance to shoot at with a great combination of intimate rooms and grand vistas. Congrats to Morgan & Billy, and thank you to Dave for bringing me out there for the assist!

Morgan & Billy
Morgan & Billy
Morgan & Billy
Morgan & Billy
Morgan & Billy
Morgan & Billy
Morgan & Billy
Morgan & Billy
Morgan & Billy
Morgan & Billy
Morgan & Billy
Morgan & Billy
Morgan & Billy
Morgan & Billy
Morgan & Billy
Morgan & Billy
Morgan & Billy
Morgan & Billy
Morgan & Billy
Morgan & Billy
Morgan & Billy
Morgan & Billy

Austin Wedding Photography - Jana & Michael at The Vineyard at Florence

I very nearly botched any chance of shooting Jana and Michael's wedding in my very first correspondence with them. In my initial response to Jana's inquiry, my phone autocorrected her name to my Mom's name—Jane. I caught the error as soon as I hit send and realized I'd better send an immediate follow-up, explaining what had happened. Thankfully this frankness endeared me to them and I couldn't be more happy about it. Meeting them for lunch before the wedding I knew the big day would be extremely special, and it was. A relatively simple, reasonably intimate wedding with really just their close friends and family meant lots of hugs, smiles, and laughter. The wedding was at The Vineyard at Florence a nice drive North of Austin. A big thanks to my second shooter Jakobeit Photo  and a huge congratulations Jana and Michael!

Jana & Michael - The Vineyard at FlorenceFlorence, Texas
Jana & Michael - The Vineyard at FlorenceFlorence, Texas
Jana & Michael - The Vineyard at FlorenceFlorence, Texas
Jana & Michael - The Vineyard at FlorenceFlorence, Texas
Jana & Michael - The Vineyard at FlorenceFlorence, Texas
Jana & Michael - The Vineyard at FlorenceFlorence, Texas
Jana & Michael - The Vineyard at FlorenceFlorence, Texas
Jana & Michael - The Vineyard at FlorenceFlorence, Texas
Jana & Michael - The Vineyard at FlorenceFlorence, Texas
Jana & Michael - The Vineyard at FlorenceFlorence, Texas
Jana & Michael - The Vineyard at FlorenceFlorence, Texas
Jana & Michael - The Vineyard at FlorenceFlorence, Texas
Jana & Michael - The Vineyard at FlorenceFlorence, Texas
Jana & Michael - The Vineyard at FlorenceFlorence, Texas
Jana & Michael - The Vineyard at FlorenceFlorence, Texas
Jana & Michael - The Vineyard at FlorenceFlorence, Texas
Jana & Michael - The Vineyard at FlorenceFlorence, Texas
Jana & Michael - The Vineyard at FlorenceFlorence, Texas
Jana & Michael - The Vineyard at FlorenceFlorence, Texas
Jana & Michael - The Vineyard at FlorenceFlorence, Texas
Jana & Michael - The Vineyard at FlorenceFlorence, Texas
Jana & Michael - The Vineyard at FlorenceFlorence, Texas
Jana & Michael - The Vineyard at FlorenceFlorence, Texas
Jana & Michael - The Vineyard at FlorenceFlorence, Texas
Jana & Michael - The Vineyard at FlorenceFlorence, Texas
Jana & Michael - The Vineyard at FlorenceFlorence, Texas
Jana & Michael - The Vineyard at FlorenceFlorence, Texas
Jana & Michael - The Vineyard at FlorenceFlorence, Texas
Jana & Michael - The Vineyard at FlorenceFlorence, Texas
Jana & Michael - The Vineyard at FlorenceFlorence, Texas
Jana & Michael - The Vineyard at FlorenceFlorence, Texas
Jana & Michael - The Vineyard at FlorenceFlorence, Texas

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“I wish we could do what they do in Katroo. They sure know how to say ‘Happy Birthday to You!’

In Katroo, every year, on the day you were born they start the day right in the bright early morn when the Birthday Honk-Honker hikes high up Mt. Zorn and lets loose a big blast on the big Birthday Horn. And the voice of the horn calls out loud as it plays ‘Wake up! for today is your day of all days!’” -Dr. Seuss, Happy Birthday to You!

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2018 Whitefish Winter Carnival

Living in a new state, in a new city, lends itself to some very definitive “firsts” for myself and my family. This year was I got to experience my first Whitefish Winter Carnival and several of its related events including the Skijoring competition a week prior, the penguin plunge—benefitting area Special Olympics athletes—which I hope to participate in next year, and the Winter Carnival Parade.

Having never grown up in a small town this sort of community event is reasonably foreign to me. It was really fun to see everyone really get into the event, have people you actually know be in the parade itself, and to run in to people you know from other activities in the course of your daily lives.

The Winter Carnival is loosely based around an area mythology involving nordic deities, yetis, and the encroachment of man on wilderness areas. Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards served as the guest of honor this year—the 70th anniversary of the carnival—with the theme of "fly like an eagle."

Pend Orielle/Sandpoint Infant Photography - S.

The holidays meant I got to spend a little time documenting my new nephew's growth as well as his first Christmas. He was a consummate professional handling multiple clothing changing with aplomb. This was the first of what I'm sure will be many photo sessions... probably for the rest of his life. :D

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Austin Family Photography - The Camdens

This family has been a big part of my life for approaching three decades, and it was a honor to finally document this famously—to me anyway—camera shy couple. The weather could've been a little less humid, and a little more sunny, and frankly a little cooler for early November, but that did nothing to deter this endeavor.

The Camdens
The Camdens
The Camdens
The Camdens
The Camdens
The Camdens

Lexington Family Photography - The Lambs

This isn't the first time I've had the pleasure of documenting the Lamb family, but it is the first time I've done so since they became a family of five! It was a pleasure to visit them at their new residence and seeing their continue to grow into young ladies and a young gentleman.

2017 F1 United States Grand Prix for Texas Highways magazine

I once again had the opportunity to shoot the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix at Circuit of the Americas for my colleagues at Texas Highways magazine, and I wasn't going to miss it. For the most part Austin was once again blessed with tremendous weather for the most important parts of the weekend. And while I think there were issues with my credentials, thus not being able to also cover the Justin Timberlake and Stevie Wonder concerts, it was still a really great race on the track, which of course is really the whole point. Below is a smaller subset of images from the weekend, for the full gallery please visit the photo essay over at Texas Highways.

Lewis Hamilton, 2017 F1 United States Grand PrixAt Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.
COTA Tower, 2017 F1 United States Grand PrixCircuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas
2017 F1 United States Grand PrixCircuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas
2017 F1 United States Grand PrixCircuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas
Nico Hulkenberg, 2017 F1 United States Grand PrixCircuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas
2017 F1 United States Grand PrixAt Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.
Daniel Ricciardo, 2017 F1 United States Grand PrixCircuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas
2017 F1 United States Grand PrixCircuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas
2017 F1 United States Grand PrixAt Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.
2017 F1 United States Grand PrixAt Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.
2017 F1 United States Grand PrixAt Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.
Sebastian Vettel, 2017 F1 United States Grand PrixCircuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas
Former President Bill Clinton and Lewis Hamilton, 2017 F1 United States Grand PrixAt Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.
2017 F1 United States Grand PrixAt Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.
2017 F1 United States Grand PrixAt Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.
2017 F1 United States Grand PrixAt Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.

Pend Orielle/Sandpoint Maternity Photography - Candace & Jerrod

It isn't every day you get the opportunity to document an upcoming addition to your extended family. My sister- and brother-in-law are expecting a new addition, and while I've got a step-niece and an adopted nephew, this will be the first time I'm an uncle without any sort of qualifier. It also means my daughter will no longer be the youngest in the family, and she can't wait to boss around her younger cousin.

Candace & Jerrod Maternity Portraits
Candace & Jerrod Maternity Portraits
Candace & Jerrod Maternity Portraits
Candace & Jerrod Maternity Portraits
Candace & Jerrod Maternity Portraits

2017 WEC 6 Hours of COTA for Texas Highways magazine

When I first pitched the idea of doing a photo essay of this years' Lone Star Le Mans at Circuit of the America for my colleagues at Texas Highways magazine, I didn't realize the World Endurance Championship wouldn't be returning to Austin in the foreseeable future. Which I won't lie is a bit of a bummer.

I also didn't realize that there wouldn't be any evening racing, and I'd really hoped to capture the track at night. Double whammy!

But capture the event I did, and I'm really glad I had the opportunity. It was a really neat experience, and its a shame that more people didn't attend. The amount of access to the cars, the teams, the drivers, and parts of the facility were truly amazing. And while having media credentials did allow me to shoot trackside which I couldn't have done otherwise, I didn't need it to get up close to the paddock area, the garages, anything really.

These are just a handful of the images, you can view the whole gallery over at Texas Highways.

2017 WEC Six Hours of COTA
2017 WEC Six Hours of COTA
2017 WEC Six Hours of COTA
2017 WEC Six Hours of COTA
2017 WEC Six Hours of COTA
2017 WEC Six Hours of COTA
2017 WEC Six Hours of COTA

Austin Wedding Photography - Michelle & William at South Congress Hotel

Michelle & William hosted a lovely wedding with their closest friends and family at the boutique South Congress Hotel in Austin. Despite the Summer timing the weather was amazing and turned into a gorgeous evening, casual evening of vintage decor, DIY design elements designed by the bride, and ice cream. Special shout out to all of the vendors did an amazing job putting together this truly special, intimate urban wedding: Ashley Nicole Affair, The Moonlight Manor, Spinning Leaf Films, DJ Marcus Davis, Cafe No Se, Tiny Pies, BHLDN by Theia, Pepper Pastor, Loot Vintage, and my second shooter Jakobeit Photo.

Michelle & William
Michelle & William
Michelle & William
Michelle & William
Michelle & William
Michelle & William
Michelle & William
Michelle & William
Michelle & William
Michelle & William
Michelle & William
Michelle & William
Michelle & William
Michelle & William
Michelle & William
Michelle & William
Michelle & William
Michelle & William
Michelle & William
Michelle & William
Michelle & William
Michelle & William
Michelle & William
Michelle & William
Michelle & William
Michelle & William
Michelle & William
Michelle & William
Michelle & William
Michelle & William
Michelle & William
Michelle & William
Michelle & William
Michelle & William
Michelle & William
Michelle & William
Michelle & William
Michelle & William
Michelle & William
Michelle & William
Michelle & William

Austin Bridal Photography - Michelle at South Congress Hotel

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.

Michelle, Austin Bridal Photography, South Congress Hotel
Michelle, Austin Bridal Photography, South Congress Hotel
Michelle, Austin Bridal Photography, South Congress Hotel
Michelle, Austin Bridal Photography, South Congress Hotel
Michelle, Austin Bridal Photography, South Congress Hotel
Michelle, Austin Bridal Photography, South Congress Hotel
Michelle, Austin Bridal Photography, South Congress Hotel

Dress: BHLDN by Theia Bridal.

The Shade Project - Down & Derby 2017

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.

2017 Down & Derby benefitting The Shade Project
2017 Down & Derby benefitting The Shade Project
2017 Down & Derby benefitting The Shade Project
2017 Down & Derby benefitting The Shade Project
2017 Down & Derby benefitting The Shade Project
2017 Down & Derby benefitting The Shade Project
2017 Down & Derby benefitting The Shade Project

Austin Family Photography - The Jakobeits

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.

The Jakobeits
The Jakobeits
The Jakobeits
The Jakobeits
The Jakobeits
The Jakobeits
The Jakobeits

2017 MotoGP Grand Prix of the Americas for Texas Highways magazine

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.

2017 MotoGP Grand Prix of the Americas Podium Ceremony
MotoGP Practice2017 Grand Prix of the Americas at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.
2017 MotoGP Grand Prix of the Americas
Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda
Bradley Smith, Red Bull KTM 2017 Grand Prix of the Americas at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.
Valentino Rossi, Movistar Yamaha
Jonas Folger, Monster Yamaha 2017 Grand Prix of the Americas at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.
Scott Redding, Octo Pramac Racing2017 Grand Prix of the Americas at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.
Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda
Aleix Espargo, Aprilia Racing Team2017 Grand Prix of the Americas at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.
COTA Tower

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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!

Flatstock poster show at SXSW for Texas Highways magazine

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.

January in Whitefish, Montana

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.

Lake McDonald, Glacier National Park
Lake McDonald, Glacier National Park
Lake McDonald, Glacier National Park
Apgar Village, Glacier National Park
Winter Wonderland. #explorewhitefish
EAT. Live Poker. #america #flag
Nighttime Whitefish Alleyway
Snow Angel
Sledding at Riverside ParkWhitefish, MT
Family Walk
Foggy Mountain
The Road to Glacier Timelaps

So what was our verdict regarding trying to make the move? Stay tuned!

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.