Formula 1 Emirates United States Grand Prix 2019 at Circuit of the Americas for Texas Highways magazine

Every time I find myself at Circuit of the Americas outside Austin, Texas I mentally pinch myself. Mentally because if I were to walk around physically pinching myself that'd just be weird. This past November I had the opportunity to cover my fifth F1 United States Grand Prix for the team at Texas Highways—the official travel magazine of Texas—and I truly can't thank them enough.

When I photographed my first race back in 2015, if I'm being totally honest, I just barely deserved to be there. It isn't that I didn't get some shots that I really, really like, and I was fortunate that my instincts partially gained from photographing weddings and live music events placed me in the right spot at the right time for the podium ceremony where Lewis Hamilton secured his—at the time—third drivers championship, but I just didn't really know what I was doing. I generally had a sense of the format of a Grand Prix weekend, but I didn't follow the sport at the time. Which I suppose meant I was no better or worse off than your typical American when it comes to F1, but still. It also didn't help that Central Texas experienced some truly severe weather that weekend which scuttled basically an entire day of racing and the subsequent photography of said racing.

Fast forward to this year, and Lewis Hamilton secured his sixth driver championship in Austin, and I was very much aware of that storyline—and all of the storylines—of the 2019 season. I'm now the kind of fan that subscribes to the sports streaming service where I can watch every practice session, every qualifying session, and every race live if I choose—or should I say if I can stay up late or get up super early to watch races live that are taking place on the other side of the world.

When working on an editorial assignment for a magazine covering a sporting event, it really helps me hone my skills in quickly culling and editing photos, and turning them around into something of a narrative—if just barely—and publishing them. Going through over six thousand photos from four days, and culling those down to a manageable slideshow number, and writing captions, and having it all ready to go no later than the day following the race is a heck of a skill set to have when I am trying to turn around wedding photos or family portraits, and really helps me provide those photos to my clients more quickly than many other wedding and family photographers.

With all of that said, enjoy some outtakes that simply wouldn't fit in the published gallery over at Texas Highways  And if you've never followed F1, or only done so casually, maybe this will help change your mind and turn you into the superfan I've become.

Lewis HamiltonCelebrating his 6th driver's championship at the 2019 Emirates F1 U.S. Grand Prix.
Kimi RaikonnenAlfa Romeo's Kimi Raikonnen—last year's race winner when he drove for Ferrari—signs autographs during Saturday morning in the F1 Fan Zone.
Kimi RaikonnenKimi speeds around turns 16 and 17 during FP3 of the 2019 F1 U.S. Grand Prix.
Lewis Hamiltong turn 19 during FP3 of the 2019 F1 U.S. Grand Prix.
Charles LeClercQualifying at the 2019 Emirates F1 United States Grand Prix.
Alexander AlbonPost-qualifying at the 2019 Emirates F1 United States Grand Prix.
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Charles LeClercFerrari's Charles LeClerc exits turn one at the start of the 2019 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix.
Lewis HamiltonAt the Emirates F1 U.S. Grand Prix just after securing his 6th driver's championship.
Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton rounds turn 19 during free practice three.
Eventual race winner—Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas—exits turn one towards the beginning of the 2019 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix.
Newly crowned six time Formula 1 World Champion speeds down the hill from turn one into turn two during the 2019 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix.
Racing Point's Lance Stroll speeds up the hill past turn six and into turn 7 during the 2019 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix.
Tony Stewart of Stewart-Haas racing and NASCAR fame brought a car to Circuit of the Americas for Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean of Haas F1 to take for a spin around the track.
Scuderia Ferrari's pit crew runs through pit stop practice on Thursday prior to the start of track action.
Charles LeClerc's Number 16 Ferrari SF90 awaits scrutineering on Thursday, October 31st. Each team has to present their cars each race to the FIA—F1's governing body—to insure their cars conform to race regulations.
The nose of Daniel Ricciardo's R.S.19 peeks out of the shadows of his garage.

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