In one week I will be returning to Austin, Texas, and Circuit of the Americas to cover my fifth Formula 1 United States Grand Prix for Texas Highways magazine! I also recently passed 500 followers on Instagram apparently and wanted to mark that occasion in some way. So I've decided to do a giveaway that includes a 16"x20" print of your choice and an enamel pin of your choice from Expletive Apparel Co. (my silly clothing accessory side-project.) The print you get can be chosen from my National Park collection, or if I have photographed/will photograph your wedding it can be a wedding photo of yours, and finally, you can choose an image from any of these motorsportgalleries (including the gallery from the 2019 USGP once published).
Comment on this Instagram post with your guess of how many steps I will take over the course of the race weekend—Friday through Sunday. As a reference, on previous race weekends, I have walked anywhere from 16 to 24 miles over the course of the three days. Step counting will be done via Apple Watch and the Activity app on iOS. These are also not "The Price is Right" rules, the winner will simply be the person closest to the final step tally whether they go over or not.
And that is it! I would be remiss if I didn't mention that the concept of guessing steps in inspired by giveaways done by the man with the best hair in the photography business, Tyler Schmitt who you should be following on principle, though it is not required for purposes of this giveaway.
Thank you to everyone who enters, and good luck!
Also, for some light legal text, it probably goes without saying this giveaway is sponsored by no one but myself, and any trademarks mentioned above in the text are the property of their respective trademark holders.
Over the Memorial Day weekend, I had the opportunity to work with and learn about the non-profit Shining Honor Project Shining Honor partners with local organizations that serve adults with developmental challenges to provide job training and employment through a program that sees the participants clean and restore the headstones of our nation's veterans and their families.
This particular event took place at Glacier Memorial Gardens in Kalispell and featured Montana Congressmen Steve Daines and Greg Gianforte, as well as a representative from Jon Tester's office.
While it doesn't happen at every race, it sure seems like the purpose-built Formula 1 track has a knack for being the setting for history-making events of varying degrees. The IndyCar Classic was no exception, with Colton Herta taking the checkered flag, and becoming the youngest driver in IndyCar Series history at age 18.
This past weekend I participated in my first My Montana Wedding Expo. It was a great event and I had the opportunity to meet so many newly engaged couples and discuss their wedding day. I was also part of the crew responsible for documenting the style show produced by Ty Nykole featuring fashion from Mimi's Bridal.
A couple of weeks ago I was fortunate to once again return to Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas to cover the 2018 Formula 1 Pirelli United States Grand Prix for Texas Highways magazine The weekend narrative was Lewis Hamilton's impending fifth driver's championship making him one of only three drivers to reach that number. However, despite starting the race on pole, it wasn't meant to be. Kimi Raikonnen ultimately took the win—his first since 2014—giving the crowds something to truly be excited to see, even if it wasn't the history they were expecting to see.
Here's a selection of photos from the weekend, but to see the full photo essay you'll need to head on over to Texas Highways.
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."
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.
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.
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'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.
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.
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
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.
This particular wedding was a real special thing for me. The groom and I go way back, almost two-thirds of my life back in fact. When they approached me to document their intimate, backyard wedding how could I say no?
After the ceremony at their residence, we moved to Olive & June for a cocktail hour and dinner reception with some amazing food. And not even the sudden, torrential, almost apocalyptic rain could dampen the spirits of this couple. Congratulations Kristin and Bill!
This could very well have been the easiest wedding shoot of all time. I'd had the pleasure of meeting Josh & Jessica while shooting a few other weddings, which meant lots of familiar faces. Combined with an amazing Hill Country evening at Stonehouse Villa food from East Side King and music provided by three bands (all of which Josh is part of), it was truly unforgettable.
I had so much fun shooting this wedding for former co-worker/friend Crystal and her husband Adrian. A church ceremony followed by a rooftop reception on South Congress avenue with just about the nicest late April weather you can possibly imagine. There were semi-choreographed dances, push-up contests, and food from Eastside King. What's not to like?
As is often the case I had the pleasure of shooting in support of Shuana Autry Photography for this spring wedding at Mercury Hall—one of my favorite Austin venues—that included a photo booth setup during the reception. Congratulations Allison & Bobby!