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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
This past weekend we took a camping trip to Blanco State Park for Mother's Day. One of the nice things about being out in nature this time of year is of course lightning bugs doing their things. This is likely the first time my daughter has had an opportunity to see them in any real sizable number and she was appropriately in awe. So amazing to experience the world through her eyes. This was taken just after one took off from my wife's hand after she'd caught it to show our daughter.
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!
When in Texas, if you have children—or even just pets really—you're basically required to take some portraits in bluebonnets every spring. It may even be a legislative mandate (it's difficult to say, the Texas constitution is very long and has numerous amendments amending other amendments).
Naturally, as a photographer I feel it is my duty to help others comply with this mandate. This past Saturday—despite some soupy weather—I got to spend some time with these two munchkins. They were great sports.
My sister-in-law lives in Northern Idaho, so this past Christmas we took a trip up there to visit in hopes of experience some snow for the holidays. Unfortunately there was no snow to be had, except of course on our way to the airport to return to Texas. Fortunately the lack of snow was accompanied by some truly spectacular weather.
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!