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
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.