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Inaugural IndyCar Classic at Circuit of the Americas for Texas Highways magazine

The IndyCar Series finally came to Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas this March and I was fortunate to be there covering the event for Texas Highways magazine.

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.

2019 IndyCar ClassicThe inaugural IndyCar classic held at Circuit of the Americas
2019 IndyCar ClassicThe inaugural IndyCar classic held at Circuit of the Americas
2019 IndyCar ClassicThe inaugural IndyCar classic held at Circuit of the Americas
2019 IndyCar ClassicThe inaugural IndyCar classic held at Circuit of the Americas
2019 IndyCar ClassicThe inaugural IndyCar classic held at Circuit of the Americas
2019 IndyCar ClassicThe inaugural IndyCar classic held at Circuit of the Americas
2019 IndyCar ClassicThe inaugural IndyCar classic held at Circuit of the Americas
2019 IndyCar ClassicThe inaugural IndyCar classic held at Circuit of the Americas
2019 IndyCar ClassicScott Dixon going around the outside of turn 1, lap 1.
2019 IndyCar ClassicJames Hinchcliffe, rookie Patricio O'Ward, and rookie Felix Rosenqvist make their way from the main straight up the 133 foot hill to turn one as Scott Dixon exits the pit lane during the 2019 IndyCar classic.
2019 IndyCar ClassicThe inaugural IndyCar classic held at Circuit of the Americas
2019 IndyCar ClassicThe inaugural IndyCar classic held at Circuit of the Americas

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

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.

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 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.

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

Austin Private Residence Wedding Photography - Leslie & Rick

Just after Christmas I had the pleasure of joining Leslie & Rick at their home as they tied the knot surrounded by their family, and I couldn't have been more honored to be welcomed into such a warm and loving environment. Congratulations Leslie & Rick!

Leslie & Rick
Leslie & Rick
Leslie & Rick
Leslie & Rick
Leslie & Rick
Leslie & Rick
Leslie & Rick
Leslie & Rick
Leslie & Rick
Leslie & Rick
Leslie & Rick
Leslie & Rick
Leslie & Rick

Austin Family Photography - The Soissons

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.

The Soissons
The Soissons
The Soissons
The Soissons
The Soissons
The Soissons

Austin Wedding Photography - Megan & Aubrey at Tiny T Ranch

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!

Megan & Aubrey
Megan & Aubrey
Megan & Aubrey
Megan & Aubrey
Megan & Aubrey
Megan & Aubrey
Megan & Aubrey
Megan & Aubrey
Megan & Aubrey
Megan & Aubrey
Megan & Aubrey
Megan & Aubrey
Megan & Aubrey
Megan & Aubrey
Megan & Aubrey
Megan & Aubrey
Megan & Aubrey
Megan & Aubrey
Megan & Aubrey
Megan & Aubrey
Megan & Aubrey
Megan & Aubrey
Megan & Aubrey
Megan & Aubrey
Megan & Aubrey

Austin Wedding Photography - Alison & David at Hotel Ella

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!

Shout out to the crew at Verve Austin for ensuring everything went off without the slightest of hiccups, my second shooter Brandon, and of course the rest of the vendors, Bouquets of AustinHill Country DJMichelle's PatisserieMoonLiT weddings, and anyone else I may regretfully be forgetting.

Alison, Austin Bridal Photography, Hotel Ella
Alison & David at Hotel Ella
Alison & David at Hotel Ella
Alison & David at Hotel Ella
Alison & David at Hotel Ella
Alison & David at Hotel Ella
Alison & David at Hotel Ella
Alison & David at Hotel Ella
Alison & David at Hotel Ella
Alison & David at Hotel Ella
Alison & David at Hotel Ella
Alison & David at Hotel Ella
Alison & David at Hotel Ella
Alison & David at Hotel Ella
Alison & David at Hotel Ella
Alison & David at Hotel Ella
Alison & David at Hotel Ella
Alison & David at Hotel Ella
Alison & David at Hotel Ella
Alison & David at Hotel Ella
Alison & David at Hotel Ella

2015 F1 United States Grand Prix at Circuit of the Americas for Texas Highways magazine

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.

2015 F1 United States Grand Prix at Circuit of the Americas
Sebastian VettelSebastian Vettel celebrating with his team at the close of the 2015 F1 United States Grand Prix at Circuit of the Americas where he placed 3rd.
2015 F1 United States Grand Prix at Circuit of the Americas

Austin Wedding Photography - Sarah & Cameron at The Allan House

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!

Sarah & Cameron
Sarah & Cameron
Sarah & Cameron
Sarah & Cameron
Sarah & Cameron
Sarah & Cameron
Sarah & Cameron
Sarah & Cameron
Sarah & Cameron
Sarah & Cameron
Sarah & Cameron
Sarah & Cameron
Sarah & Cameron
Sarah & Cameron
Sarah & Cameron
Sarah & Cameron
Sarah & Cameron
Sarah & Cameron
Sarah & Cameron
Sarah & Cameron
Sarah & Cameron

Austin Backyard Wedding Photography - Kristin & Bill

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!

Kristin & Bill

Austin Wedding Photography - Megan & Jonathan

Megan & Jonathan
Megan & Jonathan
Megan & Jonathan
Megan & Jonathan
Megan & Jonathan
Megan & Jonathan
Megan & Jonathan
Megan & Jonathan
Megan & Jonathan
Megan & Jonathan
Megan & Jonathan
Megan & Jonathan
Megan & Jonathan
Megan & Jonathan
Megan & Jonathan
Megan & Jonathan
Megan & Jonathan
Megan & Jonathan
Megan & Jonathan
Megan & Jonathan
Megan & Jonathan

Austin Family Photography - The Godfrey's

Enjoyed some unseasonably warm but improbably perfect weather over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend for this shoot at Butler Park with some new Austinites by way of Illinois.

The Godfreys
The Godfreys
The Godfreys
The Godfreys
The Godfreys
The Godfreys
The Godfreys
The Godfreys
The Godfreys
The Godfreys
The Godfreys
The Godfreys

Austin Wedding Photography - Grayson & Matt at The Inn at Wild Rose Hall

A few weeks ago I had the honor of documenting the wedding of these two kind folks with my friend Erica. All through the morning and into the afternoon the weather forecast didn't look good. It looked even worse as I drove through a downpour to get there.

Upon my arrival at The Inn at Wild Rose Hall however the rain stopped, the clouds eventually parted, and the sun came out leaving the ceremony to take place amongst the trees instead of indoors, and cooling down the late September evening nicely.

Congratulations to Grayson and Matt!

Grayson & Matt
Grayson & Matt
Grayson & Matt
Grayson & Matt
Grayson & Matt
Grayson & Matt
Grayson & Matt
Grayson & Matt
Grayson & Matt
Grayson & Matt
Grayson & Matt
Grayson & Matt
Grayson & Matt
Grayson & Matt
Grayson & Matt
Grayson & Matt
Grayson & Matt
Grayson & Matt

Splashpad Fun

In the heat of the Texas summer you've got to cool down any way you can. For a 16 month old year old, there are fewer places better to do so than a splash pad.

Austin Wedding Photography - Kelsey & Chase at Casa Blanca

Sure there were severe thunderstorm warnings and flash flooding throughout central Texas, but that did nothing to dampen the spirits of this bride & groom and their guests at their wedding ceremony and reception at Casa Blanca in Round Rock. This wedding was shot—as usual—in support of the multi-talented Shauna Autry Photography.

Kelsey & Chase
Kelsey & Chase
Kelsey & Chase
Kelsey & Chase
Kelsey & Chase
Kelsey & Chase
Kelsey & Chase

Austin Wedding Photography - Amy & Gerry's Wedding Reception

I had the pleasure of shooting the intimate wedding reception of Amy & Gerry this past weekend at Parkside in downtown Austin following their private, family-only wedding captured by Shauna Autry Photography  Speaking of which, you may spot my regular wedding photo partner in crime in a few of these images as she got to enjoy the evening as a guest!

Amy & Gerry's Reception at ParksideAustin, Texas Wedding Photography. Wedding reception at Parkside on 6th Street.
Amy & Gerry's Reception at ParksideAustin, Texas Wedding Photography. Wedding reception at Parkside on 6th Street.
Amy & Gerry's Reception at ParksideAustin, Texas Wedding Photography. Wedding reception at Parkside on 6th Street.
Amy & Gerry's Reception at ParksideAustin, Texas Wedding Photography. Wedding reception at Parkside on 6th Street.
Amy & Gerry's Reception at ParksideAustin, Texas Wedding Photography. Wedding reception at Parkside on 6th Street.
Amy & Gerry's Reception at ParksideAustin, Texas Wedding Photography. Wedding reception at Parkside on 6th Street.
Amy & Gerry's Reception at ParksideAustin, Texas Wedding Photography. Wedding reception at Parkside on 6th Street.
Amy & Gerry's Reception at ParksideAustin, Texas Wedding Photography. Wedding reception at Parkside on 6th Street.
Amy & Gerry's Reception at ParksideAustin, Texas Wedding Photography. Wedding reception at Parkside on 6th Street.
Amy & Gerry's Reception at ParksideAustin, Texas Wedding Photography. Wedding reception at Parkside on 6th Street.