Fortress Fest is an annual destination festival that takes place in the heart of Fort Worth’s Arts District. Now in its 3rd year, Fortress Fest has become a well oiled machine and a staple for the month of April. Once again it featured bands from all over the world, but also shined a heavy spotlight on homegrown Texas bands, including the Sunday night headliner Leon Bridges. With sold out crowds both days, there’s no question it will make it return next year.Read More
It’s night’s like this that I like to refer to as a “Fort Worth homecoming party”, an evening where just about everyone in the Fort Worth music scene can be found under one roof, and for tonight it was to honor Duell as they released their sophomore album Futureless.Read More
Josh and the Jet Noise released their debut album Alright last night at Lola’s Saloon in Fort Worth. The three piece made up of Josh Reed (vocals/guitar), Matt Thomas (Bass), and Chris Grucza (Drums) ripped through material from the album and few extra tracks that will be on their next release. JATJN were supported by Mean Motor Scooter (also pictured), Professor Fuzz 63, and Bruce Magnus.Read More
Bring Me The Horizon stopped by Southside Ballroom Friday night on their "First Love" tour, filling the mid-sized room with an arena-sized rock show. But the big question on everyone's mind was will the change into a more pop alternative sound across the last couple of albums keep Bring Me The Horizon from bringing the heavy that they are known for live? Would they even play any of their heavy material?Read More
When you are tasked with shooting the engagements for one of Fort Worth’s most powerful couples, the stress can be a little overwhelming. Luckily, this “Power Couple” is made up of the sweetest and most creative two people I know. In the 5 years (whoa) I’ve known them, watching them grow with each other has been a pure delight. I am excited and thankful to see two awesome and amazing people tie the knot today! Congratulations Zach & Rebekah!Read More
Photos by Dustin Schneider/Words by Susie Ramone
Back in May, I met Juma Spears while doing a podcast from Eagle Audio during the recording of Frequencies Volume 9, Fort Worth Weekly's yearly awards show cd. The next day he sent me a message and told me about a crazy idea he had to do a multi-genre show. Juma wanted to put together a line up where people who would normally go to one of his hip-hop shows would hear metal, and someone that would go see a Fort Worth rock band would hear something kind of quirky. He asked if I could help make this happen and so we set to work.Read More
My good friend Matt wrote the review for the show we covered, so I thought it would be fitting to include it below:
Mastodon and Primus at South Side Ballroom, Dallas TX.
By Matt Stubbs from the Jerry Jonestown Massacre Podcast Show
If there are two perfect matched bands to be on an early summer bill, Mastodon and Primus would be it. These two great bands played on Thursday night at the South Side Ballroom in Dallas, Texas. There was a third band that opened called, All Them Witches, but a stalled El Camino with a sweet wolf sunset decal on the tailgate kept us from getting to the venue in time for them.Read More
Queens of the Stone age swung through Dallas for the first time in five years in support their latest album Villains. In an era of bands playing to synced video back drops and lights, the stage set up was pretty basic, with just a few flexible LED poles placed strategically around the stage. Having a stripped down setup like this allows for the band to change up their setlist from night to night. While the majority of the songs on the setlist came from from Villains, the eighteen song set covered the entire catalog, including the fan requested Mexicola. As a fan that has seen them on eight separate occasions, I will say this wasn't my favorite set of songs they have done, but that just makes me want to catch them somewhere else this summer.Read More
Multi-platinum rocker Bret Michaels kicked the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 into high gear when he, along with his band, headlined the Loud & Proud Pre-Race Show Powered by Ashley HomeStores. Bret was the former lead singer of Poison and a staple of the 80’s LA Sunset scene, now he’s on the road with his “Party Starts Now” solo tour. He’s backed by the appropriately named Bret Michaels Band that includes Shawn Hugues on drums, former Cinderella bassist Eric Brittingham, and Jamie Laritz on guitar. The set consisted of Poison classics like “Talk Dirty To Me”, “Your Mama Don’t Dance”, “Every Rose Has It’s Thorn”, and “Nothin But A Good Time” as well as covers of “Sweet Home Alabama” and the Sublime classic “What I Got”.Read More
The final home game of the Dallas Cowboys Season was on Christmas Eve, and as tradition the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders did their Holiday Halftime Show in their red holiday outfits. This is a preview of the galleries I'll be posting of the 2017-2018 season with the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders.
This game was shot with the Sony a7rIII that Sony sent over for me to test drive. AT&T Stadium is always a little tricky to shoot in, add to that the fast action of the cheerleaders doing their routines and you have a fun environment to put the a7RIII through the paces.
More to come!Read More
Another little outing with the Sony a7RIII that was sent to me to test out. This time with the Dallas Mavericks Dancers at the American Airlines Center. An excellent environment to test out the ISO sensitivity, white balance accuracy, and of course the focus tracking. Hip Hop artist J. Cole made an appearance also.Read More
A fun senior session with a good friend of the family, Miss Madison.Read More
Twins, unicorns, and cake smashing. Who wouldn't want to shoot this? Congrats to Vaiola and Moana for completing their first trip around the sun. Even though both of you can't read this yet, here's to many more birthday celebrations in your future!Read More
When your best friend asks you to come over and shoot her maternity photos you naturally show up with a whole bunch of milk and tell her to hop in the bathtub, right?!? Well that's what we did and they came out awesome. And of course we had to get some silly silhouette shots too! Congrats to Shelby and Chris and the beautiful baby girl they brought into this world!Read More
On December 18th, 2016 the Tampa Bay Buccaneers rolled into AT&T Stadium and lost to the Cowboys, 26-20. The Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders performed their Christmas Halftime Show and wore their red and white holiday outfits through out the 2nd half.Read More
So it's been awhile (queue Staind), a long while since I've posted anything on this blog. But there have been reasons; First I've been busier then a one legged cat in a sandbox, and second I've had a lot of high profile shoots that have had to kept under wraps. Till now.
Last Cowboy season I was asked to shoot the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders along the sidelines at several home games. These photos would be used for marketing, social media, and most importantly the 2018 Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders Sideline Calendar. And now that the calendar has been released, I can share some of the photos from last season with you. So the next few posts are going to be selected shots from the various games I covered last year. This set is from the October 30th game against the Philadelphia Eagles in which the DCC performed a Halloween halftime show.
Sitting just to the east and casting a shadow on the Stockyards sat a group of buildings in extreme decay, the heart of what was once Niles City. Comprised of a little over one half square mile in size, it once had 508 inhabitants and was labelled the "richest little city in Texas" due to the Fort Worth Stockyards Company, The Swift & Armour Packing Company, and the Stockyard Exchange. 1911 it was valued at $12 million. When the Swift & Armour Packing Company was operating at it's peak, 4,000 men and women were reporting for work. In 1923 Niles City was annexed and became a part of Fort Worth.Read More
When a friend calls you up and has the idea of doing a white-trash themed holiday shoot, it really gets the wheels turning. While being the complete opposite of a high class fashion shoot, there really is nothing better then letting loose and having fun on a shoot where you can be as wild as you want to be. This shoot was a blast, and the AirBNB that Michelle picked out down in Austin couldn’t have been any better!Read More
Henry The Archer printed some new shirts and needed some quick promo shots showing off the new style. I called up our friend Savannah and had her come over so I could snap a few pics. From concept to completion this probably took less then an hour, easily one of the quickest shoots I have ever thrown together. And the results, well you can see below:Read More