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
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
The Burning Hotels rang in the grand opening of Lola's new expansion, The Trailer Park. Built as an open patio and bar situated just outside the backdoor of Lola's proper. It includes a large open air stage that is big enough to accommodate the largest DFW bands while still feeling like your playing to an intimate crowd under the evening sky. This also marked the first time the Burning Hotels played live in almost a year. You can hear more of what they have been up to, and what the future has in store for them on the Jerry Jonestown Massacre, a podcast that I also co-host: http://jerryjonestownmassacre.com/2016/03/23/show-148-burning-hotels-enter-temple/Read More
The scene was a little crazy. Hours had passed and in that time we had been searched by the Secret Service, ATF, and a pair of bomb sniffing dogs. Then we were sequestered from area to area around the Verizon Center as preparations for the days activities were made. But all that had passed, and now I was sitting down in the dining room watching Jessie Frye scarf down a slice of pizza that she had been waiting hours to enjoy. Victory. The sweet taste of victory.
Just minutes earlier she was onstage performing stripped down versions of her songs Big Bad Wolf and One In Million, with temporary guitarist Dustin Fleming (Vandoliers),to over 9000 screaming Bernie Sanders fans in front of them. Some of those fans singing the chorus of the later song back to her. A once in a lifetime opportunity had been made available, opening for a Democratic Presidential Candidate on his North Texas stop, and Jessie and Dustin had delivered.Read More
Local Radio Host Chris Ryan, formerly of 97.1 KEGL The EagleRead More
You know what makes you feel old? When you do a photoshoot for a high school senior and you can still remember the day they were born. Tyler is the son of proud parents Sean and Mindi Bone, and I have known Mindi every since our days at LD Bell High School. After high school Mindi became friends with my then girlfriend, now wife, Jennifer when they were both working at the same insurance company. Since then the parallels that have been made between both of our families are pretty odd and fascinating. But this post is about Tyler, one the nicest and most sincere high school kids you will ever meet. I want to congratulate him and wish him the best as he moves on from high school and enters this crazy world we live in. Keep your head up and don't let anyone discourage you!Read More
For the trifecta in the Henry the Archer video series, I got together with the band for their last single Means Nothing from the album by the same name. What turned out as a fairly large and calculated production, actually only took about 8 hours to shoot, and went way smoother then any of us expected.Read More