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
I've been a terrible blog owner, but it's really not my fault. Nope, I blame it all on my clients who have done a fantastic job of keeping me extremely busy. So busy that I almost forget that I have this website. But honestly it hasn't been that bad of a problem and I thank all my clients for it!
So let me take a few minutes to announce that I'm now doing video work...again. It's been roughly 15 years since I did my last music video and at least 10 years since the last commercial video I shot/directed/produced. But thanks to Richard Hennessy, lead singer/guitarist in the fantastic band Henry The Archer, I'm back making videos again. Read More
Dia De Los Toadies is an annual festival where the Toadies invite a bunch of their friends to tear up the stage with them over the course of a few days. For it's 7th year it returned to Panther Island Pavillon in downtown Fort Worth, Texas. Read More
A band, a field, smoke, and a raw approach. A simple concept drawn on a bar napkin turned into the image above. And Henry the Archer was the perfect band to accomplish it.
Henry the Archer is the brain child of native New Jersey boy Richard Hennessy. Last year Richard was given the opportunity to transfer his job down to Fort Worth, Texas, so he made his way down south with the hopes of keeping Henry the Archer alive. Shortly after arriving he joined forces with Kevin Geist on drums, and Matt Hembree on bass to round out a three piece of post punk and sex pop. Read More
While down in Austin I also did some work with Gaby's younger sister Denisse and greatness must run in their bloodline! Just like Gaby, Denisse is sweet, extremely nice and a complete pleasure to work with. We had a fun time running around The Domain at night playing with the different lighting in that environment. Read More
I really don't know where to begin with Gaby, she's absolutely incredible. Not only is she completely stunning, but she's also one of the nicest and sweetest girls in the world. I've had the pleasure of doing a handful of shoots with her now, and I've had an amazing time on everyone of them. She's the perfect example of what every photographer dreams of working with. Thank you Gaby for being totally awesome, and I can't wait to do more work with you! Read More
Earlier this year I headed down south with my fantastic hair and makeup artist Christina to set up camp and have a little fun around a new area around Austin called the Domain. The idea was to do a little experimenting while doing some punk rock glamour style shoots. Courtney was the first of four on our long day of shooting and she was absolutely awesome. Wouldn't you agree that she crushed it? Read More
993.... I was a young angst fueled teenager that was obsessed with fast and noisy punk rock music . The louder and faster, the better, but I was also becoming more and more interested in the North Texas music scene. Local radio station, KDGE The Edge would occasionally release a CD entitled Tales From The Edge that would in the end, consist of 11 volumes that were curated by DJ/Music Director George Gimarc. Each volume focused on music and bands from North Texas with a slight dabbling into the Austin music scene. Read More
About 3 years ago after an Eye Was Once Eaten practice, Matt Stubbs threw out the idea of starting a podcast. Now there are a lot of ideas (some of them rather insane) thrown around during a band practice, but this one actually stuck with me. I have been an avid listener to podcasts for several years now, mostly tech and political conspiracy style shows, but doing one our self seemed like a fun idea. Unfortunately between my family, photography, and being in a band there wasn't much time to try and fit a podcast in. Read More
On the west side of downtown Austin, nestled in the Castle Hill neighborhood lies an abandoned lot that I never knew existed until our trip down for SXSW this year. Locals have called it the Castle Hill Graffiti Park, or the Austin Graffiti Park, but it's official name is the The Hope Outdoor Gallery Project. And unlike your typical city park, it's a rough and hectic series of abandoned walls that serve as a 3 story canvas and playground for graf-artists from all over the world. Read More
It was a cool Friday night and The Confounded decided to plant their flag in Denton. The result was an evening of greatness as the band laid waste to the stage at Andy's on the square. Once again proving why The Confounded is one of my favorite North Texas bands! Read More
The problem with doing commercial shoots is that sometimes you have to wait a really long time to post any of the photos. Like in the case of this shoot with Emerson Windy that we did in April of 2013. But it's completely understandable when your dealing with an artist that is building out their promotional material for future campaigns. In fact I just wrapped up a badass shoot with Emerson a couple of weeks ago that will be used over the next few months for a marketing and album campaign that I'm dieing to show everyone. Seriously rad! Read More
When I was in high school spending my weekends discovering and following local bands, there was a band that I encountered one weekend that blew my mind. That band was Brutal Juice. Their music was an angst filled teenagers wet dream and they are now considered a legendary, integral part of the Denton and D/FW music scene in the 90's. Lead singer Craig Welch's on stage antics were the definition of insanity; smashing bottles and snuffing out cigarettes on his head, dancing around like a mad man on LSD, and gazing into the eyes of audience members with an intensity that would burn through them. All of this going on while a pummeling force of music was pulsating and churning behind him, Brutal Juice was acid punk fueled by rage, narcotics, and hysteria. Read More
So when you have two good friends that are expecting a baby you automatically get a free pass to use and abuse them how you see fit, right? It also helps if they are almost as crazy or deranged as you. Read More
So two of my good friends decided to see if they could do their part in populating the planet and extending the future of the human race. And to all of our amazement they succeeded! Yay! And what do you do when one of your good friends suddenly has a humanoid expanding her waist line? You photograph her, and then come up with crazy uncomfortable photoshoot ideas that most normal people would find bizarre and fill your email box up with borderline angry comments. But for right now, let's stick with the normal photos. Read More
Confession; One of my favorite shoots to do is Bridals. And what puts these shoots over the top is when you have an awesome bride that introduces you to a place you've never been to, much less knew existed. When Nikki and I met, she told me that she wanted to shoot her bridals at the same location her reception was going to be, The Dallas Heritage Village. I've worked, shot, all around Dallas for years, and I never knew this place existed.....a stones throw from downtown in one direction and the Cedar's in the other. The village is a photography playground, with so much to shoot around that we could have shot there for a couple of days. Read More
It's been a long summer of private and commercial shoots, but when the calendar turns to fall and the temperatures start to drop, that means it's time to start having fun with this years High School Seniors! Read More
Our final morning in the Mara, our final morning in Kenya, and what would be the longest travel day(s) of my life.
The morning began with the tent zipper being opened by our butler bringing us tea and biscuits for our morning wake up call, this had become a ritual for us. But this was our last day, and I didn't want to get out of bed. I didn't want to leave the Mara and I knew that once I was up and going the day would be a whirlwind, and it would be 40+ hours before I'd get decent sleep again. Read More
I've fallen behind with my posts on this trip, I was hoping my schedule wouldn't be this crazy when I returned from Africa. But you know what they say about idle minds.....
Our day began just before sunrise as we all met up at "the meeting" spot before loading into our Land Rovers. It was a crisp cool morning and todays hunt was for the elusive leopard and a big male lion. As exited out of the back gate of camp we didn't have to go further then a couple of hundred yards to see our favorite pride of cats. Read More
My morning began at 5:30am in a tent, in the Masai Mara, in Africa. I laid there in bed for a few minutes soaking in my surroundings and listening to the pre-dawn ambience of insects and animals that make up this part of the world. Those few minutes might have been some of the most tranquil minutes of my life.