The Portrait Studio

This week, while on assignment, we unexpectedly found ourselves setting up to shoot in a defunct mall-type portrait studio.  Amazingly, all of the equipment, backdrops etc were still there.  I couldn’t let this opportunity go to waste.

The softer side of my assistant, Destry, with hummingbirds

Found memory card and top secret information

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Texas Monthly 40th anniversary issue

I was honored to be commissioned to shoot a portrait of the city of Houston for the 40th anniversary issue of Texas Monthly.  A few weeks ago we flew over the Houston ship channel in a helicopter to capture this image.  The setting sun filtered through the clouds just enough to give us some great light.

Update:  Prints of these are now available.  E-mail us for details.

Below are some other views.

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Austin Creative Department

Recently, Will Chau, creative director at GSD&M, asked me to speak at the Austin Creative Department art direction school about my work and the collaborative world of commercial photography.

Afterward, one of his proteges, Jon Coyle, approached me about turning some of his concept sketches into a reality.  I was happy to help, Jon is immensely talented with great visual concepts and he also handled the location acquisition and production management that went into making these happen.

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Fair Fare

It’s State Fair season again.  I’ve always been drawn to the colorful and completely unpretentious nature of carnivals – the games, the rides and of course, the food.  Here’s a new series with my take on them: Fair Fare.

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Sgt. Michael Reid

Air Force Sergeant Michael Reid and his Mopars.


Sweet rides and jet planes.  Photographed on the flight line at Randolph AFB for AutoWeek



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Something different

From a recent production…

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South by Southwest

Commission for BBDO / FedEx

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Lab work

From a recent commission by the University of Texas

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Events Calendar

It’s always nice to see work in print and this week a big box of freshly printed Austin Event 2012 calendars came from my friends at Big Weekend.

9-year-old Logan Cogswell

We spent part of the last 11 months planning and shooting scenes around the Austin area that are different from the typical boring stock photos that a ‘city’ calendar would normally have.  Memorable moments include sliding off an ice-covered road in an attempt to photograph an actual wintry scene (this one didn’t pan out), and the metal-art-picnic-table image was made during the hottest part of the hottest day of the year at 112 °F.  The benches were made of steel, there was literal rump roast.  I was sure nobody would actually show up for that, but free beer saved the day once again.

The cool thing about these calendars is that there are hundreds of things already scheduled out for your planning delight, including lesser-known events like the Hairy Man festival.  Why didn’t we shoot that one?  Ah right, it’ll be on your wall for a month…

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