I absolutely love any and every opportunity to shoot families. What better way to make something that will essentially last and be passed down for decades? My coworker Jane approached me a while ago to take photos of her family for their annual Christmas card and finally after a few scheduling hurdles we were able to get some great photos.
These guys (and girls) are one of my favorite families in Houston so when Whitney asked me to shoot their family pictures I was excited. Whitney was my first coworker I got to really know when I moved and started working for PCCA and she's also my fitness inspiration--I'm still learning to love green beans lol. We shot this early on Saturday morning and it would be the only Saturday when its actually cold in Texas but Rayleigh was such a trooper.
My life has been incredibly crazy lately with moving, work, and getting ready for my best friend's wedding. But I just have to share photos I took of my friend, Becky's, newest addition to the family. Her name is Samantha (but I call her Sam--respectively lol) and she is the absolute cutest baby ever to photograph. Getting her to smile is incredibly easy; all she needs is for her mom to talk to her and she's all smiles--chubby cheeks and all.
So proud to have my photo featured on their page today! I wasn't even aware my friend submitted the photo! Today is shaping up to be a pretty great day! Make sure to check out their page: http://www.facebook.com/LocsRevolution
I recently took a trip to the east coast to finish up our shoots for the calendar. Although I've visited New York a few times this was my first time seeing Staten Island. Since I'd seen most of the touristy things to see I decided to spend my few free hours I had in the city to see Grand Central and I had Junior's (who has THE best cheesecake ever) for lunch.
I'm sorry in advance if this post ends up being too long. The second part of my trip we did more sightseeing of "Hollywood". We saw the walk of fame and of course we had to get the obligatory picture in front of the Hollywood sign which involved a ton of walking uphill and "mountains" lol. We ended the trip seeing the Griffith Observatory which included of course a ton more walking uphill but you couldn't beat the view. It was definitely worth it.
Sorry its been so long since I've posted but I've been doing a ton of traveling for my job to which I'm incredibly grateful. So far its been a bit of a world-wind journey and most of the places we've visited I know I would have never really visited on my own lol (i.e. South Dakota). But it was great to just see so much and we're only halfway done. In the beginning we had so much energy especially since our first stop was L.A. I finally got to see the pacific ocean and explore much of the west. All photos shot with iphone 5 and Fuji x10.
I love finding inspiration in places outside my usual mediums. This is such inspirational video. It wasn't until I took a film class in college that I noticed just how important sound can be in a film and because of this class I feel like I experience movies better. There are even times when I can listen to movie scores for hours and just immerse myself in the tone of the film.
I recently went on my first trip with my job. It was relatively short. We spent 2 days in Fort Worth visiting our ad agency and bouncing creative ideas around. It felt crazy good to be around so many creatives.
The summer is shaping up quite nice and I'm happy to be spending my second summer in Texas even more prepared for the heat. Hopefully I can rack up more mileage this summer.
I absolutely love shooting families. And pretty much anything that has to do with love.
I had the great opportunity to shoot this beautiful baby girl's first birthday party. I always get excited when I get to shoot key moments in a person's life and a first birthday is definitely one of them. Her mom did an amazing job putting all this together. Her attention to detail was flawless. All the kids look like they were having a blast.
My weekend fun consisted of hanging with this handsome young man is Reese. He's got these dimples the absolutely make ya melt and he's pretty short so us short people have to stick together. He came along for our (almost) weekly trip to the bookstore and we pigged out on pizza. He likes Thomas as well (go figure lol) and Sesame Street so that was our pizza and movie combo for the weekend. That is until he fell asleep and I got to catch up on Glee and a few other shows.
Taken with Fuji x10:
Christopher LOVES trains and his current fave show is Thomas, which he can watch to no end lol. His favorite train (he made sure to tell me) is Percy and he's a mail car. He also knows all his colors, numbers, letters, and pretty much everything else and he has a birthday coming up!
Quick preview of engagement session I shot for my best friend, Angela. Despite the early morning cold, Houston proved to be an excellent backdrop.
My current read at the moment is Steve Jobs written by Walter Isaacson. I think its safe to say this a book that every creative person should pick up at some point in their life. For me I'm interested to see his thought process and how he really viewed the world and the people in it. I want to see how his close friends and family viewed him as a man as well as an innovator. And finally I'm hoping that in some way he'll enlighten me as both a person as well as an artist.
I've really been trying to put forth the effort to really keep my camera one me and shoot when see it. Sometimes I'm strapped with my professional camera other times I'm just working with my iphone but nonetheless I am happier to constantly be shooting and thinking as a photographer at all times. For a while I was only extending myself creatively only while I was at work. That got old fast. So here's my life as of lately.
- I've been spending a ton of time with the coolest kids ever. Thankfully I've been able to share in the nanny adventures and get to hang out with two awesome tiny humans. This is Christopher and I watching Thomas. He gave his own creative spin on this photo.
- Last Saturday was so great. It was a really nice day out and I got to spend a great day shooting and I wore my new favorite dress. I really think this is my color. I'm really enjoying this weather.
- My never ending battle of the bulge has taken on a new front as I'm getting back into spinning. It sucks but I always feel great afterwards and the sweat I work up makes me feel so accomplished.
- Date nights are the best part of the week. Such a great time when you can enjoy a great meal talking and laughing with someone you love.
This is my buddy Christopher. He's into Thomas the Train and Elmo. He makes it quite known that his favorite food is pizza and not having a bath is not such a bad thing. He's such a boy in that way lol. Sometimes I forget he's just a two year old because he's so advanced. He seems more like a kindergartener than anything because he's so smart. And he's the only two year old I've met that is on the brink of reading. He's so cool in that way.
The best part about keeping a camera on me at all times is being able to capture moments that you recognize as a good photo. And I swear it feels like all my friends that have kids get to have their own personal photographer. Just seeing the look on their faces after posting a picture of the tiny humans is such a rewarding experience. I really truly love my craft.
I came across this in my feeder. At first glance, I didn't think much of it but the title was intriguing so I decided to read. I'm so grateful I did. This by far has to be the most compelling visual essay if you will, that I've ever seen or read. The story is called, "The Battle We Didn't Choose". And it follows a man and his wife and her fight with cancer. Not only are his words very vivid but his portraits are as well. The aid the story so seamlessly. I literally felt like I was right there in their day to day life that most people don't think about. I could also feel the love between them. It was that honest and pure love that many of us never get to experience or are too afraid to experience these days.
I feel so humbled by this essay and thankful that I happened upon it. If nothing else I hope to be able to tell a story, my story of my life, as well he's done with camera and his words. It makes me want to make sure I really open myself up as an artist and photographer and a person. To make sure to let myself feel and experience life and never be afraid to bring my professional life into my personal life. I'm going to make a better effort to keep my camera around and when I feel it in my gut---I will make a photograph.