Dallas hairdresser and all-around fashion guru, Gregg Asher, came by for a promo and portrait shoot a couple weeks ago. He brought along some friends to get in on the action, his partner David, his dog Logo and his friend Tara Harper, who is one of the cast members for the upcoming Bravo show, Most Eligible Dallas. Gregg runs a fashion blog, which can be found at www.fashionbaggage.com.
A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to spend an evening with Johnny and Carley Seale, as well as the rest of the crew from the Gypsy Wagon. We shot images for their 4th of July-themed ad, which just came out this week in PaperCity. For anyone who doesn’t know, the Gypsy Wagon is a store on Henderson that is dangerous to enter – because you won’t leave without buying something! They have a little bit of everything, from children’s stuff to houswares, to the latest in fashions, footwear and jewelry. Plus everyone who works there is really, really cool. For the shoot, we braved the summer heat and hit a few spots around White Rock Lake in the magic hours before sundown and captured some of that summertime magic with the help of a gorgeous model and some awesome wardrobe and styling. Johnny caught it all on video, which you can watch below. Can’t wait to work with these guys again!
This month I headed back to Los Angeles to shoot Justine and Seth’s wedding at the beautiful Bel Air Country Club. Justine is the younger sister of one of my best friends so I’ve know her a long time and it was a pleasure to be there to capture her special day. We we lucky – blue skies and beautiful weather and a gorgeous outdoor setting. Plus I had my good friend and talented photographer, Brian Thompson, on hand to shoot with me, which made the whole thing more fun. Not to mention the fact that this crew really loved a good party and once the dancing started, it never stopped! Congratulations Seth & Justine – all the best to you for a wonderful marriage!
While I was in Los Angeles for a wedding shoot, I had a chance to meet and shoot little miss Chloe Campbell, who just turned one in April. I’ve known her parents for a while and even captured some beautiful images of her mom, Laurie, while she was pregnant with this little princess, so it was a joy to snap the whole family this time. What a beautiful trio they make!
Since it’s my first spring back in Texas, I was not about to miss a chance to capture some images in the beautiful and all too fleeting bluebonnets. Three weekends brought forth a number of great shots from some of my favorite subjects as well as some new families. I can’t wait for those blue blooms to come around next spring and will definitely be planning ahead so everyone who wants a chance to pose in the flowers will get one!
I love the little ones. Mary Clare was about three weeks old on the day of her first professional portrait shoot. Even with the house so warm the rest of us were sweating, she took a while to fall asleep, but when she did, we got some priceless photos. Her big brother George wasn’t so keen on having his picture taken, but I managed to sneak in a few anyway. What a sweet and beautiful family!
Anyone who knows me knows I’m a huge Dallas Mavericks fan. This month I was given an opportunity to shoot from the floor at the last home season game before the play-offs. Now, I’ve never shot sports photography, but I was game to give it a go. I spent a few hours researching optimum camera settings for athletic events and armed with my newly minted press pass, headed courtside. It was a wholly new experience, seeing the game from this angle. Tracking through my lens was at first an awkward process, but then I got the hang of it. And thanks to some help from the seasoned sports photographers seated next to me, I learned a few important tips – like what white balance works for an arena setting and what to do if and when a seven-foot player comes careening towards you. Luckily, my spot was trample-free for the duration of the game. I can’t wait to get out there again next season!
Wanting to expand my range of portrait shooting styles, I asked my friend and soon to be two-time Ironman, Brian if he would bring his bike and come pose for me. What I had in mind were some highly stylized and edited athlete images. Something that would work well as a promotional shot for competitive athletes and trainers. He was a great sport about letting me repeatedly spray him with a water bottle and mounting his bike on a trainer against a gray backdrop made a perfect set-up for some really artistic post-production.
Alicia and Deddy were first married in Tel Aviv a little less than a year ago. But with their American ceremony fast approaching, they wanted some wedding portraits to capture the moment. It was great fun, because the dress Alicia wore was from her Israel nuptials and she would be wearing a different dress for this next event so we could play a little during this shoot, located in Griffith Park during my recent trip back to LA. Something to think about for other brides – a post wedding portrait session in an unlikely or unconventional location, affectionately known among photographers as a “Trash the Dress” session. We don’t usually trash the dress, by the way, but it might get a little dirty. Or even wet.
I was so lucky to have a chance to shoot the wedding of such a great couple! Cris and Jenna made the day easy and fun with their playfulness and laid-back nature. And what a great setting – the Cotton Mill in McKinney. Thankfully it was much nicer weather than when shot Jenna’s bridal portraits there in August. There are so many great shots from the night, it’s hard to choose but here are a few of my favorites!