RIVERS

It's been a busy few months for me. I've been shooting, editing, and delivering new portrait sessions so much lately that I haven't had much free time, let alone thought to actually post and share them. 

This, of course, had to change.

This weekend I sat down and looked at some photos that I've recently taken of local Houston act, RIVERS. They're a fun group both on-stage and in front of the camera. 

They're currently finishing up recording their new record, which will follow their 2013 full-length, Fables in the Slang. It's a great record, and their new material is shaping up nicely.

RIVERS will be performing Thursday, December 10 at The Nightingale Room in Downtown Houston. It's a free show in a small, intimate, but fantastic venue on the main strip. They'll be joined with Daniel Eyes and the Vibes. 

Gato Guapo // Alley Kat - 11.4.15

On Wednesday evening I had the pleasure of shooting Houston locals, Gato Guapo for their performance at Alley Kat (formerly The Mink.) 

I recently rented out a Canon 5D Mark III with a 50mm lens from Photo Rental Source, a company opened by my old photo classmate, Carl. I've been wanting to purchase one for a while now and figured I'd better photograph in as many settings as possible to see what the camera could do, especially since I'm sometimes photographing bands when covering a show for Houston Press.

That's why, when I saw Gato Guapo would be playing, I jumped at the chance to shoot them live. Alley Kat is one of the harder clubs to shoot at in town, coming in third behind House of Creeps and the cavernous downstairs room at Fitzgerald's. I knew that if I was going to really test out the camera, this would be one of the best ways to do it.

I first saw Gato Guapo play over the summer at a warehouse in Houston's East end. It was noisier, grittier, and I was taking it all in quietly -- the way I normally do when I see a band perform for the first time. Since then I've listened to their debut release, Foolish Mortala number of times, but even still I'd forgotten how much movement there would be on-stage.

In terms of shooting a live band, getting to photograph a band like this is a bit of a dream. There was a lot of emotion displayed, and it's always interesting to see how well some bands communicate on-stage. Simply put, it's not every day that you get to be behind the lens when a band like this is performing . 

I've got some more photos I really love below, but if you like them, please make sure you check out Gato Guapo on Facebook, give their music a listen, and maybe even come out to a show or two.

A Little Lady is On Her Way!

Casey and Stephanie are a special couple, and I've been lucky to have been able to call them friends for the last six years. 

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The two met in high school, got married in 2011, and welcomed their first daughter, Evelyn, in 2013.

I took their first round of maternity photos when they were expecting Evelyn, so I was honored when they asked me to also photograph them again as they prepare to welcome their second daughter, Iris, who is due in September. 

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Together, Casey and Stephanie have made a home that is equal parts organic and artistic, so it felt natural that we would shoot during golden hour at two locations that equally capture their personalities. We started in a reflection pond garden near Casey's office building before we headed to Montrose to shoot in front of the Biscuit Wall, which was painted in 2014 by local Houston-artist, Sebastien Boileau.

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As I chose and edited their final images, I realized how cohesive this session was with their first maternity shoot, despite being shot at different locations entirely. However, this time around, it was nice to have Evelyn in the photos and not just in her mom's tummy; it's amazing how natural she is in front of the camera, even though she's only two.

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As you look through the rest of the set, I hope you'll enjoy Evelyn's strong, goofy personality as much as I do.

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