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Melissa + Rick | Wedding :: Fredericksburg

Howdy Y’all! Shot a Wedding in Fredericksburg on the 2nd of May, assisting my Buddy, Arol, at AJH Photography. Arol is a great Photographer and is really fun to shoot with. Melissa and Rick were such a great couple who have super awesome families. They got married at one of the most beautiful Catholic churches that I’ve ever been in. You won’t know from the pictures, but Melissa had to use crutches for a good portion of the day. She fractured a hip while running the Boston Marathon. Rick is also very active – he’s a personal trainer here in Austin. They make such a great couple who really know how to have fun and I wish them the best! Thanks to Arol for the opportunity!

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Food P0rn

Like icing on the cake. That cigarette after a good meal. The cherry that sits on top of your sundae. The finale to Lisa’s Birthday celebration was all those things wrapped up in one. Rather, I should say, wrapped up in rice. It’s not everyday that you get to eat some of the finest sushi your city has to offer. Well, at least not for a mere peasant such as myself. You wouldn’t typically find me in a place like Uchi. A reservations-only kind of place. A dark, swanky and expensive establishment. But hey, it’s my Darling’s birthday and we were going to go all out!

Now Lisa and Sophie aren’t all that comfortable eating raw things that look otherworldly and decorative. But much to my surprise, and theirs as well I’m sure, they somehow conjured up their adventurous spirits and actually ate everything I ordered! Sushi ain’t so bad, people! I used to think it was. Even before I tried it. I automatically thought that raw fish is going to taste like, well, just that…..raw. I feared that it would taste as bad as my memory recalls it smelling. But it isn’t like that at all. It’s quite the contrary and it’s quite delicious. And once you’ve tried it and realized that it wasn’t anything like you expected, you kind of develop a liking for it, a taste for it, and even a craving. See….once your little tastebuds report to your brain that this whole sushi thing isn’t so bad, it becomes more and more enjoyable. Anyways, I’m really proud of the girls for trying and enjoying. It was just as much a treat to watch that as it was to indulge in the consumption of eating one of the worlds finest cuisines. So for all you naysayers out there, I highly suggest you going out to try sushi once again, or for the first time, with an open mind and an open mouth. IT’S SO GOOD. Now….on with the food porn. Enjoy 🙂

Very swanky and dark. Loved that wall paper, though!
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Look! I even have my own brand of soy sauce!
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Liza + Tim | Wedding :: New Orleans
April 15, 2009, 2:22 pm
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Not having been to New Orleans as an adult, it’s suffice to say that I jumped on this opportunity without even blinking. Liza and Tim had just finished college and decided to moved back to Tim’s home town – The Big Easy. Young, but traditional, this wedding was both beautiful and fun! The ceremony and reception both took place at the Audubon Nature Center Golf Clubhouse. With Liza having been a sorority [girl] and Tim a fraternity [boy], this was no small wedding. There were 11 bride’s maids and 10 groom’s men. ELEVEN! Huge bridal party! And speaking of party….did these folks know how to! Probably one of the most fun receptions I’ve witnessed in a while. I hope you enjoy the pictures! As always, thanks for stopping by 🙂

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Café du Monde
April 12, 2009, 7:34 pm
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When in New Orleans, one must indubitably visit Café du Monde for some of their scrumptious, world famous beignets. I was fortunate enough to be in NOLA this past weekend to shoot a beautiful wedding, which you will soon see pictures of, and to quickly pay a visit to this delicious and iconic location.

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SXSW
April 4, 2009, 8:23 pm
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For those of you who don’t know what SXSW is —> http://www.sxsw.com/

For the past 12 or so years, I’ve had the GREAT pleasure of attending this magnificent festival of sorts, right here in my beautiful city, Austin. This year, I decided to experience the festival from a different perspective….as part of the SXSW photography crew. The only part of it I didn’t like was being stuck at a heavy metal showcase for a whole evening. Nothing against all you metal heads out there, but it’s just not my thing. I’m kind of over the whole mosh pit thing as well. Other than that, it was a cool experience. I’d love to show you ALL the pictures I took, but SXSW has the rights to those for the next 6 months. However, I did keep a few to myself. Nothing stellar, really….but a little slice of what I got to capture. Enjoy!

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Sue + James | Wedding

I had the honor of shooting my Sister’s wedding over this past weekend. It was a really small backyard wedding with only the immediate family attending. James and his children(think Brady Bunch) are a welcomed addition to our family! The ceremony took place in my Mother’s beautiful garden and the reception was at Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant in downtown Austin. Mariachi Bands + wedding receptions = awesome! I highly recommend hiring one. The final song they played was the very song that made my Parents elope, which ultimately led to the conception of my sister, Sue…..funny how things work out like that. Thanks for stopping by! Enjoy!

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Streetness: Part II
March 12, 2009, 12:32 pm
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This lovely weather is just too conducive for this type of shooting that I could not resist the urge to hit the streets again. This time, though, it didn’t start off as smoothly as last week. You’ll see what I mean with the first image. But I think I’ve been down there enough with my camera, laying down in suspicious and awkward positions on the sidewalks and streets, that the folks are getting used to me. They have grown numb to my intentions. In general, people are inherently nice….even if they don’t have a job or a home. I’m very fortunate to be allowed the opportunity to document a small portion of their lives. Like my last street posting, I was only armed with my camera and one single 35mm lens. I like to shoot wide and get close to my subjects, while incorporating the surroundings at the same time. I hope you enjoy this series!

Been a while since someone gave me the bird!
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Gee, I wonder what he’s staring at…..

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These gals were pretty cool. I asked if I could take their picture and they sorta hesitated but agreed to. I went inside the shop and got some coffee, when I came out, they ended up inviting me to sit down with them – interesting conversations ensued! Really nice and eclectic gals. I love the people in this town.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed these as much as I have enjoyed taking them. Feel free to let me know what you think of them.